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“Rich history, world-class sports, fantastic shopping and diverse year-round entertainment make Leeds a great place for everyone to enjoy.”
Leeds claims to be the fastest-growing city in Britain. It now has a vibrant and thriving multi-cultural population of over 700,000, is officially the second largest legal centre in England and is the third largest centre for financial services, attracting over £1.6 billion of investment in recent years. It also benefits from a considerable and easily accessible green belt and more parkland than any other European city.
Culture and couture
The city is the home of Opera North, the Northern Ballet Theatre and the West Yorkshire Playhouse (which stages more productions than any other theatre outside of London). It also has a huge variety of museums and galleries catering for every taste, including the Henry Moore Institute described by the Times as ‘probably the best 20th Century art collection outside of London’.
A thriving retail centre boasting the first regional branch of Harvey Nichols, Leeds also has designer names such as Vivienne Westwood and Paul Smith in the Victoria Quarter and independent fashion boutiques in the old Corn Exchange. Don’t miss one of Europe’s largest outdoor markets, and Granary Wharf – a shopping centre built under the railway arches of the main station, and specialising in arts, crafts and textiles.
Restaurants and recreation
Leeds’ exceptional range of eateries and bars stretches from old-fashioned Yorkshire pubs to Michelin-starred establishments, with cuisine to suit all tastes. There’s also a thriving club scene attracting many top international DJs.
The 70s footballing giant Leeds United is currently undergoing a steady resurgence on the back of massive local support, while international cricket features regularly at Headingley. The city also has top flight rugby teams in both League and Union, horse racing at nearby Wetherby and 21 golf courses within driving distance of the city. Walking is also popular here, with the Dales, York Moors and Peak District all in easy reach – as are the historical attractions of Fountains Abbey and Kirkstall Abbey.
The right connections
Leeds is well-connected to the rest of the country too, with the M1 and A1 nearby, a rapidly-developing international airport and direct rail links with London taking just 2 hours.
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