Leeds is the UK's third largest city. Its origins date back to the 5th Century. Leeds is home to the largest legal centre outside of London. There are 50,000 students at three universities in the city. This brings a welcome cultural diversity to the city which is a renowned shopping hotspot. Victoria Quarter is the trendy hub of Leeds designer shopping. Harvey Nichols, John Lewis and a wealth of designer brands are close by. The city has some of the finest restaurants in the north west. The hotels and restaurants follow the traditions of afternoon tea indulgence. Scones, tea cakes and finger sandwiches anyone?
Browns Bar & Brasserie is a short walk from the Leeds City Museum on Millennium Square. The Museum has a new exhibition opening in February. "For All Seasons" explores how the seasons around us change and how they affect our daily lives. Harvey Nichols Fourth Floor Café is a short walk from the Headrow. Great for a visit to the Grand Theatre & Opera House or Leeds Kirkgate Market, your chance to experience one of Europe's largest covered markets.
Malmaison Leeds on Swinegate resides in the conversion of the Leeds City Tramways Office. The hotel overlooks the River Aire and serves great food for those on a shopping spree! The Skylounge at the DoubleTree Hilton offers some of the best views and signs of Leeds. Enjoy a glass of bubbly with tea and look out over the city.
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Leeds origins go back to the 5th century
Wikipedia suggests that the origins of the name Leeds are found in a reference to the wooded kingdom of Elmet. The name Leeds is derived from an old word meaning "People of the fast flowing river".
Leeds has the oldest West Indian carnival in Western Europe
The carnival takes place over two days each year. The districts of Chapeltown and Harehills welcome over 100,000 visitors. The event ends with a large procession to Potternewton Park.
Leeds Kirkgate Market is one of the largest in Europe
Kirkgate Market in the centre of Leeds is one of the largest covered markets in Europe. It houses a Grade I listed building and is also the spot where Marks & Spencer was born in 1884.
The beautiful ruins of Kirkstall Abbey have been painted by J M W Turner
Kirkstall Abbey is to the North East of the city centre. The Abbey dates back to the mid-12th century. It was one of the abbeys dissolved by Henry VIII. The ruins have attracted many a painter to the grounds on the banks of the River Aire.
Leeds motto is Pro Rege et Lege, meaning 'For King and the law'
The coat of arms for Leeds dates back to the 17th century. It features three owls, a steel helmet and a fleece symbolic of the city's wool trade.
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