Issue 01 Winter
The best of the best that Liverpool has to offer.
Attractions Eating Out History Business Nightlife City Map In association with:
t is a pleasure for me to introduce Liverpool Night & Day Magazine, a publication that Liverpool has needed
for years. It is not only a guide for local visitors who only come into the City Centre every now and again, but for tourists who come from all around the world. Yes, this city now has style, fashion and celebrities, and we also love a good gossip, but there is so much more to Liverpool. We have History, Heritage, Attractions, Events and now a range of quality bars, restaurants and retail outlets to match any city in the world. 54 Million visitors come to this city every year and they put 3 Billion Pounds into our economy every year, so we can all 2
see how important they are. There are so many local people that have not even seen the most fantastic parts of this city; the buildings, places and events that have shaped all our lives, yet people cross the world to see them. This magazine is going to put everything we have in the shop window, for all to see, whether youâ€™re from Bootle or Barbados. This is why I enjoy my job so much, I get the opportunity to get involved in things I believe in and I believe in anything that helps to show this city in a good light. I come to work in one of the most iconic buildings this city has and feel lucky to do so! The Town Hall is a great building and has so much to give to visitors and the community it serves, it should be used a whole lot more. My team and I, intend to open up the Town Hall to a lot more activities, from Open days, Tours, Weddings, Parties and Corporate Events. So, if you want to know more about what I do, what happens in The Town Hall please access our website on www.civichalls.liverpool.gov.uk or book the building for an occasion please telephone 0151 225 5530. This is just one building amongst hundreds that should be explored so much more and this magazine will make sure people will have the opportunity to do that! In conclusion, whether youâ€™re coming to Liverpool for an afternoon of shopping or a holiday, this magazine is the essential guide that everyone will want and need. The Right Worshipful, The Lord Mayor of Liverpool Councillor Sharon Sullivan
Liverpool Night & Day Facts & info 4 Essential Information What you need to know 6 Interesting facts Truths about Liverpool 32 City Map A detailed street map 40 History Liverpool through the ages
Places 42 Hallowed Turf Liverpoolâ€™s sporting venues
Lifestyle 16 Shopping Winter shopping in the city 34 Business Property & finance 48 Food For Thought Liverpool restaurants
Entertainment 8 Whatâ€™s On Winter events 14 Festive Season Christmas in Liverpool 22 Attractions What to see & do 54 Nightlife Liverpool nights
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Population Liverpoolâ€™s population grew by more than 5% during the past decade and now stands at almost 470,000.
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Tipping In most service related businesses including bars and restaurants it is not compulsory to leave a tip. The general rule though if you feel you have had good service is to leave a tip of approximately 10%.
Emergency Numbers Throughout the UK, the emergency services are all called via one number which is 999. You will then be asked which service you require by the operator.
Pharmacy Currency The Pound has remained the currency in the UK and is generally the only accepted currency that can be used. Although the largest note in general circulation is the ÂŁ50 note, it is advisable not to accept this denomination from exchange bureaus, as you may find them difficult to spend in small shops and bars. You will encounter no problems with any smaller denomination..
Liverpool city centre has no shortage of pharmacies. However there are currently very few 24 hour pharmacies in the UK. In an emergency your hotel should be able to give you more information.
Airport Liverpool John Lennon Airport is situated 7 miles outside the City Centre. Buses depart into town every 20 minutes on weekdays and every 30 minutes on weekends. The journey
Language The official language of course is English and unlike many other European countries, alternative languages are not widely spoken.
Telephone The international code is +44 and then in addition you have the area code which for Liverpool is 0151.
Post Most post offices are open from 09.00 until 17.00 Monday to Friday. Many are also open during the same hours on Saturday, but be aware that they are closed all day on Sunday. The main Post Office can be found at: 4
takes about 45 minutes. www.liverpooljohnlennonairport.com
Electricity 220 watt three-pronged plugs.
INFO Public Transport
The Public transport system is run by Mersey Travel and is usually very reliable. Trains, buses and ferries run frequently throughout the day and there is also a nightbus service. The easiest way to get around is by the excellent Merseyrail system which links most suburban areas to the city centre. The two main bus stations can be found on Roe Street and Paradise Street. Buses are frequent across the whole city and amongst the cheapest in the country. The cheapest and most convenient way to get around is to buy a Saveaway ticket which gives you 24 hours unlimited journeys on any train or bus in Liverpool, Wirral or the wider Merseyside area. They are available from newsagents, railway stations and bus stations.
There is also an underground system that operates between Liverpoolâ€™s four main train stations (Lime Street, Central Station, James Street and Moorfields). The quickest way to get to the other side of the river is by Merseyrail but for outstanding views of the city, we recommend that you catch one of the famous Mersey Ferries from Pier Head. Mersey Travel also combine public transport with various deals on visitor attractions, combined travel and entry promotions, and other partner offers, making public transport part of your Liverpool adventure. For more details, visit their website at: www.merseytravel.gov.uk.
TAXI There are many taxi ranks throughout the city including at all the major train and bus stations. They can also be hailed anywhere on the street. We recommend Mersey Cabs, as they have more taxis and offer the quickest and most reliable service in Liverpool. They provide purpose built, spacious vehicles for five passengers and luggage. All drivers are fully licensed by Liverpool City Council with excellent knowledge of the city. Prices are regulated by the council and clearly displayed on the meter. They can be contacted at: Tel.: + 44 (0) 151 298 2060 or visit their website at: www.merseycabs.co.uk A Ferry across the Mersey!
Liverpool was once the Second City of the Empire
The Anglican Cathedral
largest cathedral in Britain and the fifth largest in the world. *Liverpool is the only city outside London to host two cathedrals. *The city’s three graces - the Liver, the Cunard and the Port of Liverpool buildings – will be joined by a fourth building called ‘The Cloud’. Designed by Will Alsop, it is a futuristic, three-tiered structure that will house The Liver Building clock face
*Liverpool was once the "Second City of the Empire". At times, it even eclipsed London for commerce. *Liverpool was designated as a World Heritage City by UNESCO in July 2004. Pier Head was placed alongside Stonehenge and the Great Wall of China as one of the world's most important places. *The city’s Anglican Cathedral is the
FACTS offices, a hotel and community facilities. *Scouse is a type of stew. It was eaten by Liverpudlians living in poverty before the 1900s. Ingredients include lamb or beef, cabbage, carrots, potatoes and onion. *The clock faces on the Liver Building
five European Cups, three Uefa Cups, one Cup Winners Cup, *Football nets were invented by Liverpool’s municipal engineer John Alexander Brodie in 1892. *Liverpool holds the Guinness Book of Records title for being the Capital of Pop. Artists from Liverpool have had more number one hits than from any other location – a major reason for this is of course The Beatles. Matthew Street Music Festival are the biggest in the country, 2'6" bigger than London’s Big Ben. *The Mathew Street Music Festival which is held annually on the August Bank Holiday is the largest city centre-based free music festival in Europe. *Liverpool has a thriving film industry. The city was used as a location for more than 140 films in 2011 and has doubled for places like Dublin, Moscow Paris and even Venice. Films made in Liverpool include: The Hunt For Red October, The 51st State, The Parole Officer and Letter To Brezhnev. *Liverpool is the most successful footballing city in England, as between them, Liverpool and Everton have won 27 League championships, 11 FA Cups, six League Cups,
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Whats On o matter what your taste, you are certain to find an event, exhibition, production or spectacle to tickle your fancy in Liverpool. The following pages offer a summary of some of the big events which will take place in the city this season. For further details or ticketing info on a specific event, check out the event website or the website of the event location, or log onto: www.visitliverpool.com
staGE & shOW Hansel & Gretel Dec 4 to Jan 12 at Unity Theatre The legendary fairytale is brought to life throughout the festive season at Liverpool’s Unity Theatre. It’s a legendary tale of bravery, adventure, joy, friendship and fun for every girl and boy. Expect the unexpected in this family festive treat.
Winter Events show follows hot on the heels of the ‘Good Mourning Mrs Brown’ tour. Quite simply a laugh a second!
Cinderella Dec 14 to Jan 6 at Liverpool Empire. Panto returns to the Liverpool Empire this year from First Family Entertainment with an all-star cast! With a wave of her magic wand, queen of daytime TV Coleen Nolan will be bringing Christmas Magic to Liverpool as The Fairy Godmother. Our very own Cinderella, former Atomic Kitten Liz McClarnon, is returning to her native city to play the lead role. There will be booing, hissing, and ‘behind yous’ a plenty!
Ken Dodd: Happiness December 29 at Philharmonic Hall
Mrs Brown Rides Again December 11-15 at Echo Arena Due to popular demand a brand new tour has been announced for Mrs Brown’s Boys. ‘Mrs Brown Rides Again’ written by and starring Irish legend Brendan O’Carroll will ride into the Echo Arena in mid December. The new 8
Ken Dodd is one of Britain's most-loved comedians, an icon and national treasure, who has been entertaining for over 55 years. Come and enjoy his famous Happiness Show and you'll be absolutely guaranteed an evening of laughter and songs.
