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Jack Simpson

Jack Simpson, owner of Hyde Park Book Club

As co-owner of one of Leeds’s most popular student hangouts, Hyde Park Book Club, and editor of, the go-to place for Leeds arts, culture and politics news, Jack Simpson is definitely in the know when it comes to all the good stuff going on in Leeds.

How long have you lived here?

I was born here. I moved to London a few years ago, but I’ve since returned. There’s so much going on here, and it’s a lot more affordable.

What's the best thing you've ever done in Leeds?

Fallen in love. Played music.

Top five Leeds places and spaces

  1. York Road - I grew up just off it.
  2. Corn Exchange - beautiful
  3. River Aire - because water’s great :)
  4. Leeds University - had a great time there.
  5. The train station - super quick to get anywhere.

Describe Leeds in three words

Open. Friendly. Real.

Which city would you compare Leeds to?

Maybe Cologne. Similar size and make up.

Leeds is the best city because...

It’s affordable and highly cultural. This is how it feels to be in a city in bloom.

Dream weekend in Leeds?

Reading books in bed.

If you were hosting someone new to the city, where would you take them first?

Hyde Park Book Club, of course!

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