Lost Weekend In Leeds

Lost Weekend In Leeds

Often described as Yorkshire’s unofficial capital, Leeds has culture and charisma in spades. Here’s why it’s on our list of must-see cities…


If it’s an obscure read you’re after, The Village Bookstore has enough indie zines to keep you amused for hours. It operates as an independent book shop, gallery and general hipster summit point. It specialises in self-published zines from local and international artists with a healthily stocked shelf full of hard-to-get mags from publishers around the world.



The Hyde Park Picture House remains something of a landmark. Having survived two world wars and the advent of television, video and netflix, it still draws a regular crowd of die-hard fans keen to soak up the cinematic atmosphere. Pay a visit on a Tuesday for their Tuesday Wonders screenings - an evening dedicated to forgotten cinematic gems.


Catch 40 winks in style at boutique hotel 42 The Calls - a converted 18th century riverside corn mill transformed into a 4 star luxury hideaway. The building retains plenty of its original features, from the beamed ceilings to the industrial girders and exposed brick walls. The result makes for a contemporary, modern hotel steeped in history. Request a room looking out over the River Aire and enjoy the personal touches that make this a boutique hotel to remember: complimentary fudge and homemade shortbread anyone?


Friends of Ham don’t just specialise in mouth-watering spreads - they regularly collaborate with other foodie businesses for an exciting calendar of delicious dates in the diary (check the events section on their website for the full lowdown). Swat up on your butchery and charcuterie skills, enrol in their cheese school with The Courtyard Dairy or just pig out every Saturday at their morning deli market.


Opt for a refresh in between sightseeing and head to the Toni&Guy salon at Albion Place. Choose from the ever-popular Fashion Fix menu for full-on
Leeds-style glamour.

  • Words: Catriona Taylor