Whats On The Art Of Falling Apart January 9 to 26 at Unity Theatre Big Wow return with their sell-out hit show following out-of-sorts people living outof-kilter lives. "The humour is loud, non-stop and impeccably timed.
Anton Du Beke Goes to Hollywood January 22 at Philharmonic Hall New for 2013, the UK’s favourite dancing duo Anton Du Beke & Erin Boag are back with a dazzling new show featuring sassy tunes, sensational choreography and sparkling costumes.
The Misanthrope Feb 15 to Mar 9 at Liverpool Playhouse Master wordsmith McGough dips his quill into another Molière classic in this mockery of manners and morals set amid 17th century French aristocracy. The Misanthrope will reunite the creative forces of McGough, Bodinetz and ETT to complete a tricolour of Molière comedies following the huge successes of Tartuffe and The Hypochondriac.
Earthquakes in London February 21-23 at Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts A brilliant scientist but dysfunctional father predicts global doom while his three daughters struggle to keep their lives on track in this epic rollercoaster of a play.
The Narnia Experience February 11-23 at St George's Hall The Narnia Experience is an acclaimed interactive production which brings the story’s characters to life. After a highly successful production at the Old Christ Church in 2009 they will be transforming the whole of St Georges Great Hall into a fantasy land. The cast and crew of 400 are made up of volunteers from a range of churches and community groups from across the city and beyond.
COnCERts The Saw Doctors December 1 at Philharmonic Hall The Irish band will take to the stage for what promises to be a hugely entertaining concert. Last year, The Saw Doctors had a runaway hit with their cover of Petula Clark's classic 1960s pop single Downtown, which reached Number 2.
Whats On Dick Gaughan: After 8 Concert Location:
December 6 at Philharmonic Hall The only performer to hold the dual honours of a Lifetime Achievement award from the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, and induction into the Scots Traditional Music Hall of Fame, Gaughan is no stranger to Liverpool and returns for what will no doubt be yet another sell-out concert.
Madness: The Charge of the Mad Brigade Concert
contemporary tunes to his fans.
Donny & Marie Live February 2 at Echo Arena Award winning performers Donny and Marie Osmond are set to tour the UK in 2013 and will stop at Echo Arena Saturday 2 February. Following the sell-out success of their eponymous shows in Las Vegas the legendary brother and sister duo will celebrate their 5 decades in entertainment with this fabulous tour.
Little Mix February 3 at Echo Arena
December 7 at Echo Arena The legendary Madness will rock the house at the Echo Arena, as they showcase new tracks from their forthcoming album – the follow up to the critically acclaimed, “The Liberty Of Norton Folgate” as well playing all the hits and fan favourites.
December 10 at Philharmonic Hall Squeeze has remained one of the UK's best-loved bands for over thirty years. Their style has been described as 'classic guitar pop meets post-punk realism'. They will perform in Liverpool with support from Paul Heaton..
February 1-3 at Echo Arena Fires’, Ronan’s ninth studio album will once again see him bring a string of great 10
The hottest new girl band in the country Little Mix will perform at EchoTwo at Echo Arena on 3 February. Their debut headline tour follows the triumphant number 1 single ‘Wings,’ and their debut album, which was released in November.
The X Factor Live 2013 February 6 at Echo Arena New stars are waiting to be made and you have the chance to see them performing live in Liverpool. Don’t miss your chance to see your favourite contestants performing classic songs and hits from the TV series.
Whats On The Australian Pink Floyd Show February 8 at Echo Arena The Australian Pink Floyd Show’s 2013 Tour “Eclipsed By The Moon” will celebrate the iconic ‘The Dark Side Of The Moon’ album during a show which will mesmerise you for over 2 hours.
Charlotte Church February 15 at O2 Academy The beautiful Welsh songstress will perform tracks from her new album ‘One’, as well as several other well known hits at what promises to be a memorable concert at Liverpool’s O2 Academy.
Justin Bieber February 24 at Echo Arena The platinum selling pop sensation became a worldwide star in 2009 with his debut single ‘One Time’. He was the first artist to have seven songs from a debut album chart on the Billboard Hot 100. No doubt he will be a huge hit in Liverpool.
PhILhaRMOnIC ORChEstRa RLPO: From Russia with Love December 5-6 at Philharmonic Hall The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
Orchestra will set pulses racing with their performance of From Russia With Love in December. HJ Lim will amaze on piano, as will Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade.
RLPO John Lennon Songbook Concert December 8 at Philharmonic Hall On the anniversary of Lennon’s death, in a year marking the 50th anniversary of The Beatles, we’ve brought back the sell-out John Lennon Songbook concert, last heard in China in 2010. The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra will perform Lennon’s greatest hits.
RLPO New Year’s Eve Concert:Swing into the New Year December 31 at Philharmonic Hall Ring in the New Year with a swing, as bandleader extraordinaire John Wilson transforms the Orchestra into the ultimate big band.
RLPO: Messiah Concert January 5 at Philharmonic Hall Handel’s Messiah isn’t so much an oratorio, more a national institution. The Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra’s Messiah has become something of a Liverpool tradition and is truly worth witnessing. 11
Whats On EXhIBItIOns Bodies Revealed Until December 1 at Liverpool ONE This Exhibition offers an intimate and informative view into the human body. Using an innovative preservation process, the Exhibition allows visitors to see the human body's inner beauty in educational and aweinspiring ways. The exhibitions has over 200
actual human bodies and specimens meticulously dissected and respectfully displayed, offering an unprecedented and wholly unique view into the amazing body.
Advent in Art Dec 1 to Jan 5 at Rathbone Studio The Rathbone Studio presents Advent in Art, an open art exhibition which will welcome inspired artworks showcasing the breadth of skills and creative talent of local artists. The exhibition will be held throughout Advent, at the new Rathbone Studio, which has established itself as the most high profile and dynamic independent art space in the Wirral.
The Beatles Hidden Gallery Until December 31 at The Beatles Story
The Beatles Story is proud to present a brand new and exclusive exhibition ‘The Beatles Hidden Gallery.’ Award-winning 12
photographer Paul Berriff presents his unique collection of unseen and candid portraits of the Fab Four, showcasing hidden moments of the band during their tour of 1963/64.
Tracing the Century: Drawing as a Catalyst for Change Nov 16 to Jan 20 at Tate Liverpool This exhibition highlights drawing’s fundamental role as a catalyst and vehicle for change in modern and contemporary art. The exhibition includes around one hundred artworks from the Tate Collection together with key loans by artists such as Sara Barker, Leon Golub, Jasper Johns, Julie Mehretu, Matthew Monahan, Richard Tuttle and Hannah Wilke.
Titanic and Liverpool: The Untold Story Merseyside Until March 1 at Maritime Museum An exhibition exploring Liverpool’s central role in the story of the Titanic. Liverpool was the city that inspired the biggest ship in the world, doomed to be most notorious shipwreck in history. It gives a unique insight
into events surrounding the launch, voyage, the sinking and its aftermath. The only known surviving Titanic First Class ticket will be on display alongside other rarely seen items such as photos, postcards from passengers and crew plus items salvaged from the wreck.
Whats On Elvis & Us Throughout winter at The Beatles Story This unique, first-of-its-kind exhibition will allow visitors to experience the power of both Elvis and The Beatles, along with their explosive impact on music and popular culture. One of the key elements explored in the Elvis and Us exhibition will be the evening Elvis and The Beatles met in person on August 27, 1965, at his home in Bel Air, California.
Market a must for locals and visitors alike. Enjoy with treats from as far as China and South America and an additional perk for 2012 will be a traditional German Gluwhein bar and Bratwurst grill in Williamson Square. Also look out for the Moroccan mini-village near Metquarter.
RunLiverpool Santa Dash December 2 throughout the city The U.Ks biggest Festive Fun Run! The
IceFestival Nov 7 to Jan 13 at Liverpool ONE
Liverpool ONE is one of the most spectacular and exciting places to visit during the skating season this year, with the opening of the first ever urban ice experience - IceFestival. Incorporating four ice-themed activities, it’s the UK’s biggest ever group of real ice attractions in one place! Among other things, there will be a fantastic outdoor Alpine Ice Rink, a pop-up ice bar, an ice slide and a stunning ice gallery with crafted sculptures leading to Santa’s Grotto.
Liverpool Christmas Market Nov 22 to Dec 22 at Lord Street & Church Street Travel the world – in one city! More than 50 of the finest craft and food stalls from across five continents makes Liverpool’s Christmas
Liverpool Santa Dash attracted 7,500 entries last year and this year the city is aiming to break the Guinness World Record for the ‘Largest Santa Gathering’ which stands at a staggering 13,000. The Text Santa Fund will benefit from the 5km charity event which truly is a sight to behold.
