When it comes to Leeds, you just never know what’s around the next corner.
From huge murals hidden in the most unexpected places to multi-coloured light installations in the Victorian tunnel system, you’ll find all manner of surprises tucked away in the city’s nooks and crannies. So next time you’re out, why not take a detour and seek out the hidden treasures you never even knew were there?
An eatery with a menu full of surprises
You can find daytime eatery OWT in Kirkgate Market and 100% of its menu is sourced from its neighbouring stalls. They switch up the menu each day, so there are loads of creative combinations to try, from vegan lasagne with lemony kale to slow braised beef with mustard rice salad. And you can wash it down with a homemade drink like their ginger and lime pop.
OWT, Leeds Kirkgate Market, George Street, West Yorkshire, LS2 7HY.
The UK’s tallest mural tucked away by the station
You wouldn’t expect to find the tallest mural in the UK in Leeds, but there it is, hidden amongst the towers. You’ll find it on the Platform Building, right next to the station, and it’s a massive 46.8 metres high. It’s the work of Manchester-based graffiti artists Nomad Clan and features an owl in a nod to Leeds, alongside a moon and a crown to represent the two artists, Cbloxx and Aylo.
Athena Rising, Platform Building, New Station Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4JB.
A hidden jazz bar below Grand Arcade
You’d be forgiven for missing The Domino Club, after all, it’s tucked away underneath Lords Barbering in Grand Arcade. You actually have to walk through the barbers to find the secret staircase in the back, which will lead you down into a hidden speakeasy where live jazz and blues bands play quality tunes while the bartenders serve up classic cocktails and cost-price whisky.
The Domino Club, Grand Arcade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PG.
A secret light installation below the station
The dark arches were built with Leeds Station back in the 1860s. It took over 18 million bricks to make this magnificent feat of engineering possible and they’re as impressive today as they were 150 years ago. Once a shopping centre, but now a car park, the arches have become a quick shortcut to the new station entrance, and they’re lit up by a rainbow-coloured light installation designed by Philips and Lite Ltd.
The Dark Arches, Granary Wharf, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4GS.
A elephant mural that represents Leeds’ history
Tucked away in a hidden courtyard in the business district lies an almighty mural. It’s the work of graffiti artist Russell Meeham and it’s a homage to Leeds. He took his inspiration from the famous elephant armour on display at the Royal Armouries, but you’ll also see a ring of white roses around its neck as a nod to the white rose of Yorkshire and it carries the city’s historic mills on its back.
31 York Place, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2BA.