Last updated on October 28th, 2012 | Written By Darren
Things to do in Leeds Hyde Park
Hyde Park may be one of the key student suburbs in Leeds but it’s such a hive of musical and social activity that many a local will also choose to pitch camp. It’s not always for quiet folk, and is less family-orientated than other Leeds suburbs, but there’s always something to do and someone to bump into. As well as the cafes and pubs there’s a couple of eccentric vintage clothing and furniture shops, a community space in the Cardigan Road Left Bank Centre.
Things to do in Hyde Park
or the musically minded, the most up to date bands play their most intimate shows in Leeds courtesy of the Brudenell Social Club. Old stomping grounds for the likes of The Kaiser Chiefs and The Cribs, the gig room has played host to many memorable shows. It also plays host to a surprisingly varied selection of bottled beers (banana bread beer, anyone?) and has a games room complete with table football, darts, pool and snooker.
The Hyde Park Picture House is a Grade II listed building which has existed as a cinema since 1914. It still has many of its original features including a beautifully decorated Edwardian balcony. It’s wonderful to have such a wide-ranging selection of arthouse and mainstream release films on your doorstep; it feels like being transported back to another era while you’re there. The Picture House is also the focal point for Leeds Film Festival which takes place every November, and holds many special events throughout the year.
Places to Eat and Drink
Hyde Park Corner – the crossroads where Woodhouse Road becomes Otley Road and winds its way into Headingley – is a menage of great little restaurants and eateries. Many specialise in Middle Eastern cuisine, and the prime examples for this are La Cafetiere and L’Oranaise, which are within 30 seconds of each other.
The latter’s mezze platters are fabulously tasty, and at the former you can get a pint of the thickest, and therefore the creamiest and most delicious homemade fruit smoothie in all of Leeds to go with your kofta. LS6, or the Clock Café, so called because its interior features lots of clocks, does great coffee, nicely priced drinks and snacks, and I would also highly recommend the baklava from Algerian restaurant Moorish, just off Woodhouse Moor.
If a good old fashioned pub’s what you’re after then there’s the Royal Park and the Hyde Park pubs respectively, handily placed at opposite ends of the village. Both show a great selection of sports and have a range of lagers and ales.
Woodhouse Moor is the great patch of woodland and field that separates Hyde Park from Leeds University’s campus. One weekend every August it plays host to Unity Day, a free all-day festival that celebrates the community in the surrounding area. Stalls and stages fill with everything from local arts and crafts to poetry recitals to the dub and reggae tent to keep the party atmosphere going into the night.