Eight new openings in Leeds that you need to know about
7th July 2021
From a roller skating community to pop-up drinking and dining in a multi storey car park, it’s all happening in the city of Leeds. As lockdown restrictions continue to ease and staycation destinations are on the rise, we’ve rounded up the city’s latest openings for visitors to enjoy.
- 1 Dine in style on the eighth level of a multistory car park
Launching on Friday 25th June and located on Level 8 CitiPark in the Merrion Centre, Multistories is Leeds’ exciting new summer pop-up adding to the city’s thriving social scene. 350 guests will be able to enjoy cutting-edge food and drink from renowned chefs including Master Chef’s Matt Healy, The Savvy Baker and more to be announced, as well as eclectic beats from some of the best local DJ talent.
- 2 Visit the newly-refurbished Queens Hotel in city centre
Celebrating over 80 years in the city, the iconic Queens Hotel has undergone a £16 million refurbishment, resulting in a complete transformation that takes visitors back in time.
Resembling 1920’s Britain, the newly-refurbished Queens Hotels pays homage to its rich history, whilst paving the way towards a modern era. The centre-piece of the refurbishment, Grand Pacific, offers luxury dining with opulent interiors reflecting the golden age of high society. With lavish lunch and dinner options, including its traditional Sunday roasts and high tea, The Queens Hotel provides the perfect stay for soaking up Leeds in true style.
- 3 Give in to your cravings with a bite from Bruschetta
Bruschetta by Food Cabaret is a brand new independent cafe perfectly placed in a living Leeds landmark and the home to indie retail, the iconic Corn Exchange. Serving a range of specialty coffees and fresh juices, as well as lip-smacking brownies, brookies and cakes to satisfy all your cravings, this cafe is one of the top places to visit in the city.
- 4 Just what the doctor ordered at Thackray Museum of Medicine
Following an extensive £4.1million redevelopment, Thackray Museum of Medicine in Leeds has reopened its doors to the public, and is ready to welcome back visitors and enlighten them about the story of healthcare. Following the global pandemic, national healthcare remains a hugely prominent subject for us all, making Thackray’s reopening a timely one. Housing 47,000 items of historical medical equipment and 9,000 books, Thackray’s collection shows the huge contribution that the healthcare industry has made to the practice and development of medicine. It’s also currently hosting a unique exhibition, titled Mothers in Lockdown, that depicts the lives and many identities that women had to take on during the global pandemic.
(Thackray Museum of Medicine)
- 5 Get your ramen fix at House of Fu
Leeds’ local, Chef Ben Iley, started House of Fu as a pop up concept at Belgrave Music Hall in 2014, winning ‘Best of the Best’ at that year’s British Street Food awards. Now they’ve got a permanent home on The Headrow, serving up some of the best ramen, gyoza and rice bowls the city has to offer. And even better, all ramen and rice bowls are half price every Sunday!
- 6 Keep on rolling with Roller Girl Gang
As the latest addition to the Leeds Corn Exchange, small business award-winner Roller Girl Gang is a community of real-life roller skaters. From complete beginners to advanced skaters, people of all ages and abilities can spend an afternoon skating until their heart’s content. Created to increase confidence, physical activity and mental wellbeing, Roller Girl Gang also offers the opportunity for events and parties when visiting Leeds, and for those who simply can’t wait until their next visit, there’s also a variety of online classes.
- 7 Enjoy a Sunday brunch of your own at Simon Rimmer’s new restaurant
Celebrity chef, Simon Rimmer, has set his sights on Leeds to open up his first restaurant in the city later this year, and as the foodie capital of the north, who can blame him? While details of the restaurant are yet to be confirmed, we can guarantee you’re going to want to visit this one.
- 8 Start your day the right way at OWT
Located in the heart of independents in Leeds within the Corn Exchange, new cafe OWT opened its doors serving up both meat and vegan options. With breakfast and lunch dining options available from Wednesday to Sunday, and it’s exclusive, not-to-be-missed Supper Club on Thursday evenings, visitors can now grab a taste of Leeds in style, whenever’s best to suit.