• Thu. May 12th, 2022

hotels, restaurants and activities

Thanks to the events of the past two years (no reminder needed), staycations have officially become the new holidays. Yes, international travel restrictions mean we’ve all been spending a lot more time at home and, you know what, that’s not too bad of a thing. We were able to explore a lot of what the UK has to offer on our doorstep – from coastal jaunts to rural road trips and city breaks.

So, in the spirit of our collective new found love for British city breaks, I headed to Liverpool – the little brother (and, in my opinion, equally cool) of Manchester.

With a large student population and many young people working in the city, Liverpool has a notoriously booming nightlife. Still, it’s not all clubs and bars; for every late-night drinking spot, you’re sure to find an equally lively brunch spot to cure your hangover. And if food is what you’re looking for, you’ll find restaurants serving just about every type of cuisine you can think of.

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As for culture, it is not left out. Thanks to the Beatles, there are also a range of museums and art galleries to visit.

Easily accessible by train from places across the UK, Liverpool is a cry for those who don’t like a long drive. However, if you choose to drive, it is also well connected by motorway. Plus, the town is small enough to explore in just a few days, so if you only have the weekend to spare, it’s a great spot.

So if you’re planning a trip and need some inspiration, here are some of our favorite recommendations…

Where to stay:

Hotel Malmaison Liverpool

For a city break, a central location is best, and that’s what we got with The Malmaison Hotel in Liverpool. It’s only a mile from Liverpool Lime Street station, so (for those arriving by train) you can take a short taxi ride or a longer walk if you fancy seeing sights on your own. path.

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Located directly on Prince’s Dock, the city center location is matched by views over the water, and the hotel is also just up the road from Liverpool’s famous Royal Albert Dock.

While city breaks can often feel busy, La Malmaison was the perfect place to relax and reset when we weren’t on the go. Our room had both a huge bath *and* an open monsoon shower, which was a real treat for those of us used to dealing with cramped bathrooms and water pressure from garbage at home.

As for sleep, we all know there’s no comfort like a hotel bed, and this one didn’t disappoint. We opted for a double room and, thanks to luxuriously comfortable pillows, we woke up feeling super refreshed and ready to go out the next day.

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There is also the option of having breakfast included when booking Malmaison, which of course we did. You can choose between a standard hot menu and a continental buffet. Delight.

Plus, with Malmaison’s Chez Mal restaurant and accompanying Chez Mal bar, you can essentially eat all your meals there without having to leave. Of course, tourism called us, but the idea of ​​going down to lunch in pajamas has been very tempting.

Rooms at Malmaison Liverpool start at £74 per night.

Where to eat (and drink)

Food

Eating and drinking = an important part of any trip, IMO. Due to the unfortunately terrible weather outside (hey, unfortunately that’s something that can’t be avoided in the UK) we actually tried the food at Brasserie Chez Mal de Malmaison on our first afternoon. Exposed brick walls and hanging artwork provided an elegant atmosphere as we perused the menu – which includes everything from burgers and steaks to Thai and Indian dishes. In addition, there is the possibility of eating outdoors by the water (weather permitting).

For coffee, brunch and independent shopping, head to bold street – famous for its range of cute cafe options. Bold street cafe is known for its Egg Buoys (scrambled eggs with melted cheese in a lightly toasted brioche bun), and you’ll also find understated classic breakfast options on the menu — from avocado toast to bacon.

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On Bold Street we also came across The Italian Club, perfect for those looking for authentic Italian in the city. There are all the pizza and pasta options you could want, and family photos strewn on the walls add a cozy touch. Plus, there’s even a matching bakery just around the corner.

from Liverpool Baltic market, near the Royal Albert Dock, is a lively option for more casual dining. Food options from a range of traders mean there’s something for the whole group of friends, and fun seasonal events pop up from time to time.

Drinks

As an alternative to the city center, head to Alley of the larks where you’ll find a range of cool, independent bars. Close to Sefton Park in the south of the city centre, the street has the reputation of being the trendy and “bohemian” district of the city.

We tried Lark Lane’s The old school, which offered a range of creative cocktails named after playground games (see: Duck, Duck, Goose and Cat’s Cradle). The school desk type seating also adds a nice touch to the theme, while the huge tables in the middle of the room are ideal for a large group gathering.

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For the busiest bars and clubs, there are Concert Square, where you’ll find much of the city’s nightlife concentrated in one neighborhood. There are tons of venues to choose from if you’re planning a big night out (and the pedestrian zone means you can easily hop from bar to bar). Additionally, there is a popmonde which (to me) is really a selling point on its own, tbh.

What to do

Liverpool’s famous Royal Albert Dock is a must, and you’ll find even more cafes, bars and restaurants here. If you’re looking for a museum or gallery to browse, it’s close to the Tate Liverpool too (which is free to enter).

Of course, you can’t think of Liverpool without thinking of the Beatles. The group is famous Cavern Club (where they’ve played 300 times) is a favorite with music fans, and the club also offers information on a range of other Beatles activities and tours.

Sefton Park south of the city is also perfect for walks all year round. And a practical tip for getting around? Try the new in town electric scooters. Liverpool launched an electric scooter pilot in October 2020, which means you’ll find scooters dotted around the city available to hire through your phone. efficient and many of pleasure.

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The Royal Albert Dock.

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How to get there

As a regular train traveler, I’m a big fan of sitting back and enjoying the journey without having to do any extra work. Liverpool is well connected to the rest of the country by rail and we traveled from London in around 2 hours 20 minutes which gave us plenty of time to take in the views of the British countryside.

You’ll find departures to Liverpool from all over the country, and planning your trip is easy via national railway. Moreover, the Let’s get back on track also offers exclusive food, drink and theater discounts to travellers.

Alternatively, you can travel to Liverpool via the M62 which connects the city to Manchester and then to Leeds and Hull.

If you’re further afield, you can even fly into Liverpool John Lennon Airport from all over the UK and Europe, while Manchester Airport is just 45 minutes away.

Prices for a one-way ticket to Liverpool Lime Street from London Euston start from £29 from www.avantiwestcoast.co.uk. When traveling by train, you can book with confidence with free changes until 6:00 p.m. the day before your trip. Plan your next trip on www.nationalrail.co.uk.

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