Hello. I've seen a couple of threads with similar title, but after reading them and considering the number of forum members I can say that even though my problem sounds the same in the title, it is a bit different. I was on a student exchange in Nottingham, England (returned one month ago) and I started to write a semi-autobiographical novel, something similar to Fitzgerald's This Side of Paradise. The story is basically a portrayal of student life there/England, I am writing about a group of students (to spice things up, I also added an exchange student, a couple of chapters will be written from his perspective as he travels around the Isles) and their shenanigans. I want to use Nottingham for my city in the novel, but I am slightly afraid. I don't know how it is with the useage of real public places in books. For example, if my characters go to a certain real bar in Nottingham and they hated it and I write that, there's nothing wrong with that? Where is that limit when you can't use real names of bars, clubs, brands because of legal affairs? This (irrational) fear made me think of using a fictional city, but I prefer using Nottingham, I know it quite well and now I also have friends there if I need to find out some things about the city. Plus, the size of Nottingham is very similar to my home city, so there's also a benefit. I'm sorry if this is sort of a stupid question, but I hope you can help me.