I have never been to Sheffield before.

It’s just one of those cities I have never needed to go to. All that changed last weekend when Seb invited me to go with him to the Sheffield LGBT Business Ball. Food, drinks and dancing all night in a tux, how could I say no?

We caught a train after a long Friday at work and checked into the Leopold Hotel, a four star boutique hotel, situated on Leopold Square. The hotel is quite quirky and has a 70’s vibe to it.

Leopold Hotel

Leopold Hotel

Don’t you just love the retro wallpaper?

Hotel 2

Having originally been designed as a Grammar School, and latterly the city’s Central Technical School, the Leopold Hotel has memorabilia splattered all around the hotel reminding you of its rich history.

Leopold Hotel Sheffield

My favourite touch was this jar of sweets at reception! You gotta admit, that is pretty cool!

Leopold Hotel Sheffield

I changed into my tux reluctantly – I was too busy admiring the hotel! Seb and I made our way to the LGBT Business Ball which was held at the stunning Sheffield City Hall.

Venue 2

Venue 3

After being treated to a champagne reception complete with a choir serenading us while we sipped on champagne, we took our seats in the ball room for the LGBT Business Awards. Not shabby at all!

One Night in Sheffield


Normally, the food at some of these fancy award ceremonies tends to be small portion sizes and just about edible, if you are lucky that is. The food a the Sheffield LGBT Business Ball was spot on – really tasty and the portion sizes were massive! I particularly enjoyed the Goats Cheese Tart and the massive portion of Lemon Tort.



After all that food, it was time to get down to business – the award ceremony. Turns out PwC won the award they were nominated for. Yay!

Award 4

Award 2

It was time to celebrate! Any excuse to order a bottle of the fine stuff.


Seb Award

We were all on a high after winning and were more than happy to get up and dance when the two bands came on.



Singer 2

The Sheffield City Hall has a retro light up dance floor in the centre of the ball room – how could you not get up and dance with a light up dance floor in the room? We danced the night away!


And when the lights came on, we decided that we hadn’t celebrated enough and headed out to a club close by. My head didn’t agree with my decision to party till 4 am the next morning but it was definitely worth it.

Seb and Rahul


It was such a good night. My first night in Sheffield has definitely left me impressed. I cannot wait to revisit this city and see what else it has to offer.

Until next time Sheffield. Until next time.