There’s a bit of a theme on my blog recently. If you hadn’t noticed I’ve spent a lot of time depicting the end of my degree, from how I’m surviving the final month, to my job hunt, and now to my experience of Leeds.
I’ve lived in Leeds now, on and off, for over three years. Most of this time has been spent in a little student bubble of Hyde Park, university and local pubs. There are a few things though that I would recommend to all visitors, students and general Leeds goers!
1) Watch a film at Hyde Park Picture House
We’d lived in Hyde Park for nearly a year and a half before my friends and I ventured into Hyde Park Picture House. I’d always admired the facade whenever I popped into Sainsbury’s and yet never thought to actually go.
Then we did go in. It’s a lovely, old cinema with one screen. It’s pretty, a great experience and actually has a nice selection of films available even if it can’t compete with the vast cinema complexes.
Find out more here.
2) Gaze in awe at the ceiling of the Corn Exchange
The Corn Exchange is now a deceptively large boutique shopping centre. It is also one of the finest examples of architecture that you will ever see, the ceiling in particular is fantastic!
Enjoy the independent shops, grab a bite to eat, and stare at the ceiling!
There’s a great slideshow of the building here.
3) Sing loudly to Arctic Monkeys at Moustache Tuesdays
There’s no shortage of nightlife in Leeds! As a student we found an excess of options every night of the week. I personally haven’t been sampling the nightlife so much since about 2010, but this year did find a new home in the O2 basement for Moustache.
Alternatively if bars are more your thing, wile away the hours on Call Lane. There’s also the legendary Otley Run for those with drinking stamina and a love of fancy dress.
4) Red’s BBQ
I think this is probably a sufficient description:
“Two house-made 100% steak burgers flame grilled over hickory, melted double cheese, smoked peppered bacon dirty sauce and deep fried crispy onions, all between two sweet glazed donuts. Served with hush puppies and skin-on fries. It shouldn’t work, but sweet Red above. It’s incredible. #DONUTBURGER” Red’s BBQ
Visit the website and choose your meat of choice – you won’t regret it!
Not the donut burger, just another one of their amazing creations!
5) Roundhay Park
I’ve never actually visited, it’s too far from where I live. But I’ve driven past it enough! I’m a big fan of parks and this ticks all the boxes. So excuse me while I try and find my way there to enjoy the sun!
Where are your favourite spots in Leeds?