Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Last of the Summer Songs at Harvey Nichols

Harvey Nichols Espresso Bar Leeds are marking the end of a long and glorious summer (if only!) with an evening entitled ‘Last of the Summer Songs’ performed by St Peters Singers and Simon Lindley of Leeds Parish. Join us in the beautiful setting of the Victoria Quarter for a picnic style three course dinner and listen to songs by Pearsall, Stanford and Vaughan Williams to name just a few.
Your started will be served in a picnic basket while you choose your main course and dessert from our menu. Let Simon Lindley introduce you to songs old, new, madrigals and folk, relax and enjoy beneath this wonderful stained glass ceiling as summer slips past!
A full drinks list and cocktail menu will be available on the evening, why not try our very own ‘Summer Sip Pimms’ or an ‘E-Bar Gum’…two of our most popular cocktails created by the Espresso Bar team.
Last of the Summer Songs takes place on Sunday 16 September at 7pm and tickets cost £28.50 per person.
To make a reservation call the Espresso Bar on 0113 2048000 ext 5533. A deposit of £10 per person is required on booking.

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Nicholas Deakins AW12 Harris Tweed Collaboration

For their AW12 footwear collection, Nicholas Deakins have teamed up with world famous Harris Tweed to create the Mod Harris boots.
Antique Italian leather has been used to create a luxury hiking boot, mixed with ski hook lace detail and a diamond quilted collar incorporating Harris Tweed which is an essential trend for AW12
Since their humble beginnings, the British heritage brand, Nicholas Deakins, has built an unrivaled reputation for their innovative designs and quality manufacturing. For 21 years they have been producing contemporary clothing and footwear for the style conscious man and this has secured their position as a leading force in their industry.
Their proven ability to dominate their niche market makes them the ideal partner to Harris Tweed which has become renowned world wide
for their traditional lichen died tweeds. These unique tweeds are hand woven in the Outer Hebrides islands of Scotland and have been the iconic, go to tweed for time immemorial.
What this collaboration has resulted in, is a seamless cohesion between modern and traditional British heritage that is truly authentic and timelessly stylish.
The Mod Harris Boot is testament to Nicholas Deakins ability to create covetable clothing and footwear in a manner that stays true to their core ideals. They are available in Tan and Black.
Official Nicholas Deakins Store,
Victoria Quarter,
61 Vicar Lane,
Leeds LS1 6BA

Monday, 20 August 2012

What The Dickens?

What The Dickens?

Of course The VQ would never usually promote pickpocketing in any way, but on this occasion have made an exception. To celebrate the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens’ birth, Moorcroft at James Macintyre & Co have launched a strictly limited vase The Pickpockets. 
Designed by Kerry Goodwin, only 75 of the vases have been produced, depicting a familiar Dickensian scene straight from Oliver Twist, one of Charles Dickens’ most famous novels.
The creation shows the Artful Dodger teaching a young Oliver Twist to pickpocket the well-to-do folk of London town, their intention being to steal silk handkerchiefs. The scene shows a policeman who is giving chase to young Oliver. The notorious Bill Sykes can also be seen, with his dog, Bullseye. In the background of the vase old timber framed buildings loom over the streets of old London town, with shop windows brightly lit and passers by browsing the merchandise on offer.
Moorcroft Art Pottery, who has its own shop in the Victoria Quarter, attended a reception this month at Mansion House, home to the 684th Lord Mayor of the City Of London, David Wootton. In his speech, he praised the creativity of the Moorcroft designers. David Wootton, also Chairman of the Trustees of 48 Doughty Street, Charles Dickens' London residence, and where he wrote Oliver Twist, delighted in the Moorcroft design The Pickpockets by Kerry Goodwin. Nearly two-hundred Moorcroft Collectors and some enthusiastic magazine editors attended the drinks reception at the Gothic home to David Wootton for his term in office, and viewed Moorcroft designs past, present and future. These pieces of art pottery were, unlike the ghosts from A Christmas Carol, most welcome!
The Pickpockets
Designer: Kerry Goodwin
Limited Edition: 75
Height: 24cms
Price: £790
In store now at The VQ.
You’ve got to pick a ‘The Pickpockets’ or two from…………
James Macintyre & Co
23 County Arcade, The Victoria Quarter, Leeds, LS1 6BW
 T: +44 (0)113 234 6363 F: 0113 234 6364 E:

