Where Vibrancy Meets Serenity - Leeds

Leeds
The Youwe’s Travel Guide is here to take us to our next destination - this time across the shore. Amidst the picturesque English landscapes, the vibrant atmosphere of Leeds catches the attention of both tourists and forward-thinking professionals. Leeds is a lively city with an inspiring balance of economic resilience; it’s renowned for its rich history, diverse culture and thriving economy. It provides the perfect backdrop for our Youwe office, amidst such a dynamic and collaborative environment. 

Dale Clay, a Customer Success Manager from the Youwe Leeds office, articulates the city’s charm:

“Leeds is a vibrant, Northern city with lots to offer. One of the things I love most is that you can enjoy the energy of the city centre, whilst only being a short drive away from beautiful Yorkshire countryside tranquillity and its historical sites.”

In the Middle Ages, Leeds was a small market town. With the Industrial Revolution, the city and the wool industry boomed. Today, it is one of the UK’s most diverse economies. It is the leading financial and business service centre outside of London. Leeds is a dynamic, inventive and changing place, whose market town roots spring through to the present day. Over the past decade, many new buildings have been built alongside Victorian masterpieces, leaving a mix of old and new. 

The Youwe Leeds office contributes to this fun mix. Dale describes this work environment:

“It's very collaborative. I believe everyone is passionate about what they do. Everyone just works well together, and this makes for a great office dynamic. It helps a lot when we work with clients. The variation of so many different people working with you, with different skill sets and with various opinions, really contributes to the work process. It's good to be in an environment where you've got that kind of diversity.”
 

Friendly environment at our Leeds office

Friendly environment at our Leeds office

Alex Sivewright, a Lead Project Manager in the Leeds office adds, “When you are in an agency environment, particularly with the type of projects we do, it’s fast-paced. You must be able to multitask and enjoy doing that, and of course, you need close and seamless collaboration with your colleagues. With the types of consultancy projects we do, we attract people who are result-driven and like a fun place to work.”

Games with the team

Games with the team 

Curious about the vibrant atmosphere of Leeds outside our office and the fun it has to offer? Dale has got you covered! Here is an entire plan for the perfect day in Leeds: 

“Start the morning with coffee and a pastry from La Bottega Milanese, a lovely little coffee shop bringing the Milanese experience to Yorkshire. 

Stroll to the Leeds Corn Exchange, a striking Victorian structure, now home to a range of independent boutiques. Once you’re done, head to Victoria Gate for a little more shopping and visit the largest John Lewis store north of London. 

If you’re feeling a little shopped out, time to head for brunch. There is plenty of choice, but IF Call Lane or Wolfox are two good options, serving up hearty cooked breakfasts or pancake stacks! Wolfox is a little stroll from the railway station.

For the afternoon you might decide to head out of the city. Perhaps take a bus to Roundhay and walk around the park. Roundhay park is one of the largest urban parks in Europe, with truly beautiful gardens, lakes and recreational spaces. Head on to Tropical World, the indoor wildlife park located close by, and see meerkats, butterflies, monkeys, snakes and more!

Temple Newsam could be another good alternative for your afternoon. This historic house is set in beautiful surroundings. There is also a farm, coffee shop and shop on site. It is worth checking in advance of your visit, as the house is not open to visitors every day. 

Once you’ve had your fix of greenery, head back into Leeds for the evening. Freshen up at the hotel and head out for a nice meal. There are plenty of choices for dinner catered to all different tastes and budgets.   

After dinner, head to Rolands on Call Lane for a cocktail (their Espresso Martini is by far the best in Leeds!) Surely, you’ll be in the mood for a dance after a few cocktails? If so, then head over to Viaduct. This Leeds Gay Bar is sure to provide a night of entertainment, with drag queens and funky music until the early hours!”

 

Why don’t we explore the other perfect days in Leeds together? We would love to show you even more of it and more of our Leeds office!