A couple of weeks ago I took Aaron to Liverpool for his birthday and we loved it so much that I thought I’d write about it here, in the hope of inspiring you to take a trip yourself. Here’s my tips for how to spend a weekend in Liverpool…
After a lot of research, I chose the Indigo Hotel for our stay, mainly because of its really central location and how good the reviews were. It didn’t disappoint – the room was beautifully clean and comfy with a big TV opposite the bed, and some lovely little extras like a free minibar, which was stocked with bottled water, chocolate bars and crisps. Special mention also to the shower, which was incredible.
On the first night we headed straight to Mowgli, an Indian street food restaurant, which came recommended on this blog. The place sparkles with fairy lights and rustic decor, and although they took a little while to seat us, once seated the service was amazing and the food delicious. We opted for a few different dishes to share and the flavours were gorgeous, even for someone as feeble with spice as me!
On the Saturday we enjoyed brunch at Moose Coffee (which has just about the biggest breakfast menu I’ve ever seen) before having a little wonder around the dock and boarding the Mersey Ferry for a tour along the river (would recommend pre-booking for this).
The tour was all in English; factsheets are available in six other languages, but the commentary I believe, comes as is.
After the ferry trip we headed to the International Slavery Museum. I’m not sure where to begin with this; it was one of the most informative yet horrific museums I’ve ever attended. It feels trite to talk about it in the context of superficial holiday things but equally it would be wrong for me not to include it in this post because it’s such an important – and shameful – part of both Liverpool’s and our whole country’s history. I’d highly recommend anyone to go.
The rest of the day followed a far less educational course. We went to Ghetto Golf, which I’d booked ahead, and is basically a converted warehouse blasting Hip Hop tunes, with plenty of cocktails on sale to enjoy as you putt your way round. I feel like we should have perhaps had a drink or two beforehand, as a lot of groups there were hens or stags and we felt overwhelmingly sober, but we had a really good time nonetheless. I’d have liked to have won of course, but sadly this never happens when playing Aaron. [Top tip: when you book, they ask you to arrive half an hour early. Do not miss this like I did and arrive only 10 minutes early, I feel like we blocked up their system a bit.]
After that we had some time to chill (and pose in my case!), before having some yummy Italian food at Amalia and then enjoying a fancy cocktail at the trendy Ex-Directory bar, which you access through a phone box. This is definitely a one drink kind of place because it’s not cheap, but a good experience.
We polished off the weekend the following morning with breakfast at The Brunch Club, where the service was slow (the place was heaving to be fair) but the food was delicious. Best pancakes I’ve had in a while!
All in all, it was a fantastic weekend. Varied, and full of good food. Everyone we came across was so friendly, and I’m sure that my first ever visit to Liverpool won’t be my last!
Prior to the trip, I got a lot of ideas for how to spend the weekend in Liverpool from reading this blog guide to the city, so definitely check it out if you decide to go.
P.s. if you liked this post and enjoy a good UK weekend break, you might like Making the most of where we live with a staycation