Spinningfields is a shiny new area that was redeveloped with business, pleasure, and leisure in mind. Now the centre of Manchester’s corporate community, it’s come a long way from where it was before it got some TLC.
Walking through the area, you can’t help but notice its newness. While the rest of Manchester is by no means run-down, Spinningfields has a feeling of being recent and important that almost makes you feel like you’re in London. That is until you realise that you’re still surrounded by warm Northern people and cold Northern air.
There are also lots of buildings in the area that rival the drama of the well-known Beetham Tower, contributing to Manchester’s growing skyline. If all the glass and steel gets too much for you though, there’s always neighbouring Castlefield where old mills, factories, and warehouses offer a nice contrast between old and new.
On a map, Spinningfields is located between Deansgate on the east, the river Irwell on the west and Castlefield to the south.
You’ll be happy to know that with Spinningfields’ centrality, almost every other key city centre location is just a quick walk away, from the Northern Quarter to the Gay Village
Living in Spinningfields situates you perfectly for pretty much every type of transport in Manchester. Because of its centrality, you can get to Salford central train station, Victoria, Oxford Road, and Piccadilly stations in no time at all. You’re also just a 5-minute walk away from the Metrolink stop on St Peters Square, and a further 3 minutes from Piccadilly bus station.
With Spinningfields being so close to the Mancunian Way, you’ll also always have quick access to the major surrounding motorways when you need to escape to the countryside or head to another city.
After IRA bombings in Manchester in 1996, the city council were keen to redevelop the city centre so, when Allied London put together a proposal for the redevelopment of the area around the John Rylands Library, it was welcomed with open arms.
This project turned out pretty well and, by 2010, there were already 16,000 people employed in the area with office spaces occupied by mainly financial and professional services. Currently, Spinningfields is the setting for over 165 world class financial and commercial services organisations, with over 3 million square feet of office space.
Renting in Spinningfields costs on average between £950 and £1500 for one to two-bedroom flats, which make up the majority of the rental properties in the area. People who rent in Spinningfields tend to work nearby, or commute to other cities taking advantage of the super-close transport links.
Since Spinningfields is such a recent development, most flats are newly built and have modern interiors that make great homes for professionals, young and old. However, because Spinningfields is primarily a commercial area, competition for the relatively low number of available flats is high. That means that, if you want to live in Manchester’s modern commercial hub, you might need some luck on your side.
Right at the heart of Spinningfields is Benugo Manchester. A coffee, breakfast, and lunch spot for users of the XYZ Works co-working space, this café has a buzz throughout the day. If you’re feeling heathy (or at least feel like you should be getting healthy), try one of their boost shots, smoothies or juices or pop in before work for a quick breakfast muffin on the go.
20 Stories, as you may have guessed, is located on the 20th story rooftop of No. 1 Spinningfields. But unlike most restaurants located on rooftops, 20 Stories isn’t overpriced and/or unhospitable.
In fact, as most satisfied visitors and reviewers have written online, the service is excellent, the atmosphere feels out of the ordinary, you can cut the steak with a butter knife, and the view is incredible. What more do you need?
If you’re celebrating something, want to do something special for a partner, or you just feel like treating yourself (you deserve it), Tattu is the spot. While most people agree it’s the décor that catches their attention at first, they’ll also tell you with full confidence that it was the modern Chinese cuisine that made their experience worth remembering.
As a side note to the excellent food and service, Tattu is every Instagrammers dream restaurant. If you can’t get a worthy new profile picture here, you won’t get one anywhere.
The Alchemist is fast becoming one of the UK’s most notorious destinations for creative cocktails and excellent food. Self-proclaimed ‘masters in the dark arts of molecular mixology’, the Alchemist prides itself in the theatricality of its cocktail making and the design of its bars in general.
Neighbourhood is one of Spinningfields’ liveliest bars with an excellent food and drink menu and plenty of opportunities for dancing. A New York inspired ‘vibrant dining’ restaurant and bar, you’ll be happy to call this fun destination your local.
If high end shopping from the world’s most luxurious fashion houses is how you like to treat yourself, make your way down to the likes of Spinningfields’ Emporio Armani, Flannels, and Mulberry, where you can buy the latest sharp and sophisticated designs and top your day off with a drink or lunch at any one of the many bars and restaurants in the area.
Literature, Art, and Theatre
If you enjoy the arts, you couldn’t be better situated than in Spinningfields, with John Rylands Library at the centre of this area and Manchester Central Library across the road. A two-minute walk through St. Peters Square and you’ll get to Manchester Art Gallery, which houses six centuries worth of art, ceramics, glass, furniture and costume, and is considered a world class gallery by artists and curators.
The Manchester Opera House is another nearby cultural destination that visitors to Manchester come from far and wide to experience. It’s a beautiful Grade II listed building with a 1,920-seater commercial touring theatre that hosts musicals, ballets, concerts, and even cheesy Christmas pantomimes.
Spinningfields Makers Market
Whether you’re looking to sell your work, buy something beautiful for your home or try something new and delicious, you’ll be happy to know about the Spinningfields Makers Market. Held every third Sunday of the month from 11am-5pm next to the John Rylands Library, you’ll get to buy Manchester’s finest food, drink, art, design and vintage goods, as well as meet your friendly community.
If you live and work in Spinningfields and you’re looking for something fun to do with your workmates, you’re in luck with the Crystal Maze live experience right on your doorstep. If you can scrape together thirty-two friends for a special occasion, you can have the venue all to yourselves and play out your Crystal Maze nostalgia fantasies.
Moving To Spinningfields
If you’re looking for somewhere to live in Manchester’s city centre that’s sleek, elegant, shiny, and new, Spinningfields was made for you. It shares similarities with the bustling commercial hotspots of London, but has enough of Manchester’s charm mixed in to make it a great place to live for people who split their focus between career and culture.