Leeds is the cultural, financial and commercial hub of West Yorkshire and is a lively and affluent city. It’s also the largest financial and legal centre outside London, with more than 30 banks located here. Other strong industry sectors include manufacturing, engineering and medical tech, writes Emma Allen
Name: Leeds City Museum
Address: Millennium Square, Leeds LS1 8BH
This grand Grade II listed civic building, which was transformed into a state of the art museum in 2000, makes an impressive backdrop for gala dinners, receptions and ceremonies. The centrepiece is the stunning Brodrick Hall, a 401sqm atrium with balcony which can seat up to 360 guests, and there are a number of smaller meeting rooms available. Evening tours can also be arranged.
Name: Duke Studios
Address: 3 Sheaf Street, Leeds LS10 1HD
Less than a ten-minute walk from Leeds train station, this co-working space in the up and coming South Bank area has a number of interesting rooms for hire. The Event Room is the largest, and offers an industrial feel space for up to 250 people, while the cosy Not Bored Room can host up to 10 boardroom style. There is also the plant adorned Conservatory, which can seat 40 theatre-style.
ON A SHOESTRING
Name: The Studio
Address: 2-7 Woodhouse Square, LS3 1AD
Set in an attractive row of Georgian buildings, this education centre is a wellestablished budget venue with room hire available from £17 per hour. Seven light-filled meeting rooms are available for up to 40 people, a large hall can host up to 140 and there are several smaller breakout spaces. Electronic whiteboards, flipcharts and other AV equipment can be added.
SMALL BUT PERFECTLY FORMED
Name: Dakota Hotel
Address: 8 Russell Street, Leeds LS1 5RN
The Leeds outpost of the chic boutique hotel chain offers a sophisticated city vibe, with 84 bedrooms decked out in muted tones of grey, and a buzzy Bar and Grill restaurant. There are two smart event spaces: the Boardroom, which can also be used for private dining, for up to 16 guests, and the Champagne room for parties of up to 20. There is also a cocktail bar with a heated outdoor terrace.
Name: The Rose Bowl
Address: Portland Crescent, Leeds LS1 3HB
Part of Leeds Beckett University, the striking glass-clad Rose Bowl is well located in the heart of the city centre. Offering state-of-the-art conferencing facilities, design and AV, the venue’s event space includes meeting rooms for up to 80 people, several auditoria and banqueting for up to 300 dinner guests. A further 25 rooms are available out of term for workshops.
OUT OF TOWN
Name: Oulton Hall
Address: Rothwell Lane, Oulton, Leeds LS26 8HN
Surrounded by a 300-acre estate, it’s easy to forget this 18th-century mansion is just a 30-minute taxi ride from Leeds city centre. There are nine flexible meeting rooms of varying sizes and the grand Oulton Suite can accommodate up to 350 people. The hotel also offers group teambuilding activities like archery, golf and clay pigeon shooting in its grounds.
Getting there: Frequent rail services from London to Leeds take just over two hours, with peak services running every 30 minutes. Motorway access is good, with Leeds sitting at the crossroads of the M1 and M62. Leeds Bradford Airport is eight miles from the city centre, and serves more than 75 destinations worldwide.
Further information: Conference Leeds can assist with venue sourcing and accommodation. Contact 0113 378 1183 or see visitleeds.co.uk/conferences