Look up Leeds: Future for the last ‘gin palace’ at Jubilee

BEST TO COME: The former Jubilee Hotel was sold last year. PIC: Allsop's
BEST TO COME: The former Jubilee Hotel was sold last year. PIC: Allsop's
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Standing in the shadow of Leeds Town Hall, it would be easy to miss the former Jubilee Hotel on The Headrow.

Built in 1904 by Thomas Winn and Sons, the building’s red brick and Burmantofts terracotta walls scale up to a copper-domed corner tower on the top – an impressive sight if you stop to have a good look. According to Historic England, the building is described as Leeds’ only remaining ‘gin palace’.

It sold for £1.9m last year at Allsop’s October Commercial Auction. Auctioneers revealed that the site – which was home to the Red Leopard lapdancing club until its closure in 2014 –was bought for £400,000 more than its asking price.

As a pub, it was originally called the Jubilee Hotel and served spirits to the lower middle classes, the organisation says.

It currently has Grade II-listed status, having been first listed in 1996 when the site later homed the Circus Circus pub.