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48 Hours In Liverpool by Girl About Liverpool

By Claire Fitzpatrick– 11th April 2020

A Weekend in Liverpool

Liverpool is a vibrant and fun European destination and a brilliant place to spend time in. This scouse stronghold, in the North West of England, has been attracting visitors long before The Beatles had their first haircuts. Regularly picking up accolades for the city’s warmth and humour (voted the ‘friendliest’ and ‘kindest’ city in the UK) it has both good looks and bags of charm.

Friday Lunchtime in Liverpool:

You’ve just arrived and checked in to Lock & Key. While it may be super tempting to sink into the lush velvet furnishings of your Grade II listed hotel (Sunday Times’ Top 100 British hotels) you won’t regret venturing out to explore. Head to Bold Street and get a window seat in Mowgli, where you can enjoy some beautiful Indian street food. Owner Nisha Katona has exported her beloved Mowgli to most cities in the UK over the last couple of years, but Bold Street Liverpool remains the original (and best!). Go for the meat or veggie tiffin boxes – they’re delicious- with some yoghurt chat bombs on the side.

A few doors along from Mowgli is the award-winning Bold Street Coffee, an independent speciality coffeehouse, great to grab and go (or stay and people watch, whichever is your preference!).

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Friday Afternoon in Liverpool:

Straight out the door and to your left you have St Luke’s – AKA ‘The Bombed Out Church’. Liverpool was hit heavily during WWII and this former church is well worth a visit – an urban garden, wedding venue, pop-up-cinema and art space, with a monthly artisan market amongst other things.

A stroll down Bold Street takes you past many of the city’s best independent stores, cafes and restaurants… Keep an eye out for the window display at the Cat Café on the bottom of Bold Street. Wood Street is tucked just behind, where you will find FACT, a Picturehouse Cinema and world-leading exhibition centre that has plenty going on throughout the year.

  • https://www.fact.co.uk/whas-on
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Friday Evening in Liverpool:

Start your evening with a visit to Duke Street Market. Expect a buzzy atmosphere as you try the resident food vendors and excellent wine list (the Roman-style ‘pinsa’ pizzas from Vincenzo’s are particularly good.) Or for something fancier, head upstairs to Pilgrim (winners of the BBC’s Million Pound Menu) to experience the flavours of the Camino de Santiago. The Ropewalks is a pretty amazing place to discover during the rest of your evening too. From the newly opened PINS – a social club and bar with bowling lanes and games – to the more laid-back vibe of a Parisian jazz café at Petit Café du Coin. And if bars are not what you’re after, you’re just a short walk from the award-winning theatre, comedy and live music, on offer seven days of the week, check out: Everyman & Playhouse, Liverpool Philharmonic, Liverpool Empire and the Hot Water Comedy Club for some inspiration.

If you’re looking to explore Liverpool’s music connection (it’s the ‘world capital of pop’ don’t you know), then check in on Seel Street and beyond. Here you will find all kinds of bars and music venues, from the Jacaranda (strong Beatles link) and Parr St Studios where Coldplay, Echo and the Bunnymen and Black Sabbath have recorded, to Alma de Cuba for a real Latin carnival, complete with samba dancers. If you fancy something a little different, The Kazimier Garden rarely disappoints and is especially good in summer. 

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Saturday Morning in Liverpool:

Saturday morning! How are you feeling?

Breakfast at Albert Shenke will sort you out

When you’re ready to move on, head to the Albert Dock and enjoy a walk around this UNESCO world heritage site. Depending on when you’re in Liverpool, you might be able to time your visit with one of the many events hosted at the waterfront, from pirate parties and live music, to longships and wine festivals. You will also find a great choice of museums and galleries here (Liverpool has more than any UK city outside London) so why not call into TATE Liverpool or try the British Music Experience while you’re here?

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Saturday Lunchtime in Liverpool:

Staying dockside, I would suggest a visit to Maray for Middle Eastern-inspired small plates and optional (and highly recommended) cocktails – I’m a big fan of Bobby’s Negroni. Given Liverpool’s mercantile history – by the late 19th century 40% of the world’s trade passed through the City’s docks – it seems fitting to enjoy a view of the waterfront while eating some spice, and Maray’s menu offers some exciting options, try the Disco Cauliflower!

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Saturday Afternoon in Liverpool:

Moving on, grab your camera and let’s go for a bracing walk around the City’s Baltic Triangle (‘the coolest place to live in the UK’ – The Times.) This part of Liverpool has arguably the best graffiti you will find in the city. Explore at leisure and you’ll find some great surprises (or if you’d rather hunt down the best of them, some choice pieces are listed here: 

For Thomas Shelby fans, the Baltic area is where the sought-after Peaky Blinders bar is located; a great night spot with live music, visitors are encouraged to dress the part (so don’t be surprised by the flat caps and flapper dresses.) If you want to join in, Red Brick Vintage is round the corner, along with a load of other bars, shops and independent eateries close by that all form part of the Cain’s Brewery Village.

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Saturday Evening in Liverpool:

Book your Saturday evening meal at Roski and go for the tasting menu. Based on Rodney Street – ‘the Harley Street of the North’ – it’s where Masterchef the Professionals winner Anton Piotrowski has opened his first restaurant; this gastronomic experience is a great way to kick off your Saturday night in Liverpool. Jump a cab and head over to Castle Street for after-dinner drinks at the Liverpool Gin Distillery – they also do gin tasting experiences, but we’ll save that for another visit.

          followed by cocktails at Jenny’s Bar, a hidden-away cocktail bar with good music and a speakeasy feel (classy rather than hipster.)

Decisions, decisions… At this point the road forks offering you two distinctly different choices: do you go to the world-famous Mathew St (Eric’s is always popular and has live music, a real guilty pleasure…) or order another gin balloon from the Liverpool Gin Distillery? The choice is yours!

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Sunday Morning in Liverpool:

You’re never far from green spaces in Liverpool (whether that be a perfectly symmetrical Georgian Square or a gorgeous tree-lined park) so a visit to Sefton Park is well worth the short drive out of the city centre (approx. 15mins). Across the road from Sefton Park gates is Lark Lane with loads of options for a late breakfast. Polidor 48 offers a great choice in beautiful surroundings – think, continental, full English, French toast and everything in between.

When you’re ready to get moving, check out some of the bohemian shops and cafes along Lark Lane before a fab walk around the city’s favourite 200-acre park. A well-timed visit in the summer could coincide with one the parks many free or ticketed events such as Africa Oye and Liverpool International Music Festival, it’s also home to a fully restored, Grade II listed Victorian Palm House.

Alternative Sundays: if there has been too much walking this weekend, why not try something a little different. A great way to see and hear about Liverpool is through Fab Four Tours* – jump inside a hackney cab and be shown around by your very own, personal tour guide and driver.

*Singing Beatles songs as you go optional 😉

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7 of my favourite places to stay in Liverpool

 

1: Lock & Key – https://lockandkeyhotels.com

2: Hope St Hotel – https://www.hopestreethotel.co.uk/

3: The Nadler – https://www.residenthotels.com/

4: Titanic – https://www.titanichotelliverpool.com/

5: Hard Days Night – http://www.harddaysnighthotel.com/

6: The Shankley – https://shanklyhotel.com/

7: Boat stays at Albert Dock – https://www.bedsonboard.com/boat/titanic-boat-hotel-in-the-heart-of-liverpools-albert-dock/

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