Winter Arts Market Show December 8-9 at St George's Hall A two-day festive celebration of arts and crafts where you can discover work from over 120 artists, designers and craftsmen. Discover thousands of affordable creations including: paintings, photographs, prints, sculpture, textiles, knitwear, clothing, cards, vintage prints and photographs, ceramics, jewellery, glass, handmade beauty products, accessories and much more. The perfect Christmas gift perhaps? 13
Christmas in Liverpool
hristmas in Liverpool is a magical occasion and this year’s festivities will be hitting all the right notes, as the city turns on the style to make Christmas 2012 the most memorable to date. If you happen to be visiting the city during the festive season, you are in for a real treat as you can combine the warmth and nostalgia of a traditional English Christmas with that little bit of extra sparkle which Liverpudlians always add to the occasion. Santa Claus, the Reindeer, turkey, trifles, ice skating, Christmas markets, carol singers, Christmas trees galore, shopping extravaganzas and festive productions. You can experience all of them and so much more! Among other things, you can look 14
forward to a European style 'Chrsitmas Village' in Williamson Square complete with a traditional bandstand; Christmas at Metquarter (from November 22nd) with mulled wine, roasted chestnuts and a Victorian sleigh; the Christmas Market at Lord Street with more than 50 of the finest craft and food stalls from across five continents; the Ice Festival at Liverpool ONE Shopping Centre with an ice rink, an ice pub and Santa’s Grotto among other things. For more details on events taking place during the festive period, check out our What’s On section earlier in the magazine. The city will be illuminated like never before and believe us – you really will get the feeling that Santa Claus is coming to town.
New Year’s Eve Parties
iverpool is one of the country's most famous clubbing cities, so you can rest assured that the city will pull out all the stops on New Year’s Eve for the arrival of 2013. Whether it be a buzzing club night, a champagne-popping party, an intimate evening in a cosy bar or restaurant or a dinner party…… Liverpool will not disappoint on December 31st. The following are some of the venues and events we recommend. GBar - celebrate the turning of another year with a trip back to the nineties. Garlands in-famous white party - not just your average white party! Republik - Towie star Tom Pearse ushers in the New Year with a meet & greet session. Camp And Furnace - chibuku shake shake new years eve party NYE 2012 at Panam - Make the last party of 2012 one of the best with live band and Djs. Holiday Inn Liverpool - New Years Eve Comedy Night – a fantastic evening of comedy & entertainment Magnet – A superstar line-up for their NYE party includes Derrick Carter and local DJ Scott Lewis. Leaf - Cosmic Boogie and Andy Mcloughlin are the names on the bill for Leaf as they present their NYE House Party. Shipping Forecast – Abandon Silence will host their annual New Year’s Eve party at the Shipping Forecast – a great way to ring in 2013. Zoo Bar – DJ Cameo will take part in a New Year’s Eve special at Zoo Bar and Basement Club. The Perfect Night – Chester Racecourse will once again host this massive New Year’s Eve party which will feature stars from Geordie Shore.
New Year’s Eve with Clare Teal Clare Teal will ring in the New Year at Liverpool’s Philharmonic Hall where she will be accompanied by the John Wilson Orchestra for what promises to be a night to remember. Yorkshire born Clare is one of the most successful female British jazz singers in decades with a string of albums behind her, including the UK National Top 20 hit "Don't Talk".
Shopping & Lifestyle
ith gleaming new shopping centres, boutique arcades, bohemian streets, and farmerâ€™s markets, Liverpool could justifiably be described as a shopping heaven. Designer labels, bargains, jewellery, diamonds, books, antiques, cosmeticsâ€Ś.You name it and you will most likely find it in Liverpool. Liverpool ONE is one of the undoubted highlights. Situated right in the heart of the city, this new designer Liverpool shopping centre is home to more than 160 famous high street shops, as well as a cinema and various cafes and eateries. We have highlighted it in more depth later in this section. Then there is the exclusive Metquarter, where you will find more select fashion and beauty outlets such as Jo Malone, Molton Brown and MAC. For the boys there is Gieves 16
& Hawkes and Tommy Hilfiger. Liverpool also plays host to exclusive shopping areas like the ultra fashionable Cavern Walks, home to Vivienne Westwood and Cricket. Lark Lane is also a groovy destination full of bohemian boutiques and street markets. Shopping in the Liverpool City Region, outside the city centre, has much to offer too. There is Lord Street in Southport, an elegant parade of Victorian arcades with a whole host of smart shops and boutiques, while the Wirral has various farm-shops bulging with lots of delicious local produce. As with everywhere else on the planet, the health & beauty scene has also taken off in Liverpool with various services ensuring you look good and feel good. In the pages which follow, we will offer an in-depth look at exactly what you can buy and where you can buy it in Liverpool.
shopping Glam n Glitter 141 St. Johns Road, Waterloo, Tel.: +44 (0) 151 928 0983 Glam n Glitter is a hair and makeup boutique in the Waterloo area of the city, and it truly is the perfect place for a lady in need of some pampering. Whether itâ€™s a new hairstyle or makeup for that special occasion, the highly qualified staff at Glam n Glitter will definitely meet your demands. They stock all the latest hair and beauty products and cater for everyone from little princesses to glamorous grans!
The Little Boutique 96-98 St Johns Road, Waterloo Tel.: +44 (0) 151 928 0999 The Little Boutique is a small independent quirky boutique that stocks items you may not necessarily find on the high street. Labels including local designers and The Little Boutiqueâ€™s own labels give you a unique choice for everyday wear or that special occasion. They stock the current trends along with classic pieces which will last season after season. They also offer a fabulous range of jewellery, bags shoes & accessories to complement all outfits.
City Central Shopping
ity Central is the retail and leisure heart of Liverpool city centre. With 5 shopping centres, 2 department stores and over 400 shops – you’ll find party wear, gifts and goodies for everyone and every budget. Stores range from stylish boutiques, designer outlets in Metquarter, Cavern Walks and Bold Street to all the big names you’d expect to find on the high street, along with smaller independent stores unique to the city. Shop ‘til you drop, but make sure you recharge your batteries at one of the many cafés, coffee shops or restaurants in the area. And what’s more, with two theatres, fantastic night life and a fun-packed annual programme of events there’s every reason to make your visit to City Central a long one! City Central encompasses over 600 businesses who work in partnership to create a welcoming and family-friendly environment for 18
workers and visitors alike. This is done through the delivery of enhanced services including extra street cleaners; Child Safe Shopping Zones; dedicated Enforcement Officers patrolling the area and a fun-packed annual programme of events to name but a few. Over the last few years, City Central has become a major shopping and leisure destination. City Central workers continually improve the environment in the retail and leisure heart of Liverpool city centre (City Central) to enhance your experience and aim to make it a premier European city retail and leisure destination of choice. City Central’s boundary is broadly: Queen Square; Elliot Street; Great Charlotte Street; Ranelagh Street; Church Street and Lord Street; Cavern Quarter; Whitechapel and Bold Street.
The Ultimate shopping & Entertainment Experience
5 Wall Street Tel.: +44 151 232 3100 www.liverpool-one.com Liverpool ONE is one of Europe's most stylish leisure and shopping destinations and is home to over 160 stores and restaurants, a fantastic 14 screen cinema, a five acre park... and you can even live there! From high street heroes to high-end boutiques, cafes for people on the go to stylish restaurants, Liverpool ONE has something for everyone, in a truly unique setting with its contrasting mix of architecture. It is the largest open air shopping centre in the United Kingdom. The completion of Liverpool ONE has significantly boosted the local economy as well as lifted Liverpool into the top five most popular retail destinations in the UK. With almost 150 different shopping outlets, it truly is a shopping paradise and
thereâ€™s no need to worry if you get a bit hungry or thirsty, because Liverpool ONE also houses more than 30 restaurants, cafes and bars. Boredom is also not an option at Liverpool ONE thanks to the numerous leisure facilities. The superb 14 screen ODEON cinema, with an IMAX screen offers cinemagoers a truly immersive film experience Then there is the gorgeous five-acre Chavasse Park, which is located on top of the car park and is the perfect place for relaxation. Liverpool ONE is one of the most spectacular and exciting places to visit during the skating season this year, with the opening of the first ever urban ice experience which runs until January 13th and includes four icethemed activities including an ice rink, an ice bar and Santaâ€™s Grotto. Liverpool ONE Opening Times Mon Fri: 9:30am - 8:00pm Saturday: 9:00am 7:30pm Sunday: 11:00am - 5:00pm
shopping swimming goggles and safety glasses.
