LEEDS – The Guide That You Need If You’re Visiting This Vibrant City

MUSIC

Live concert at Brudenell Social Club

Although Leeds lacks the musical history of its neighbours from across the Pennines, there’s still loads going on. Borne out of the thriving student population, a number of intimate venues guarantee great shows from local bands.

Two small venues that are always a good bet are Brudenell Social Club, which regularly hosts secret shows for bands like Franz Ferdinand and the Kaiser Chiefs, and Headrow House, where you can sip some of the only fresh unpasteurised Czech beer available in the north of England.

Belgrave Music Hall

Another great venue for music is the Belgrave, a haven for northern hipsters. The bar sells craft beers, generous slices of pizza, and has possibly the best rooftop garden in the city. The Belgrave also hosts a street-food festival every second Saturday of the month.

STAY

A room at Headingley Lodge Hotel

Any football fans will understand why we’ve avoided discussing sport. The city’s only football club, Leeds United, resembles a tragicomedy fit for Shakespeare played out on a weekly basis. Fortunately, the city fares a little better when it comes to cricket and Rugby League. You can even stay in a room overlooking the cricket pitch at the Headingley Lodge Hotel, which is conveniently located right slap bang in the middle of the student part of town.

City Atmosphere offers apartments with panoramic city views for as little as £69. Alternatively, if you’re looking to relive your uni days, University Rooms offers just that. Jägerbombs at the ready!

Art Hostel – Leeds

Art Hostel is one of the newest options – each dorm and double room offers a totally different design, all thought up and executed by local artists.

SHOP

Corn Exchange – Leeds

Some of the best shopping in the city is to be had at the beautiful Grade I listed Corn Exchange. There’s no better place to take a few snaps than this photogenic building, so a visit to West Yorkshire Cameras is a must. Head upstairs for some vintage clothes shopping at then get stuck into some gourmet hotdogs at Primo’s.

Kirkgate Market

For a bit of fun bargain hunting, try Kirkgate Market, one of Europe’s largest indoor markets and the best place to mingle with all the colourful characters that make up this diverse city. Here’s a fact: Marks & Spencer began life at this market as a stall in the 1880s.

Inside Jumbo Records

Elsewhere, vinyl lovers will get some serious kicks out of Jumbo Records. The store started life back in 1971, and no music fan should be visiting the city without popping into this gigantic den of neon posters and LPs. It’s fair to say that the town planners in Leeds are going a bit shopping centre mad, and yet another shopping centre housing the city’s first John Lewis store is scheduled to open later this year.

However, for now Leeds still strikes the perfect balance between indoor and outdoor shopping that’s resulted in it gaining a reputation as one of the best shopping destinations in the UK.

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