Last month I had a chance to see off an old mate who was off an whirlwind adventure in Asia and it gave me a chance to return to the city that started it all – Leeds. It hasn’t even been a year since I moved from Leeds but coming back knowing that it would only be for one debaucherous night felt a little strange.
The day started off at 8am with a searing toothache and a Bloody Mary at The Booking Office. Of all the days to choose my wisdom teeth decided to pop through and forced me to question my sanity. Dulling the pain with an insane amount of alcohol and the adventure has begun.
Leeds is one of the oldest and largest cities in the UK and many people overlook that fact. Leeds developed as a market town in the Middle Ages and the booming economy has helped build some of it’s historic landmarks such as the Corn Exchange, Leeds Markets and the Town Hall.
Modern influence is felt throughout the city with street art dispersed between the historic buildings and clear glass shopping malls. The main shopping streets in Leeds were teaming with people and I got to see the stunning domed roof of Leeds Corn Exchange (cover photo above).
I also used to work at Louis Vuitton in the upmarket shopping area called the Victoria Quarter so a trip down memory lane was in order. The place hadn’t changed all that much but it did put a lot of things in perspective that I had no chance of knowing only a few years prior. Sometimes living in the past can have it’s benefits.
LEEDS – THE ARCHITECTURE
LEEDS – STREET STYLE
Leeds has always been a stylish city, an influx of young students every year certainly helps, the annual Leeds Festival adds to the cool factor but historically it’s always had a great vibe about it.
Living in Leeds you’re never too far from a random house party or a random adventure in Headingley so doing some street style shots has never been easier. Here are some of my favourites from the afternoon:
Leeds is not short on gorgeous places to explore so my only regret was not being able to stay longer. Enveloped by it’s charm and history and looking at the city from a new perspective I can definitely see what made me fall in love with it in the first place.
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