This weekend myself and Mr B went with a couple of friends for a weekend in Liverpool. We spent a few hours shopping in the city centre, around liverpool One and the Bluecoat area. The city looked great and was fully dressed to greet it’s Christmas visitors. One of my favourite sights was the old fashioned fairground helter skelter which looked sereal against the backdrop of the main shopping area, silhouetted against the skyline.
Liverpool One has all the best high street shops and stores as well as a Zara Home, which is well worth taking the trip for. The window at Jigsaw looked particularly festive in a Goldfrapp way, which I loved and the Cath Kidston shop looked suitably nostalgic. They are also providing a Christmas gift wrapping service at the moment.
Jigsaw’s Christmas window display
The changing rooms at Cath Kidston, looked very cosy and seasonal
One of Liverpool’s best interior shops is Utlility. They stock some fab contemporary furniture such as the Favn sofa by Fritz Hansen and have the complete range of the wooden Vitra dolls which make a great gift and are currently reduced in price. You can also shop online at http://www.utilitydesign.co.uk/
Fritz Hansen sofa
Vitra wooden doll
The Bluecoat area is the arts centre of Liverpool and the cafe at The Bluecoat Centre is a great place for lunch or a coffee. Along the road on School Lane is Mark Melia bespoke fashion, a business which has been running for 23 years and in the same building is a fantastic vintage clothes shop on the top floor which has some gorgeous cocktail gowns perfect for the party season.
After our tootle around the shops we checked into the Beatles themed hotel, A Hard Days Night, which apart from being a feast for the eyes for any die hard Beatles fan, with amazing photography and memorabilia, is just a beautiful hotel in a stunning building. The rooms are all themed with the best being the John Lennon suite, decorated completely in white with a white baby grand piano! The hotel has 3 bars and a restaurant Blakes, named after Sir Peter Blake, which has all the images which inspired his Sergeant Peppers album sleeve, framed along the walls. The food is also good and the atmosphere always buzzing, this is our second visit to this hotel and probably won’t be our last.
One of the deluxe rooms
The John Lennon Suite
Most nights one of the hotels bars features live music.
Hari’s bar, which is in the basement of the hotel
Our evening finished with the four of us going to The Cavern club. A great experience, even though I was disappointed to find out that it’s not on the site of the original club. Apparently that was across the road from where the club is now but it’s still authentic and a great night out, although both my friend and I felt completely under dressed, those Liver birds certainly know how to pull out all the stops!
All dressed up like a Christmas tree!
All in all a great city and a great weekend, although as a Manchester girl, I still think we have the edge when it comes to shopping. With The Northern Quarter, city centre Manchester and The Trafford Centre all within easy reach, it’s hard to beat.