From The Archive: 2015

There's recipes a plenty, some inspirational ladies and some seventies sartorial nods throughout 2015 - stay tuned for a busy year!

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How To Spend: 48 Hours in Liverpool

Liverpool is without a doubt one of my favourite UK cities. Having studied there for several months during my brief stint at university and met some of the loveliest people whilst doing so (what is it with you ruddy lovely Northerners?), Liverpool quickly secured a place close to my heart, and I certainly don’t get to visit as much as I’d like to. Saying that, a couple of weekends ago I got to revisit some of my most favourite hideouts in the city with Joe’s wonderful sister Lucy (as well as fall in love with some new ones)- so thought I’d pop together a mini guide for any wannabe Mersey first timers! It’s only 2 and a half hours from London after all…

Leaf



Unsurprisingly Leaf was my first pit stop in the city, which to any locals- probably won’t come as a surprise. One of the most visited (and most loved) places on bustling Bold Street, Leaf is the perfect place to while away a couple of hours with one of their amazing brews in tow, whilst dipping into their huge and incredible menu (halloumi and avocado galore)! Whether you’re cosying up on a sofa with your laptop, or visiting for their monthly vintage market, it’s a total must visit- just be prepared to wait a little for a table (I promise it’s worth it).

65-67 Bold St, Liverpool L1 4EZ

Aloft


When I visit a city I’m forever looking to stay right in the heart of where things are happening, hide out in the centre of all the excitement, and never be too far a walk from that dinner place top of my list. During our weekend in Liverpool, Joe and I rested our heads at Aloft, Liverpool- a contemporary city centre hotel which couldn’t have been more perfect. With arguably one of the most comfortable beds I’ve slept in, live emerging music most evenings and a beautiful ground floor restaurant- all set in the most beautiful baroque inspired build (trust me, the architecture will have you gawping a little), it’s a stones throw away from the hubbub of Liverpool One, Bold Street and the infamous Cavern Club (for all you Famous Four fans)- and is pretty much a one-stop shop for any weekend, or day trippers (just keep an eye out for game weekends, as things get booked up quickly)!

1 North John St, Liverpool L2 5QW

Lush Spa


My favourite place in the world to relax and treat myself to a special treatment has to be the Lush Spa. Not only are their creative treatments absolutely unrivalled in how they leave you with the ultimate ‘feel good feeling’ (and uber relaxed and revitalised), but each visit is always laced with favourite Lush products (and some cheeky exclusive numbers), and the staff are quite possibly the loveliest in the business. On my visit to the Liverpool branch, Lucy and I indulged in The Comforter treatment, which consisted of a hot chocolate and rose massage (under a heated duvet, naturally) and was built upon a soundtrack of wonderful uplifting favourites- and was finished with a seriously delicious drink (which I’ll keep a secret for now)! Whether you’re wanting a little girlie treat, or even a Pay Day ‘present to me’- the Lush Spa is the perfect way to go- The Planets is next on my agenda! Dreamy…

9-11 Whitechapel, Liverpool L1 6DS

Hard Days Night, Afternoon Tea



Unlike in the capital, in Liverpool it’s possible to indulge in a deliciously decadent hotel afternoon tea for an especially reasonable price, and leave you feeling just as spoilt as if you’d spent a pretty penny. The Hard Days Night afternoon tea is set in the ultimate Beatles themed hotel (yup, you will discover George Harrison on the wall and second glance as well as finding yourself tapping away to stereo classics), and boasts a delectable tower of finger sandwiches, warm scones and miniature pint sized cupcakes- also known as the perfect way to while away a Sunday afternoon with pals- same time next weekend, yes?

Central Buildings, North John St, Liverpool L2 6RR

Soho’s Vintage



Of all the vintage shops scattered on Bold Street, Soho’s Vintage is arguably one of my favourites. From the front, and under first impressions, you’d be forgiven in thinking their sole stock are modern fifties prom dresses and tutus- but step inside and a whole array of authentic (and well priced) vintage lay in store (put it this way, I’ve never seen so many well priced 60s car coats in one place- swoon)! With an incredible huge selection of both mens and women’s pieces, you can also discover an independent record shop downstairs with rows of classics to finger through in between making serious sartorial decisions- not bad at all!

80 Bold St, Liverpool L1 4HR

Amalia Italian

If you know me (or hey, even if you don’t)- you may know that I’m a bit of a huge fan of an Italian restaurant (which is absolutely understatement of the year). So, after discovering Amalia through praising Facebook posts, I popped it down on my ‘to visit’ list and booked a table before you could say ‘arancini!’ and I’m so glad I did. An authentic, colourful place with a huge family feel- Amalia is tucked just behind Duke Street and has a menu so big I definitely recommend reading up before to narrow down the selection. Opting for fresh garlic laden breads, New York style pizza, olives and pasta alike (with desert to go)- my friends and I filled our boots over candlelight at this cosy trattoria- I just now wish it was closer to home!

2 Campbell Square, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 5AX

Pop Boutique


You may recognise Pop Boutique from their London locations, or even online at ASOS- but the Liverpool Bold Street store remains my favourite place to pick up both vintage and their incredible own brand pieces (think Moonrise Kingdom collars, button up skirts and pretty pinafores). Not only this, but their Liverpool shop has enough stock and accessories for hours of browsing (especially around this time of year- think ALL the sequins), and is a must-note for any party pieces, winter knits, guys shirts, girlie blouses and cute-as-a-button handbags.

110 Bold Street, Liverpool, L1 4HY

The Brunch Club


Where else should one visit on a chilly Monday morning for syrupy stacked pancakes, oaty Bircher and one of the best vegetarian Full English’s in the city- The Brunch Club of course! Open from dusk ’til dawn and offering enough breakfast options that’ll have you seriously deliberating whether ordering both sweet and savoury is socially acceptable (of course, in my book, it always is)- this place is the perfect spot for both people watching, perfectly poached eggs Benedict and a little tipple if you fancy too (the ‘it’s 5 o’clock somewhere!’ thought needn’t apply)…

37-41 Duke St, Liverpool L1 5AP

Other Places from my Little Black Book:

Cuthbert’s Bakehouse:
Although I didn’t get to visit on my current trip, Cuthbert’s Bakehouse is one of my favourite tea rooms in the city, and with it’s steamy windows and warm orange glow, quirky antiques and freshly baked cakes is the perfect place to curl up with a book just outside of the centre and while away a frosty winter afternoon (they also do incredibly Sunday morning sausage butties too- but the cakes are their real signature).

The Quarter:
Another favourite Italian, and one that also specialises in brunch, warming afternoon tea and a little fresh continental delicatessen too- The Quarter is easily in my top 3 Liverpool eateries, and a definitely place to swing by when visiting the cobbles of the Georgian and Cathedral quarter.


Don’t forget to jot down:

Jenever Hope St, Yardbird, Nolita Cantina, Bold St Coffee, Baltic Bakehouse, Liverpool Small Cinema, Maray, Filter and Fox, Almost Famous, The Shipping Forecast

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