Over the last few years – through the Little Black Book city guide, City Life & Local Times magazine, social media news & updates, and online listings & articles – we have continued to offer residents and visitors alike the opportunity to discover their favourite Leeds. Streets like North Street, George Street and Merrion Street, areas like Hyde Park, Meanwood and Holbeck, and buildings like Kirkgate Market and the Corn Exchange – plus many more – each have a unique feel within the city. All feed off each other’s strength in terms of offer, personality, presentation and narrative. The result is a synergy that resonates with the modern urban consumer and marks these areas as destinations.
What makes a destination is this combination of contrasting and complementing elements. Leeds is a city that is in it together, and the success of the city in attracting the likes of Sky, John Lewis and Channel 4 here, is not mutually exclusive to the celebration of the independent talent beneath. Indeed, this is not a competition, and Independent Life aims to present the city holistically; as one where First Direct Arena and Brudenell Social Club, Harvey Nichols and Accent, The Ivy and Ox Club, all thrive alongside one another. And, with so many great diverse happenings across the city at any time, one where we can help everybody find the parts that they will love.