Sunday, 19 August 2012

A Masterclass with The Cooking School

Harvey Nichols Fourth Floor Head Chef Paul Cunliffe is teaming up with The Cooking School at Dean Clough to offer a very special masterclass in fine dining. Come along and learn from the experts how to create great modern British food with a twist!
The Cooking School is passionate about teaching people to cook within a relaxed environment and are experts in their field which is why the Fourth Floor are very excited to work with them!
On the menu is cornfed chicken poached with truffled wild mushroom mousse, char grilled leeks, champ potatoes and red wine jus and for dessert a dark chocolate and hazelnut delice, tonka bean cream, spiced plum coulis and praline biscuit.
Paul Cunliffe says, “At Harvey Nichols we believe food should be exciting – not just for the taste buds but also visually. That’s why we use only the finest ingredients and make sure our presentation is impeccable. We know The Cooking School at Dean Clough is as passionate about food and that’s why we can’t wait to teach our course there.”
Matthew Benson-Smith, director of The Cooking School said, “Paul has experience in some of the most respected kitchens in the UK. We are glad to have him at The Cooking School and we are sure those attending the class will take a lot away from his expertise.”
The course will take place on Saturday 1 September and costs £155 per person.
To book or for further information please contact us via or call us on 01422 383192.

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Voyage of Discovery at Kuoni

 Voyage of Discovery at Kuoni

If horizons new sound tempting and your wanderlust is kicking in, Kuoni’s 2013 brochures may have just what you’re looking for. Let’s face it there’s a whole world out there waiting to be discovered!
Kuoni’s Caribbean, Indian Ocean, Worldwide and Far East brochures are at the VQ now, pop in and pick up a copy.
The Discover 2013 edition is also a real page turner, packed with exciting destinations, exotic locations and adventures to enjoy:
-          Discover iconic and authentic tailor made travel to India, Latin America, the Far East and Africa
-          Visit a ranch  - an estancia - in Argentina, or stay in a traditional ryokan in Japan
-          Explore the world’s largest salt flats – Salar de Uyuni – during Kuoni’s Classic Bolivia private tour
-          Experience new itineraries and tailor made journeys to Nepal and the Kingdom of Bhutan.
Let Kuoni inspire you for your next luxury holiday to many destinations Worldwide.
Come and chat to one of Kuoni’s friendly Personal Travel Experts who have just returned from a whole host of luxury and off the beaten track destinations... and let Kuoni help you make your holiday dreams come true!
Kuoni have been voted the World's Leading Tour Operator at the World Travel Awards for the past 11 years. The Daily Telegraph's Ultratravel & Daily Mail readers each voted Kuoni Britain's favourite. Kuoni have also been Britain's Best Longhaul Tour Operator for the past 27 years, as voted by travel agents.
Discover for yourself and have the world at your feet at………..
3 King Edward Street,
Tel: 0113 2422264.

A New Classic at Crabtree & Evelyn

Looking Rosy at Crabtree & Evelyn

Reformulated and with a new look, Crabtree & Evelyn’s signature fragrance Evelyn Rose will be relaunched and available at VQ from 15th August.

Delicately re-engineered, the luxury of the original scent has been infused with crisp airiness. Retaining the sophisticated allure which made Evelyn Rose an immediate classic, the updated fragrance is a softer, fresher reflection of the rose created for Crabtree & Evelyn by David Austin two decades ago.
Classic yet chic, modern yet steeped in history, familiar yet alluring, the loveliness of Evelyn Rose can only increase over time.
Evelyn Rose Eau De Parfum 50ml £45 - An evolved interpretation of Crabtree & Evelyn’s signature scent, blends an old world collection of English roses with the exclusive Evelyn Rose.  Developed by a renowned French perfumer, the fragrance infuses delicate nuances of velvety petals, fresh accords of juicy citrus and subtle amber notes to add warmth and sensuality. 
Evelyn Rose Body Lotion  £18 - Will leave your skin silky smooth with a luxurious blend of shea butter, glycerine and conditioning oils from rose hip seed, evening primrose, coconut and sweet almond.
Evelyn Rose Bath and Shower Gel £16 - Create a lavish lathering of rose scented suds, turning an everyday routine into a truly indulgent moment.
Evelyn Rose Body Cream £30 - The ultimate in luxuriant pampering – perfect to smooth on after a shower or bath to lock in moisture.
Evelyn Rose Solid Perfume £30 - A beautiful, solid compact - the essence of luxury in a fragrance. Especially suited for very dry skin due to its alcohol-free base
Evelyn Rose Hand Therapy £14 – An award winning therapy for ultra-soft hands, containing choice ingredients selected for their emollient, conditioning, hydrating and protective properties.
Pamper and indulge with the NEW Evelyn Rose at……..

