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Our guide to a refined evening in Leeds

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As one of the UK’s most vibrant cities, it’s hardly surprising that visitors travel from all around to spend time in Leeds and enjoy a weekend break. Whether you’re heading to the city for a weekend with friends or your partner, you’re likely to have plenty of entertainment on offer for the duration of your stay. However, the popularity of the city also means that, on a weekend, bars can get rowdy and restaurants will inevitably get busy. With rambunctious groups of friends, stag and hen parties and large numbers of students about, it might be the case that whilst wanting to go out, you’d rather keep your evening more refined. If this is what you’re opting for during your evening in Leeds, then we’ve got you covered.

360 Champagne and Cocktails

Start your night off in one of the city’s newest and most trendy locations – Trinity Kitchen. Part of the year old Trinity Shopping Centre, Trinity Kitchen brings together a wide range of cuisines, from permanent residents to street food style vendors. Located in the heart of the kitchen area sits 360 which, as you can probably guess from the name, is a circular bar offering some of the best quality champagne and cocktail options in the city. The popular nature of the area means that you can enjoy your favourite drinks in a buzzing but not overly loud environment.

Restaurant Bar and Grill

Restaurant Bar and Grill, situated on Leeds’ City Square is a good old fashioned grill, and whilst it isn’t exclusively meats on the menu, the quality of the steak cuts on offer along with the overall ambiance of the place makes it a prime Leeds destination. Restaurant Bar and Grill offers customers classic seasonal dishes, with amazing steaks and an assortment of exquisite sides. You’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to the drinks menu, but we recommend one of their brilliant cocktails. Serving only the very best, natural, British beef reared on farms selected farms, the restaurant takes great pride in putting out a top quality product.

Epernay

Whilst many head to Leeds for a loud and energetic night, it isn’t to the taste of everyone.  If you’d rather relax and enjoy a more elegant evening, then there are plenty of refined bar areas available to enjoy. Epernay, located just a short walk from Millennium Square in Leeds’ Electric Press is a high end champagne bar frequented by those wishing for a quieter and more laid back environment.  Offering a selection of high end wines, spirits, champagnes and cocktails, as well as artisan beer and cider options, heading to Epernay is a classy way to end your evening.

If you’re looking to enjoy a weekend of entertainment this month in Leeds, make sure you book in at Roomzzz, to enjoy a full weekend of comfort.

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Enjoy a classy evening in Newcastle

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Newcastle is known as a great location for a big night out. Whether you’re heading there with friends, family or your partner, it’s likely you’ll have plenty to do for the duration of your visit. However, the popularity of the city also means that, on a weekend, bars can get rowdy and restaurants will inevitably get busy. With rambunctious groups of friends, stag and hen parties and large numbers of students about, it might be the case that whilst wanting to go out, you’d rather keep your evening more refined. If this is what you’re opting for during your Saturday in the Toon, then we’ve got you covered.

Drinks

Start your evening off with a classy tipple of champagne in one of Newcastle’s most exclusive bars. Silk Room, located between the vibrant Newcastle city centre and the stylish quayside is one of the city’s more elegant evening destinations. Far enough away from the city centre to retain an air of relaxed atmosphere, you’ll avoid the rowdy beginnings of a Newcastle night out by selecting this bar to commence your night out. Both a restaurant and champagne bar, you could enjoy your full evening of drinks and food in this trendy location, however we’d advise enjoying some of Newcastle’s finest cocktails and champagnes here before moving on to further your night with food in the city.

Dinner

Marco Polo is one of Newcastle’s prime dining locations, so if you’re looking to sample the very best food offerings available, book a table at this quality Italian located on Dean Street. A hugely popular restaurant, you’ll undoubtedly have to book your table in advance. Having been recently renovated, and with an elegant split level seating arrangement and great ambience, it’s no surprise that Marco Polo is such a popular restaurant. Priding itself on using locally sourced ingredients, the team behind the restaurant aim to offer a creative menu, quality ingredients and consistency’. Near enough to the city centre to still be bustling with a busy vibe, Marco Polo is a great spot to enjoy a meal before moving on to your nights entertainment.

