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Hotel near Victoria Quarter

Hotel near Victoria Quarter

Victoria Quarter is Leeds’ premium retail destination housing over seventy of the world’s leading luxury fashion and lifestyle brands in its decadent Grade II listed building.

Built in the years between 1898 and 1904 upon a mass of narrow yards that housed the city’s former meat market, the original development, designed by theatrical architect Frank Matcham, was comprised of The Empire Palace Theatre flanked by two arcades and two streets. The design was elaborately embellished with bold marble, colourful gilded mosaics and ornate ironwork. These features were thoughtfully restored to their original splendour in an extensive restoration in 1990, further complemented with polished mahogany shop fronts and a brightly coloured 120 metre stained glass roof along Queen Victoria Street.

In 1996, Victoria Quarter was chosen to house Harvey Nichol’s first venture out of the capital. The five-storey luxury department store was built in the shell in which the Empire Theatre once stood, offering an unparalleled selection of the world’s most prestigious brands in fashion, beauty, food and wine.

Today the store stands as the stalwart retail destination amongst an indulgent combination of exclusive designer fashion houses such as Louis Vuitton, Vivienne Westwood and Mulberry. Luxury beauty, footwear and leather good boutiques line the two distinct retail arcades; The County Arcade and the Queen Victoria Street, and the adjacent streets, along with jewellers, confectioners and bespoke independent boutiques. The pavement cafes and street entertainment create a distinctly European feel that isn’t to be found anywhere else in the city.

With its opulent arcades, continental atmosphere and plethora of luxurious brands, it is no surprise that the Victoria Quarter was dubbed ‘the Knightsbridge of the North’ by travel gurus Lonely Planet.

Looking for somewhere to stay that is equally as luxurious as the Victoria Quarter, without comprising on price, Clayton Hotel Leeds is located just over a mile away and can be reached by a twenty-minute walk or a five-minute taxi ride.


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