Clayton Square Shopping Centre Great Charlotte Tel.: +44 (0) 151 709 4560. www.claytonsquare.co.uk
Cavern Walks 8 Mathew Street Tel.: +44 (0) 151 236 9082 www.cavern-walks.co.uk Cavern Walks is Liverpool’s only boutique arcade and home to the most unique collection of independent retailing in the city and the greatest designer brands, such as: Boudoir Boutique, Boudette, Christopher James, Cricket, Cricket Kid’s, Cavern Kids, Cavern Shoes, Vivienne Westwood, Weavers Door, Cavern Hair Boutique, Nail Nation, Chantilly and Lucy in the Sky. The centre is open from 9.0am until 6pm from Monday to Saturday and from 11.0am until 4.0 pm.
Jonny Goggles North John Street, City Centre. Stanley Road, Bootle. Tel.: +44 (0) 151 227 3232 32 www.jonnygoggles.com Jonny Goggles is a Merseyside-based opticians, with two branches located in North John Street, Liverpool City Centre and Stanley Road, Bootle. Jonny Goggles has been described by local radio presenter Billy Butler as "The opticians used by the stars", as they have tested eyes for both Liverpool and Everton football club and have worked with big corporate names such as Jaguar and Granada Television, as well as various TV celebrities. They have a fun approach to what is a serious profession and never lose sight of how important the medical side of their practice is. However, they are well aware that spectacles are purchased with fashion in mind and can be crucial for the appearance. They supply top brand names, colour contact lenses, sunglasses,
Whether you're meeting friends, need a break during a hard day's shopping, or just passing through, Clayton Square Shopping Centre has some great ways to perk you up! You can sit down and have a chat in Nosh'n'Coffee, basking under their lovely domed glass ceiling and enjoying their wonderful range of teas and coffees. If you need to keep in touch with friends and family around the world, Le Boulevard Café has 20 internet-connected PCs available for you to use. Or if you've got a bit of a sweet tooth, check out Millie's Cookies great range of tasty treats. And of course they also offer some excellent shopping stores.
St. Johns Shopping Centre 125 St George's Way Tel.: +44 (0) 151 709 0916. www.stjohns-shopping.co.uk One of Liverpool's largest covered shopping centre, located in the heart of the city centre, providing over 100 shops, a hotel, a large Food
Court and car park. The stores cover the best of the high street names, as well as some more specialised stores. So, if you're looking for fashion, beauty, something for the house, or the latest gadget, they have probably got it. Opening hours are as follows: Mon - Wed: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm; Thu: 9:00 am - 6:30 pm; Fri - Sat: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm; Sun: 10:00 am 5:00 pm.
careful plan is needed when you visit Liverpool, or you are certain to miss some of the most interesting parts. You would need to take a month off work to experience all the attractions the city has to offer. So, you want a museum? Which one would that be then? Would it be the Maritime Museum or perhaps the World Museum? Wait a minute, was it the Slavery Museum or possibly the Museum of Liverpool? A certain quartet was ‘quite’ successful in the 1960s, so maybe you want to find out more about them in the Beatles Museum? I think you can see what we are getting at. There is just so much to do and so much variety, so the aforementioned plan really is a good idea. Everywhere you walk you experience history. From the Grade I and Grade II listed buildings throughout the city (second only in 22
Seeing & Doing
number to London in the UK) to the enchanting waterfront highlighting Liverpool’s maritime heritage as one of the world’s most important cities. You can’t miss the Albert Dock, a complex of restored dock buildings and warehouses which hosts an abundance of shops, coffee bars, restaurants, pubs, clubs and museums. It’s here where The Beatles Story Museum is housed. Once you have finished in the Beatles Museum, take a stroll back across to the city centre and see where it all started for the ‘Fab Four’. Walk down Matthew Street and see the famous Cavern Club where they made their name. We hope you enjoy Liverpool’s wonderful attractions and that this section of our magazine helps to enhance that enjoyment.
ATTRACTIONS Fancy A Flutter Genting Club Queen Square Whitechapel Tel.: +44 (0) 151 702 7610. www.gentingcasinos.co.uk/club/queen-square
The Beatles Family Homes Mendips & 20 Forthlin Road Tel.: +44 (0) 151 427 7231. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/beatles-childhood-homes A combined tour of 'Mendips' and 20 Forthlin Road, the childhood homes of John Lennon and Sir Paul McCartney, and your opportunity to see inside the places where the Beatles met, composed and rehearsed many of their earliest songs. Imagine walking through the back door into the kitchen where John's Aunt Mimi would have cooked him his tea, or standing in the spot where Lennon and McCartney composed 'I Saw Her Standing There'. Visiting the Beatles' childhood homes in Liverpool is an absolute must for fans of any ages. The tours provide a real insight into Lennon and McCartney's humble beginnings.
The Casbah Coffee Club 8 Haymans Green, The Casbah Tel.: +44 (0) 151 280 3519. www.petebest.com The Casbah Coffee Club was a rock and roll music venue in West Derby, Liverpool, started by For one of the ultimate nights out in Liverpool, visit Genting Club Queen Square. The casino offers all of your favourite casino games including American Roulette, Blackjack, Three Card Poker and Electronic Roulette. Furthermore, they host six poker competitions every week. At Genting Club, they take gaming seriously, and more importantly, they understand their customers. So if you love the style, excitement and energy of casino gaming and relish the chance to match your skills against like-minded customers, then this is the place for you. The venue also hosts the wonderful Fahrenheit Grill which offers a new culinary dining experience to Liverpool. It is a social restaurant where the vibrant surroundings and atmosphere mirrors the food they serve. For an exclusive night to remember why not consider their private dining room, seating up to 16 people. The restaurant will also host various special nights during the festive and New Year’s period. The Genting Club is open daily from 12pm until 6am.
Mona Best in 1959 in the cellar of the family home. The Quarrymen—John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ken Brown went to the club to arrange their first booking. They played a series of seven Saturday night concerts in The Casbah for 15 shillings each. After the success of the first night, Mona gave them residency, and paid the whole group £3 a night. Other artists and groups like Cilla Black, Rory Storm and the Hurricanes, The Searchers and Gerry & The Pacemakers later played in the club. Mona closed the club on 24 June 1962, with The Beatles as the last group to perform. In 2006, Cassbah was given Grade II listed building status.
ATTRACTIONS Walker Art Gallery William Brown Street Tel.: +44 (0) 151 478 4199. www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/walker
where the art is” and is inspired by Liverpool... The city, it's culture, sport, the people, the music and the iconic symbols. The company is managed by Kim Swainson, a graduate of Liverpool John Moores University. She creates products and works of art using a wide range of materials mediums and techniques and finds inspiration in places, history, life and people. Her methods are certainly effective, because some of the works are simply breath-taking and a visit to the exhibition at The Penny Lane Gallery is highly recommended
The Cavern Club
Walker Art Gallery is a beautiful building housing a stunning collection of art. The galleries hold paintings from the 13th century to the present day. You can see work by Rembrandt, Hockney, Holbein, Turner, Lowry, Rossetti, Millais and Freud to name but a few. They also have a sculpture gallery, a craft and design gallery, and Big Art for Little Artists - a gallery specially designed for children up to 8 years of age. The Gallery is open daily from 10am until 5pm and entry is free. See our What’s On section for details about exhibitions which are taking place during your stay.
10 Mathew Street Tel.: +44 0151 236 9091. www.cavernclub.org The Cavern Club is the cradle of British pop music, the place where the Beatles musical identity was formed. Today's Cavern is a thriving live music destination and one of
Penny Lane Gallery Tel.: +44 (0) 793 231 3589. www.kimmidesign.co.uk Kimmi design is an innovative product design company which specialises in bespoke and small batch home and garden accessories including furniture and art pieces. They believe design should be creative, personal, flexible, functional, attractive and wherever possible ethical. One of their main themes is “Home is 24
Liverpool’s top tourist attractions. The three venues - the Cavern Club, Cavern Live Lounge and the Cavern Pub - showcase not only the incredible legacy of The Beatles, but also new up and coming bands and established artists. Discover for yourself the evocative spirit of this legendary venue and experience the unique and powerful Cavern sound performed live on stage every afternoon till late in the evening.
ATTRACTIONS The Museum of Liverpool Pier Head Tel.: +44 (0) 151 478 4545. www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/mol
The Museum of Liverpool is the world’s first national museum devoted to the history of a regional city, demonstrating Liverpool’s unique contribution to the world. The new museum tells the story of Liverpool with diverse exhibits housed in a stunning building. Exhibits include the stage where John Lennon and Paul McCartney first met, Ben Johnson’s Liverpool Cityscape, a life-size Liverbird, the first Ford Anglia from Ford’s Halewood production line and Chris Boardman’s famous Lotus sport bike. Don’t miss 'Kicking and Screaming' football show; and the 'In The Town Where I Was Born' Beatles show.
seat of the Archbishop of Liverpool The spirit which the Metropolitan Cathedral enshrines is told in part in its history, partly in the beauty of the final product produced by the skills of contemporary architects, artists and craftsmen, but most of all that spirit is portrayed in the communities which use the building. The Cathedral is open from 7.30am to 6.00pm daily, but closes at 5.00pm on Sundays in winter. Admission is free, but a suggested donation of £2.50 for the upkeep is appreciated. A charge of £3.00 is made for individual admission to the Crypt and Treasury. Guides are usually on duty to show you around and to explain the mission of the Cathedral. GUIDED TOURS for organised groups can be booked in advance by calling +44 (0) 151 709 9222.