Crabtree & Evelyn
4 Queen Victoria Street, The Victoria Quarter, Leeds
T: 0113 246 9460

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

It's an Indian Summer at the Shopping Affair 2012


Shopping Affair 2012

Now in its ninth year, VQ's renowned shopping evening, The Shopping Affair, is an absolute must for all serious shoppers and is held this year on Thursday 11th October.
This year's event has an Indian Summer theme, so dust off the sari and prepare for some of the most magnificent Bangra-busting fabulous Bollywood-style entertainment and not-to-be-missed store offers! The evening starts at 6.00pm and lasts until 9.00pm.

All VQ's stores will all be open on the night with unique event-only offers and discounts, and with brands such as Harvey Nichols, Reiss, Paul Smith, Vivienne Westwood, Mulberry, Liz Earle, The Kooples, Pretty Green and Wolford, it's the perfect occasion for some serious wardrobe enhancement.

Entry to the Shopping Affair is by invitation only, with which you can also enter VQ’s fantastic draw to win a fabulous holiday for two to India, courtesy of Kuoni!

Registration forms for free tickets are available in the centre now. Alternatively, you can register online via the VQ website. Registrations must be received by Friday 14th September and your invite will be posted to you 10 - 14 days prior to the event.
Click Here to Register: SHOPPING AFFAIR

Olympic Glory for The Brownlees

Olympic Glory for The Brownlees

Celebrate good times, come on! It’s a massive congratulations to Leeds lads Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee as they won Gold and Bronze respectively in the Triathlon at the London 2012 Olympic Games, a truly amazing achievement for the brothers, as they battled for the ultimate Olympic ovation.

The VQ’s Carolyn Nicoll was at Hyde Park to cheer them on and witness their double triumph.

“I’m happy, excited, overwhelmed and a bit relieved”, an emotional Gold Medal winning Alistair enthused. “I’m immensely proud that my brother could get bronze. We made no secret of the fact that we wanted to get two of us on the podium and that’s not easy considering Britain had never won a medal in this sport before.”

Spain’s Javier Gomez put in a truly impressive performance to gain Silver and Jonathan Brownlee went on to secure Bronze, even though he’d received a 15 second penalty during the event.

"I didn't realise I'd done anything wrong. At first when I saw the board I thought 'Oh, 31, Alistair's got a penalty, what an idiot'” smiled Jonathan after the event. "Then I looked at my arm and realised I was 31! It was super hard for me, but I don't think it changed the result."

The Olympic medal ceremony was delayed by 30 minutes as Jonathan required medical treatment after he crossed the finish line.

"I was given glucose and water and had to lay down," Jonathan explained. "It's part of the sport. Triathlon’s a tough, tough sport and when I got my penalty it got even tougher."

An enormous well done, from all at The VQ and the city of Leeds, to Alistair and Jonathan, for an amazing Olympic winning performance.

Brownlee Brilliance at its Best!

Catch Carolyn Nicoll’s interview with Alistair and Jonathan in the run up to their triumphant Olympic moment in the VQ magazine available at The Victoria Quarter or on-line at 
Also available on VQ'a Blog Click Here The Brownlee Brothers Talk to VQ

Monday, 6 August 2012

Tea And Cake Friday At Liz Earle

Tea And Cake Friday At Liz Earle
Pop in to the VQ’s Liz Earle store at 2pm each Friday to enjoy a cuppa and a slice of cake with the Liz Earle Leeds team. It’s a great way to relax and catch up on the latest news about Liz Earle products and to find out more about the relaxing massages and facials available in the fabulous treatment rooms at the luxurious Victoria Quarter.
Fancy a touch of pampering? Liz Earle’s treatment rooms are an oasis of tranquility in the city at the Leeds store, replicating Liz Earle’s picturesque home on the Isle of Wight, with beautiful pebbles, natural stone flooring, aged cedar shingle walls and a stunning botanical staircase.
“Time is the new luxury and an hour or two to yourself enjoying a bespoke facial is the perfect treatment,” Liz Earle explains. “The ultimate facial is one that is both pampering and relaxing, restoring and revitalising for your specific skin needs. A blissful experience, with outstanding results.”
Located on the third floor of the Liz Earle store, happily hidden away from the hustle and bustle, the four treatment rooms are a soothing sanctuary where you can rediscover radiance and feel truly pampered with a bespoke skincare treatment from Liz Earle’s highly-qualified therapists.
Since the range first launched over 15 years ago, Liz Earle Naturally Active Skincare has attracted a devoted customer fan base from all over the world, including many top beauty editors and celebrities.

The trusted British beauty brand prides itself on using high-quality, naturally active ingredients and the products are pampering yet affordable, simple to use and suitable for everyone – no matter what your age or skin type.

