Once a run-down mill town, Leeds is now a vision of urban architectural chic with glitzy malls and expertly repurposed industrial buildings lining its canals.

Too cool to be touristy, yet home to Henry VIII’s armour (at the Royal Armouries), the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds Playhouse and the Northern Ballet, Leeds is no stranger to high culture.

But it’s the strong independent scene bursting with edgy eateries, bars and shops that attracts folk like a magnet across the north. Nights come alive with gigs at the big-name Leeds Academy or in-the-know spots like The Brudenell Social Club or The Wardrobe. See you there.

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