City Guide: Liverpool


Aside from Manchester and London, Liverpool or 'the pool' to some, is my fave UK city. It's got stunning buildings, lots to do and some amazing bars to check out. Here's how to spend 24 hours in the Northern city...

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Brunch at... 

Leaf, Bold Street

Serving breakfast, brunch and small plates – this walk in weekend eatery is a home away from home and you can pick up a Full English for £8. We had Eggs Benedict and the shredded ham hock was incredible. It does get busy so if you’re in a big group, be prepared to wait.

Browse some art at...

Tate, Albert Dock

Part of the Tate family, browse two free floors of artists and exhibitions and soak up that culture. Plus, it's perched on the pretty Albert Dock, so many a photo opp.


Soak up the architecture at...

Cunard and Liver Building

Liverpool is loaded with pretty buildings and stunning streets, so spend some time walking the waterfront and admiring the Cunard building, which turned 100 last year (and yes I went to the celebrations #touristmuch).

Hit the shops

Bold Street/Liverpool One

Whether you’re into the quirky shops of Bold Street or prefer the mainstream brands, Liverpool has everything you need for hours of spending too much cash…

Take in the view

Matou/Oh Me Oh My

If you’re after views, put these two venues on your visit list. Definitely places to save until summer (the breeze from The Mersey is no-one’s friend in the colder months). Matou offers unspoiled views over the water, and Oh Me Oh My is a rooftop bar with a panoramic view over the city. It does get booked up with weddings, so ring ahead or pop by to see if it’s free.


Grab a cocktail (or three)

Neighbourhood/Ex Directory

Liverpool’s take on Neighbourhood is well worth a visit. Set in an ex bank, the Grade II listed building is a stunning setting for the New York inspired brasserie. Very much an eat and play destination, they offer live entertainment, an incredible bottomless brunch, Instagrammable interiors and the best Pornstar Martini around. If you’re after a lil’ mystery, book in at Ex-Directory, the city’s hidden bar, where if you’re like me, you’ll spend a while trying to find…

Ping Pong it

Roxy Ballroom

Get your competition on at Roxy Ballroom where you can drink, dance, play pool, beer pong and ping pong. Walk ins happen in the evening so try your luck, or if you’re free earlier in the day, you can book a table in for 30 mins for less than a fiver.


Play some Bingo (but not as you know it...)

Bongo's Bingo, Camp And Furnace

If you’ve not heard of Bongo’s Bingo, where’ve you been? It’s bingo but not as you know it. Think insane raves, crazy prizes, dance offs, cash giveaways, drinks and bingo. You’re encouraged to “leave your nan at home for this one” and it’s the perf spot to go with your squad for quite possibly the best £10 you’ll ever spend in your life. Get down early to get a good seat and a get a few rounds of drinks in to save queuing up at the bar and get ready to play.


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