A quick luxe guide to city stopovers. Make Leeds your base for fun festivities, arcade shopping, contemporary Chinese cuisine and ultra glam hotels.


Dakota Deluxe

The spotlight is very much on Greek Street at the moment. The heart of all things luxe and lively. It’s the side of the city where you’ll find some of the swankiest spots to drink, dance and be merry.

Our pick is the brand new Dakota Deluxe – a bold, black-coated building standing proudly on the corner of Russell Street.

It’s all in the name – this spot is about as deluxe as it gets. It’s sleek, it’s stylish and once inside, you feel like you’ve been whisked away to a mysterious, cosmopolitan city where ritzy meets romance.

The new modern classic; there’s something sensual about this hotel as you step into an urban retreat, combining moody décor, subdued lighting and masculine touches.

Dakota’s purpose is simple: striving to make you feel special, from the warm welcome to the bedroom and the breakfast. It’s a cocoon of comfort in a sophisticated spot, where tiny touches like low lighting and flickering candles make for a romantic mini break.

Named after the 1930s Dakota aeroplane, the glamorous golden age of aviation is the theme. It’s subtle, but you will find nods to the era throughout.

The hotel opens onto Greek Street with its array of elegant eateries and cool cocktail spots – so it’s an inviting space for both overnight guests and city-goers seeking an a evening of tipples and tasty food. It’s a hubbub of fine food, smart staff and gleaming décor. It’s inspiring and it’s intelligent.

The rooms are kitted out with all the mod cons you’d expect from a New York City bachelor pad – making your stay as relaxing and as carefree as possible.

With a grill, bar and Champagne room in the building – the food and drink options are extensive. The Dakota Deluxe is a hotel for grown ups. It’s got everything you might need to make your stay a special one – perfect for an anniversary celebration or a romantic weekend getaway.



With Dakota as your base, you’re in the perfect spot for gastronomical gems and foodie favourites. Just yards from Dakota’s main entrance, you’ll find the body art-inspired, Tattu – serving contemporary Chinese cuisine, fusing traditional Asian flavours with exquisite presentation.

The place is a contemporary haven of ink-based design and intimate décor. It’s dark, it’s buzzy and it’s romantic. The menu perfectly represents the environment – sociable food – food that gets people talking. Our favourites are the Shanghai dumplings, wild mushroom and truffle spring rolls and the peking duck buns with hoisin, cucumber and spring onion. The Thai-style crispy monkfish and caramel soy beef fillet are also winners.

While in these parts, the Dakota Deluxe Bar & Grill is definitely worth an evening visit. Lounge in a comfy armchair on the terrace above Greek Street for a pre dinner tipple, before heading downstairs to the cave of contemporary class where you can dine ‘deluxe’.

Expect steaks cooked simply, fresh fish prepared to perfection, fine wines served suitably and delectable desserts to top off the experience. Wined, dined and feeling content, head upstairs to the hotel’s Champagne Bar for a plush post-dinner experience.


Find all your usual high street treats and shopping centre goodies in Trinity Leeds, head to the quirky market stalls of Kirkgate Market and inspiring independents in the Corn Exchange – there’s something for everyone when it comes to splashing the cash. Not to mention the stunning Victoria Quarter – the heart of the city’s shopping district. It’s all about the arcades here. You could spend a day browsing the independent businesses in the likes of Grand Arcade, Queens Arcade, Thorntons Arcade and Central Arcade – all linking up the city’s shopping streets.

Victoria Leeds is the most recent addition – bringing together Victoria Quarter and Victoria Gate with a John Lewis, Harvey Nichols and over 90 boutique stores to browse. A luxe shopping experience if there ever was one. Whether you’re window shopping, searching for something special or ticking off your Christmas lists early – this place takes the stress out of shopping with quaint coffee stops and delicious dining spots along the trail. If you’re serious about shopping, no amount of achy-feet will put you off here – there’s so much to see and spend.


Leeds International Film Festival kicks off across the city from November 1-16, transforming it into a film-lovers paradise with a fortnight of big name movies, fresh flicks and independent releases.

There’s lots of festive fun going on across the city too. Christkindelmarkt, Leeds is one of the most established German Christmas Markets in the UK, with traditional wooden stalls, festive greenery, a Christmas carousel ride and twinkling colourful lights all creating a festive atmosphere in the heart of Leeds city centre. The market opens on November 10th until December 24th.

The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe is on stage at the West Yorkshire Playhouse this November (29th) to 21st January 2018. Step through the wardrobe this winter into the magical kingdom of Narnia… Join Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter for the most mystical of adventures to a faraway land where it’s always winter, but never Christmas…

Nativity! The Musical is at The Grand Theatre & Opera House Leeds this December (2oth) until 6th January 2018. Every child in every school has one Christmas wish, to star in a Nativity, and at St Bernadette’s School they’re attempting to mount a musical version! Only trouble is teacher Mr Maddens has promised that a Hollywood producer is coming to see the show to turn it into a film. Join him, his teaching assistant the crazy Mr Poppy, hilarious children and a whole lot of sparkle and shine as they struggle to make everyone’s Christmas wish come true in this fantastic stage version of the favourite Christmas film.


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