Leeds is a thriving and passionate city which is rich in culture and heritage. The city it is a prosperous and fast paced commercial centre with a diverse range of employment opportunities across many sectors, yet it also boasts an enviable choice of bars, restaurants, clubs and theatres. It is the only city outside London with a resident opera and ballet companies in Opera North and Northern Ballet and is also home to the new City Museum, The Royal Armouries, The Grand Theatre, BBC Yorkshire and the City Varieties. (photo: Barnaby Aldrick)
How to describe Leeds?
This is normally where you’d hear words like vibrant, dynamic and fast-paced. But no superlatives or adjectives can really do Leeds justice. By day, the city is a leading European business centre, with thriving financial, legal and media industries. For shopping, the dome of the Corn Exchange covers quirky, independent stores, the Victoria Quarters elegant arcades are lined with designer boutiques and the towering Edwardian facade of Kirkgate Market is home to the largest undercover market in the country. (photo: Barnaby Aldrick)
By night, Leeds comes alive with restaurants, including two Michelin-starred, and cafes bars catering to every taste. There are many nightclubs that play everything from mainstream tunes to the most underground sounds. And Opera North, Northern Ballet and the West Yorkshire Playhouse ensures ‘culture vultures’ are looked after when the international festivals are in town. (photo: Barnaby Aldrick)
A wave of new apartment developments in Leeds city centre have coincided with a number of new accolades for the city, as well as several restaurant and bar openings, leading to a surge of people choosing to live in the city centre. It’s home to a host of high quality converted buildings, including Pearl Chambers, Crispin Lofts, Park Place, 53 The Calls and East Point. Leeds also has a host of new bars and restaurants opening every month, some owned by well-known local restaurateurs and others by established global giants such as D&D – look out for Issho, East 59th, Mowgli Street Food and The Potting Shed, amongst others. Recent growth in the Northern cities is outstripping that in London and the south-east and it is essential that we are able to provide enough accommodation of the right quality, in order to meet demand. (photo: Morgans City Living)
Leeds city centre is a place that never stands still but do you ever stop and wonder what this continuous cycle of development and investment means for its suburbs?
Although many of the towns that surround Leeds are relatively immune to what goes on in the city, one suburb looks set to follow the city centre’s successes. Headingley is adapting, growing and changing due to the student population moving southwards, allowing Headingley to redevelop the amenities residents currently enjoy. Independent restaurants, cafes and bars have moved to the area, including White’s Deli, The Cat’s Pyjamas, Red’s True BBQ and Sebby’s Deli. As a result, Headingley, which has often been second-choice for many young professionals behind Chapel Allerton, is fast re-emerging as a popular place for first time renters who want a slightly quieter life than the city centre can offer. (photo: The Cats Pyjamas)
Many places in North Leeds have become a place for young professionals to go when they’re ready to move out of the city and settle down, including Horsforth and Chapel Allerton. Both places have for a long time been some of the most popular places to live in the city. Both have an array of independent cafes and shops including Kith & Kin, El Bareto and Further North. There are a variety of housing in Chapel A and extremely close connections to get in and out of the city centre quickly, or to other towns including York and Harrogate. Horsforth is also a thriving suburb with great schools and bustling nightlife. (photo: Google)
But don’t just take our word for it! Leeds boasts a trophy cabinet crammed full of awards, including the Best Place in Britain to live, Britain’s best city for business, the UK’s best city for nightlife and not to forget the bid to become the Capital of Culture in 2023. (photo: Leeds_2023)