Historic Leeds gentlemen's club to be transformed into Victorian-themed bar

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One of Leeds' grandest 19th-century buildings is to become a trendy cocktail bar with a nod to the city's past as a cradle of the Industrial Revolution.

The former Leeds Club on Albion Place will re-open as The Lost and Found - and the Grade II-listed heritage gem will boast a bar, restaurant, private boardroom and even a mysterious secret hideaway.

The Lost and Found's Greek Street entrance

The Lost and Found's Greek Street entrance

The Lost and Found brand, which is owned by national pub chain Marston's under their Revere arm, already has a site on Greek Street in Leeds.

The company bought the old gentlemen's club in early 2017, and applied for permission to convert it last March.

The Leeds Club opened as a private members' club in 1849 to cater for wealthy industrialists looking to network and socialise in the booming Victorian city. It was built in 1820 and was the residence of surgeon William Hey before being occupied by the club.

Dwindling membership meant it was sold to a company who ran it as a conference and events venue before closing in 2017. The building is known for its ornate men's bathrooms, which retain their original marbled sinks.

The Lost and Found will open on February 16 after a refurbishment which reflects the site's heritage. Features include antique brass, velvet upholstery and leather furniture.

Mixologists will prepare a range of distinctive cocktails, and the all-day venue will also serve bottomless brunch and afternoon tea. The restaurant has a Josper grill and a sophistical menu for discerning diners.