Whistles Neighbourhood: Leeds
Situated in the heart of Leeds, our Whistles store hosts a considered edit of womenswear, plus our recently-added Whistles Wedding collection. Discover the best bits of the Northern metropolis with our insider’s guide.
Visit our Whistles Leeds store at 12-14 Queen Victoria Street, Victoria Quarter, LS1 6BE.
Belgrave Music Hall and Canteen
Located in Leeds’ vibrant Northern Quarter, Belgrave Music Hall and Canteen is a three-floor creative hub offering a platform for artists, performers and like-minded individuals to collaborate in a dedicated space. From live music and comedy shows to film screenings and art exhibitions, the venue’s multitude events offer up something for all ages. A free yoga class is open to attend every Thursday while Vive la Musica – a live music club night hosted by Latin DJs Lubi Jovanovic and Fabio Bahia – will keep you on your feet throughout the night. Stop by for a bite to eat at two of Leeds favourites; Dough Boys serving hand-stretched pizza by the slice and The Patty Smith’s Burger Co for unfussy but tasty burgers.
The Hepworth Wakefield
Set within Wakefield’s historic waterfront, overlooking the River Calde lies The Hepworth – an award-winning contemporary art gallery. Named after the abstract artist and sculptor Barbara Hepworth, the gallery is home to an entire dedicated space exploring Hepworth’s art and working processes, plus an impressive compendium of modern British art. Expect highlights from Ben Nicholson and L.S. Lowry, as well as work by significant contemporary artists such as Frank Auerbach and Martin Parr. Looking to learn a new skill? Enroll yourself in the galleries’ regular workshops and embark on a unique stone carved sculpture workshop or an introduction to silkscreen printing.
Inspired by the food-crazed Basque region in Spain, Pintura (meaning work of art in Spanish) serves traditional recipes and artisan ingredients with a modern flair. Choose from a selection of premium Spanish and French cold cuts and cheese, Iberico pork fillet in a romesco sauce and baked batata with manchego dressing and chilli. The restaurant is also home to a dedicated basement ‘gin bar’, serving over 30 varieties of gin, each perfectly paired with its own garnish, chosen to complement and enhance the botanical flavours.
Situated on the north bank of the River Aire, the surviving foundations of Kirkstall Abbey are worth the visit. Since its inception c.1152, the picturesque ruin of the Cistercian monastery is impressive. Not only does the 12th century abbey shed light on Leed’s historic past, it also serves as a public space for events and monthly outdoor markets, offering locally sourced handmade crafts and produce from across Yorkshire.
North Star Coffee Roasters
Located at Leeds Dock, North Star Coffee Shop and General Store have only recently opened their doors but have a 7-year history of coffee brewing and roasting. Next door to their roastery and Coffee Academy (covering brewing and sensory skills for trainee baristas), the North Star team offer speciality grade Arabica coffees, choosing beans based on their complex flavour profile, cleanliness and consistency. Progressive micro-bakery and business partner Noisette, are also on hand to provide a seasonal and flavour packed menu of baked goods and small plates to the cafe. Freshly baked on site every morning, we recommend the morning cake – a vanilla infused sour cream batter, layered with tonka bean and spice almond streusel – a perfect partner to your morning coffee.
An independent space for all things print, Village is a multi-purpose bookshop and gallery. Take time out to peruse the curated selection of art, fashion and photography books and magazines, as well as self-published and small press zines sourced both locally and internationally. While in the gallery space, expect to see regular exhibitions, book launches, and artist talks from emerging creatives within the city. A one-stop shop for all your creative needs.
Sheaf St Cafeteria
Sheaf St Cafeteria is a space for meeting, eating and drinking. A collaboration between Duke Studios (a creative coworking and studio space) and Grub and Grog (who look after the kitchen), the open space is located in a repurposed red brick Victorian factory. During the day the contemporary canteen offers delicious coffee, considered breakfasts and light lunches while into the night, the social space has a carefully curated drinks menu and hearty bar snacks. Kitchen takeovers, big club nights, film screenings and panel discussions are only a few of the list of events you can expect to see at Sheaf St Cafeteria throughout the year.
Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Recently celebrating their 40th anniversary, Yorkshire Sculpture Park is one of the leading international centres for contemporary sculpture. Spanning over the 500 acre 18th century Bretton Hall estate in West Yorkshire, the open-air gallery was the first sculpture park in the UK – and the largest of its kind Europe – providing a space to view Barbara Hepworth’s The Family of Man in its entirety, alongside a significant collection of Henry Moore’s bronzes. Not only are the outdoor gardens free to roam, the YSP includes five indoor galleries, hosting year-round temporary exhibitions. Get the opening of Beyond Time on March 30th in your diary; an extraordinary installation of entangled thread in an 18th century chapel by artist Chiharu Shiota.
Your local Whistles store
Our Whistles store is situated amongst the marble stone pillars, gilded mosaics, and the grand stained glass roof of the Victoria Quarter’s arcades in Leeds city centre. Wander the two floors to discover our edit of luxurious styles and everyday separates, alongside our Whistles Wedding collection in a calm boutique environment.
For maps and opening times click here for our Leeds store.