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10 Reasons Why Edinburgh Has Been Named the UK's Top City

Being based in Edinburgh, Warners have known for a long time what a special city the Scottish capital is. However, thanks to a recent study by UK comparison company, in which Edinburgh has scaled to the summit of the 138 places to live in the UK, we have even more reason to tell you that it is the best.

Taking into account crime rates, living costs, broadband speed and energy bills, the survey promoted the capital 98 places from the last poll. With this in mind, we're letting you know our top 10 reasons to live life in Lothian.

1)     Beauty

The Athens of North boasts some incredible architecture and, in contrast to their Southerly cousins, almost all of it is still functioning. From the castle to the sweeping views from Calton Hill, Edinburgh may be small but it packs quite a punch on the world stage, with a mix of the old and the challenging new when it comes to buildings... And we haven't even mentioned the beaches, Arthur's Seat and Salisbury Crags.

2)     Nightlife

From prohibition barbershop bars, to champagne cocktails to wood-panelled ale pubs we've got you covered in Auld Reekie. There's nothing as cool as playing in a backroom bowling alley with your pint, unless it's walking through a bookcase into a slice of 1920's Americana.

3)     Sport

Hearts v Hibs is one of the oldest local rivalries in football, dating back to 1875. With Hearts based in the west of the city and Hibs firmly devoted to their roots in Leith, there’s always a home game to take in on one side of the tracks. If balletic diving isn't your thing, and you long for something more physical, nip across the road to Murrayfield to watch Edinburgh at the top end of Rugby's Pro12 every week or Scotland fresh from their heroic World Cup effort.

4)     Culture

There may be an arts and comedy bonanza every August but you don't need to content yourself with just one month of fun, even if the cumulative hangover does put you off. Seven large theatres, countless smaller arts venues and innumerable art galleries offer something for every taste.

5)     Music

It might be because Edinburgh now lacks variety in terms of large music-only venues that the music coming out of the city is incredibly exciting. Having to mix it up in tiny pub backrooms and airy art galleries has led the musical landscape here in to some interesting places; blending folk with avante-garde, rock and sometimes even metal. It has led to an exciting genre-bending style that rivals even Glasgow's behemoth rock scene.

6)     Food

Edinburgh really does offer an embarrassment of riches when it comes to food. Not content with one of the four Michelin Starred restaurants? Try one of the further three on Michelin's Bib Gourmand list for good value meals. That not tickle your fancy? Why not head to one of the 48 other eateries recommended by the foodie's bible. Wherever you find yourself in this city your near to some excellent grub

7)     IT

Creators of Grand Theft Auto, Rockstar North, are based here along with two of the fastest growing digital companies in the world, Skyscanner and FanDuel. The growth of tech in Edinburgh looks set to continue and with superfast broadband available you won’t have an infuriating wait for The Walking Dead to stream or your work failing to upload to the cloud.

8)     Safety

With the lowest reported crime rate in the UK there's no need to worry that Rockstar's characters have broken free from their playstation prisons. Edinburgh can boast some the safest streets in the UK and, while not a glamorous reason to stay here, it's definitely a reassuring.

9)     Contribution

Home of Hume, one of the greatest ever writers of the English language, Edinburgh contributed more to society, than perhaps any other city in the modern world, during the Scottish Enlightenment. These achievements are marked throughout the city with some stunning statues and, through Edinburgh's four world class universities, there are more set to come.

10)   Reputation

Even if you aren't one to show off, the calling of this great city will continue to draw the best and brightest from all over the world. Meaning that you will never get bored. New bars will open, new acts will appear, new festivals will supplement the myriad already here and new innovations will bring in new businesses. Edinburgh doesn't only offer you a great place to live now, it promises to keep getting better.

By now you must be more than interested in living in Edinburgh – so get in contact with us to find out how we can help you find your dream home in this dream city. 

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