Yesterday, Victoria Gate in Leeds officially opened up their doors to the public. I was there, not early enough to hear Scouting for Girls whole set but I caught the last song (She’s so lovely). Shortly after that, the ribbon was cut and we could walk in to the sound of my favourite pick-me-up song by Justin Timberlake. Sometimes it’s nice to be forced to have a day off 🙂 My bank account might think differently.
Victoria Gate is located where the previous police station in Leeds was, next door to the bus station and Leeds Kirkgate Market. It’s a great location, bringing some life to that side of city centre and eventually it’ll be built together with Victoria Quarter. It’s a slightly more posh shopping centre than Trinity (no offence) and host a lot of stores I most likely will visit often but maybe not spend money in every time.
Like Trinity, you can access the shopping centre from each side. I entered opposite the Victoria Quarter and its through this way you’re struck with the gorgeous interior. I’m not a fan of the exterior, I prefer the car park, but the interior is class. I love the ceiling, the lights hanging down and although all stores are under one roof, every shop entrance make you feel like you’re entering it from the street.
I was mostly excited for COS, & Other Stories and Anthropologie to come to Leeds, it’s definitely what we need up north. H&M’s sister companies is what I as a Scandinavian need; COS and & Other Stories truly know their minimalism and clean cuts. Now all I need is a H&M Home store to open up. Monki is most likely out of the picture having to close down shops in Sweden.
I spent around 2 hours in the shopping centre and only had time for Anthropologie, COS, & Other Stories and John Lewis. John Lewis is massive and it’s the first time I’ve ever visited one so I spent quite a bit of time here. I fell in love with their Christmas section and I think it’s amazing they have a ‘Made in Yorkshire’ section, supporting local talents.
Anthropologie had amazing dinner party and party accessories displays but I have to wait till the sale. I do love balloons though so couldn’t resist picking up this kit with 8 confetti balloons. I’ve blown one up but I definitely need to invest in some gas to get it right. Check out my Instagram to see the balloon.
& Other Stories
In & Other Stories I finally found a pair of lovely earrings I can wear on a daily basis. They’re tiny little silver rings that I hopefully won’t have to take out when sleeping. I also found the most gorgeous dress. It’s so comfy and perfect for the colder autumn and winter season. Best bit, with Victoria Gate’s app I got 20% discount on the dress.
Before leaving the centre, I walked past Tarte & Berry and I couldn’t resist bringing home a brownie. They’re only £2.50 each but with the Victoria Gate app I got it for free. Yes, you heard me – for free! It’s the most scrumptious brownie I’ve ever had. These sisters are amazing bakers so make sure to pick some up during the next fours weeks they’re in the shopping centre.
I could have spent much longer time at Victoria Gate than I did but there were far too many impressions to take in for one day so I’ll have to come back. What a shame, ha!
Have you been to Victoria Gate yet? Which stores are you most excited about?