How To Spend A Weekend In: Liverpool
Last summer, I visited Liverpool for the first time - and spoiler alert, I loved it. It's easily one of the most fun and vibrant cities I've been to, with some of the friendliest people. It's all at once a contemporary, cool place but with a really retro vibe about it too - with such a rich history, beautiful architecture and plenty to see, it's a must-visit for a weekend city break in the UK. Here's my guide to spending a weekend in the 'Pool...
Liverpool's city centre is a one-stop shop - you can stay, dine, drink and find plenty to do all in the central area. I'd recommend staying at The Heywood, a chic little boutique hotel not too far from either the docks or Liverpool Lime Street train station. Their 'Balcony Rooms' are so stylish and offer a balcony so that you can enjoy views over the city or have breakfast in your room - it's fairly inexpensive given the location, and you can walk everywhere from here.
Drop your bags off and head to The Alchemist, which is just around the corner from the hotel. The Alchemist is a buzzing cocktail bar with a huge drinks menu and plenty of imaginative cocktails, and seriously Instagrammable interiors. Stay for dinner and at least one of the cocktails - I highly recommend the Melbuccino...
Get yourself up and out, and down to Liverpool institution, The Brunch Club, for piles of pancakes in stylish surroundings. There's a huge brunch menu on offer but the pancakes with creme fraiche and fresh fruit had me at hello. Get your fill and prepare for a long day of sightseeing!
If you're a coffee fiend like my fiancé, head next door from The Brunch Club and join the queue at Filter + Fox to grab a flat white to go - I've been told the coffee is pretty special.
With coffee in hand, it's time to explore some of what Liverpool is most famous for. Take a walk down to the Albert Docks, which have undergone a transformation in the last decade. This old industrial area is now beautifully maintained and a thriving cultural hub, the perfect spot to stroll around and take in the views across the Mersey. There are lots of things to tick off your sightseeing list around these parts - including the infamous Beatles quartet statue.
Now you're in the mood for cultural sightseeing, head back into town - not far from the Docks you'll find the Cavern quarter, where (unsurprisingly) you'll also find the famous Cavern Club. Keep your eye out for statues of Liverpool icons dotted around the city; if you're focused you can spot Beatles peering down at you from the heights of buildings, but much easier to find is the statues of John Lennon and Cilla Black outside the Club itself. Visiting the Cavern Club is amazing if you're a music fan - the history and memorabilia in the building is fascinating, and a great way to spend the afternoon.
Get a little dressed up and head over to The Cowshed for dinner; this is a specialist beef restaurant situated in a beautiful old townhouse. The steaks are incredible, the cocktails are delicious and the service is outstanding - this is absolutely the best place I could recommend in Liverpool, we loved every second.
Follow up your meal with cocktails at Berry and Rye, just around the corner, for the perfect way to finish off your Saturday night.
Now I know you'll have seen this place - Love Thy Neighbour is Instagram-famous, thanks to its millennial pink exterior walls and graffiti proclaiming 'avocado is bae'. The breakfast sandwiches are something else, as are the full breakfasts - but if you're looking for something healthier, they do fresh pressed juices, buddha bowls and smoothie bowls too.
While you're on Bold Street, you'll have plenty of stores and boutiques to keep you busy. For interiors lovers, I recommend popping into Utility, or for fashion fans, the original Pop Boutique is here too, packed with a tightly-edited selection of original pieces and the new Pop collections too.
When you're shopped out, drop into Bold Street Coffee for a quick pick-me-up, and a relaxed stroll over to Liverpool Cathedral. Whether you're religious or not, this is a must if you're into architecture - finished in the 1970s, this is a breathtaking building and really something special. Plus it's actually really cool - have you ever seen a cathedral with a Tracey Emin neon sign before? Make sure you pay a little extra to head up on to the roof; the views are incredible.
Once you're finished, walk through the beautiful St James Gardens too - there's no nicer way to spend a relaxed Sunday afternoon.
To finish off your weekend in Liverpool, I recommend a chilled dinner before you head back to the train station - somewhere like Yard and Coop is great for a relaxed meal to finish off your weekend.
So there we have it, my guide to spending a weekend in Liverpool. Let me know if you visit and try out any of my recommendations!