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Love Leeds


I’d always heard good things about Leeds (shopping and bars in particular!), so when one of my best friends moved there for University, I instantly started making road trip plans… Three years and numerous visits later, I’m still as in love with this city as when I first sipped a cocktail on Call Lane! 

Whether you’ve booked your Leeds Hen Party yet or not, this list of things to do in and around the city should provide you with some inspiration to make the most of your weekend. From picnics in the park to daiquiris after dark, here are a few reasons to love the largest city in Yorkshire.

Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon

It’s a fact that we don’t get enough sunshine in this country, so when it peeks through the clouds it’d be rude not to make the most of it! In and around Leeds there are some gorgeous grassy areas which are perfect for a picnic and perhaps a cheeky Pimm’s?

Located just 4 miles outside of the city, Kirkstall Abbey is one of the most complete examples of a medieval Cistercian abbey in Britain; providing a stunning backdrop for your Hen Weekend. If you’d prefer more of a ‘tropical’ experience, head over to Roundhay Park where for just £3.40 you can explore the habitats of the Morelet’s Crocodile, Spiny Mice, White Faced Whistling Ducks and even Giraffe Fish!

Shop ‘til you Drop

No Leeds Hen Party would be complete without indulging in some retail therapy! Harvey Nichols chose Leeds as its first location for a new store outside of London, and if it’s good enough for Harvey Nic’s then it’s good enough for us!Whether your budget is more suited to Armani or ‘Primarni’, Leeds has it all. Start on central shopping street, Briggate, and venture into the beautiful Grade 11* listed Victoria Quarter which houses over 70 of the World’s leading brands from Louis Vuitton to Mulberry. Then why not pop next door to Harvey Nichols for a swift cocktail in their famous Fourth Floor Bar with panoramic views of the city.For vintage lovers, you’ll find a multitude of boutiques within the Corn Exchange, such as sparkly Japanese inspired Candy Candy and the quirky Dee’s Wardrobe. Located just around the corner from here are the bustling Kirkgate Markets with hundreds of individual shops and the traders who know their stuff. The markets pride themselves on being a one-stop-shop, offering everything from freshly baked breads to wigs!Leeds could almost live without the huge modernised shopping centre, but it doesn’t need to! The brand spanking new £350m city centre development, Trinity Leeds, is even open until 8pm Monday to Saturday, meaning a last minute dash for a new pair of heels is never out of the question!

Wine O’Clock

I may be biased, but I believe Call Lane could rival any stretch of bars in the UK. Centrally located and perfect for your Leeds Hen Party, you can enjoy relaxing afternoon spritzers in the courtyard or even go mad on the shots and dance until the sun rises! Here’s a selection of some of the best bars Call Lane has to offer:

  • SoBe – Short for South Beach, this Miami inspired bar provides inventive cocktails with top-end ingredients, alongside a good mix of old school R’n’B and House, in seriously colourful surroundings!
  • Jake’s Bar – Down a flight of stairs, this smooth and low lit basement bar looks unassuming, but there’s a reason it keeps people going back night after night. With an amazing soundtrack from Hip Hop to funky beats and its own Copper Pot Still, which allows them to brew their own unique spirits and liqueurs, you might not make it to another bar!
  • The Rock Bar – From Ibiza with love, this bar is a small but perfectly formed slice of the Balearics right in the heart of Leeds. With laid back vibes and even an indoor tree, this bar wouldn’t be out of place on San Antonio’s famed Sunset Strip.
  • Fibre – Ten years since Fibre burst onto the Leeds scene, it’s still going strong and receiving countless awards for its décor and entertainment. Regularly hosting pre parties for huge club nights and outdoor courtyard raves, this is a must visit on your Leeds Hen Party. Just watch out for the unisex toilets!

*Don’t forget to watch out for those awkward cobbles as you go from bar to bar; they really don’t mix with stilettos, and I’m speaking from experience!* 

And finally… No trip to Leeds is complete without witnessing McDonalds Briggate at 3am! Full of late night revellers, it’s always guaranteed a giggle and a chicken nugget!

Whether you’ve already booked your Leeds Hen Party, or this has tempted you, you can see our full range of Leeds packages here. Or to discuss our range further, please call our sales team on 0115 941 5282.

Laura Wojtania

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