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Guidebook for Leeds

James

Guidebook for Leeds

Drinks & Nightlife
Amazing South Indian food with a wide selection of craft beers
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Bundobust
6 Mill Hill
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Amazing South Indian food with a wide selection of craft beers
Leeds' oldest pub. The beautiful tiled bar itself is listed.
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Whitelock's Ale House
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Leeds' oldest pub. The beautiful tiled bar itself is listed.
Has a definite 'lived in' feel but great food and bar. The make their own charcuterie, which they also supply to Friends of Ham
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The Reliance
76-78 North St
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Has a definite 'lived in' feel but great food and bar. The make their own charcuterie, which they also supply to Friends of Ham
Good music, friendly crowd
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Smokestack
159A Lower Briggate
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Good music, friendly crowd
Leeds' gay district. I'm not much into 'the scene' these days, but if you are, this is where they gay boys and girls hang out.
Lower Briggate
Leeds' gay district. I'm not much into 'the scene' these days, but if you are, this is where they gay boys and girls hang out.
Our spaceship of an arena
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First Direct Arena
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Our spaceship of an arena
Located in Holbeck's atmospheric Urban Village – reputedly the oldest set of industrial buildings in the world – this is Leeds Brewery's flagship pub.
Midnight Bell
101 Water Ln
Located in Holbeck's atmospheric Urban Village – reputedly the oldest set of industrial buildings in the world – this is Leeds Brewery's flagship pub.
The Grade I listed building opened as the Coliseum in 1885 as a concert hall and then a theatre, hosting everything from variety shows to political meetings and religious gatherings and even a circus!
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O2 Academy Leeds
55 Cookridge St
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The Grade I listed building opened as the Coliseum in 1885 as a concert hall and then a theatre, hosting everything from variety shows to political meetings and religious gatherings and even a circus!
The original MOJO bar, which has blazed the trail for the Leeds independent bar scene since opening in 1996
MOJO
18 Merrion St
The original MOJO bar, which has blazed the trail for the Leeds independent bar scene since opening in 1996
On two floors, bar, restaurant & club downstairs, you can make this venue your whole night out without having to trundle all over Leeds!
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The Wardrobe
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On two floors, bar, restaurant & club downstairs, you can make this venue your whole night out without having to trundle all over Leeds!
Spread over three floors, the venue comprises of two bars, two kitchens, a 200 capacity event space and a spectacular roof terrace.
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Belgrave Music Hall & Canteen
1A Cross Belgrave St
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Spread over three floors, the venue comprises of two bars, two kitchens, a 200 capacity event space and a spectacular roof terrace.
Another nice pub in one of Briggate's old alleyways.
The Angel Inn
Another nice pub in one of Briggate's old alleyways.
11,000 sq ft site includes a cocktail bar, restaurant, events space and more, set across four floors.
Headrow House
19 The Headrow
11,000 sq ft site includes a cocktail bar, restaurant, events space and more, set across four floors.
Food Scene
Magnificent arched space was originally a reading room for the library, before the original features were covered in the 50s and 60s. Restored in 2007 and now operates as a cafe. Worth a look.
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Tiled Hall Café
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Magnificent arched space was originally a reading room for the library, before the original features were covered in the 50s and 60s. Restored in 2007 and now operates as a cafe. Worth a look.
Fantastic charcuterie from The Reliance and great selection of beers.
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Friends of Ham
4-8 New Station St
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Fantastic charcuterie from The Reliance and great selection of beers.
Leeds' oldest and best loved veggie restaurants. Current owners have really upped the quality of the menu and service.
Roots and Fruits
10 Grand Arcade
Leeds' oldest and best loved veggie restaurants. Current owners have really upped the quality of the menu and service.
One of two branches of this great indie coffee shop in central Leeds
La Bottega Milanese
One of two branches of this great indie coffee shop in central Leeds
One of two branches of this fab indie coffee house.
La Bottega Milanese
One of two branches of this fab indie coffee house.
I didn't want to like it as much as I do. They are pretty good burgers. But order the one that looks like it's the child's size portion. It's plenty.
Five Guys
9 Duncan St
I didn't want to like it as much as I do. They are pretty good burgers. But order the one that looks like it's the child's size portion. It's plenty.
Tea rooms don't come more English than Bettys. The perfect place to stop after your Turkish Bath.
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Bettys Café Tea Rooms
1 Parliament St
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Tea rooms don't come more English than Bettys. The perfect place to stop after your Turkish Bath.
On a nice day, it's an easy walk to this branch of Bettys from the centre of Harrogate. Walk through the Valley Gardens and follow the signs.
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Bettys Café Tea Rooms - Harlow Carr
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On a nice day, it's an easy walk to this branch of Bettys from the centre of Harrogate. Walk through the Valley Gardens and follow the signs.
Claims to be a Basque restaurant. Not sure how authentic it is, but the bar, food and service are all great.
Pintura
1 Trinity St
Claims to be a Basque restaurant. Not sure how authentic it is, but the bar, food and service are all great.
My Thai friends tell me this is the best restaurant in town
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Thai a Roy Dee
120-122 Vicar Ln
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My Thai friends tell me this is the best restaurant in town
Small range but all good. And just 30 seconds from your front door!
Nom Deli
77 Great George St
Small range but all good. And just 30 seconds from your front door!
