Little Black Book

Welcome to High Life North’s Little Black Book.

This will be your go-to guide for making the most of living the High Life in the North East. We have curated a list of the best of the North East’s independent and small business scene, from hairdressers to hotels, cafes to co-working spaces.

Have a look to discover our top choices for places to eat, drink, stay, shop and explore. Make sure you subscribe to our e-letter as we’ll have a dedicated Little Black Book section in each issue, with ideas, tips and offers for the week ahead.

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Dalton Park

Dalton Park is the biggest outlet shopping destination in the North East, with over 65 stores selling 200 different brands and designer labels.

The Wood Yard

Newcastle Wood Recycling CIC is a not-for-profit organisation on a mission to divert wood from the local waste stream through our wood recycling service, while creating employment, training and volunteering opportunities to people in the community.

Little Swimming Co

Little Swimming Co. A unique company delivering One to One swimming lessons, within a bespoke customised facility.

Dolce Aesthetics

Dolce Aesthetics is a fully insured business specialising in skincare, beauty and aesthetics treatments.

Juicy Fitness

Based in North Shields, Juicy is a family-run gym delivering a range of group fitness programmes alongside a tailored personal training service aimed exclusively at women.


The café bar of The Common Room, 5|Quarter is nestled in the heart of the Stephenson Quarter and serves innovative cocktails, classic wines, artisan beers and a range of hot beverages.

The Common Room of the Great North

The Common Room is a unique heritage venue in the centre of Newcastle, available to hire for events. The building celebrates the region’s engineering history through education and engagement, with a vision to inspire the next generation of innovators and engineers.

WL Distillery

WL Distillery are an award-winning Durham based independent producer of handcrafted premium spirits with a focus on the distillation of small-batch unique gins. 

Ury Sūpasātra

Situated on one of Newcastle’s most beautiful streets and nestled close the iconic Tyne Bridge, Ury Sūpasātra is the first to bring a taste of Sri Lankan and South Asian cuisine to the Quayside.

Lucie in the Sky Art

Lucie Clark is a mixed media artist and illustrator based in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Laconic Fracture Silver Necklace

Laconic Jewels

Laconic; minimalist statement jewellery to express your true self every day. Handmade in the UK by British jewellery designer and goldsmith, Lindsay Forbes.


Bespoke patterns of tiles designed with care to create an eye-catching feature wall, splash-back, headboard or more. 

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