Having lived in Leeds from a young age, I've seen many improvements and changes within the city...and Yorkshire over the years. I love living here!
We all know London is a great place to visit and there is so much going on at any one time, but does the commute to work, crowded tubes, hustle and bustle to get anywhere in London make anyone think it’s worth a change to move up north?
So…what does Leeds have to offer? With a population of around 1 million and the Capital of Yorkshire, Leeds is a big business city, offering great career opportunities and a high quality home life in attractive surrounding towns or rural villages within scenic countryside. It is now the UK’s third largest centre for the media and communications industry after London and Glasgow.
If you ask people what comes out of Leeds they may say The Kaiser Chief’s, Emmerdale Farm , Leeds United, Leeds Rhinos, Olympic gold medalists and the first M&S penny bazaar was opened in the 1880’s!
With a vast shopping centre which includes Harvey Nichols based in the beautiful Victoria Quarter, the newly opened Trinity Leeds and The Corn Exchange there is a great choice in the city centre.
Trinity opened in March with 130,000 people visiting on the first day and they have revealed that 4 million people have passed through the doors in the first 8 weeks of trading. Around 80,000 are currently visiting on a daily basis!
In addition to Trinity, Developers Hammerson are behind the new £130 million Victoria Gate development which will host a flagship John Lewis store, restaurants and an 800-space car park. A glass-roofed arcade will link John Lewis with the existing Victoria Quarter. The scheme will create up to 1,500 retail and hospitality jobs.
The Victoria Gate development has won the race to be the home of West Yorkshire’s biggest ever casino. The 50,000 sq ft casino will sit above the shops which is due to open in 2016.
With a Cosmopolitan 24 buzz of cafe’s, bars, clubs, restaurants and galleries, why not try ‘city living’ in one of the many central apartments with views over the Leeds/Liverpool canal? For a fraction of the price you would expect to pay in London you could live in a new build or loft style apartment.
Or just 10 minutes drive out of town the suburb of Chapel Allerton offers a suburban feel with numerous bars and restaurants. Roundhay is just twenty minutes by bus and is one of Leeds’ greenest and most pleasant areas. Roundhay Park is one of the largest municipal parks in Europe, with over 700 acres of woodland, parkland, landscaped walkways, two lakes and a cricket pitch. With great transport links to Harrogate Spa Town, the historic cobbled streets of York and the Mill Town of Saltaire, you have a choice of places less than 30 minutes commute.
For music lovers, The First Direct Arena Leeds is due to open in July 2013 and has some top acts lined up so far including Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, JLS, Kaiser Chiefs, Andrea Bocelli & Cirque Du Soleil.
Yorkshire also hosts the Leeds Festival in Bramham and next July is hosting the grand depart of Le Tour De France.
There are some great night spots and restaurants in the city...here are some useful links.
Also, if you're thinking of a move to Manchester then check out Danni's blog here: