1st March 2016
Hyde Park is popular with the city’s student community due in as much to being adjacent Leeds University but also being a short walk or taxi ride from the city centre and from both Headingley and Kirkstall, where there is exceptional entertainment as well as eating and drinking establishments! However, there are various community groups (including those who live north of the A660 Otley Road on the eastern fringe of what was known as Headingley Hill) who are part of an eclectic mix of families, professional couples, mature students and single person households, who live within Hyde Park for the ‘buzz’ that such a diverse community offers.
There is a sizable South Asian community, with the area being home to the Leeds Grand Mosque, the largest in Leeds. There’s a Hindu Temple and two Anglican churches as well as Our Lady of Lourdes Church on Cardigan Road. With such an integrated community there is naturally an array of smaller shops selling a huge variety of foods from South Asian cuisine to Italian and the Orient, as well as green grocers, DIY stores, pharmacies, bakers as well as the usual mini-markets and take-aways.
Hyde Park is the home to the Hyde Park Picture House an independent, historic, art house cinema. The Royal Park, on Queen’s Road, is a large pub with a downstairs gig venue, popular with the student population, and next door stands the Brudenell Social Club, a members’ club which has recently taken on a new role as a venue for local and underground music. The area is close to Burley railway station and benefits from good bus links into the city centre and North Leeds, which makes the area popular with young professionals/workers.
During the summer Woodhouse Moor is one of the most used parks in the city, all of which justifies why the area has had some famous residents, including the Swallows and Amazons author Arthur Ransome, who was born at No.6 Ash Grove; the Kaiser Chiefs singer Ricky Wilson; the singer Corinne Bailey Rae; the actor Chris Pine, famous for playing Captain James T. Kirk in the film Star Trek and the cricketer Hedley Verity (1905–1943) a left-arm bowler who was born in Welton Grove; he played over 300 matches for Yorkshire and in 40 test matches for England.
Hyde Park is a busy, vibrant area, with lots to offer those with a zest for life and a desire to be in a convenient location.