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.

Want to be included? Email rosie@highlifenorth.com.

Dobson & Parnell

Right in the heart of Newcastle’s vibrant quayside, Dobson & Parnell offers casual fine dining in an elegant setting.

Bash Academy

Bash is Newcastle’s leading beauty academy with 100% 5 star reviews across all platform.

Bun Bun

Bun Bun is a fantastic Mediterranean restaurant, focusing mainly on Greek food – bringing a wide range of flavours to the heart of South Shields.

Durham Coffee

Ethically sourced coffee roasted with care by father-daughter duo in the North East. Helping us appreciate great coffee, and connect our taste buds to our surroundings and take the time to cherish the moments and savour the taste.

The Factory Kitchen

Located in The Biscuit Factory art gallery, The Factory Kitchen is a spacious, independent café. 

The Collingwood Arms

The Collingwood Arms is a multi-award winning retreat that offers a luxurious home from home.

The Biscuit Factory

Perched at the top of the Ouseburn valley, The Biscuit Factory is the UK’s largest independent commercial art gallery. Set in a former Victorian warehouse the gallery showcases original, contemporary art, craft and design from makers across the region and beyond.

Nicholson’s Butcher

Who doesn’t love freshly cut meat from your local butchers? It’s on a different level to supermarket-bought meats. And after being in the business for over 100 years, we can guarantee you’ll be sure to get the highest quality meats at Nicholson’s.

Dovecote Northumberland

100% soy wax candles, handcrafted in Northumberland with all natural botanical ingredients.

Make No Apologies

Make No Apologies is a unique fashion brand created by Maeve Davies, fuelled from a desire to build a clothing brand that would support all women through physical appearance and opinion.

High Five Fitness

A private gym that offers a variety of group fitness classes, Small Group Personal Training, Pilates and 1 to 1 Personal Training.

Sereniti Salt Retreat

Sereniti Salt Retreat is dedicated to restoring optimum health and wellbeing of each individual client, by offering bespoke treatment packages exclusive to the North East. 

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