Monday, 9 July 2012

Leeds Leeds Leeds

Hi guys

It's sort of a running joke at the moment about a day trip to Leeds in our house.  When I wanted to go out for the day a few weeks ago to Leeds the boy wouldn't let me. His exact words if I remember correctly were 'there is nothing in Leeds why do you want to bother going there'. Now I've never been to Leeds and really wanted to go. I don't actually know why but once I've decided on something there ins't much that will change my mind.

So off we set and even though we made one slight unexpected detour we made in one piece in reasonable time. Now one thing about Leeds and about any city centre is the the parking is expensive and I think we picked the most expensive car park. We parked in The Light which is pretty much in the heart of the city and cost £8.50 for over 6 hours. There is a park and ride some where but as we got a little bit lost we just parked at the first one we came across. It was really nice in The Light centre with a nice looking pub and few places to eat and even a cinema but we didn't really spent any time there as the weather was nice and we wanted to be outside.

On Route
Now when in Leeds where to begin for me it was straight to the Victorian Quarter and the Cross Arcade and to the Mulberry shop. No matter where I am if I pass a Mulberry shop I have to stop and have a look. I'm sure the boy now knows more about Mulberry Handbags then most women. And guess what I've picked my next Mulberry Purchase the lovely Bayswater Tote in black but ill need to be saving the pennies before hand.

Cross Arcade Leeds
Cross Arcade 
I really think we rely on the internet to much but god I'm glad of it as all I needed to do was Google nice places to eat in Leeds and this little lovely popped up. The Town Hall Tavern which is with a hint in the name straight across the road from the town hall. Here's their website if you want to have a nosey The Town Hall Tavern 

Leeds town hall
Town Hall
The Town Hall Tavern
The Town Hall Tavern
The Town Hall Tavern
Light Cuppa
The Town Hall Tavern
Town Hall Portion
The d├ęcor was very nice I loved the tea pot and tea cup lights about the tables but it still had a very old traditional put feel and I found myself looking longingly at the turquoise brick tiles and the Smeg fridge to match.

I choose the Lancashire Sausage with mash and onion rings and the boy had traditional fish and chips and oh it was good. I really enjoyed this and if your out and about in Leeds and fancy an amazing pub lunch then I would recommend it. It is a good ten minuets walk from the main shops but its defiantly worth it and is a nice place for a sneaky afternoon drink. I think it cost about £20 (as I didn't pay) for the two of us and a couple of soft drinks each.

One of the biggest and by the looks of it the most popular shops in Leeds is the Harvey Nichols. It seems smaller then the Manchester one but I really enjoyed having a good nosey around doing some dream shopping. If you are going into Leeds during the week they have a nice restaurant on the top floor that has a nicely priced set menu for lunch. The beauty hall was literately manic I've never seen the Manchester one this busy even if it was sale time. 

Harvey Nichols Leeds
Harvey Nic's
Harvey Nichols Leeds
Harvey Nic's
As you may know I have a massive sweet tooth and my portion for lunch was to big to have a dessert so later on when we where walking though the Thorntons Arcade I just had to stop to have a lovely little cupcake. I cant remember the name of the shop but the package said Cupcakes by Charley, I however seem to be able to remember the different types of cupcake.

Thornton's Arcade Leeds
Thorntons Arcade
Cupcakes, Cupcake heaven, Cupcakes in Leeds
Cupcake Heaven
Cupcakes, Cupcake heaven, Cupcakes in Leeds
Can I Have More Please
Oreo Cupcake
Oreo Cupcake
The cupcakes are £1.90 each but were perfect, I choose the Oreo cupcake but I remember there being a Crunchie one and a Terry's Chocolate Orange one to. I now wish id bought all three could do with a cupcake round about now.

If you follow me on twitter you may have already seen the picture I added the other day of the bracelet I made. Well here's where I got some of the bits from, Yum Yum Beads who also have a website site and you can find it here. Now don't panic ill be doing a separate post on my bracelet making and a how to guide. 

Beads, Yum Yum Beads Leeds
Yum Yum Beads
Beads Shop Leeds, Yum Yum Beads Leeds
Yum Yum Beads
I was so good with my spending it felt very wrong  to leave with nothing so before we headed off home we had to nip back to the Cross Arcade and a little mooch in the Vivienne Westwood shop. 

And oh look I made a little purchase of some earrings that I've been coveting for a while.

Vivienne Westwood bag
Leeds Must
Vivienne Westwood earrings
Tell Me About It Stud
Vivienne Westwood Earrings, Vivienne Westwoods Orbs
Vivienna Westwood Treats
I know these are probably old news for some people but I love them. I do already own the 'Original' sliver orb ear rings but they are to big for my midget ear lobes and I really need to sell them on but still haven't got round to doing it.

Thanks for reading and I hope this inspire you to have a little mooch to Leeds as I had a very good day and the weather was nice to so that just make it even better.

12 comments:

  1. So interesting to see my hometown from another point of view - glad you enjoyed it :)xx

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    1. Didn't realise that's ur neck of the woods I would of been bugging you for info lol xxxx

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  2. Same here! It seems odd to me that people want to visit Leeds but now I've seen this I suppose there is quite a lot to do! Unfortunately you did manage to pick the most expensive place to park, you can manage to park on the streets for free if you're going during the week but if not I think the NCP car parks are cheaper. Glad you had a great time! x

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    1. Yea it's nice for a change don't know if I'd want to go every week but had a fan day. Next time defo parking research first!!

      Liz xxx

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  3. This was a nice little slice of home! I'm orginally from Ilkley which is about fifteen minutes away from Leeds! haha. Although I love living in Manchester and the shops there, it is nice to have a wander round the shops back home - I think it is a different shoppping experience!

    Hannah xxx


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    1. I know I loved Walking round the Victorian quarter it's such a lovely building! It would of been nice if it wasn't so busy so next time I'd go mid week

      Liz xxx

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  4. I might try Leeds next time I want to go for a day out/ shopping, I usually go to Manchester but this looks like it would be a pleasant change! :) xx

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    1. It was such a nice change and it was only about an hour drive, I think next time I ment try and get the train and see if I can have a few nice little drinks lol

      Liz xxxx

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  5. Oooooooh beads!!!! that shops looks like mine and my friends dream shop!
    I think i might need a trip to leeds... its about 5hr drive from where i live... but hey ho! lol xx

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    1. It would be worth it!! Leeds is ment to be a good night out to so might be worth an over night stay xxx

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  6. Yey, I love leeds. I know this is much help now, but next time you go, if you park near the music school (the other side of the bus station) its a lot cheaper. Me and my friends spent £11 on parking in leeds last time, it's cheaper to park in Manchester overnight, than it is in leeds for a few hours..

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    xx

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    1. Thanks I'll look at that next time as I defo want to go again! But next time during the week when it's quiter xxx

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