At the weekend I headed to my wonderful homecity of Liverpool for a girly weekend with my Mum and my Sister. The past few times I’ve been upto Liverpool I’ve stayed close to home, choosing to hang out in in our hometown Crosby, staying in and eating locally. But this weekend we decided to have a day out in the city, making the most of what Liverpool has to offer: Great Shopping, Fantastic Restaurants and even better bars. I wouldn’t normally do a post like this, but this week instead of an Instagram Diary, I decided I wanted to share with you my Liverpool escapades and show you just how much fun Liverpool is for a Girls weekend…
After a morning spent drinking tea, cuddling the dogs and eating my Mums famous bacon butties (drooooool) we got dressed and decided to head into town to treat ourselves to a bit of shopping. The city centre of Liverpool is bursting with shops! There is the famous Liverpool ONE, a beautiful leisure complex offering up shops such as All Saints, Mango and Ann Summers. But if your more of a designer shopper, there is the Met Quarter, an area showcasing stores such as MAC and Armani Exchange. And of course there is the mega-fashionable Cavern Walks, home to the Vivienne Westwood store and designer boutique Cricket. On Bold street you can find retro shops as well as discount stores, and then there is Church street, where we went shopping. Church Street plays host to the likes of Topshop, H&M, River Island, M&S and Forever 21. We popped into the Primark megastore (it’s really is mega) followed by a quick look in Topshop, H&M and River Island.
Afterwards we headed over to Liverpool ONE’s food quarter, a top floor, indoor and outdoor strand of restaurants including Café Rouge, Iguanas, Pizza Express and Zizzis Ristorante, which is where we chose to head to for a spot of lunch. I love the food and drink at Zizzi’s and the service at this particular restaurant was fantastic, really friendly. We shared an amazing starter that consisted of calamari, artichoke, king prawns and whitebait, all covered in batter, lemon and chilli. I had the risotto whilst both my Mum and Sister enjoyed salads, and all three of us opted for some cocktails (The Berry Bella cocktail is amazing). What to do next? There was only one thing wecould think of – drinks at the Hard Days Night Hotel.
The Hard Days Night Hotel is a stunning hotel that was completely inspired by The Beatles and is a tribute to their work. We love this place and have been a few times before, but we decided to go again as it’s one of our faves. If your on a girls weekend it’s a great loaction to start your night, as it’s situated around the corner from ‘The Living Room’ and other swanky bars, but it is also right next to Matthew Street, an area known for being populated with cheap and cheesy bars. Or about a ten minute walk away is Concert Square, a square of pubs, clubs and cocktail bars that all congregate in the middle to form one large outdoor drinking area – a fantastic place for a Summers Saturday night. But we decided to just stick to a Hard Days Night hotel, it’s so beautiful and cosy and they do lovely cocktails. I had a white peach Prosecco, followed by a strawberry one, whilst my Mum opted for Gin & Tonic and my Sister a large glass of Sauvignon Blanc. We stayed here for about an hour or so, taking way too many Instagram pictures, and discussing work life, family life and I chatted on about how much I miss Liverpool. Afterwards we hopped on the train back to Crosby, and after an afternoon of lots of cocktails, we decided to snuggle up on the sofas with cups of tea, coffee and some biscuits and watch some Saturday night TV.
It really was a great weekend, and great to hang out with my family in the city I grew up. Although I LOVE London – it’s provided me a great home, friends, and a career I couldn’t get up North – I do miss my home city. It’s a fantastic place for a weekend away and such a friendly city. If you haven’t been before, I highly recommend you head there for a visit this year. I’m attempting to visit one city every month this year, if your doing the same, why not check out Liverpool?