Liverpool Cathedral St James’ Mount Tel.: +44 0151 702 7284. www.liverpoolcathedral.org.uk
Metropolitan Cathedral of Liverpool Cathedral House, Mount Pleasant Tel.: +44 (0) 151 709 9222. www.liverpoolmetrocathedral.org.uk
Liverpool is fortunate enough to possess two mighty symbols of the Christian faith and both face each other at opposite ends of the aptlynamed Hope Street. The Metropolitan is the
From the very early days of its origins and then starting to build just after the turn of the 20th Century, through to its completion in 1978 after 74 long, hard, but rewarding years, the unfolding story of this great cathedral, the largest in the whole of the UK and the fifth largest in the world, is both fascinating and quite unique. It survived two World Wars, periods of recession and great hardship in this once famous and important port of Liverpool to become a tribute to the dedication of a great many people and their skills. Share the amazing journey by visiting this magnificent building and learn about the Cathedral’s mission to proclaim that Jesus Christ is alive and that His Gospel is true and relevant to today's world.
The Beatles Story
Britannia Vaults, Kings Dock Street Tel.: +44 (0) 151 709 1963. www.beatlesstory.com Your journey begins in the late '50s in the unlikely surroundings of Woolton Village Fete, where Paul McCartney tells you how he first met John Lennon. You can even view some of the original instruments played by John and his skiffle band. Then hang out at the Casbah Coffee Club, Liverpool's coolest rock 'n' roll joint. Fast forward three years and you arrive in Germany, walking along the cobbled streets of Hamburg to watch John, Paul, George, Stuart and Pete play at the notorious Star Club. A quick hop back to Liverpool and you step into our stunning recreation of the Cavern Club. London is your next stop with a behind the scenes look at Abbey Road Studios, hearing how Sir George Martin almost rejected the Beatles. Then chill out and relax in the mellow madness of the psychedelic era. Discover the history behind the groundbreaking Sgt. Pepper album before embarking on an underwater trip in the Yellow Submarine. An absolute must for lovers of the Fab Four.
Merseyside Maritime Museum Albert Dock Tel.: +44 0151 207 0001. www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/maritime
Uncover objects from the Titanic, find out about life at sea and learn about the port of Liverpool. At Merseyside Maritime Museum you can explore the history of the great port of Liverpool, with four floors of superb galleries which include: Seized! The Border and Customs uncovered; the Emigration gallery; Liverpool: World Gateway; the Titanic, Lusitania and Empress of Ireland gallery; the Battle of the Atlantic; the Art and the Sea Gallery; and the temporary exhibition space. The museum also includes the 2010 Michelin Guide-listed Maritime Dining Rooms, a cafĂŠ, shop and lecture theatre. Check out our Whatâ€™s On section for more info on events taking place during your stay.
36 Hope Street Tel.: +44 0151 707 2837. www.liverpoolphil.com Philharmonic Hall is a cultural oasis in the heart of Liverpool's Georgian district, Hope Street. It is home to the world's third oldest music-making organization, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society, founded in the 1840s. As well as the world class Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, their programme of classical music activity includes the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir, the Chamber Music Series and their contemporary group Ensemble 10/10. Uniquely, they also run a venue; the Grade II listed Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. They promote a wide range of contemporary rock, pop, folk, roots, jazz and blues concerts and music projects, in addition to festivals and comedy. Built in the 1930s, the 1,790 seat Art Deco concert hall also regularly transforms into a cinema. A smaller space upstairs, the Rodewald Suite, provides a cabaret style venue.
ATTRACTIONS Tic Toc Tourist TicTocTourist Liverpool is an exciting new FREE iPhone app for tourists, impromptu visitors and residents alike, enabling you to get the most out of the city.You can plan your trip or your day using tothe-minute accurate information regarding all city centre attractions. Tic Toc Tourism covers all the major attractions within the city centre, including ferries and sightseeing tour-buses. In a few simple steps, they help you to create and carefully time your custom tour. They then guide you through it, showing you interesting sights along the way. With TicTocTouristâ€™s precise planning algorithms you are guaranteed to pack more into your stay and never miss a thing.
William Brown Street Tel.: +44 (0) 151 478 4393. www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/wml Discover treasures from around the world, explore outer space and meet live creatures! World Museum Liverpool is a fantastic family day out! Over five free floors explore: the aquarium and the Treasure House Theatre; the natural world in the Clore Natural History Centre and Bug House; 30
the human world in the World Cultures gallery and Weston Discovery Centre; the earth with dinosaurs and animals from around the world; and space and time through scientific instruments and the Planetarium. There are also two cafĂŠs and two shops. Well worth visiting.
Unit 22 Edward Pavilion, Albert Dock. Tel.: +44 (0) 151 708 7334
Enjoy the best the city has to offer, showcased in a World Heritage waterfront setting. The Albert Dock is the most popular free tourist attraction in the Northwest -and not without good reason. The variety of events, attractions and eateries make it perfect for family fun, a day or night out in Liverpool, or your base for a short break in the city. Situated in the largest group of Grade I listed buildings in the UK, the Albert Dock houses two hotels, as well as many award winning visitor attractions. The Dock is the home of Tate Liverpool, the award-winning Beatles Story, Merseyside Maritime Museum and the International Slavery Museum. You can join a number of enlightening and exhilarating Liverpool tours, including a city and water tour on The Yellow Duckmarine or the Yellow Boat Cruise around the south docks. There's also a great selection of Liverpool bars and restaurants. Visit our What's On section to find out what special events are taking place during your stay.
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Liverpool is Fighting Back!
inancially the world is still in crisis and ‘The Recession’ is affecting the majority of countries. Even Asia and The Arab States are not as buoyant as they were, but that is due to Technologies and Oil respectively. Britain is still deep in a financially turbulent situation, with opinions swinging from a Double Dip Recession is around the corner, to we are at the start of the Fight Back To Recovery? For a number of reasons, Liverpool appears to have weathered this financial storm a lot better than most cities, one of the reasons being, that the Scousers are a resilient lot. Financial indications in 2007 showed that we were at the end of several years of growth and therefore most cities and businesses started to prepare for hard times ahead. However, nobody knew they would be as bad as they have been, or how long it was going to affect the economy. While most cities were bracing themselves for difficult times, Liverpool was preparing to be the Capital Of Culture in 2008. That particular year was a great one for the city, not only financially, but because it really put Liverpool on the cultural map of the world. Even now, the city 34
is still benefiting from that prestigious title. Following this, the landscape of the city started to change courtesy of The Three Graces, Liverpool 1 Shopping Centre, The Cruise Ship Terminal and The Eye. Add to that numerous high class apartments and hotels being built and it’s easy to understand why these changes brought more prosperity to the infrastructure of the city. Another great financial uplift has come from the Education Sector. The Universities and Colleges have made themselves so desirable, that the increase in foreign students studying and living here really has made Liverpool a very popular ‘University City’. The financial effect this has on any city cannot be underestimated. Liverpool knows that, and we intend to look after our students well. In fact, the amount of students who end up living here permanently is increasing every year. Overall, Liverpool has weathered the stormy seas of financial crisis better than many cities and it appears that is going to continue. Yes, there will be some casualties along the way, but we are a sturdy lot in this city and will always find a way to fight back!
Buying in Liverpool is a much Safer Option
he property market in Liverpool, as with the rest of the country, has been a real ‘boom & bust’ affair over the last decade and the situation is still a precarious one, although buying in Liverpool is a much safer option that most other UK cities. In 2001 property prices started to rise across the country and Liverpool was no different. Two uptwo down houses that were valued at £10,000 increased to £80,000 over a six-year period. If you use the same percentage increase on properties originally valued at £150,000, you can see how so many people made huge amounts of profits by this ‘boom’. But unfortunately, with virtually every ‘boom’ there follows a ‘bust’, and this one was one of the biggest the property industry has ever seen. The Banks and Building Societies lent far too much to people who could not afford to pay it back. The property market has been devastated by the above, but it has still survived and is still here to fight on…..and in Liverpool, it’s a fight which is being won. The Mortgage Lenders are slowly (too slowly in most peoples opinion), beginning to make money available again. That means that Building
Companies, Investors and Home Owners can start to make more properties available, which in turn means; First Time Buyers are reappearing to the market. Liverpool boasts a vast contrast of properties from small Terrace’s, to Victorian houses, to stylish Apartments, and that is why the city has managed to deal with the downturn better than most – In Liverpool, there is something for everyone. The city also had investment from Local and Central Governments, plus European Funding for improving Housing in the suburbs. The largest financial input has gone into changing the look of the City Centre.. The modern, beautiful and stylish Developments and Apartments that have been built, do not only make the city centre look more European, but have kept the property market afloat. Add to that the refurbishment of the older traditional buildings and it means the character and individuality of the city has been maintained. Like the Liverpool people themselves, the character of these buildings will endure and will therefore give the property market the stability it needs to climb back to the heights it once achieved.
