Want to know how to spend your free time in Liverpool whilst studying at LJMU? Ask a local. Isobel Currie lets you in on her favourite places to visit…

Liverpool is a vibrant city with so much to do and see. The city revolves around its nightlife, so there are options for different types of people and very different nights. I’d say my favourite is Seel Street, as the bars here have something for everyone – R&B, Soul, House and Pop music. Victoria Street offers some of the best clubs and gets very busy on a Saturday night.

Liverpool
Liverpool

Liverpool is home to two huge football (soccer) teams, Liverpool FC and Everton FC. They both have stadiums in Anfield and Everton that you can take tours of or try their websites for game tickets. The derby in which the two teams play against each other really divides the city for the day.

I’m sure I don’t need to tell you that Liverpool is also the birthplace of the Beatles. The Cavern Club is a particular hotspot, where the band played before they became a phenomenon. Or at least, they played in the cellar next door… but you’ll learn all about that when you visit. There is a Magical Mystery Tour that visits the Cavern Club, Strawberry Fields, and Penny Lane, and the National Trust run visits to John’s and Paul’s childhood homes.

Liverpool Cavern Club
Liverpool Cavern Club

SHOPPING
Liverpool One and Church Street:
Zara
Topshop/Topman
H&M
John Lewis
Sports Direct
Harvey Nichols Beauty Bazaar

Metquarter:
Kurt Geiger
Jo Malone
Hugo Boss
Paperchase

Liverpool One
Liverpool One

RESTAURANTS
Nandos
Byron Burger
Jamie Oliver’s Italian
Yee Rah
The Clubhouse
Yo Sushi
Barburrito

NIGHTLIFE
Seel Street:
Red Door
Heebie Jeebies
The Peacock
Empire
Brooklyn Mixer

Concert Square:
Revolution
Soho
Level

Victoria Street:
Mansion
Baa Bar
Garlands
Slug and Lettuce

TOP ATTRACTIONS
Liverpool and Everton FC Stadiums
The Beatles Tour
The World Museum
Albert Dock
The Empire Theatre
Echo Arena

Apart from the town centre, some other nice places to visit in the city are Allerton Road, Sefton Park & Lark Lane, and Woolton Village. They all have a range of boutique shops and restaurants, without being in the busy centre. I’d recommend:
Miyagi and The Other Place, Allerton Road
Milo Lounge and Love&Rockets, Lark Lane
The Elephant, Woolton Village

The Elephant, Woolton
The Elephant, Woolton

The Camp and Furnace is slightly out of the nightlife centre but is an incredibly cool converted factory. They’re always running events so it’s worth checking their Twitter feed to see what they have coming up. A particularly good night is Bongo’s Bingo, usually on Thursdays or Saturdays from 6pm. You can get tickets online, but I’d also get there early as it fills up quick. It is an enhanced game of bingo with music and sometimes guest appearances. If you miss out on tickets to the grounds themselves, it’s also a fun place to watch football matches.

Bongo's Bingo at the Camp and Furnace

TAXI NUMBERS
You can use uber if you already have the app, but it may be cheaper at peak times to use a Liverpool taxi company. If you’re looking to book on a Saturday night, you may have to call in advance as they get busy.

Alpha Taxis- 0151 722 8888
Delta Taxis- 0151 924 7373
Village Taxis- 0151 427 7909

Good links to find out more about everything the city has to offer are: Visit Liverpool and Independent Liverpool.

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