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DEPARTURES

Meeting in Leeds

Leeds is the cultural,

financial and commercial

hub of West Yorkshire

and is a lively and

affluent city. It’s also the

largest financial and legal

centre outside London,

with more than 30 banks

located here. Other

strong industry sectors

include manufacturing,

engineering and medical

tech, writes Emma Allen

Wow factor

Leeds City Museum

This grand Grade II listed civic

building, which was transformed

into a state of the art museum

in 2000, makes an impressive

backdrop for gala dinners,

receptions and ceremonies.

The centrepiece is the stunning

Brodrick Hall, a 401sqm atrium

with balcony which can seat up

to 360 guests, and there are a

number of smaller meeting

rooms available. Evening tours

can also be arranged.

Millennium Square, Leeds LS1 8BH

visitleeds.co.uk/thedms

making an

impression

Quirky venue

Duke Studios

Less than a ten-minute walk

from Leeds train station, this

co-working space in the up and

coming South Bank area has a

number of interesting rooms

for hire. The Event Room is the

largest, and offers an industrial

feel space for up to 250 people,

while the cosy Not Bored Room

can host up to 10 boardroom

style. There is also the plant

adorned Conservatory, which

can seat 40 theatre-style.

3 Sheaf Street, Leeds LS10 1HD

duke-studios.com

On a shoestring

Swarthmore Leeds

Set in an attractive row of

Georgian buildings, this

education centre is a wellestablished

budget venue with

room hire available from £17

per hour. Seven light-filled

meeting rooms are available

for up to 40 people, a large hall

can host up to 140 and there

are several smaller breakout

spaces. Electronic whiteboards,

flipcharts and other AV

equipment can be added.

2-7 Woodhouse Square, LS3 1AD

swarthmore.org.uk

Small but perfectly formed

Wired up

Out of town

Getting there

Frequent rail services

from London to Leeds take

just over two hours, with peak

services running every 30

minutes. Motorway access is

good, with Leeds sitting at the

crossroads of the M1 and M62.

Leeds Bradford Airport is eight

miles from the city centre, and

serves more than 75

destinations worldwide.

Further information

Conference Leeds can

assist with venue sourcing

and accommodation. Contact

0113 378 1183 or see

visitleeds.co.uk/conferences

Dakota Hotel

The Leeds outpost of the chic

boutique hotel chain offers a

sophisticated city vibe, with 84

bedrooms decked out in muted

tones of grey, and a buzzy Bar

and Grill restaurant. There are

two smart event spaces: the

Boardroom, which can also be

used for private dining, for up to

16 guests, and the Champagne

room for parties of up to 20.

There is also a cocktail bar with

a heated outdoor terrace.

8 Russell Street, Leeds LS1 5RN

leeds.dakotahotels.co.uk

super chic

boutique

hotel

The Rose Bowl

Part of Leeds Beckett University,

the striking glass-clad Rose

Bowl is well located in the

heart of the city centre.

Offering state-of-the-art

conferencing facilities,

design and AV, the venue’s

event space includes meeting

rooms for up to 80 people,

several auditoria and banqueting

for up to 300 dinner guests. A

further 25 rooms are available

out of term for workshops.

Portland Crescent, Leeds LS1 3HB

leedsbeckett.ac.uk/conferencing

Looking

GOOD!

Oulton Hall

Surrounded by a 300-acre

estate, it’s easy to forget this

18th-century mansion is

just a 30-minute taxi ride

from Leeds city centre.

There are nine flexible

meeting rooms of varying

sizes and the grand Oulton

Suite can accommodate up to

350 people. The hotel also offers

group teambuilding activities like

archery, golf and clay pigeon

shooting in its grounds.

Rothwell Lane, Oulton, Leeds LS26 8HN

oultonhall.co.uk

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