The Atlas bar (376 Deansgate) is a favourite watering hole for designers, as is Loaf (5-6 Deansgate Locks, Whitworth Street West). On a more professional note, check out the Centre for Understanding of the Built Environment, or CUBE, (113 Portland Street), which is becoming a key networking location.

The bars and restaurants along Bristol's waterfront are a good place for making contacts, but don't miss the Architecture Centre or the famous Arnolfini arts centre and gallery, both on Narrow Quay.

The Leeds Property Ball is a must for the diary, bringing everyone from architects and developers and contractors together every October at the Linton Springs Hotel, near Wetherby.

Ask anyone from the city where to find the place to be seen and the Monboddo Bar at the city's Point Hotel in Bread Street trips off the tongue.

The Pitcher & Piano on the quayside is a hotspot with developers, otherwise there's Fitzgerald's or the Duke of Wellington in the older financial district around Grey Street.

These networking tips are published in full in Building Business, a new Building supplement free with this issue.