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Victoria Quarter, Leeds
Categories: Shopping Malls, Shopping
The Victoria Quarter is an upmarket shopping area in Leeds, England. It consists of three blocks situated between Briggate and Vicar Lane, comprising County Arcade, Cross Arcade, Queen Victoria Street and King Edward Street.The development was built around 1900 and designed by the theatre architect Frank Matcham, and originally included the Empire Palace Theatre, which was demolished in the 1960s. The exteriors are largely of faience from the Burmantofts Pottery, and the interiors of the arcades contain a number of mosaics and plentiful use of marble. The Quarter was restored in phases between 1989 and 1996, during which a coloured glass roof was erected over Queen Victoria Street.StoresConfidence in the Victoria Quarter has seen occupancy reach 100%, with a number of stores making their out-of-London debuts. Arrogant Cat Boutique, opened its first store outside London, and a menswear branch of Reiss opened opposite its main Leeds store on County Arcade. Church's shoes opened its first store outside London, as did Charbonnel et Walker and Cutler and Gross.Harvey Nichols's Leeds store opened in 1996; this was the first provincial move for the department store. It occupies the site of the former Empire Palace Theatre, and for a time Leeds was described as 'The Knightsbridge of the North'. In 2006, Louis Vuitton opened its first store to have a VIP area. Paul Smith opened his third flagship store in the UK in Leeds.Make Victoria Quarter part of your personalized Leeds itinerary using our Leeds travel itinerary planner.
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The architecture is fabulous and the arcades are lovely to stroll around. As others have pointed out, it is exclusive but then again perhaps something special will catch your eye ? :)
The Victoria Quarter contains an excellent number of very good shops. It is a very good place to visit for high end shopping.
This is a splendid example of a Victorian shopping arcade. This very grand setting contains all the upmarket shops. Even if you don't want to visit Harvey Nics, Vivienne Westwood etc a visit to apprec... read more »
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