I’ve just spent the weekend in Liverpool with Mr B where we stayed at The Hope Street Hotel, which is a lovely boutique hotel in a part of the city I never knew existed. I suppose most people visiting Liverpool head to either Albert Dock or Liverpool one, for the shopping, but this area, slightly off the beaten track is well worth a visit. Hope Street runs between the cities two cathedrals and the surrounding roads have all been preserved in their original state, with rows and rows of Georgian houses, complete with iron railings, stone steps to the portico doors and paneled shutters at the windows. Until about 10 years ago it was a very run down area of the city but when Liverpool became the city of culture, the area was regenerated and is now something of a cultural quarter, home to some of the cities best restaurants and bars as well as the Philharmonic Hall and Liverpool’s Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA) who Paul McCartney is a founding member of.
The London Carriage Works is part of the Hope Street Hotel and is an award winning restaurant and bar.
60 Hope Street is home to another excellent restaurant on the street
Across from the Hope Street Hotel just further up from the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall is the pan Asian restaurant and bar, Host.
Falkner Street runs off Hope Street. It was here, at no 36, that John Lennon shared his honeymoon flat with Cynthia and Brian Epstein lived in the basement flat of the same house. Falkner Street is so well preserved that it is used extensively for filming period dramas and films such as Sherlock Holmes.
The Quarter is a restaurant, bar & deli on Falkner Street and is the hub of this area of Liverpool.
This installation on Hope Street by John King is called “A Case History” and pays homage to many of the notable people and institutes of Liverpool, naming them on metal plaques.