The building has been vacant since Red Leopard closed in 2014

A city-centre building with a storied past as a gin palace, hotel, and lap-dancing club has been sold at auction this month, fetching almost £2million.

The former Jubilee Hotel building with direct views of Leeds Town Hall, went for £1.9million at an Allsop commercial auction - with over 200 enquiries resulting in a sale £400,000 over its £1.5m asking price.

As well as the former hotel -described as Leeds' "only remaining gin palace" - Thomas Winn and Sons' grade-II listed 1904 property includes 18,000sq ft of office space and four retail units - currently home to Bellissimo cafe and a nail salon.

171025 Jubilee Lot 2

The identity of the buyer remains private at this time, however as Allsop's Anthony Hart points out, its prime location and distinctive red brick and terracotta architecture with a copper-domed tower make it an "exciting prospect" for potential leisure uses - "subject to gaining necessary consents".

One thing it won't be used for is a lap-dancing club - the former resident Red Leopard closed in 2014 following Leeds City Council's high profile decision to limit the number of "sexual entertainment venue" licenses in prominent locations in the city.

We'll keep you updated as we find out more.