Staying on business in Roomzzz Leeds City and looking to jump on the bleisure trend? You do right striking that work-life balance!
If you’re unfamiliar, bleisure is all about mixing work and play. Led by young professionals, it’s a trend where you extend your business trip (travel on the company woo!) to enjoy the sights of the city you’ve been working in.
Try our top six places in Leeds, to get a feel for this cool Yorkshire city, while you’re working away:
Head to retail heaven in the heart of the city. Victoria Leeds is made up of the historic Victoria Quarter shopping arcades and the shiny new Victoria Gate shopping centre. You’ll find a whole bunch of your favourite brands between these luxurious retail spaces, including Paul Smith, Vivienne Westwood, Harvey Nichols, Anthropologie and a huge John Lewis.
Not only is this place a must for shopaholics, it’s a destination for architecture lovers too. The Victoria Quarter was originally built in 1900 and is Grade II listed. On the outside, get an eyeful of the Baroque-style brickwork and inside, take in the biggest stained glass roof in Britain. In contrast the Victoria Gate is every bit modern, covered in manipulated metal panels, diamond glass panes and graphic brickwork.
This vibrant food hall in the Trinity centre is a street food fanatic’s paradise. Every eight weeks six new independent street food vans are brought in to keep things fresh so there’s always something different to dig into. But you can’t go wrong with the long timers either like Pho for Vietnamese nosh, Rola Wala for freshly made Indian eats, and Chicago Rib Shack for delicious barbecued food. Once you’ve grabbed your grub, find a seat amongst the neon signs and graffiti covered walls.
Where else can you find contemporary art inside an old brewery? We love the history meets art vibe of this place, which was once the headquarters of Leeds’ oldest brewery, Tetley’s. Head here for photography, art and sculpture by emerging artists. There’s always a thought-provoking exhibition to be found on one of the three floors too, often about the local community. In fact the Tetley pride themselves on bringing new creative voices to the fore.
Grab a guilt-free drink in the bar, knowing that every penny you’ve spent in here goes straight back into the art on display. And keep your eyes peeled for the old pub signs and beer bottles while you’re waiting for your pint.
Brudenell Social Club
Ideal if you’re staying at Roomzzz Leeds City West, the Brudenell Social Club is a short bus ride from the city centre. It’s not the flashiest looking place but it’s one of the city’s top gig venues so trust us on this one. Any genre goes as long as it’s good music and some gigs are even free entry. Loads of big names, like Franz Ferdinand, have played here over the years, along with legends like Martha Reeves, and up and coming artists from across the country.
These guys certainly know how to pick out a quality craft ale so be sure to try something new at the bar. And no worries if you’re alone, community is at the heart of it all at The Brudenell so expect friendly faces and a welcoming atmosphere. Did we also mention that they serve up a mean pieminister pie?
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We love this small but perfectly formed independent bar. The interior is classy with pendant lighting, exposed brick walls and lots of natural wood. We’ve never seen the bar without a vase of fresh flowers either. Their expresso martinis are to die for, in fact the whole cocktail menu is superb (bring back the Yorkshire rhubarb spritz we say!) and there’s always a new beer to try. In the colder months you can tuck yourself by the fireplace or in a comfy booth, and during the summer there’s the tiny plant-filled beer garden out the back.
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Leeds Art Gallery
It would be a crime to visit Leeds without hitting up the art gallery for a dose of contemporary art. The building that houses the gallery is an artwork in itself – it’s 130 years old and Grade II listed. Inside you’ll find paintings and sculptures from all of the great British artists of the 19th and 20th centuries. Their temporary exhibitions are top-notch too with work from the likes of Leonardo Da Vinci and Damien Hirst.
While you’re there be sure to check out the unexpected tiled hall café, even if you’re not feeling hungry. The heritage tiles, gold toned barrelled ceiling and marble columns were rediscovered and restored to their former glory in 2007.
There’s no excuse to moan about that upcoming business trip now – it’s the perfect opportunity for work and play! Find out more about business stays at Roomzzz, here.