Entertainment

Entertainment in any major city is rife, and in Newcastle it’s no different. There are many options depending on how you want to spend time after your evening meal. If you want to continue with a classy drink, then Newcastle has plenty to offer. Bars like Babucho and Popolo exude an air of elegance when you sit down to enjoy a relaxed drink. Offering extensive cocktails, spirits and more continental lagers on tap, these two locations are more refined bars, and the ban on large parties of stag and hen do’s means you won’t be interrupted by rowdy groups. Pleased To Meet You is another elegant bar that specialises in Gin drinks, and whilst it gets busy on a weekend, the selection of exotic drinks on offer more than makes up for the somewhat bustling atmosphere on a Saturday night.

If a relaxed evening drink simply doesn’t cut it for you during your weekend break, there are more lively options available. The Livello cocktail bar and club on Lower Dean Street is an exclusive nightlife spot frequented by many of the areas celebrities, and if you want to enjoy drinks in contemporary and busy surroundings, Livello is the place to head.

Alternatively, if you’d rather enjoy an evening performance, the Metro Radio Arena and Theatre Royal both offer performances most nights of the week.

If you’re looking to enjoy a weekend of entertainment this month in Newcastle, make sure you book in at Roomzzz, to enjoy a full weekend of comfort.

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Evening entertainment in Manchester

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Manchester is a city of great culture, and the abundance of theatres, shows and musical events in the city make it a great city for a weekend break for any age group. The coming month has a lot to offer, so whether you’re a fan of music, of a gripping theatre experience, we’ve got you covered.

The Palace Theatre

The story of Britain’s greatest and most iconic ever band is playing between at the historic Palace Theatre in Manchester. Let It Be incorporates the iconic music of The Beatles and gives you hours of spectacular performance, packed with over 40 of The Beatles greatest hits. Having enjoyed a successful run on London’s West End, this international hit show invites you along to celebrate the legacy of the world’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll band. Described by the Daily Telegraph as ‘A non-stop parade of hits’ this show is a must for any fan of British music. Tickets prices for the show range from £16.90 to £47.90 and runs from 28th of February to the 8th of March.

Manchester Opera House

Heading to the Manchester Opera House at the end of March, Kindertransport is a stunning story of 1930′s Germany combined with 1980′s England. Starring big names from the world of Television, including Maggie Steed (Stella, Jam and Jerusalem, Pie in the Sky) and Janet Dibley (Doctors, EastEnders, The Two of Us), the story begins in pre-war Germany as the clouds of conflict begin to gather and a torn mother forces her nine year old child onto a train to avoid the danger of an impending war. Also examining a peaceful suburban England where another mother faces a similarly tough situation, Kindertransport has drawn huge critical acclaim from influential titles including The Times and the New York Times. Running from 25th to the 29th of March, tickets for the show can be picked up for roughly between £12 and £32

Manchester Apollo

If you’re after something a little less formal over the upcoming month, the Manchester Apollo has a range of great musical acts on show. Fresh from their Brit Award for the best British breakthrough act, Bastille play two nights at the famous Apollo venue. Despite a relatively small back catalogue to choose from, the band are renowned for their live performances having learned from the experience of supporting Muse on their UK stadium tour. With hits such as Pompeii and Laura Palmer, tickets are well worth hunting out for their 28th February and 1st March dates.

If you prefer something a little less contemporary, but in a similar alternative rock style, a month later sees the hugely successful Welsh band Manic Street Preachers at the Apollo. Having been a commanding figure within UK rock scene for the best part of the last30 years, catch the successful rockers out on 1st April.

If you’re looking to enjoy an evening of entertainment in Manchester this month, make sure you check out booking in at Roomzzz, to enjoy a full weekend of comfort.

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Daytime entertainment in Newcastle

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Newcastle is a vibrant and exciting city which is frequently a destination of choice for people looking to take a weekend city break in the UK. If you’re planning a trip, and want to sample the history around the area after you’ve seen all the city centre has to offer, here are some destinations within driving distance for you to enjoy.

Angel of the North

One of the most iconic landmark in the UK, you’ll pass the Angel on the drive north to Newcastle. Just ten minutes outside the city limits of Newcastle, the nearby location means you can easily nip out to visit the contemporary sculpture and return to the city within a couple of hours. The iconic 66 ft Anthony Gormley piece was described as having three-fold significance ‘first, to signify that beneath the site of its construction, coal miners worked for two centuries; second, to grasp the transition from an industrial to information age, and third, to serve as a focus for our evolving hopes and fears’.

Bamburgh Castle

If you’re wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of the city centre for an afternoon, then take the hour long drive up the North Northumberland Heritage Coast and pay a visit to Bamburgh Castle. With breathtaking views and true history on offer, you can spend hours exploring the castle and grounds of this Grade I listed building.

