Contact The Light


20 Church Street
M4 1PN

t+44 (0)161 839 4848

f+44 (0)161 839 4898


The Light overlooks Piccadilly Gardens but is also on the edge of Manchester’s bohemian Northern Quarter, where residents have fought to keep their neighbourhood free from identikit bars and businesses. Situated right opposite legendary fashion emporium Affleck’s Palace, you’ll find an eclectic mix of retail outlets, from young, cutting-edge fashion designers and music stores to a second-hand emporia.


Manchester’s Northern Quarter has been named the best neighbourhood in Britain. The central district, often viewed as the cultural and artistic heart of the city, beat off competition from Belfast and Glasgow to win the Academy of Urbanism’s great neighbourhood award for 2011.

Guests of The Light ApartHotel will already be familiar with the area, as it is home to many popular bars and restaurants, independent shops and the famous Affleck’s Palace indoor market. Mr Thompson described the district as “a vibrant contemporary extension to Manchester city centre”, but noted that it has also managed to retain its own identity.



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  • BUS

    Manchester has a free bus service – Metroshuttle, which runs around the city centre, click here to learn more about it. For more information about the Greater Manchester’s bus services, visit GMPTE  website.

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  • TRAM

    Manchester’s tram system, Metrolink runs through the city centre connecting major railway stations and tourist attractions. Visit Metrolink for more information.

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  • TAXI

    Black cabs operate in the city centre and can be flagged down on the  street. If you need to pre-book a cab we recommend the minicab firm Streetcars who can be reached on  +44 (0)161 2287878

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