Christmas jumper day at Morgans

As we did last year, we’ve decided to take part in the national Christmas Jumper day, to support Caring Together in Woodhouse and Little London.

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As we did last year, we’ve decided to take part in the national Christmas Jumper day, to support Caring Together in Woodhouse and Little London. Caring Together is a Neighbourhood Network scheme operating primarily in a culturally diverse inner-city area of Leeds. Their aim is to combat isolation and disadvantage among older people, by working to empower individuals and groups within the areas of Woodhouse and Little London, to become more involved as valued members of their communities.

 

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The charity provides support and activities for older people living in the area and operates on a membership basis with full participation of local people from involvement on Management Committee through to decision-making in how the various social and therapeutic groups operate.

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New to Leeds 2017: Your A-Z guide

You might have noticed, Leeds has been a bit busy in 2017. And we don’t know about you, but we’ve found it hard to keep up with all the new places and spaces that have opened in the city centre this year.

From fancy restaurants and bars, to shops, hotels, events and just general ‘stuff’ happening in our amazing city, we’ve come up with a handy A-Z guide to the new additions that have made Leeds such a great place to be in 2017.

They are specific to this year only, and mainly in or around the city centre – otherwise this would be a really, really long list. We’ll probably, definitely have missed some – so let us know!

What do you think is missing from D and E?

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Doghouse Bar and Record Store
The new sister bar to 212 Café opened on Kirkgate this summer, selling a huge collection of dance and hip-hop vinyl, as well as indie artists and designers putting on monthly pop-up shops and exhibitions.

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The Dakota Hotel
A new £20m hotel has opened in the old stacker car park of Bond Court. 10 storeys of 90 deluxe rooms.

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The Domino Club
A new jazz bar from the owners of Call Lane favourite Roland’s, that you have to access through a barbers in Grand Arcade.  Drink creative cocktails in the dark whilst you sit back and listen to live jazz, funk, soul and blues.

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East 59th

Bringing a bit of hipster New York to the rooftop of Victoria Gate, East 59th is a bar based around the central-Manhattan namesake known for its chic, trendy cocktail bars and proximity to 5th Avenue.

Keep an eye out for F and G tomorrow!

New to Leeds 2017: Your A-Z guide

You might have noticed, Leeds has been a bit busy in 2017. And we don’t know about you, but we’ve found it hard to keep up with all the new places and spaces that have opened in the city centre this year.

From fancy restaurants and bars, to shops, hotels, events and just general ‘stuff’ happening in our amazing city, we’ve come up with a handy A-Z guide to the new additions that have made Leeds such a great place to be in 2017.

They are specific to this year only, and mainly in or around the city centre – otherwise this would be a really, really long list. We’ll probably, definitely have missed some – so let us know!

Here’s C…can you think of any more?

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Leeds’ first 100% vegan café opened in The Old Red Bus Station on Vicar Lane earlier in the year, and the ever-growing vegan community of Leeds and beyond love it. Vegan or not, the inventive food makes it well worth a visit.

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In 1967, Leeds Carnival was the first of its kind in Europe to feature all three essential Caribbean carnival elements of masquerade, music and a parade. This year marked its 50th anniversary and was the biggest and best yet.

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It’s the new Sandinista – Chida Cantina is a pretty similar vibe to what it was before, without the Spanish bit; more focused on being a relaxed Mexican eatery with good drinks and atmosphere, just with a new look. The kitchen is run by Mexican street food stars, The Holy Mountain, so it’s a good place to eat tacos and drink tequila, basically.

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Billed as a ‘home from home’, the Cosy Club bars are known for their colourful interiors and all-day menus, spanning brunch, sandwiches, burgers, tapas and comfort food classics.

Find out what was our highlight of 2017 for D tomorrow!

New to Leeds in 2017: Your A-Z guide

You might have noticed, Leeds has been a bit busy in 2017. And we don’t know about you, but we’ve found it hard to keep up with all the new places and spaces that have opened in the city centre this year.

From fancy restaurants and bars, to shops, hotels, events and just general ‘stuff’ happening in our amazing city, we’ve come up with a handy A-Z guide to the new additions that have made Leeds such a great place to be in 2017.

They are specific to this year only, and mainly in or around the city centre – otherwise this would be a really, really long list. We’ll probably, definitely have missed some – so let us know!

Here’s A and B…can you think of any more?

Art, art and more art

Leeds Art Gallery reopened in October after a huge refurb. It’s a brighter experience, after re-discovering a secret barrel-vaulted glazed ceiling during the renovations. There’s also new exhibition spaces and artwork looking back over 130 years.

