Did you know that Harry Houdini nearly died here? And that Leeds
was the birthplace of a real New York gangster? There are so many weird and
wonderful stories about Leeds that you probably don't know and we've
pulled together 50 of them all in one place. It's fascinating reading, so
make yourself a cup of tea and have a look.
Christmas is a great time to get together with your loved ones...
but sometimes, you just need to get away. Which is why we're giving away
a Yorkshire escape, with a lovely hotel stay and a year's free Enterprise
Car Club Membership.
Christmas is a magical time of year for the kids and there's loads
going on in Leeds. From the big wheel to festive markets with craft
activities for the little ones and mulled wine for you – there's a little
something for everyone.
Yes, there are lots of lovely new places to visit, but that
doesn't mean you should overlook the amazing eateries right under your
nose. These five have been here for yonks, but they're just as good today
as they've ever been.
This is your chance to celebrate in style this Christmas with
three fabulous foodie adventures at Crafthouse and Angelica. You'll bag
festive cocktails on the terrace, a wonderful winter brunch and a
delicious feast for 4.
There's a new American style smokehouse in town as Smokin' Bar &
Kitchen has opened on The Headrow. Nip by to try a menu
of ribs, wings and seafood, smoked low and slow. This isn't
just a restaurant though, it's a bar where they'll be serving cocktails
and craft beer with live entertainment and DJs playing into the early
The festive season is in full swing, so December promises pantos,
Christmas markets and oodles of opportunities to drink mulled wine. But
you can also catch a gig, enjoy a night of comedy or head to the theatre –
if you need an alternative from all the festive madness and late night
shopping. Here's what's on this month...
The latest addition to Call Lane is absolutely loopy. It's a
colourful bar where you can get free pizza until 9pm, with long-necked
Giraffe tubes filled with beer. Expect Narnia style wardrobes, neon
lights & lots of glitter.
December is the month of festive set menus and there are loads of
them for you to choose from. So whether you're after creative dishes with
a bit of pizzazz or simple classics done well, you can save a few bob
with these tasty deals.
Crumble is fed up of hibernating every year so decides
to go and see what's out there… and so begins this festive journey.
With friends to meet along the way, there's an adventure to be had.
Book online 25 Nov - 30 Dec.
Banish the winter blues by making the most of your weekend! Get
festive and bag some fabulous deals at the Chelsea Christmas
Shopping Weekend, before enjoying some epic sounds at the
Spitalfields Music Festival.
Foodies who also have a penchant for bottomless drinks should
head to temper city for the Christmas quiz, which makes for the
perfect afternoon with friends when it's cold outside. Art
lovers? You're in for a treat with London Art Week's first-ever
Winter edition, and some exciting new exhibitions in town.
Christmas Shopping Weekend
Nothing beats Chelsea in Christmas, and for one
weekend only on 2nd and 3rd December 2017, we bring you the Chelsea Christmas Shopping Weekend.
Not only will the area be bedecked in all its finest festive
frippery, but shops will be putting on their best show – with
special offers, added extras and the odd mince pie or two – to
make your Christmas shopping a pleasure not a pain.
Stop by on Saturday for some free style advice from C&TH
fashion contributor Martha Ward, and don't miss out on the
complimentary horse and carriage rides that are sure to delight
the little ones.
at The Royal Academy
They were friends, of course. Now it seems these two rebels
inspired and encouraged each other too. This exhibition is
at times moving, at others, hilarious and surprised. Luxuriously
Hassan Hajjaj at Somerset House
The potent aromas of the Moroccan desert virtually waft through
this exhibition as Hajjaj draws the nomadic world of his native
Morocco into La Caravane. Singers, rappers and artists stand for
portraits against bold stripes and fluorescent colours. Until 7 Jan
London Art Week has long
been a staple in the city’s cultural calendar, but this year the
event returns for a second time in its first-ever Winter
edition. From 1–8 December, the galleries of Mayfair and St
James’ will open their doors for the public to explore, enjoy and
discover art spanning over 7 millennia.
Attracting seasoned collectors, experts, enthusiasts and
beginners alike, we speak to Amelia Higgins, Project Manager for
London Art Week, to bring you the ultimate insider’s guide –
including the names to know and the exhibitions to make sure you
see. Read our insider's guide here.
A Taste of Christmas at Cowdray
The Cowdray Estate will hold its
annual Christmas Tasting Day this Saturday, so that shoppers can
‘try before they buy’. Enjoy mulled wine and plenty of samples as
you learn from experts how to perfectly cook your Christmas meal.
The temper Christmas Quiz
Festive jumpers, tinsel, bad jokes and lots of Christmas cheer
will accompany plenty of food, fun, fizz and trivia this Saturday
at temper city. With unlimited drinks
and three courses of temper classics to enjoy with friends,
you'll be laughing your way to victory... 2 Dec, £39 per head
Guest curated by conductor André de
Ridder (pictured), this year’s festival embraces classical
music in its broadest sense, from an interpretation of Schumann’s
Dichterliebe performed in a row of Huguenot houses by local
schoolchildren to Daniel Brandt’s Eternal Something colliding
with a techno collective.
Epic and mind-expanding, head to Spitalfields this weekend for an
unforgettable experience. More information here.2-10 December.