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One of the two arcades that form a part of the Victoria Quarter in Leeds, often described as one of the UK's most beautiful shopping centres

One of the two arcades that form a part of the Victoria Quarter in Leeds, often described as one of the UK's most beautiful shopping centres

  • by Robin Gauldie
 

Friday, 7pm Check in at 42 The Calls (www.42thecalls.co.uk, doubles from £59.50). Freshen up, then enjoy a pre-dinner drink.

• 8pm Dinner next door at Brasserie Forty4 (www.brasserie44.com).

• Saturday, 10am Browse the Victoria Quarter, home to designer brands where footballers’ WAGs shop, Thornton’s Arcade for quirkier boutiques, and the Corn Exchange.

• Noon Brunch at the Piazza by Anthony (www.anthonysrestaurant.co.uk). Anthony Flinn’s brilliant brasserie occupies the entire ground floor of the stylish Victorian Corn Exchange building.

• 2pm Visit the Royal Armouries Museum (free, www.royalarmouries.org) and its terrifying, yet beautiful, weaponry.

• 4pm See work by Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth and Anthony Gormley at Leeds Art Gallery (free, www.
leedsartgallery.co.uk).

• 8pm Dine at Aagrah (www.aagrah.com) – select your fish, see it cooked at your table and served in your choice of sauces inspired by the culinary traditions of Goa and Kashmir.

• 10pm Head for the Sky Lounge, on the 13th floor of the Doubletree by Hilton, for the view and a taste of Leeds at its most flash. Dress to impress.

• Sunday, 11am Visit Leeds City Museum (free, www.leedsmuseum.co.uk). The museum has had a makeover, and highlights include Roman statuary, the “Leeds Mummy” and much more.

• Noon Try a Sechuan lunch at Red Chilli (www.redchillirestaurant.co.uk) in The Electric Press, Millennium Square.

• 2pm Visit Harewood House (£14, www.harewood.org, no. 36 bus), the splendid ancestral home of the Earl of Harewood, for a glimpse of how the other half still live.

• 6pm Catch the train home.

THE FACTS

East Coast trains (www.eastcoast.co.uk) operate direct services to York from stations in Scotland. A frequent local service connects York with Leeds. Times and fares available on 08457 225225, www.visitleeds.co.uk

 

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