Liverpool Through The Ages Liverpool in years gone by
he history of Liverpool dates back to the 1st-century A.D when the very first settlement appeared on the banks of the now famous River Mersey. The real history of ‘Liuerpul’ as it was then called, began in 1207 when King John granted the status of an official town, but Liverpool remained largely unimportant and in the shadow of Chester. In fact until the middle of the 16th century the population of Liverpool was a mere 500 people. It wasn’t until 1699 when Liverpool was made a parish that the rapid progress that would see it become the second metropolis of Great Britain, really began. In the 18th century with trade from the West Indies beginning and with the substantial profits from the slave trade, the town began to prosper and expand. The port of Liverpool suddenly became important and by the beginning of the 19th century an incredible 40% of the world’s entire trade was passing through the docks of Liverpool. The construction of the Albert Dock enabled Liverpool to trade some of the most precious cargoes from all over the world and the Pier Head landing stage was built and is still reputed to be the largest floating quay in the world.
Liverpool was finally granted city status in 1880 and beautiful new buildings began to be constructed throughout the city. St Georges Hall and Lime Street station were built, as were the three graces built along the stunning river front. During World War II Liverpool was a primary focus for the enemy with over 80 air raids on Merseyside and the docks were badly disrupted. Almost half of all the homes in Liverpool were damaged with many thousands totally destroyed. After the war there was a significant rebuilding project of the docks and many new housing estates emerged. The city struggled and unemployment became a problem. The decline of the docks struck a severe blow to the city, but Liverpool has finally recovered and a glance around the modern metropolis of today bears testimony to the resilience of this wonderful city. The Titanic
Dixie Dean 1207: Liverpool received a royal charter from King John 1295: Liverpool is allowed to send 2 MPs to parliament 1516: Old Hall Street was established as a public way. 1558: Around 250 people die from The Plague 1588: Everton Beacon is illuminated to warn of the approaching Spanish Armada. 1667: The ‘Antelope’ returns from The Americas with sugar cane. This was the first cargo ship to travel from Liverpool to America. 1715: The first dock in Liverpool is built. 1753: The Everton Toffee Shop was opened by Molly Bushell. 1754: The Town Hall opened. 1771: George's Dock opened. 1788: King's Dock opened. 1802: Liverpool Botanical gardens opened. 1836: Lime Street Station opened 1839: First Grand National Race takes place at Aintree racecourse and is won by ‘Lottery’. 1845: Albert Dock opened. 1848: The ‘Ocean Monarch’ carrying 338 emigrants caught fire in the Mersey and sank off Llandudno, with the loss of 178 lives. 1849: Philharmonic Hall opened Hope Street. 1859: Canada Dock opened
1878: St. Domingo's Methodist Church Football Club formed. 1879: St. Domingo Football Club change their name to Everton. 1884: Everton Football Club move to a new ground at Anfield Road. 1889: Everton win the Championship. 1892: Everton begin to play at Goodison Park. 1894: First League match between Everton and Liverpool. Everton win 2-0. 1903: An independent Liverpool University was formed. 1906: Liverpool win the League Championship and Everton win the F.A. Cup 1909: First British branch of Woolworths opens, in Church Street. 1911: The Liver Building opened - work had started in 1908. 1915: On May 7th,the ‘Lusitania’ is sunk as it travels to Liverpool. 1916: The Cunard Building is erected 1928: Everton player Dixie Dean scores a total of 82 goals in one season. 1940: In November, a landmine lands on a shelter in Durning Road Junior Technical School killing 166 people. 1942: Last bombing raid on Liverpool. 1942: Paul McCartney was born in June. 1957: Both the Cavern and the Mardi Gras clubs opened. 1960: The Beatles play Hamburg for the first time. 1965: Liverpool win the FA Cup for the first time in their history. 1981: Liverpool is in the grip of recession and there are riots in Toxteth 1988: The Tate Gallery of Modern Art opens 2008: Liverpool is made European City of Culture 2012: Joe Anderson becomes the first elected mayor of Liverpool
A Sporting City
iverpool is one of the world’s great sporting cities and Liverpudlians are quite simply sports-mad. It’s a city that hosts some of the planet’s most famous names and venues in the sports of football, horse racing and golf. In this section of the magazine, we take a look at Sporting Liverpool.
iverpool FC is the most successful English team of all time and a recent survey stated that the club is the seventh most supported in the world with close to 45 million supporters and more than 200 officially recognised branches in 30 different countries. The club has topped the elite division of English football on 18 occasions and has also won the FA Cup (seven times), the European Cup/UEFA Champions League five times, the UEFA Cup and UEFA Super Cup on three occasions. LFC Stadium Tour & Museum Anfield Road Tel.: +44 (0) 151 260 6677 www.liverpoolfc.com A visit to Liverpool Football Club's ground Anfield, is truly a memorable experience. Walk in through the player's entrance, visit the home team changing room; touch the famous "This Is Anfield" sign before you make your way down the players tunnel to the sounds of the legendary Anfield crowd. Once you enter the stadium you take your seat in the team dug out, maybe even the managers
seat! Your tour of Anfield finishes at the world famous Kop End, one of the iconic structures in world football. You can also take the option of the LFC Legend’s Day Tour which allows you to be guided around the stadium by one of the club’s past players. Then enter the club’s museum which captures the glory and catalogues the success of Britain's most successful football club. Another option is to avail of The Anfield Experience, which in addition to taking in the stadium tour and visiting the LFC Museum, enables you to enjoy a luxurious three-course lunch in one of the club’s executive boxes overlooking the pitch. Then there is the The Ultimate Anfield Experience which in addition to the tour, also allows you to play with Reds' Legends at the Liverpool Academy in a unique training session. The club’s Premier League home fixtures during the winter period are as follows: Dec 1: v Southampton. Dec 15: v Aston Villa. Dec 22: v Fulham. Jan 2: v Sunderland. Jan 19: v Norwich. Feb 9: v West Brom. Feb 23: v Swansea. 43
he city of Liverpool is lucky to have two Premiership football teams, and Everton FC is also right up there among the most popular clubs in the world. The club has competed in the top division for a record 109 seasons. The club plays at Goodison Park and holds the nickname ‘The Toffees‘. There are several explanations for how this name came to be adopted, the most well known being that there was a business in Everton village named Mother Noblett's, a toffee shop, which advertised and sold sweets, including the Everton Mint. The Toffee Lady tradition in which a girl walks around the perimeter of the pitch before the start of a game tossing free Everton Mints into the crowd symbolises the connection. Everton have been crowned champions of English football on nine occasions. The club has also won the FA Cup five times and the European Cup Winners Cup once. Everton FC Stadium Tour Goodison Park Tel.: +44 (0) 151 530 5212. 44
www.evertonfc.com The Everton FC Stadium Tour takes you behind the scenes at Goodison Park. Walk down the tunnel to the roar of 40,000 fans and visit the dressing rooms at the legendary club. Regardless of whether you are a Blue or not, the Tour is a truly enjoyable and enlightening experience. Stadium tours around Goodison take place on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 11am and 1pm. Tours do not operate on a match day or on the afternoon before a first team home fixture. In instances where a game is to take place at Goodison on a Saturday, there will only be an 11am tour on the Friday before. Booking is strongly advised. All tours are non-smoking and last approximately one and a quarter hours. Individuals and groups are catered for. The club’s Premier League home fixtures during the winter period are as follows: Dec 9: v Tottenham. Dec 26: v Wigan. Dec 30: v Chelsea. Jan 12: v Swansea. Jan 30: v West Brom. Feb 2: v Aston Villa.
The World’s Most famous Steeplechase The Legendary Aintree Grand National
Horse racing is as much a part of Liverpool’s beating heart as football. The Grand National is probably the world’s most famous equine sporting event and is one of the highlights of the British sporting calendar, as well as being one of the most watched sporting events. The National consists of a gruelling fourand-a-half mile race with 30 jumps, including Aintree’s giant Becher’s Brook, The Chair and The Canal Turn. The event is the epitome of National Hunt racing. The Grand National has made heroes out of jockeys, horses and trainers over the years. The most famous horse of them all was probably Red Rum as he won the race an incredible three times between 1973 and 1977. Red Rum is the only horse to accomplish such a feat and may well be the only one which ever
manages the hat-trick. The 2013 Grand National meeting takes place from Thursday 4th April until Saturday 6th April, with the big race of course being held on the Saturday. Those of you who are lucky enough to be in Liverpool on Saturday 8th December can take the opportunity to take in Becher Chase Day at the Aintree course. The Becher Chase is an established Grand National trial and is no doubt a major highlight in the Liverpool festive build-up. With two races over the Grand National course on this day, the Betfred Becher Chase and the Betfred Grand Sefton Chase, it promises to be day of thrills and spills. There is also horse racing at Haydock Park in the nearby town of St.Helens. The course hosts events throughout the year, so check out the racecourse website to see if there will be any action taking place during your visit to Liverpool.
