24 Hours in Leeds

At the end of September, I went up to Leeds to attend the Bloggers Blogging Awards, organised by the fantastic Hayley of Tea Party Beauty. I’d never been to Leeds before, so I was keen to have a good look around while I was there – for just 24 hours!

I stayed as a guest of Ibis Styles, a gorgeous hotel with perfect location in the city. The whole hotel is styled perfectly, with a big helping of humour to go along with it (much like the people of Leeds, I found).

Staying there sure helped me learn the local lingo! From the keycard, to the mirror to the water, there were snippets of local phrases everywhere!

The bed was insanely comfy, and the breakfast the next day set me up perfectly for the drive back. There are lots of little breakout areas to relax in around the hotel, meaning that if you’re there with a large group, or with other friends, you don’t just feel confined to your room but can make the whole place your home.

From the hotel it was just a short walk to the centre of town…

The first thing I noticed walking around Leeds is that the locals are very well dressed, well made up and looking gorgeous. It made me feel a bit scruffy, truth be told. I’m guessing that rents are probably much cheaper up there than here in Cambridge, so people have more disposable income to spend on things like shopping.

And shopping very much seemed to be the main thing there! There were SO many gorgeous shopping arcades! I spent most of the time looking up rather than in the shops.

In Kyoto, the McDonalds there has to change its colours to fit in with the colour scheme of the city. Leeds is the first place I’ve seen outside Kyoto that has made big brands fit in with the styling – a glance at the above arcade and you would think these are all classic establishments!

Following my lovely walk around the city, I went off to find a restaurant I’d been looking forward to very much… More about that later…

Thank you again to Ibis Styles for putting me up!

If you’ve been to Leeds before, where’s your favourite spot?


  1. I’ve had the worst luck with hotels in Leeds. The last 2 I stayed at were terrible. Ibis sounds great! My favourite spots in Leeds: Issho, Laynes Espresso, Tharavadu, Ox Club and Trinity Kitchen. Then there’s the Insta-worthy “Hello” mural near the market.

    • It really was good! You should try it next time. I had thought to seek out the “Hello” but I was running out of time to get to the blogging awards.

  2. Great post! I have never been to Leeds.

    The McDonalds in Salzburg also has signage that fits the local aesthetic; it’s always interesting (and a little jarring) to see that. I’ve stayed in numerous Ibis hotels, and I’ve always found them to be very nice and super comfy.
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