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The Bluebird Bakery

Adding to Kirkgate Market, Bluebird opened in February and its ‘real bread’ (renowned in its York and Malton branches), made using a long-fermentation method and local ingredients, is a hit with us Leeds folk. There’s cakes, pastries and savouries too.

 

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Bengal Brasserie
The very first Bengal Brasserie in Leeds city centre opened on Merrion Way in spring, just over the road from First Direct Arena – which makes it the perfect before or after gig venue for a delicious Indian and Bengali curry.

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Keep a look out each day for the next instalments…

 

Morgans Christmas Party

As the end of the year approaches, what better way to kick off the celebrations than a Morgans Christmas party!?

Following on from the past 13 years, our Christmas party was held at Harvey Nichols fourth floor restaurant, with 100+ guests, including our full team and our long-standing clients to celebrate another great year at Morgans.

The Morgans team gathered slightly earlier this year to introduce a new end-of-year company awards scheme between the entire team. Categories included Biggest Smile, Perfect Attendance, Colleague of the Year, Team of the Year and the Director’s Award, all paired with a Harvey Nichol’s bottle of champagne and a Morgans medal!

Once the awards were given out we enjoyed the company of our guests, the canapés and drinks provided by Harvey Nichols and a Christmas carol singalong.

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The wait is over. The Christmas lights are on. We’re ready for our Christmas party and the countdown to Christmas begins!

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Thors Tipi has returned to Leeds and it’s here until the end of December! You can expect a Vikings den, a hot chocolate station, open fires, mulled wine and a festive atmosphere. They’ve teamed up with Leeds Brewery to bring you your favourite brews, whilst The Mussel Pot have designed a viking inspired BBQ menu to fit with the rest of the atmosphere. Thors Tipi is held in Victoria Gardens (outside Leeds Art Gallery). (photo: Google)

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Leeds Winter Market 

Back for one day only, Leeds Winter Market – a unique market that emphasises the fact that winter is a time of gathering together. The market is filled with independent designers, quality vintage and artisan food producers. There is a kid’s zone on the lower ground floor that will keep them entertained with craft tables, the opportunity to meet Santa and the ultimate winter toy shop! Tickets cost £5 on the door, £3 early bird tickets and it is held in Leeds Town Hall, 10th December. (photo: Google)

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Funfair on Cookridge Street

This festive family funfair is set to run alongside the German Christmas Market for the first three weeks of December. The funfair will celebrate the run up to Christmas and will feature a range of rides including: dodgems, flying chairs, children’s funhouse, rides, along with the likes of traditional candy floss, refreshment stalls and a cafe. (photo: Google)

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Christmas Day Dinner in Leeds 

For those of you who enjoy venturing out on Christmas day for some tasty, wholesome, good food, then here is a list of places you may want to consider. The Roundhay Fox in Roundhay, Bibi’s Italianissimo in the city centre, The Deer Park in Roundhay, Miller and Carter and the Crowne Plaza in the city centre. Make sure you check out their websites to discover exactly what their fabulous Christmas dinners involve. (photo: Google)

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P100 Annual Winter Ball

Last Friday, The Professional 100 Club hosted its Annual Themed Winter Ball at The Met Hotel on King Street. This year featured all things Disney; you name it, the ball had it –‘ Avatar’, ‘Ariel’, the characters from ‘Up’, ‘Star Wars’, ‘Elsa’, the original Disney princesses and of course Mickey and Minnie Mouse made an appearance.

The evening started off with a Prosecco drinks reception where we had the chance to mingle and meet people from the likes of Walker Morris, Addleshaw Goddard and Bond Dickinson (to name but a few). After the drinks reception, we had the task of finding our Disney themed table numbers – Morgans had a seat on both ‘Minnie Mouse’ and ‘Aladdin’, where we were able to continue our networking over a glass (or two) of wine! (photos: Morgans City Living)

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The prizes for ‘Best Dressed’ were awarded during the 3-course meal, with ‘Avatar’ taking away 1st place and the old man and the boy from ‘Up’, being awarded runners up. As first-timers at this annual event, we chose the ‘subtle hint of Disney’ option, but having seen the level of effort people had gone to on Friday, we will definitely ‘up the ante’ next year. (photo: Morgans City Living)

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P100 Club is a networking group for young professionals in Leeds, which host social events throughout the year to help develop networking skills and confidence amongst individuals in the city centre. Each year the club hosts 6 events, which are fully included in the membership fee, ranging from Annual Dinners to pizza making and wine tasting.

For more information on the Professional 100 Club, check out the website on the following link – www.p100club.co.uk/

 

Morgans survey winner takes away £250 prize!

