Liverpool is one of my favourite cities in the UK to visit – from the architecture to the culture and the history the city resonates something special – you can feel it all as you walk down the cobbled backstreets or through the bustling highstreets.
It is a city that is constantly alive and something is always happening.
I first visited Liverpool in September 2018 with my Boyfriend as our first trip away and I fell in love the moment I stepped on the platform in the cavernous Liverpool Lime Street station. The mix of people, languages, styles – it feels like a world in its own.
On our visit this year, we explored some well-known places and some quirky ones.
Our first day/night was a Thursday (and it felt like Thursday was the new Friday in this city). We chose to stay at the EPIC Apart Hotel on Seel Street – a boutique-esque hotel with all the mod cons and a dash of old school glamour. The location was fantastic and the service was amazing, bar some issues with temperature control in the room (a fan sorted that right out) the hotel was the perfect base for our little adventure.
We started Thursday by visiting Phase One – Liverpool a lovely record store, bar and club all mixed into one – the music selection is fantastic, the atmosphere to die for and a truly quirky feature – that I thoroughly enjoyed – was the private listening booths (think garden sheds with surround sound!) where we shamelessly listened to the Dirty Dancing soundtrack and sipped on one of the best ciders I have had in recent years!
On Thursday evening we ventured down to the Berry & Rye a small speakeasy bar a 5 minute stroll from the hotel. The experience of this place was mesmerising, the cocktails were fantastic (I suggest the Merchant – shout out to the skilled bar staff!) and the live entertainment and aesthetic was on-point for the vibe it was trying to create. I would 100% recommend this place for anyone that is looking for something a little different – it is like walking into a bygone era.
Friday was the day we travelled to Liverpool for – Fusion Presents – My boyfriend is a massive Kings of Leon fan so this festival was a given and it just so happened to be in one of our favourite cities – win/win, right?!
The day started off okay, we found a shuttle bus that travelled from Lime Street to Sefton Park for the festival and the journey was painless and very affordable (£3 each way) and the staff were very friendly. Once inside the festival, our initial reaction was one of the awes. There was food choice galore, shopping stalls, amusement rides and some quirky features like Diet Cokes initiative to get people to recycle and win some cool prizes.
After a while the layout and amazement wore off, the layout was a relatively small circle and very little in the way of amenities such as toilets and bins/recycling (despite Coke’s best efforts!). The line for the toilets were longer than the lines for the bar – certainly something I’ve never seen before.
After a couple tantrums and the most becoming rain poncho – the music of the day was fantastic! Jake Bugg smashed it and Kings of Leon stole the show (as headliners should) and it was a day well spent and enjoyed. We travelled back by bus to Lime Street and had a few quiet ones at the hotel bar then ordered Pizza – because, why not??
Saturday saw a new day of adventure as we decided to see the more visited places in Liverpool including The Beatles Story at Albert Docs – we found out from a taxi driver that the weekend before had been Beatles Week, naturally I was miffed and a little disappointed but we made our very own Beatles day and it was everything my Paul McCartney fan girl could ask for.
We finnished the day by going for a massive Chinese (he treats me well), a quick drink in Phase One, then getting comfy-cosy in the hotel room.
Sunday rounded off our trip with some souvenir shopping and a trip to Mathew Street – PSA!!!! Rubber Soul have pints for £1.80 plus live music (I didn’t want to leave).
After a tipsy last afternoon, we boarded the train back home and made promises to come back next year. Maybe we will, maybe we won’t but I will be back at some point…
Thank you, Liverpool, for some of the best memories.