Customer satisfaction is at the heart of everything Liz Earle do, which means a trip to the store offers much more than a simple shopping experience. Be treated to personalised skincare advice from the knowledgeable team, brush up on your beauty expertise in the library area or spend time at the ingredients bar to learn about the range of botanicals used in the products.
Find out more about Liz Earle’s products and treatment rooms at Liz Earle’s Tea and Cake Friday every week at 2pm.
Get that Friday feeling at ……

Liz Earle
The Victoria Quarter,
38-40 Queen Victoria Street
Tel: 0113 288 5940

Olympic Winner’s Collection at Joules

 Olympic Winner’s Collection at Joules
Huge congratulations to Mary King and the rest of the British Olympic equestrian team for their amazing silver medal win at this year’s London Olympic Games. A stunning achievement for Mary, along with her team mates, which includes the Queen’s granddaughter Zara Phillips, as well as William Fox-Pitt, Nicola Wilson and Tina Cook. They came second in the equestrian eventing, with Germany taking gold at the event in London’s Greenwich Park. A sporting legend, Mary King has represented Great Britain in six Olympic Games from 1992 to 2012. Not only has she achieved silver at this year’s games but she already has a silver and bronze medal from team eventing, as well as two gold and one silver at the World Equestrian Games and an impressive four team gold medals at the European Eventing Championships. Follow in Mary’s sporting footsteps, and trot along to the VQ’s Joules store to see the stylish range launched by Joules and Olympic medal Winner Mary King. From jackets to gilets, polo shirts to hooded sweatshirts, there’s something to add a touch of fabulousness to any field. The collaboration between a celebrated, country loving sports star and the outdoor, colourful chic creations of the Joules brand, has got to be a winning combination at……. Joules 25, King Edward Street, Victoria Quarter, Leeds T: 0113 247 0257 W:

Brighton Rocks at Space NK

Brighton Rocks at Space NK

Raw and refined, bold and luxurious – Space NK introduces Brighton, the latest addition to the Beautannia Collection, an indulgent celebration of all things unabashedly British.

Allow your senses to be swept away by the stirring undercurrent of Brighton. In the landscape of this fragrance, shimmering sea meets hypnotic hedonism, jagged rocks become smooth pebbles evoking salty memories and ripples of decadence. The esoteric mix of sea moss and orris dance playfully with grapefruit, neroli and a tease of cooling mint on sun-kissed skin.

A misty, floral whirlpool offsets a final earthy green backdrop of musk, amber and vetiver, bringing you home on the tide to land after a beautiful journey of discovery.

Space NK’s Brighton Bath Oil - 245ml at £42
Luxuriate in a skin softening, decadently scented bath with the hypnotic essence of Brighton. Enjoy this indulgent blend of sea moss, orris and grapefruit with the shimmering undercurrent of neroli, musk and a tease of cooling mint.

Space NK’s Brighton Bath & Shower Gel - 350ml at £30
Indulge in the hypnotic hedonism of Brighton with this addictively scented bath and shower gel. Coconut and sugar derived cleansers and conditioning oat protein leave skin feeling moisturised and fragranced with the exhilarating scent of grapefruit, orris, sea moss and vetiver.

Space NK’s Brighton Scented Candle - 185g at £35
Inspired by the stirring undercurrent of Brighton, senses are swept away as shimmering sea meets hypnotic hedonism. Let this liberating candle take you on a beautiful journey of self discovery, as an esoteric mix of sea moss and orris dance playfully with grapefruit, neroli and a tease of cooling mint, before finally succumbing to an earthy backdrop of musk, amber and vetiver.

Space NK’s Brighton Body Cream - 190ml at £42
An intensely hydrating body cream addictively scented with the hypnotic essence of Brighton.
Moisturising moringa oil gently softens, while vitamins B, C and E help protect and polypeptides encourage firmness. Skin is left supple and fragrant with the exhilarating scent of grapefruit, orris, sea moss and vetiver.

Space NK’s Brighton Body Lotion - 350ml at £35
Indulge in the hypnotic hedonism of Brighton as you hydrate skin with this addictively scented body lotion. Precious argan extract gently moisturises while sweet almond oil softens; vitamins B, C and E help protect and polypeptides encourage firmness. Skin is left supple and veiled in the exhilarating scent of grapefruit, orris, sea moss and vetiver.

Space NK’s Brighton Soap - 200g at £15
Gently yet thoroughly cleanse skin with this delicately scented triple-milled soap, enriched with moisturising shea butter. Skin is left incredibly soft, clean and lightly fragranced with the exhilarating scent of grapefruit, orris, sea moss and vetiver.

Indulge and enjoy at……..
Space.NK, 63 Vicar Lane, The Victoria Quarter, Leeds T:0113 242 6606 W: