From Nicola Haughian: A beautiful building with great history now being used to house local, independent retailers. This is a must-visit when in Leeds. Lots of cool shops with something for everyone such as vintage cameras, handmade jewellery, souvenirs of Yorkshire, vintage clothing, and much more. Also the coffee cart on the ground floor serves the best flat whites!
From Keith Batchelor: The Leeds Corn Exchange is a stunning Grade I listed building, which has been a magnet for visitors for more than 150 years. It opened in 1863 as a bustling centre for the sale of corn, wheat, barley, hops, cake and flour. Today, the Corn Exchange is once again a thriving retail hub, with around 30 independent retailers trading under its spectacular domed roof.
“Hundreds of people gathered in the shadow of London’s City Hall on Monday afternoon to pay their respects to the victims of Saturday’s attack at London Bridge and Borough Market. People travelled from across the capital and from cities including Leeds and Manchester to attend the vigil in Potters Fields park, many clutching bunches of flowers, and stood in a hushed silence.”
From Tom Hodgson: “Leeds Kirkgate Market is an icon of Leeds. One of the largest covered markets in Europe it is worth visiting just to look at the amazing late Victorian architecture. The market has had a hard time over the last few decades and has always been a step behind the trends affecting the rest of the city. The stalls range traditional family run butchers to ethnic food shops and most recently trendy street food stalls. There is a palpable conflict between the old and the new in the area surrounding the market and it remains (for the time being) a glance of a Leeds which is fading fast in the wake of large scale development and gentrification.”