As the fourth most populated UK city, now boasting around 751,500 people, Leeds apparently has no shortage of talent to choose from. Allegedly, 10 years ago, the North Yorkshire city used to sport 23,000 more women than men. The result? The female of the species could reputedly be more ‘date predatory’ than the male!
A that city that defies first impressions
Steeped in history and infamy as a rougher and tougher city, does Leeds have a soft underbelly that can warm a colder heart? Cupid.com exposes 8 misconceived dating truths, separating fact from fiction.
1.Platforms will tear us apart
The endearing image of a lover running along a platform to delay a painful parting to his/her sweetheart aboard a train would not happen at Leeds main train station. Why? It only has a few platforms. False! Leeds railway station has 17 platforms and was used by a staggering 24.5 million people in 2011 – two-and-a-half million more than the year before!
2.Carluccio’s is the ‘girliest restaurant’
Would-be male suitors might hedge their bets if they booked a romantic table-for-two at Carluccio’s, the girly city restaurant, thinking it would entertain their date’s sensibilities. The menu looks so sumptuous and the price so reasonable that ‘bulging bellies’ may prevent the dating couple from getting near each other enough to enjoy a French kiss!
3. Golden Acre Park is a romantic one-hour-walk
It’s a romantic walk in the park, right? Not quite. Those who think a romantic, arm-in-arm walk can be strolled in an hour, before heading to the cinema, may need to think again. The park is an expansive 137aces. Done in an hour? Pull the other one.
4. Leeds has a shortage of good-looking girls to take out…
Well this is certainly a myth. Why? Leeds University Art and Design student, Molly Wragg, beat off competition from 21 other girls to be crowned Miss Leeds 2014 and will now compete in Miss England in June.
5. Students have nowhere to take late night dates
You go for a first or second date (by the 10th it’s no longer a date), you hit the pub and club, then get the munchies on the way home. There’s only a week-old pizza at your digs. The good news is that student haunt, Get Baked, is to open a new restaurant near the campus in September, providing ‘night fuel’ to 180 diners with a fully licensed bar and opening as late as 3am. Debunked….
6. The Leeds Festival in August is the perfect place to take someone new
What could be more romantic? 74,998 other people, lovin’ the music, lighters aloft, sharing the vibe, not to mention a tent, but no shower and sleep for three days. Over this time you can really break the ice, can’t you? Break? It’s more likely to be your jaw, your phone, self-respect, not to mention the chances of a repeat date. This myth is mired in festival mud.
7. The Leeds City Varieties music hall is a good omen for a romantic evening
The city is brimming with old wives’ tales and legends – but this one takes some believing: Reputedly Leeds’ popular old music hall has had three reported ghost sightings. Legend has it there’s a guardsman in a long top hat who patrols inside the stalls. People believe this could be Edward the VII who was reported to take his fancy women there in secret; the other two are believed to be actors.
8.There is nowhere to have an illicit drink without people gossiping
Tucked away in the city centre, The Angel pub is a surprise to even the most long-standing Leeds locals. A little like Harry Potter boarding platform 9 ¾, the pub is accessed via a hidden passage to its front door. Inside there are snugs and some weird-looking locals, who would not be out of place in the Winchester Arms in the comedy, Shuan of the Dead. Definitely a myth.
So, Leeds has many wolf in sheep’s clothing stories for those wanting to find its soft spot. So how about making some ‘actual’ dating memories in Leeds? Have a go at a singles event.
In the meantime, tell us about any Leeds dating myths and legends you’ve encountered.