St James’ Park

If you’re in the city for the weekend, then make sure you plan the date to correspond with a Newcastle United home fixture. The Premier League outfit might not be perennial title challengers, however over recent years have played some great football which has seen them challenging for a place in Europe. With a capacity of over 50,000 and a rich history including greats like Alan Shearer and Kevin Keegan, join the Geordies for 90 minutes of passion fuelled sport.

Intu Eldon Square

If you’re after an afternoon of shopping, Newcastle offers a number of options. If you want the shopping centre feel, Gateshead’s Metro Centre is a short drive away, however if you plan on a casual window shop in the heart of the city, Intu Eldon Square has a host of big name fashion brands along with all your high street favourites. The indoor centre compliments the retail on offer through the city centre, so whether you’re after the latest fashion trend in All Saints, or just want a browse through Next, you have plenty of options available.

 

If you’re looking to enjoy an weekend of entertainment in Newcastle this month, make sure you check out booking in at Roomzzz, to enjoy a full weekend of comfort.

 
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Christmas events in Leeds, Manchester and Newcastle

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Now that the doors of the advent calendar have been impatiently unhinged, the season to be jolly has officially begun and nowhere is this more evident than in some of the UK’s most prominent cities. With a stream of seasonal events for all ages, there really is no excuse to not get into the festive spirit this Christmas.

Leeds

Briggate Christmas Spectacular

Running from the 6th of December, Briggate is offering a two week festive market whereby a giant marquee will become a hub for merriment and good will. Arts, crafts, demonstrations and of course food and drink will all be available from the 20 stalls that are taking part in the celebrations. As well as retail therapy, the Christmas Spectacular will feature appearances from Leeds City Varieties, Opera North and the cities major sports teams. The market runs to the 22nd of the month and even offers late night shopping on Thursdays.

Stockeld Park Christmas Adventure

If magic and wonder is evading you this winter then visit Stockeld Park’s Christmas Adventure. With breathtaking illuminations, a snowflake maze and an outdoor Ice Rink, Stockeld Park really does have it all this Christmas with a packed special events calendar ensuring that the sparkle remains for the whole festive season. Stockeld Park is also home to the largest Christmas shop in the north, and you could find that you get lost for hours in its beguiling gift emporium.

Manchester

Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland at Event City is the UK’s largest Christmas indoor theme park and is coming to Manchester for the first time this December. Not only are there 30 fun-packed rides, but there’s also plenty of food and drink on offer. To top it all off, the Christmas Circus is in town and its array of breathtaking and entertaining performers promises to leave you in awe and put you into the festive spirit.

Spinningfields Ice Rink

Reminiscent of a scene from a Christmas card, Spinningfields Ice Rink offers you the chance to skate under the stars with friends and family and is popular amongst locals and tourists alike. The Ice Rink is open seven days a week and also offers a whole host of activities including a pop up festive village and Helter Skelter rides, making Manchester City Centre a must visit if you’re looking to soak up that Christmas atmosphere.

Newcastle

Countdown to Christmas at Belsay

Belsay Hall, just outside of the city, is putting on a plethora of festive events to take you back to Christmas past. Running every weekend up until the 14th of December, Belsay Hall creates nostalgia with a host of events including festive carols and songs and even Christmas ghost stories for adults. Enjoy the festive season in the historic surroundings of this 19th century mansion and don’t forget to sample a wintry walk around the stunning gardens.

Kielder Winter Wonderland

If you’re seeking a bit adventure and wonder, Kielder Winter Wonderland could be just what you’re looking for. Follow the Winter Wonderland star to the middle of an enchanted forest to be welcomed by a fantastic range of festive activities which will awe and amaze. Not only is there ice skating and snow tubing, but there’s also a visit to the elves workshop and of course Father Christmas himself to look forward too. Also, make sure you don’t miss the Water Birds of Prey Centre where you can get up close and personal with one of the largest collections of birds of prey in the UK.

If you’ve seen anything you fancy or you’re just visiting one of these fantastic cities, make sure you check out our website for a luxurious end to your evening.

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One Night in Leeds

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Dinner

Blackhouse Bar and Grill

Blackhouse truly is one of Leeds’ best restaurants. Located in the city centre, Blackhouse’s Grill on the Square offers both heated outdoor and spacious indoor seating, allowing you to enjoy a meal and drinks in a relaxing environment with a great ambiance.  With a vast range of wines to accompany your meal, even the connoisseurs amongst us will be spoilt for choice. Food choices range from traditionally cooked steaks to fajitas and moules frites. To kick off your meal, why not opt for either calamari or Thai fishcakes as a starter, they come highly recommended.

Fazenda
Fazenda Brazilian steakhouse has fast become one of Leeds’ most talked about restaurants. Offering an ‘all you can eat meat’ experience, diners are treated to vast selections of cuts and sides for a set price. It might not be cheap, with the cost coming in at £25.95 per person through the week, and rising to £27.90 on weekends, but with surroundings far classier than your standard buffet, and a great location in Granary Wharf, the restaurant is fast becoming a favourite for the residents of Leeds. Grab as much steak as you want, whilst not even having to leave your seat, as Fazenda’s waiters tend to your every need.

Drinks

Skylounge
Sitting on the top floor of Hilton’s Double Tree Hotel in Granary Wharf, Skylounge provides arguably the best view of the city. With unbelievable views over the Leeds night sky, enjoy your sociable drink whilst taking in the sights of the city. If the weather is kind enough, you can even take a seat in the balcony seating area, and absorb some of the night-time sounds of Leeds.

Curvee
A trendy wine bar targeting a higher end clientele, Curvee offers a selection of premium wines. Specialising in red, there is plenty of choice for the wine lover, with a tipple to suit any palette. Whether a pre-meal beverage, or winding down after eating, head to Curvee on Granary Wharf for a classy drinking experience.

Dancing

The Wardrobe

Built in a semi-derelict building used for storing the West Yorkshire Playhouse’s props and costume department – hence the name, The Wardrobe is a club that offers a music scene to rival any in the country, priding itself on being an intimate club for musicians to perform at. With a style showcasing everything from folk, to funk and soul, reggae, hip hop and everything in between, The Wardrobe has played host to some amazing and historic shows. With a resume to contend with the best of Leeds night venues, past gigs have included the likes of Amy Winehouse, Corinne Bailey-Rae and Beverley Knight. There’s nowhere in Leeds like it.

HiFi
With an emphasis on quality music, The HiFi is a nightclub well worth visiting when in Leeds. Having won awards for being a music venue, the bar and club provides an enjoyable location for your post-dinner entertainment.  Not the typical rowdy club that makes socialising impossible, HiFi is the kind of place that allows you to grab a few mates together with a genuine appreciation of good music and dance the night away.

If you’re preparing for an evening of food and entertainment in Leeds, make sure you check out Roomzzz Aparthotel for a luxurious end to your evening.

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October: A month in music

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With the dark nights drawing in and winter restricting your options when it comes to evening activities, we take a look at the music scene around three of the UK’s major northern cities. From arena sell-outs to local smaller venues, we’ve got your evenings sorted.

Leeds
Although the new First Direct Arena is now officially open for business, the musical acts don’t get into full swing until November. However there are still plenty of smaller venues in the city. Head to the O2 Academy website for an array of artists, DJs and nights out available. Having received widespread acclaim for their debut album Bad Blood, Bastille are heading to Leeds’ O2 Academy on the 21st October as they blast out crowd favourites Pompeii and Laura Palmer. Concerts from Suede, Travis and the Goo Goo Dolls are highlights for the rest of the month, so make sure you check online for tickets to make sure you don’t miss out.

Newcastle
The Arctic Monkeys head to Newcastle’s Metro Arena as our top pick of concerts for October. The Sheffield rockers roll into Newcastle for a performance on the 22nd October. Tickets for the event sold out immediately upon release, with UK concert dates proving to be like gold dust, however if you can find a ticket at an official resale retailer online, it’s a no-brainer to go and see the Yorkshire four piece on this leg of their world tour. Another big name hitting the Geordie music scene this month is Jessie J, whose performance on the 26th is a rescheduling of her cancelled gig from March this year.

Manchester
Big name stars Billy Joel and Peter Gabriel hit Manchester later this month, providing ample entertainment for fans of 70′s and 80′s music. World famous pianist Billy Joel’s stop in Manchester is one of only three English dates, so tickets are sure to be in high demand, but are currently still available. Having embarked on a solo career after leaving rockers Genesis prior to his 1977 debut solo album, Peter Gabriel has enjoyed a long and successful career. Be sure to catch him in Manchester before he ends his tour and takes a sabbatical from the music industry.

Be sure to plan your concert night in advance, and if you’re looking to stay in the city rather than begin the drive home late at night, visit Roomzzz to check for vacancies.

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