35 Reasons Why Leeds Is Amazing!
Mel B - Everyone's favourite scary spice girl, Leeds born Mel shook it like Queen B before even Beyoncé did!
Recording Studio - You can create your own Leeds hen party girl band at a fabulous recording session. See more...
Leigh Francis - The man responsible for unleashing the hilarity of Keith Lemon onto British television is a Leeds lad. "Bang tidy!"
The Warehouse - >One of Leeds' most popular nightclubs, a night here is full of body-rocking, roof-shaking party anthems with one of the most faithful crowds in town.
Kaiser Chiefs - This brilliant band absolutely rocks, and lead singer Ricky Wilson is seriously cute. And when it comes to great weekends... We predict a riot!
How Much?!? - In 2010, a Leeds-made Chippendale, the 'Harrington Commode' went for over £3,000,000. Someone really needed to spend those pennies!
Meat Liquor - This uber-trendy restaurant combines two of our greatest loves - meat, and boozy goodness! Come here for the best burgers in town and stay for the superb atmosphere.
Sooty & Sweep - Weird fact spoiler! Sooty and sweep were a gift to Leeds born Harry Corbett who went on to create the much loved kids show. Who gave him the present? His uncle, Harry Ramsden, who went on to become the fish and chip shop tycoon. Strange but true.
Sheep on the Roof? - In 1840, the Egyptian-themed Temple Works was the biggest room in the world, but to keep it at the right humidity they stuck a load of sheep on the roof to graze and act as a kind of natural insulation. Bleeting mental?!
Blind Tyger - This beautiful bar has feels like a speakeasy from the roaring 20s and the drinks that taste as if they've come straight from the most exclusive Miami cocktail spots.
Club Mission - We're not sure what this club's mission is, but based on our experience, it's to give you the kind of amazing night that you can't wait to enjoy again...right after you've ditched that killer hangover!
Ghostly goings on... - Leeds is a historic and beautiful city, so beautiful in fact, that on the odd occasion it seems that past residents wont leave. Spectral hangers-on include The White Lady of Leeds City Varieties and a particularly unhappy female entity known as 'Mary' in the picturesque ruins of Kirkstall Abbey.
Haunted Hen Nights - Think you're tough enough to spend the night in some of Leeds' most haunted locations? With our haunted hen nights, you can find out; be warned, this definitely isn't for the faint of heart! Discover more...
Gabby Logan - With her own impressive sporting pedigree (former international gymnast and daughter of an international footballer/manager) Gabby has gone on to show the boys just how sports presenting should be done.
Epernay - The girls will love this beautiful champagne bar that's perfect for a stylish start to an evening of hen party frolics. Epernay is the perfect place to toast the nearly-wed.
Cluedo - Yet another brilliant gift that Leeds gave the world through the Waddington toy company. The murderous game has become one of the most famous board games of all time.
Deadly Dinners - If you want your own murder my horrid you can enjoy a Leeds hen party murder mystery evening. Who did it? We haven't a cluedo! (sorry, we'll get our coats). Read more...
Cielo Blanco - Mexican bars rarely feel as authentic as Cielo Blanco, this watering hole makes for a colourful assault on the senses and Latino décor is simply awesome! The Tijuana Smash is amazing by the way...
Canny Lad - In 1960, local BBC radio boss Phil Sidey bought a greyhound and gave it the name of 'Radio Leeds' to ensure the new station got a mention from the Yorkshire Evening Post which apparently wasn't too happy about the arrival of new competition. Another example of canny Leeds thinking.
Sue Ryder - This Leeds lass is truly amazing. Her charity has helped to set up more than 80 homes worldwide and has become a great place to shop for the odd vintage treasure.
Leeds Carnival - Leeds is an amazingly multi-cultural city and hosts Europe's oldest Caribbean carnival with is a simply one huge party!
Shopping Mad - Leeds is a retail-therapist's dream! 3.5 million square feet of shopping and five miles of store-filled streets make up one of the country's largest pedestrianised shopping areas.
Jelly Tots - The 'discovery' of Jelly Tots was actually a bit of a scientific blunder by Leeds researcher Brian Boffey. He was trying to produce a powdered jelly that would instantly set when added to cold water at the time. Tastiest mistake ever!
Cocktail Mixing - Leeds is a city of great taste, especially cocktails and you can learn how to shake your own with the help of experienced (and very hunky) barmen. Discover more...
The Big Smoke - Leeds is absolutely massive with a metropolitan population of around 798,800, making it the second biggest city in the entire country. Only Birmingham is bigger, and before you say, London's boroughs are counted separately!
Trinity Leeds - This shopping complex is honestly so futuristic, it's basically the retail park of our dreams, and it's packed full of amazing stores like Hollister, Mango and the alluring Pandora.
Pho - Located in the hip, cool surrounds of Trinity Kitchen, Pho is Vietnamese dining at its very best. A cheeky bowl of Bun Noodles makes for a really unusual but extremely tasty lunch treat for sure!
Louis Le Prince - The next time you film the girls doing something silly on Snapchat, you can thank this amazing French inventor. While staying in Leeds, Le Prince produced the world's first moving images, although before he could unveil his technology he went mysteriously missing and was never seen again...
Hippos? - In 1984, Hippo bones dating back to around 130,000 years ago were found on the site of the Armley Gyratory, which weirdly is not far from the former Leeds Hippodrome.
A Wrong 'un - One of New York's most notorious gangsters was actually born and bred in Leeds. It's even said that Owney 'the killer' Madden had copies of the Yorkshire Post imported so that he could keep up to date with what was going on back home.
Flying Starts - Leeds was the hometown of Britain's oldest flying aeroplane. The Blackburn Type D was built here in 1912 just a decade after the Wright Brothers took flight for the first time.