Liverpool A Top Golfing Destination
he Liverpool region is also famed for having some of the world’s best golf courses and the area has become a hugely popular destination for golf enthusiasts. Within a short distance of the city centre lies England’s Golf Coast, which really has to be one of the finest stretches of championship links golf courses in the world. The Golf Coast is home to three Royal Links courses all of which have hosted the world’s biggest major tournament – The British Open. There are also numerous other beautiful golf courses in the area. The first of the Royal trio is Royal Birkdale which can be found in the beautiful coastal resort of Southport and set amid spectacular sand dunes. It has been voted several times as the top course in Britain and is always voted among the world’s elite courses. It has hosted eight British Opens and two Ryder Cups. 46
Also close-by, you can find the Royal Lytham & St Anne’s course in Lancashire. It staged the 2012 renewal of the British Open which was won by Ernie Els. It is also one of the premier links courses in the world and has hosted 10 Open Championships and two Ryder Cups. Then there is Royal Liverpool, the second oldest seaside links course in England, as well as home to one of the best collections of golf memorabilia outside St Andrews. Royal Liverpool has also hosted the British Open. However, golf in the north-west of England doesn’t revolve around the three Royals, because there are more than 20 top class courses which can be enjoyed by golfers of all levels. For more information about these courses and playing them, visit: www.englandsgolfcoast.com
A True Sporting City
hen it comes to sport in Liverpool, its not just about football, horse racing and golf, because this truly is a sports-mad city. Rugby League is also very popular and the Liverpool region includes two of the country’s oldest and most successful clubs – St. Helen’s and the Widnes Vikings. The Queen’s Dock is a very popular spot for sailing regattas and the country’s best sailors can often be viewed in competitions there. Another popular sporting event is the Liverpool half Marathon which takes place in mid March and this year will attract close to 10.000 runners. Tennis is also popular and the annual Liverpool International attracts some of the game’s best players every summer for an excellent lawn tennis tournament. The city enjoyed a very successful Olympic Games in London, with many
Liverpudlians featuring prominenetly in different events. The highlight of the games from a Liverpool viewpoint was probably the long awaited winning of a medal for local gymnast Beth Tweddle who claimed a bronze.
he variety of international cuisine in Liverpool is endless as you would expect from a cosmopolitan city, but while you are here, you really should try some of the local delicacies that the city is famed for. Traditionally, food in the UK is centred around meat dishes including Beef, Pork, Chicken and Lamb and some well known specialities such as Bubble and Squeak, Toad in The Hole and Yorkshire Pudding, but while you are in Liverpool you just have to try the main dish of the city, ‘Scouse’. Basically a local version of Irish stew, ingredients include potatoes, carrots, lamb, onions and spices, and it is served with a cob of bread. The dish became so synonymous with the city that locals have become known as ‘Scousers’ throughout the country. Various strange sounding sandwiches, or in Liverpool better known as a ‘Butty’ should also be sampled. Why not try a Chip Butty or 48
Liverpool’s Restaurant Scene
a Sugar Butty or even a Conny Onny Butty. The latter is a bizarre concoction containing condensed milk. If you want something sweet then try a local black and white striped toffee with a sugar coated covering and a minty flavour called the ‘Everton Mint’. Developed in Liverpool more than 100 years ago and still to this day thrown into the crowd at every Everton Football Club match, the mint became so popular that the Everton club became internationally famous for their nickname of ‘The Toffees’. If local dishes don’t tickle your fancy, there is no need to worry. The city has some wonderful international restaurants and many of them are featured in this section of our magazine. Whether it be Chinese, Italian, Indian or almost any other national cuisine, we are certain that whatever your particular favourite may be, Liverpool will satisfy your taste buds perfectly. Bon Appetit!
Eating Out Panoramic 34 West Tower, 34th Floor 10 Brook Street, Tel.: +44 (0) 151 236 5534. www.panoramicliverpool.com
Set 300 feet above sea level on the 34th floor of the West Tower, Panoramic 34 is the UK’s highest restaurant. This celebrated fine dining restaurant is encapsulated by ceiling to floor windows offering breathtaking views of the city. The ambience, service and food truly is 5-star. We were really impressed with the tuna starter and fillet of beef main course. They offer tasting menus, a la carte menus, dinner menus and lunch menus. The ambience is unforgettable and the trained staff are friendly and knowledgeable. Dining with a view doesn’t get better than this!
Alma De Cuba Saint Peters Church Seel Street, Tel.: +44 (0) 151 702 7394
Alma de Cuba is one of the UK‘s most spectacular restaurant and bars. It’s an island in the heart of the city, an independent spirit that leaves a lasting impression. Set inside the magnificent conversion of the former St. Peters Catholic Church, Alma de Cuba in an eclectic mix of Cuban, Hispanic, and Latin American influences that are enhanced with Liverpool’s great spirit. The building is itself an iconic destination as it is the first church in Liverpool to be turned into a social venue. The church was opened on the 7th of September in 1788. Quite simply awesome!
Bellini 53 Whitechapel Tel.: +44 (0) 151 236 0411. www. bellinicocktailbar.com.
Bellini Italian Restaurant was created by four young Italians who had a love for Liverpool and wanted to bring an exciting Italian restaurant to the city’s bustling eating out scene. Bellini brings the traditional charm of Italian restaurants to its customers, in a modern setting and welcomes diners for light bites, lunch and dinner, whilst our bar serves an array of cocktails – all prepared by the award winning staff. The four afore mentioned guys, each have their own area of speciality, and they continue to work tirelessly to ensure Bellini remains an exciting venue for the city. One critic summed the place up recently when saying, “I am lucky to have dined in many lovely restaurants around the world. This is definitely in my top 10 worldwide“. Enough said!
Eating Out CHINESE The New Orchid Garden 359 Eaton Rd West Derby. Tel.: +44 (0) 151 228 4488.
www.neworchidgarden.co.uk The New Orchid Garden is a Cantonese Chinese Restaurant situated on Eaton Road. It has been established for over 18 years and has developed a reputation for a high level of service, fantastic value and cuisine that is prepared to the highest possible culinary standards. The newly refurbished restaurant finds you amongst a relaxing contemporary atmosphere. Dining is available on the ground floor with a luxury setting for relaxing with a drink on the second floor. Whatever your occasion, the management have created the perfect setting and offer some of the finest Cantonese Chinese cuisine Liverpool has to offer. The quality menu and exceptional wine list creates an enjoyable evening whether you want to stay all night or just have a quick meal.
www.savinarestaurant.co.uk Savina opened in late 2006 and since then has earned a fantastic reputation, Savina was described as "trendy, smart and very Mexican" by the Daily Post and "the cities classiest cantina" by the Liverpool Echo. The Savina team work hard to bring you the best of modern Mexican cuisine using authentic ingredients sourced from all over Mexico along with the best of British and local produce. They combine this with the teamâ€™s ambition to create the perfect balance of good food, great atmosphere and quality service. Try out the combo starter if you want a wonderful taste sensation and we also recommend the scallops with chorizo. Wash it all down with a shot of tequila before you go.
Gourmet Coffee Exchange Flags Tel.: +44 (0) 151 236 5266. www.gourmetkingdom.co.uk
MEXICAN Savina 138 Duke Street, Tel.: +44 (0) 151 708 9095.
Gourmet Coffee is a premium espresso bar which has customer service at the top of its agenda. Their aim is to create the ultimate customer experience by providing first class service along with freshly made food and premium quality drinks. They also have a sister company called Gourmet Catering which can offer you anything from a cold buffet of sandwiches right through to a fully planned and custom designed hot banquet.
hen the word ‘Nightlife’ is mentioned it almost always conjures up a picture of busy nightclubs and discos. Don’t get us wrong, Liverpool has a countless selection of such clubs and if you are looking for electro, drum and bass, or R’n’B, you will not be disappointed. However, if the modern sound doesn’t flick your switch, there are unlimited alternative options for a night out on the town With Jazz clubs, Northern Soul, Indie and Rock clubs in abundance, Liverpool as you would expect from a city of such musical history, caters for all tastes. If your interest is not dancing or listening to loud music you may prefer to simply have a pleasurable evening sipping a Pina Colada or your own personal tipple in one of the city’s trendy cocktail bars. The quality and selection of such bars is so famous around the UK that they draw people from all over the country simply for a night out. Celebrity spotting is a 54
common pastime and you are very likely to be rubbing shoulders with famous footballers, TV stars or even international music icons. Liverpool though offers so much more at night than just music and drinking. With its many theatres you will always find a good selection of shows to entertain and enthral you seven nights a week. If you fancy a bit of comedy then there is an argument that you don’t need to go anywhere special as the Liverpool sense of humour is so renowned and you will almost certainly experience it during your visit wherever you may be. There are however many comedy clubs available for an evening’s entertainment and the Echo Arena at the former Kings Dock hold regular excellent comedy nights. Whatever you decide to do with your evenings we are pretty certain you will have a good time. In this section of the magazine, we take a closer look at some of Liverpool’s night time hotspots.
