Old Mar 27, 2017, 6:53 am
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Ladies and Gentleman, having been born and grown up in Leeds, and as a proud FT member and contributor to the BA board, it gives me great pleasure to invite you to the Flyertalk Leeds Do on 23 September 2017. Leeds is the third largest city in the UK, and the cultural, financial, and commercial heart of Yorkshire. Leeds Bradford International Airport (LBA) to London Heathrow is one of the newer routes on the BA network having started in December 2012.

Previous Leeds Do
Held on 18 April 2015
Held on 6 December 2013

Attendee List - Confirmed
KARFA
angeloedades
Gastrocnemius
Cymro
BLHD
BLHD +1
rapidex
rapidex + 1
PETER01
Sherwood Hampton
atmorris
S_W_S
tomparskate
Tobias-UK
The Lady Tobias
pjh981
Ikaz
Mrs Ikaz
PJSMITH0
tjeuk
Tiffywren
toothy
Fontana
LPQ
LPQ + 1
Ldnn1
hcuk94
gwarke

WickedStepMother (Saturday drinks only)

GadgetGal (Friday only)

Attendee List - Potentials
JamieABZ
sebanto2001
florens +1
madfish
fransknorge
OldFruity
MHendo84
psollitt
Jamier45
navylad
Pyhschi

Party trains, planes
Friday 22nd September

Saturday 23rd September (*attending the CCR Mini-PreDo Brunch)

BA1340 0755-0855 Cymro (regretting the early start and hoping for some flexibility)

BA1342 1400-1505 Tobias-UK*, The Lady Tobias*,pjh981*, tomparskate*, angeloedades*, PJSMITH0*,TravellerFrequently** +1** (*crashing the CCR Do only. ), WickedStepMother (having champagne and a sandwich in the Flounge )


Sunday 24th September (*attending the CCR Mini-PostDo Dinner)
BA1343 1430-1540 Tobias-UK*, The Lady Tobias*,tomparskate*, angeloedades, PJSMITH0*, KARFA*, pjh981, Tiffywren,* gwarke,* Cymro


Date, Time, & Venue
Friday 22 September 2017
→Informal evening gathering for anyone arriving on Friday.

Saturday 23rd September 2017
Things to do in Leeds if you are around during the daytime
Lots of details of things to do posted here.

Evening Do
1800-2015 Pre-dinner drinks - SkyLounge bar at DoubleTree hotel, see this post for details

2030 Dinner at 8.30pm at Sukhothai http://sukhothai.co.uk/restaurants/leeds-city-centre/

2230 Post dinner drinks

Sunday 24th September
Plan for Sunday morning

Hotels
Doubletree
KARFA 22/9-24/9
Tobias-UK & The Lady Tobais 23/9-24/9
Tomparskate 23/9-24/9
kwisstan +1 22/9-24/9
PJSMITH023/9-24/9
Gastrocnemius 23/9-24/9
Tiffywren 22/9-24/9
WickedStepMother 23/9-25/9
GadgetGal 22/9-23/9

Hilton
PETER01

There are various hotel options in the city centre, including Radisson Blu, Hilton, Novotel, Doubletree (formerly Mint), Park Plaza, The Met, and Malmaison. Also The Chambers Park Place which seems to be fairly new and has quite a few positive reviews on tripadvisor. These ones are all pretty central and will be near where we are going out to (wherever that will be).

Crowne Plaza, Travelodge, Jurys Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Premier Inn Leeds City Centre, Ibis, and Bewleys are outside the city centre. These ones may be a bit less convenient. The Queens hotel whilst central is really not recommended.

Despite the wording the Premier Inn Leeds City Centre is not in the city centre, and is out near the Holiday Inn. The Premier Inn Leeds City Centre Leeds Arena and Leeds City Centre (Whitehall Road) are closer to the city centre. However, city centre Premier Inns are often not very cheap on a Saturday night so I don't think they will offer much in the way of savings.

Personally I quite like the Doubletree and a few had a night there at the last Leeds Do. Have a look at tripadvisor for reviews and photos. As always check the price of the hotel separately to see what works out best. Hopefully there is enough to cater for any budget or loyalty program.

Also see this review by BotB on the Doubletree.

Airport
There are three daily BA rotations from LHR to LBA on Friday and Sunday, and two on Saturday;

Friday
LHR-LBA, LBA-LHR
BA1340 0755-0855, BA1341 0930-1045
BA1342 1245-1350, BA1343 1430-1540
BA1344 1730-1835, BA1345 1910-2020

Saturday
LHR-LBA, LBA-LHR
BA1340 0755-0855, BA1341 0930-1045
BA1342 1400-1505, BA1343 1540-1650

Sunday
LHR-LBA, LBA-LHR
BA1340 0755-0855, BA1341 0930-1045
BA1342 1245-1350, BA1343 1430-1540
BA1344 1730-1835, BA1345 1910-2020

To/From Airport
There is a 757 Bus Service that is every 20 minutes during the day, or every 30 minutes in the late evening. It takes around 35 minutes to get to the city centre and costs 3.80 for a single. Timetable here.
  • If you are staying at the Holiday Inn Express the 757 goes along the main road right outisde (Kirkstall Road). Get off at the stop just past the fire station next door.
  • If you are in the Doubletree/Hilton/Novotel then get off the 757 at Park Row (the bus turns right on to Park Row after passing the law courts and town hall). The stop is at the east side of city square. To go back to LBA on the bus you can get the 757 from stop S7 from right outside the station entrance (New Station Street). Some directions for the Doubletree and Hilton are below.

