1 August 2014
Discover the vast range of experiences on offer in Leeds during an exciting summer city break. Browse the array of sought-after shops, grab a bite to eat or refreshing drink at one of the countless eateries and experience exciting evenings of culture within the city centre. While the stunning green spaces surrounding the city provide ideal outdoor escapes and exceptional scenery on long August afternoons. With excellent transport links, it's easy to explore everything Leeds and its surrounding area has to offer this summer.
Leeds is home to a variety of shopping destinations offering catwalk creations, bespoke designs and on-trend items to suit all wardrobes. The city's Victoria Quarter has been given the nickname of 'The Knightsbridge of the North' for its exclusive boutique-lined streets and grand arcade, which house over 70 leading fashion and lifestyle brands including Louis Vuitton, Paul Smith and Harvey Nichols. In comparison The Light and Trinity Leeds shopping centres offer a choice of popular high street brands within modern surroundings and for a more unique experience The Corn Exchange is home to independent retailers, vintage boutiques and street food under an impressive Victorian dome.
After working up an appetite, Leeds offers the chance to sample the true taste of Yorkshire alongside a wide range of national and international flavours. Amongst the city's many fine dining restaurants and bistros, Angelica serve a contemporary menu and unrivalled selection of cocktails, while providing panoramic city views from the 6th floor of Trinity Leeds. For a lighter bite, Friends of Ham provide delicious charcuterie and cheese boards including seasonal and local choices, available alongside craft beer and wine lists. While, a little outside the centre The Box Tree in Ilkley is one of the many Michelin Star awarded restaurants in Yorkshire and offers a modern twist on classic French cuisine with focus on locally sourced ingredients.
Stylish bars, late-night clubs and impressive theatres await those seeking to sample the variety of entertainment available in Leeds. Live music can be found in a range of venues, from the best sound experience in the UK at the 13,000 capacity First Direct Arena and the state-of-the-art facilities at The O2 Academy, to more intimate surroundings found at The Wardrobe and The Cockpit. For an evening of culture, The Northern Ballet Theatre captivate audiences with classical dance, while plays and musicals can be enjoyed at West Yorkshire Playhouse and Leeds Grand Theatre.
Celebrate high summer with a picnic and stroll through the many green spaces in Leeds. Historic houses and sites are scattered around the city, each offering insight into the area's past while providing acres of woodland and landscaped gardens to wander through. While, the rolling hills and flowing rivers of Yorkshire Dales National Park provide unrivalled views of natural beauty stretching from the Pennines to Cumbria and the opportunity to encounter the many species of local wildlife. Find traditional villages conveniently located for a well-earnt rest at friendly pubs and tea rooms.
Enjoy a summer city break in Leeds at 42 The Calls. Offering a four-star stay within a former 18th century corn mill, the boutique hotel provides historic surroundings and contemporary comforts in a city centre location. After an adventurous day and evening out, experience first-class service before relaxing into feather duvets and luxury cotton sheets in a stunning room or suite. Throughout August, 42 The Calls are offering an exclusive 14% discount off the Best Available Rate for all room types on selected dates. Find out more information and book here.
With two outstanding gig venues in the city centre – the O2 Academy and First Direct Arena – Leeds is spoilt for choice when it comes to live music.Click here for more
Happy New Year from Leeds, with love… and just a touch of rain! The ‘Jewel of the North’ may have seen more water than King Triton’s palace over the festive season, but it hasn’t dampened our spirits.Click here for more