Lunchtime Walks: Leeds
Posted in: i2 Office Area Guides by i2Office on 22nd June 2017
In the latest installment of i2 Office lunchtime walks we’re in the city of Leeds, West Yorkshire. As the UK’s fastest growing city and one of the country’s largest financial centres outside of London, Leeds is home to a wide array of businesses from SME’s to huge corporations.
Our Leeds serviced offices are situated in the thriving financial quarter, making them perfect for networking and offering fantastic transport links. Not just that, the offices are conveniently located just a short walk from some of the most interesting sites in the city.
The Trinity Centre
Named after the adjacent 18th-century Holy Trinity Church, your first port of call should be the award-winning Trinity Centre. With over 120 shops, restaurants, bars and an Everyman cinema, Trinity, opened in 2013, is well worth a visit during your lunch hour. A few of the bars, most notably The Alchemist and Angelica offer spectacular panoramic views of the city.
Food choices range from the cheap and cheerful to far more upmarket. So whether you’re treating clients to a meal, or just looking for cheap eats, The Trinity Centre has it all.
Walk: 15 mins
Google Map Link: Trinity Leeds
The hidden pubs of Briggate
Before the construction of the Trinity, the main shopping fare in Leeds was situated on Briggate, a pedestrianised street nearby. The road is still one of the busiest in the city and is full of shops, restaurants, and if you look hard enough, pubs. Some the best pubs remain hidden in alleyways situated off the street.
The Angel Inn is one such pub. Owned by Sam Smith’s brewery, this basic local is popular with students for its ridiculously cheap pints and homely setting. Nearby is The Pack Horse, which is similarly hard to find but worth seeking out. At 302 years old, the oldest pub in Leeds is Whitelocks and is hugely popular with locals and visitors lucky enough to find it.
Walk: 17 mins
Google Map Link: Briggate, Leeds
Northern Monk Brewery
Just a short walk from our serviced offices is the Northern Monk Brewery. The Brewery has a tap room on site that features 16 keg lines, 2 cask lines and an extensive bottle selection showcasing the beer brewed on site. It’s open every day aside from Monday and is well worth a visit one lunchtime or for after work drinks.
The Refectory Kitchens serve up a selection of seasonal, local small plate dishes changing frequently and can also be rented for an event space if needed. Northern Monk describe their beer as “Aahome not just to our beer, but also a destination to support and showcase like-minded brands and creatives who share our vision of craftsmanship.”
Walk: 10 mins
Google Map Link: Northern Monk
Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills
Located a fair walk alongside the River Aire, the Leeds Industrial Museum is an interesting but often overlooked destination. Once the world's largest woolen mill, today the museum offers an insight into the history of manufacturing in Leeds, including textiles, clothing, printing and engineering.
Admission for adults is just £3.60, or just £2.90 with a Leeds Card. A well worthwhile investment to anyone moving into the city. If the walk is slightly too long for a lunchtime, the bus number 15 operates between Leeds Railway Station and Armley Mills.
Walk: 24 mins
Google Map Link: Armley Mills