Alternatively, the only official private cab company at LBA is Arrow which you can pre-book, or book when you arrive at LBA. To use the taxi service head out of the terminal builidng and across to the marked up taxi "hut". You then book and pay for the taxi inside and then head outside to the specific taxi which you are booked on. The cost for LBA-city centre is likely to be around 22. Hopefully we can do a bit of coordination if people are arriving at LBA to share cabs.

There is no train service at LBA.

Rail
Leeds has one main railway station right in the centre of the city. There are plenty of trains run by East Coast to London Kings Cross, with one every 30 minutes usually. Journey time is around 2hrs 30 mins from London, and advanced tickets can be had for 13 each way. There are also direct services to Leeds from York, further north from Scotland, and from most other major cities in the UK either by Cross Country trains or TransPennine Express.
  • If you are staying at the Holiday Inn Express then the best way is just to get a taxi - it is a short taxi ride and shouldn't cost more than 6. For the taxi rank at the station walk to the entrance/exit straight ahead after passing the ticket barriers, and it is across the road.
  • For access to the Doubletree there is now a new entrance at Leeds station which leads directly down to Granary Wharf.

City Centre
Leeds city centre is fairly compact, and we are not likely to wander too far, so once you get here you can usually walk most places with 15 minutes at most. Alternatively, there are plenty of taxis at the rail station taxi rank, or at other taxi ranks scattered around the city centre. The Leeds Hackney cabs are black and white.

If you have any question about the Leeds Do please feel free to send me (KARFA) a PM.

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The FT Leeds Do - 23 September 2017

Old Apr 1, 2017, 6:51 am
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Originally Posted by navylad
I hope to attend, 294& (and no Wars breaking out) dependent. Will confirm in closer chronological proximity.
Thanks navylad, hope you can make it.
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Old Apr 2, 2017, 1:34 pm
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Okay, I am now definite for the Saturday night at least.

I've booked into the doubletree (30,000 points)

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Old Apr 2, 2017, 3:02 pm
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Originally Posted by Gastrocnemius
Okay, I am now definite for the Saturday night at least.

I've booked into the doubletree (30,000 points)

Yay! No all nighters this time please

I have to do some things in MAN that weekend so I am thinking just hopping on a train across to Leeds and staying there instead. Hopefully it will work out ^

/AE

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Old Apr 2, 2017, 3:15 pm
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Originally Posted by angeloedades
Yay! No all nighters this time please

I have to do somethings in MAN that weekend so I am thinking just hopping on a train across to Leeds and staying there instead. Hopefully it will work out ^

/AE
^

I do hope so!
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Old Apr 2, 2017, 3:28 pm
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I should be able to attend this one :-)
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Old Apr 3, 2017, 7:10 am
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Originally Posted by Gastrocnemius
Okay, I am now definite for the Saturday night at least.

I've booked into the doubletree (30,000 points)

Excellent.

Originally Posted by atmorris
I should be able to attend this one :-)
Hi, great that you can make it atmorris.
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Old Apr 4, 2017, 6:26 am
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Now booked - CE on the Saturday morning flight from LHR; economy back on the Sunday afternoon flight but maybe I'll take advantage of the flexibility.

Staying at the Doubletree - thought the prices were a bit strong everywhere though!
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Old Apr 15, 2017, 10:53 am
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No plans that weekend, so I'd like to come along if possible.
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Old Apr 15, 2017, 12:05 pm
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Originally Posted by S_W_S
No plans that weekend, so I'd like to come along if possible.
You will be more than welcome to come. I have added you to the list in the wiki.
Look forward to seeing you there.
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Old Apr 15, 2017, 12:07 pm
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Originally Posted by Cymro
Now booked - CE on the Saturday morning flight from LHR; economy back on the Sunday afternoon flight but maybe I'll take advantage of the flexibility.

Staying at the Doubletree - thought the prices were a bit strong everywhere though!
Does seem a little pricey for the Saturday night. The there are a few other hotels which may be cheaper relatively close by if that helps anyone.
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Old Apr 28, 2017, 2:25 pm
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Just about to book the Doubletree So count me in!
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Old Apr 28, 2017, 4:56 pm
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Originally Posted by tomparskate
Just about to book the Doubletree So count me in!
Excellent, welcome to the Do
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Old Apr 28, 2017, 6:32 pm
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What sort of time do these things tend to finish?

I'm debating whether to head back home by train the same night (last train looks to be around 2am) or use some points and money to book the DoubleTree.
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Old Apr 29, 2017, 3:15 am
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Originally Posted by S_W_S
What sort of time do these things tend to finish?

I'm debating whether to head back home by train the same night (last train looks to be around 2am) or use some points and money to book the DoubleTree.
Depends really. Often they go on quite late and the last Leeds Do there were a few people carrying on until the early hours.
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Old Apr 29, 2017, 3:33 am
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Originally Posted by KARFA
Depends really. Often they go on quite late and the last Leeds Do there were a few people carrying on until the early hours.
Well it's almost May and the Do won't be long in coming around, looking forward to this one.

I won't be up until the early hours as my disco dancing days are well over and I like to be in bed by 11pm, midnight at the latest. I'm starting to sound like T8191 now!
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