Your visit to Leeds for Spektrix Conference
If you’ve already booked your place at Spektrix Conference, or are planning to do so, now would be a good time to start to think about making the most of your visit to Leeds. An exciting and vibrant city in the heart of West Yorkshire, Leeds has a lot to offer and is full of galleries, theatres, great food and sights to see.
There will be plenty to do on the day of Spektrix Conference, with a pile of interactive sessions, keynotes and networking opportunities to look forward to. But if you’re planning on staying over or extending your stay, here are our top tips for things to do while in Leeds.
Looking for somewhere to eat? Leeds has got you covered. Bundobust has a great menu of vegan and gluten free Indian street food, alongside an extensive range of craft beers and wines. If you’re after something on the meatier side, Gaucho is a restaurant and bar boasting the best steaks in town. For a modern take on the food court, why not head over to Trinity Kitchen which has a programme of touring food vans to suit every taste. Who doesn’t love a burger? Almost Famous are well known for their creative approach to burger making and this is the perfect opportunity for a greasy treat. If you are feeling a little indulgent and are after a high end experience, then head over to The Man Behind the Curtain. This restaurant has a Michelin starred chef and no doubt a bit of a waiting list, so book early if this one takes your fancy .
Take a break
Fancy dipping out of the excitement for a quick coffee and some downtime? Leeds boasts a wide range of independent coffee shops and cafes. There will, of course, be plenty of tea and coffee on offer at Spektrix Conference, but if you’re looking to get out and about, why not try Tiled Hall Café? Just across the road inside Leeds Art Gallery, this spacious café is stunning, with grand marble columns and a lovely relaxed atmosphere. For a truly unique coffee experience, check out La Bottega Milanese, an authentic Italian espresso bar that is sure to please any coffee lover. Also check out 12 of the best independent coffee shops in Leeds.
For those of us who love a bit of culture (and who doesn’t?) why not try Leeds Art Gallery and explore the history of beer in an exciting exhibition that uncovers the life on the Temple Newsam Estate through the eyes of the people who lived, worked, brewed and drank there. Or check out their full exhibition programme. If you are interested in sculpture, then check out The Henry Moore Institute which is dedicated to celebrating sculpture, part of the Henry Moore Foundation and well worth a visit. Free to attend, the gallery’s mission is to bring people together to think about why sculpture matters. Hungry for more? For further ideas, have a read of the Culture Trip blog.
Staying the night?
Staying over on either the Tuesday or Wednesday night? Make the most of your stay and treat yourself to a night at Leeds Playhouse and Road, which will be performed at a so far undisclosed location. For the musical lovers, Bonnie & Clyde: The Musical, opens at Carriageworks Theatre on Wednesday 26 September for a four day run. If independent cinema is your thing, Hyde Park Picture House boasts a varied programme of films in a quaint and unique venue. Need a bite before the theatre? The Reliance Bar and Dining Room is the perfect pit stop before you take to the stalls.
We’re looking forward to welcoming you to Spektrix Conference!