Best pizza outside of Italy. Proper Neapolitan bases, cooked in a real wood-fired oven.
Pizza Fella
114-116 Vicar Ln
Best pizza outside of Italy. Proper Neapolitan bases, cooked in a real wood-fired oven.
Essentials
Where Marks and Spencer first set up shop.
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Leeds Kirkgate Market
28-34 George St
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Where Marks and Spencer first set up shop.
Decent sized supermarket, ten minutes from your apartment.
Sainsbury's
22-26 The Headrow
Decent sized supermarket, ten minutes from your apartment.
The largest supermarket in the centre of Leeds. Good prices but gets very busy with students
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Morrisons
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The largest supermarket in the centre of Leeds. Good prices but gets very busy with students
The nearest accident and emergency service
A&E - Emergency Department
The nearest accident and emergency service
Nearest general practice doctors surgery
One Medicare
Nearest general practice doctors surgery
Nearest dental service
Headrow Dental
5 The Headrow
Nearest dental service
Arts & Culture
Leeds' rep theatre.
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Leeds Playhouse
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Leeds' rep theatre.
Home to Opera North.
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The Grand Theatre & Opera House Leeds
46 New Briggate
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Home to Opera North.
Not a bad place to spend a wet afternoon.
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Leeds City Museum
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Not a bad place to spend a wet afternoon.
Leeds isn't on most tourist's itinerary but the people at VisitLeeds will point in the direction of what we have!
VisitLeeds and Art Gallery Shop
Leeds isn't on most tourist's itinerary but the people at VisitLeeds will point in the direction of what we have!
“One of the finest contemporary art museums in Europe.” The Independent. With over 1,600 m/sq of light-filled gallery spaces, this is the largest purpose-built exhibition space outside London.
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The Hepworth Wakefield
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“One of the finest contemporary art museums in Europe.” The Independent. With over 1,600 m/sq of light-filled gallery spaces, this is the largest purpose-built exhibition space outside London.
"Probably the finest exhibition site for sculpture in the world." Bill Packer, Financial Times. Easily combined with a visit to The Hepworth in Wakefield.
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Yorkshire Sculpture Park
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"Probably the finest exhibition site for sculpture in the world." Bill Packer, Financial Times. Easily combined with a visit to The Hepworth in Wakefield.
The country's national collection of film and photography.
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National Science and Media Museum
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The country's national collection of film and photography.
Leeds Industrial Museum contains exhibits from 18th century to the present day and tells the history of manufacturing in Leeds, including textiles, clothing, printing and engineering.
Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills
Leeds Industrial Museum contains exhibits from 18th century to the present day and tells the history of manufacturing in Leeds, including textiles, clothing, printing and engineering.
One of the great country houses of England set within a Capability Brown landscape surrounded by beautiful parkland which includes a working rare breed’s farm.
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Temple Newsam House
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One of the great country houses of England set within a Capability Brown landscape surrounded by beautiful parkland which includes a working rare breed’s farm.
Regularly performing in Leeds’ theatres, they’re considered one of the best dance companies in the world
Northern Ballet
Regularly performing in Leeds’ theatres, they’re considered one of the best dance companies in the world
The Brudenell is most famous for hosting secret gigs for bands like Franz Ferdinand and the Kaiser Chiefs. However, it has been a centrepiece of the Leeds music scene for a number of years.
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Brudenell Social Club
33 Queen's Rd
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The Brudenell is most famous for hosting secret gigs for bands like Franz Ferdinand and the Kaiser Chiefs. However, it has been a centrepiece of the Leeds music scene for a number of years.
Sightseeing
It's half an hour away by train but well worth it. The 1896 interiors are in a Moorish style with great Islamic arches and screens, walls of vibrant glazed brickwork, arabesque painted ceilings.
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Turkish Baths Harrogate
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It's half an hour away by train but well worth it. The 1896 interiors are in a Moorish style with great Islamic arches and screens, walls of vibrant glazed brickwork, arabesque painted ceilings.
The Royal Horticultural Society's Northern outpost. Beautiful gardens - and a branch of Bettys too!
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RHS Garden Harlow Carr
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The Royal Horticultural Society's Northern outpost. Beautiful gardens - and a branch of Bettys too!
It's a bracing walk up from Ilkley railway station but worth it to be able to sing "On Ilkley Moor bah t'at"
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Ilkley Moor
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It's a bracing walk up from Ilkley railway station but worth it to be able to sing "On Ilkley Moor bah t'at"
Home to the Bronte family
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Haworth
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Home to the Bronte family
Only 20 minutes by train to visit this converted mill in Saltaire. Contains collection of shops, dining and David Hockney work.
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Salts Mill
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Only 20 minutes by train to visit this converted mill in Saltaire. Contains collection of shops, dining and David Hockney work.
Entertainment & Activities
Built by Thomas Winn & Sons, it opened on 7 November 1914 and is one of the oldest cinemas in the country. Small, cosy cinema showing good range of films at affordable prices!
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Hyde Park Picture House
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Built by Thomas Winn & Sons, it opened on 7 November 1914 and is one of the oldest cinemas in the country. Small, cosy cinema showing good range of films at affordable prices!