Karl Marx - You know a city must be great when such a startling mind as Karl Marx spent time writing for the local papers Leeds General and Northern Star.
The Internet - The world's first internet supplier was based in Leeds! Freeserve was your one-way ticket to the World Wide Web in 1998 before being sold for a tasty £1.65 billion in 2001.
Pampering Day - If your bride-to-be is finding wedding planning a tad stressful, then she'll absolutely adore this full day of rest and relaxation that'll positively wash any nearly-wed worries away on a Leeds hen do. Find out more...
Marco Pierre White - The famous celebrity chef began life in Leeds, learning traditional, home cooking basics in his Northern home before heading south to develop his amazing culinary skills.
Leeds List - Shopping, dining, gigs and more in this wonderful city.
Leeds Inspired - Exposing the city's superb arts and culture.
Leeds Girls Can - The active girl's guide to Leeds.
Visit Leeds - Top tourist info on the hoof.
- 1. Great shopping, Leeds is known as the "Knightsbridge of the North"
- 2. The shopping- from bustling markets to charming boutiques
- 3. Great choice for eating out, from gourmet dining to fish and chips
- 4. The large student population means a vibrant, lively nightlife
- 5. Cutting-edge British designers in Victoria Quarter
It's time for a hen party in Leeds!
Edgy, energetic, with a fashionable vibe and scenic backdrop, the UK's choice for ‘Visitor City of the Year' brings an incredible mix of culture, glitz, glamour and traditional feel-good factor to a hen weekend in Leeds. With fun-filled days, dazzling nights and an exquisite shopping scene, the young vibrant metropolis is the perfect location to let your hair down, get your gladrags on and celebrate with the girls in uniquely fashionable style!
Why choose Leeds
Leeds loves to party! And with a whopping two million square feet of luxury retail heaven to explore, over 50 fantastic activities to fill your days and a buzzing party vibe to welcome you into the nights, a hen weekend in Leeds has all the ingredients for a brilliantly carefree bash with the girls. Relax in the luxury of your 4* suite, enjoy the perks of our hunky Butlers in the Buff at your top apartment, indulge and shop to your heart's content in the UK's most female friendly city, get a blast of fresh air in the rolling Yorkshire hills and then party the night away in some of the world's favourite clubs.... Phew!
What can a Leeds hen do?
Between the stunning scenery, rich heritage and outdoorsy fun of the Dales and the indulgent treats of the lively city centre, your hen weekend in Leeds can be as action-packed, chilled out, classy, cool or even cheesy as you like!
From thumping beats to the headlining Leeds Festival and the beauty of the Northern Ballet, Leeds shakes, shimmies and sings its heart out to an incredible mega-mix of sounds. Why not get into the groove at one of our top dance sessions, or have a blast giving Madonna a run for her money in the recording studio? Unleash your inner temptress and learn a few moves at a burlesque or pole dancing lesson, or for a fantastic memento of your fab Leeds hen party how about letting an army of professionals capture your best moments to make your very own sassy music video?
If you fancy some fun in the great outdoors then off-road karting, paintballing or a turn on the hovercraft will blast your hangover in true Lara Croft style and an all-girls outing to admire the ball skills of rugby's muscly finest is always a winner in our books! Then head to the spa for some much needed TLC and let expert hands get you pampered, preened and party ready for your big night on the town!
Shopping in Leeds...
There's little wonder The Knightsbridge of the North has been voted the UK's top choice when it comes to retail therapy - Harvey Nicks calls the city home, Mr Marks and Mr Spencer first began plying their trade in the historic Kirkgate Market and Louis Vitton set up his premiere VIP camp here! And with a fantastic mix of designer stores, chic boutiques, high street brands, market stalls and trendy eateries to explore, Leeds really is a dream choice for hens who like to splurge!
Take a stroll beneath the elegant glass domes of the Victoria Quarter, where striking architecture and the height of fashion meet in fabulous over-the-top decadence, or head to the Corn Exchange for a great selection of vintage boutiques and smaller independent stores. And with more than 120 familiar high street classics, not to mention the tasty offerings of the Trinity Kitchen's cafés and restaurants, you could easily spend a few hours bagging some goodies in the impressive Trinity Leeds.
Leeds hen parties after dark...
From the fancy bars of Brewery Wharf to the trendy clubs of Call Lane to Millennium Square's unbeatable mix of live venues, glitzy cocktail bars and cosy pubs, it's easy to see why Leeds tops the polls as the nation's favourite choice for big nights on the town. Why not hop aboard the boogie bus for some giggles, moves and merry mayhem between venues, belt out the classics with some traditional karaoke fun, or let us arrange a fantastic meal at one of Leeds' award-winning restaurants? Adding the cheeky smile of a Butler in the Buff to the evening's events is sure to attract admiring glances from all the girls and for an evening of fabulously outrageous entertainment, how about including some hilarious hen night cabaret in your weekend?!
When's the best times for a hen party in Leeds?
With its rich culture and surroundings, fantastic shopping, incredible party vibe and packed calendar of events, there's always something happening in the fun-loving city! Leeds Loves Food in May and has a Party in The Park in July, with the world-class Leeds Festival hot on its dancing heels in August. Comedy in the Park will keep the girls entertained in November before the city celebrates with a glass (or three) of mulled wine at the magical Christmas market.
Getting the party started!
From the Grand Theatre and Dales to the bustling city centre and vibrant nightlife, Leeds continues to revel in its status as one of the favourite cities in the UK. And with a selection of sensational packages on offer, we're confident we can help you make the most of a truly dazzling destination. So why not drop us a line today?!
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