We believe it is important to keep up to date with market trends and to listen to the experiences of our those who choose to live in the city centre so that we can learn and pass this on to our clients who will be delivering the next generation of city living. As part of that process, we like to know what tenants want, need and expect of their rental properties in the city centre.

Over the past 8 months we have conducted a survey which asked our tenants, potential tenants and new tenants to give their opinions on their ideal rental properties. We discovered the most important priorities that renters have when looking for a new property, the ideal contract they’d sign up for, the amenities and facilities they’d like to see, how much they’d be prepared to pay for ‘extras’ and more. Keep an eye out on our social media pages where we will be posting the results…

All of the participants were entered into a £250 prize draw and Earlier this month we announced our survey winner, Maria, and our MD, Jonathan Morgan met with her to give her the prize. Maria is a Design Engineer who moved to Leeds at the start of 2017 for work after deciding to move out of the USA. We asked Maria what she enjoyed most about Leeds, “I love living in Leeds, I lived in Atlanta before and it’s not walkable at all, whereas Leeds definitely is! The people are very friendly and welcoming!”.  (photo: Morgans City Living)

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Our survey generated some compelling statistics and also one very happy winner – thank you to all those who took part and we look forward to sharing the results with you.

Suburbs to the City Centre

We are a nation traditionally obsessed with owning the space around us in the suburbs; our own garden, door step and driveway are as much a part of British life as a pint of milk and the local pub. Elsewhere in the civilised world, people aspire to live as close to the city as possible, to simplify their lives and wipe-out the commute. Whilst we hang on to the notion of sending our children off for the gentle walk to school through leafy avenues, the growing reality of parental choice for schooling means that the school run has become a bit of a rally dictated by yellow zig-zags and entire forecourts worth of shiny vehicles. (photos: Google)

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There is another way, however.

In Europe and further afield, housing, workplaces and schools exist side by side and residents, workers and school-children comfortably and easily share the many city centre public spaces, pocket parks and playgrounds which bring vitality and safety to the urban environment.

Most people’s routines in the UK look something like this; quick breakfast, sit in traffic for half an hour listening to inane radio, park, walk into the office, escape at lunchtime, head back to the office, more of the same, back to the car, even more time sitting in traffic before pulling up at home. (photo: Google)

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Imagine taking the traffic off both ends of the day, enjoying a bit of light exercise both ways to work and back and allowing work and home life to gently fuse together, punctuated by all that the city centre has to offer. No more dashing back into town for an event, no need to plan weeks ahead for the theatre, fresh produce on your doorstep at Leeds market and the ability to properly enjoy the city hubbub at your own pace. (photos: Google and Barnaby Aldrick)

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Best time to do it?

The city centre has tended to attract the under thirties and it is essential that we are able to continue to offer our economic engine room, the so-called key workers, easy access to a range of rented accommodation in the very heart of the city. Economic growth is closely linked to the availability of good housing stock and we must ensure that we do all we can to deliver.

Whilst city living has been seen as a stepping stone to suburban life, we are seeing significant change in this respect; the delivery of significant amenity in the city centre is encouraging people to stay for longer and ultimately, to return to the city once the suburban experience has lost its sheen. In more mature city centres such as Edinburgh, London and Oxford, people aspire to stay central for as long as possible because they want to enjoy the convenience and vibrancy which comes about as a consequence of the urban lifestyle. (photo: Barnaby Aldrick)

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So, for new arrivals in the city, young families and so-called downsizers, for whom size actually isn’t everything, Leeds city centre gets more and more attractive. We have our first city centre school for twenty years and we are the only city outside London with a resident theatre, opera and ballet. (photo: Google)

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Win a Wellbeing School experience for two at Neom Organics this Christmas with Morgans!

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In the run up to Christmas, we are working with some of our favourite venues in Leeds to offer exclusive giveaways, just for you.  All you need to do is join the Morgans social communities to keep an eye on the prize.

For November’s competition, we’ve teamed up with Neom Organics in Victoria Gate which specialises in 100% natural fragrances in the form of oils, perfumes, candles, room sprays and bath and body products, offering true wellbeing benefits for the mind & body. (photo: Neom Organics)

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This luxury Christmas-inspired giveaway, worth £100, offers you and a loved one a trip to the store to experience a wellbeing school and a complete wellbeing product collection, tailored just for you. (photos: Neom Organics)

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To enter this exciting competition, simply like our Facebook page, share the post and comment and tag the person you’d most like to share this amazing treat with this Christmas, and we’ll pick the winner on Monday 20th November.

Wishing you luck!