NIGHTLIFE PlayGround Hilton Hotel , 3 Thomas Steers Way Tel.: +44 (0) 7956 374 876. www.playgroundliverpool.com
Palm Sugar Lounge is one of Liverpoolâ€™s most luxurious venues and is renowned for being a happening place that draws and eclectic crowd. As sweet as the name suggests this plush cocktail bar has built up a gleaming reputation as one of the places to be and be seen. The bar is a decadent mix of the Far East with classic New York cocktail bar style and with one of the most extensive drinks selection in the region. One floor offers incredible views across the Albert Dock and waterfront. Very polpular among the rich and famous.
Panoramic 34 PlayGround late night venue at the Hilton Liverpool is a luxurious place to drink, dance, meet new friends and renew old acquaintances - all the elements for an unforgettable evening out. There is a stage for live music performances, platforms and raised walk-ways for dancers, stylish furnishings and a state of art lighting and sound system. Atmospheric high ceilings and dramatic views towards the sea are combined with an up-lifting musical repertoire inspired by a fusion of the lavish nightlife of St.Tropez, and Miami. The whole venue will stimulate all of your senses.
34th Floor, West Tower, Brook Street Tel.: +44 (0) 151 236 5534. www.panoramic34.com One of the UKâ€™s Highest Restaurants,
Palm Sugar Lounge Liverpool One, 5-6 Kenyon's Steps Tel.: +44 (0) 151 707 6654. www.palmsugarlounge.co.uk
as the name suggests, Panoramic 34 can be found on the 34th floor of the West Tower building at Brook Street. This place gives a whole new meaning to dining/drinking with a view, as visitors are invited for lunch, fine dining and cocktails while enjoying the view of the magnificent Liverpool skyline. The service is excellent and the quality of both the food and drinks will leave you more than satisfied. 55
NIGHTLIFE Hannah’s 2 Leece Street Tel.: +44 (0) 151 708 5959. www.barhannah.co.uk
Escape above the city and and take in all the sights of Liverpool from their extraordinary glass roof terrace. Amazing views over St Luke's (the famous bombed out Church) create the stage for their one-of-a-kind dining room. The atmosphere is relaxed and inviting - perfect for entertaining day or night. The all day menu is available until late and live entertainment follows most nights. A seasonal selection of cocktails, wines and food specials makes coming back for more just that much easier. The gorgeous bar maids add to what is a memorable night out.
LEAF on Bold Street is a unique, independent teashop and bar located in the heart of Liverpool city centre. Over the years the management have worked hard to deliver their ethos, which is to provide a space that can accommodate creativity and good times. The venue presents a variety of events in a distinctive setting with it’s own unique vibe and personality. Wholesome food, great drinks and countless varieties of loose-leaf tea can be enjoyed in a great atmosphere, making it the place for people to relax, enjoy culture and soak up the best in new music.
1-3 Queen Square, Whitechapel Tel.: +44 (0) 151 702 7610 www.gentingcasinos.co.uk The 1880 Bar is Liverpool's sexiest
LEAF on Bold Street 65-67 Bold Street Tel.: +44 (0) 151 707 7747. www.thisisleaf.co.uk
new cocktail bar, giving you the very best in cocktails, music & events, service and stunning surroundings! Enjoy a night of exclusivity in one of their luxurious private booths or simply go along to the bar every Friday and Saturday night to listen to their resident DJ's. Combine all this with the city's best booth packages, panoramic windows and an impressive list of wines, beers and excellent champagnes and it’s easy to see why this is one of Liverpool’s hottest new night spots. Highly recommended.
"Our House is Your House" The all-new HOUSE venue on Bold Street 25 Bold Street, Liverpool L1 4DN email@example.com Sometimes, it’s nice to get home to familiar surroundings, sit yourself down and indulge in your favourite tipple. Other times, it’s even nicer to leave your front door behind you and enjoy that same tipple in a comfortable bar. The newly opened ‘HOUSE’ on Bold Street offers both of the above. If ever a venue could be called a home away from home, then this is it, because the layout is similar to that of a big living room, the atmosphere is cozy and relaxed, and the service is as good as any family member would give you at home. HOUSE is open daily from 9am until 1am and offers appealing menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The selection of drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) is also impressive with every taste catered for. Beer drinkers will be overly impressed by a selection of almost 25 different 58
brands. Another perk is their wonderful tea and coffee menu…..cappuccinos, lattes, green teas, fruit teas - you name it and they’ve got it. They even serve ‘tea-lattes’! The venue also boasts a large events room (with stage) downstairs which can accommodate up to 50 people. They regularly host live music and comedy nights in this room, as well as live coverage of big sporting events. Home may be where the heart is, but HOUSE IS where the life is, so make sure you check it out. It is certain to be a huge hit among locals and visitors alike.
NIGHTLIFE G-Bar 1-3 Eberle Street Tel.: +44 (0) 151 236 4416. www.g-bar.com
G-Bar is a venue, that needs little introduction, situated on Eberle St in the hub of Liverpool city centre, the venue has been a mainstay of the Liverpool club scene for over a decade and is one of the city’s most famed and celebrated venues. The club's massive success is due in part to being such a diverse venue in which it evolves from being the city's leading Gay venue (Bar Hours), then transforming into the North West’s leading Underground afterhours clubbing venue (Club Hours). It has won countless awards and has been crowned ''Liverpool Club of the year'' as well as being voted into the top 5 UK after-hours venues by the world famous Mixmag magazine.
Newz Bar is a great place for a night out with an amazing atmosphere and a huge selection of drinks. The Venue, the red carpet entrance and the wonderful decor of the Newz Bar is enough to make anybody feel like a celebrity for the night. The music is a mixture of R&B and dance classics, with excellent DJs playing everything from oldskool to modern. Overall a great night out with friendly service, excellent music and a range of tasty drinks. If you like to do it celebrity style, then Newz Bar is the place to do it – without the celebrity price tag.
Elevator 27 Parliament Street Tel.: +44 (0) 151 707 1137 www.elevatorbar.com Elevator is a bustling social hub situated
Newz Bar 18 Water Street Tel.: +44 (0) 151 236 2025. www.thenewzbar.com
on the ground floor of Elevator studios on Parliament Street, just a 5-minute drive away from Liverpool ONE. During the day they offer a wide range of fantastic mouth-watering homemade food and desserts, delicious coffee from Has Bean coffee limited and a selection of tasty teas from Brew. In the evening you can pop along for a cocktail or a pint and soak up the relaxed atmosphere. Elevator is also available for private hire for every type of functions.
NIGHTLIFE Circo Britannia House, Kings Dock Street Tel.: +44 (0) 151 709 0470. www.circoliverpool.com
One of Liverpool's coolest bars spanning over two floors and one courtyard. Open late, seven nights a week. If Indie and Alternative flicks your musical switch, then Heebie Jeebies could be the place for you. They are always offering different theme nights and many of them can be very entertaining, so be sure to check the exterior of the building for events which are taking place during your stay. There is plenty of dance space and also plenty of seating areas to ensure comfort. Nice people and good music – what more could you want?
Erotic Class TEASE
Circo is a unique venue in Liverpool City Centre, with fabulous views of the docks, inspirational dishes and extravagant entertainment. By day Circo’s Bar is the perfect place to take a relaxing break and have a quiet drink and fine food. At night it is an important social hub for friends to meet up for a few drinks. The weekend is when Circo’s bar really comes alive, as one of Liverpool’s busiest and most interesting bars. With Live Freakshows resident DJ’s and special guest performances there is always something to keep you entertained.
70-72 Wood Street. Tel.: +44 (0) 7889 718222. www.teaseliverpool.com One of the city‘s most exclusive
80-82 Seel Street Tel.: +44 (0) 151 709 3678
Gentlemen’s Clubs. Set in the more discreet end of Wood Street, TEASE has been professionally designed and has an ultra modern feel and look. After many months of research, the team behind TEASE Liverpool has produced the ultimate in modern fantasy. The full leather banana shaped seating throughout the club has been designed in order to create a feel of intimacy and discretion. Special lighting has been installed to create that ultra modern feel and look. An exclusive V.I.P section has been designed to be completely separate from the main floor and will be available upon request (an advanced booking may apply).