Loving Leeds Blog

A glimpse into some of the amazing things going on in the district

Why I’m always at the White Rose Shopping Centre

I can just about remember the White Rose Shopping Centre opening when I was a kid, and although I didn’t know what a big deal it was at the time, I do remember being excited about trips to a new… Continue Reading →

A new favourite restaurant – Leeds’ Indian Tiffin Room

I was walking along Park Row a few weeks ago with a group of friends, and noticed signs for the new Indian Tiffin Room where Wagamamas used to be. We all commented on how inviting it looked, so when I… Continue Reading →

Fictions of Every Kind

One of the topics I’ve been meaning to blog about for ages is the amazing literary scene going on in Leeds at the moment. There are so many different festivals and workshops taking place that I’ve been quite overwhelmed and… Continue Reading →

A gastro pub in Roundhay, a cafe in the city centre and a Mediterranean restaurant in Weetwood

I have so many ideas for blog posts but just never seem able to get round to writing them. I thought I’d try save myself a bit of time by combining some together! Here’s a very brief overview of some… Continue Reading →

What have I got myself into?? – Part 2

So here’s my second and final blog post about my experience of taking part in The Lucky Ones. Two things to know before you read on: If you read my first blog post and decided you’d like to take part in… Continue Reading →

Sunshine on Leith at The West Yorkshire Playhouse

The perfect ratio of heart-warming and heart-wrenching for a feel good musical. I wanted to see Sunshine on Leith when the film came out but never got round to it. I knew it was a stage musical before becoming a… Continue Reading →

Making the most of Happy Hour

In the same way that I probably spend as much time browsing books to buy as I do reading them, I probably spend as much time leafing through theatre brochures and websites as I do actually watching shows. I love… Continue Reading →

Upcoming: DollyWould at Live Art Bistro

You should know by now that I love going to the theatre and love seeing both old favourites and taking a chance on something new. The latter is why I’ve said yes to going to see something that I know… Continue Reading →

What have I got myself into?? – Part 1

I have been doing something bizarre. Fun, and a little unnerving, but mainly bizarre. Before I continue, I should warn you that this is a long blog post, so go get yourself a cup of tea and a biscuit (take… Continue Reading →

Last week in Leeds

I had such a lovely week in Leeds last week so I thought I’d share what I got up to. On Tuesday I met with my new mum friends and had a really good lunch at The Deer Park in… Continue Reading →

By George – this is a good fish dish!

I have a new favourite restaurant. I’ve only been twice but would very much like to go again. George’s Great British Kitchen, as the name suggests, celebrates British food, but for me it’s all about their seafood dishes. The restaurant’s… Continue Reading →

Still Alice at the West Yorkshire Playhouse

An emotionally dramatic production showing there can be light in the darkness Having enjoyed reading Still Alice a couple of years ago (as much as you can enjoy reading about something so sad) I was pleased to see that The West… Continue Reading →

Just des(s)erts

Saying I have a sweet tooth is an understatement. I love chocolate. And biscuits. And milkshakes. And ice-cream. And cake. Don’t forget about cake. I love December, not because of Christmas, but because you can eat chocolate first thing in… Continue Reading →

Brunching with babies

There aren’t many places that can accommodate 17 adults, eight babies and all their accompanying paraphernalia for brunch, but luckily Leeds’ Revolucion de Cuba is up for the job. The antenatal class I went to had a reunion recently, which… Continue Reading →

Checking in with my core

Nine months of being pregnant is hard work – particularly those last few months when you have such a heavy bump and start to really feel the strain on your back. The toll on your body doesn’t end once you’ve… Continue Reading →

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

One of the best shows I’ve seen in years It’s no secret that I’m a massive fan of the West Yorkshire Playhouse and all the productions they put on. I’ve seen some amazing shows there including fantastic dramas (such as Death… Continue Reading →

Upcoming: What’s on at Leeds Town Hall

What better way to start the New Year than by booking lots of fun things to do. Although I’ll struggle to get out as much as I used to now Baby Preston is here, I still hope to be able… Continue Reading →

ODEON Luxe Leeds Bradford – enhancing your cinema experience

I love going to the cinema. My first Loving Leeds Blog post was about the Showcase cinema at Birstall retail park, and what it was like after its big refurbishment, so it was nice to be invited to another cinema that… Continue Reading →

Upcoming: Jordan Mackampa at Oporto

From a very early age, my two main passions have been music and writing. Hobbies have come and gone over the years, but these two have remained, so I’ve been rather chuffed to receive invites over the last year via my blog to… Continue Reading →

The true spirit of Leeds: How Manjit’s Kitchen turned a nasty experience into something brilliant

There are many wonderful things about Leeds. I’m such a fan of the city that I created this blog to shout about it to friends and strangers across the UK so that they could make the most of their home… Continue Reading →

How to do a beer festival right

Earlier this year, Northern Monk Brewery hosted Hop City Beer festival. It seemed like a really cool event and was one a few of my friends were excited about, however it wasn’t something I was interested in attending as I don’t drink… Continue Reading →

It’s a little quiet over here…

You may have noticed that things have been a bit quiet on the blog recently. I have a very good excuse for the lack of posts however – Baby Preston arrived on the 1 October and he’s been keeping us… Continue Reading →

Upcoming: Light Night 2017

It’s that time of year again when Leeds is lit up with a variety of creative and impressive light and art installations. Leeds Light Night is returning for its 13th year and is once again taking place over two evenings… Continue Reading →

There’s no business like show business: pitch your musical theatre idea

As you may have gathered from previous blog posts, I’m a big fan of the West Yorkshire Playhouse. Home to such a fantastic variety of brilliant shows, I was pleased to hear that it will be used as one of… Continue Reading →

Treating my pregnant self

In true Han style, I’ve been ridiculously busy the last few months (mainly enjoyable stuff!) but have decided that at 33 weeks pregnant, now might be a good time to start slowing down and thinking more about what my body… Continue Reading →

Eat Leeds: Discovering a new and an old favourite

So as I mentioned in my last blog post, lots of restaurants and bars in Leeds took part in “Eat Leeds Week” last week, where they offered either two or three course menus for £10 or £15. I used this as a great… Continue Reading →

Upcoming: Eat Leeds Week

As you’ll have gathered if you’re a regular reader of the blog, one of the things I love most about Leeds is all the fantastic places you can go for food. Not only is there a high volume of cafes,… Continue Reading →

Catching a killer

Having enjoyed other treasure hunts around Leeds, and knowing how much my friend Chloe likes a good murder mystery, I was pretty excited to see an event advertised on Facebook for a city-wide manhunt, promoted as a cross between Cluedo and PokemonGo!… Continue Reading →

Celebrating at the DoubleTree by Hilton

Every now and then, I’m amazed at how lucky I can be. I felt like this at the weekend after receiving an invitation to review the DoubleTree by Hilton Leeds on an evening that just so happened to coincide with James’… Continue Reading →

Upcoming: Sound stones at the Sculpture Park

The Yorkshire Sculpture Park has been on my list of places to blog about for ages. Just a short distance from Leeds, it’s one of West Yorkshire’s best attractions and somewhere I like to take friends when they come to… Continue Reading →

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