Visitors to Eden at The Shankly Hotel were transported to Wonderland this weekend as a mad mob of crazy characters descended on the luxury venue. The unforgettable Afternoon Tea featured much-loved favourites from the literary world mingling amongst the crowd to the tune of a live violin.
The adult-only event invited attendees to feast on an assortment of delectable sandwiches and delicious cakes, topped off with that all-important glass of fizz.
The tea party themed Afternoon Tea featured a whole host of colourful characters, exquisitely made up to add the perfect finishing touch to the amazing afternoon. With the venue full to bursting and a DJ providing an eclectic soundtrack for most of the event, the Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea proved itself to be truly unmissable.
People of all ages were treated to an array of activities and immersive role play, hen parties, bridal showers and grown up families all joined in to make the most of one of The Shankly Hotel’s most successful afternoon teas ever.
The Mad Hatter entourage brought a selection of themed props which guests wasted no time in posing for pictures with. From giant clocks and hats to tea party tables filled with weird and wonderful model animals and curiosities, the props provided the perfect pose to take a memorable snapshot of the experience.
After an exciting afternoon of prosecco, dancing and immersive theatre the guests hopped to their feet for an impromptu love train conga line. Marking the end of a great day of delicious food and bonkers celebrations.
The Perfect Setting
The Garden of Eden plays host to many of our special Afternoon Teas, with unique themed events being hosted throughout the year. From a Prince and Princess fairy-tale to live swing singers, there’s an afternoon tea for everyone with each one specially tailored to suit.
Situated in the beautiful Shankly Hotel, the Garden of Eden treats you to a stunning backdrop of Liverpool’s iconic city views while dining on elegant finger sandwiches and delectable mini cakes and muffins.
Why not continue the madness with an overnight stay in one of our Wonderland suites? The magically themed rooms will transport you to another world, with unusual décor and a luxury finish the Wonderland suites will bring an element of fantasy to your Liverpool stay.
The Mad Hatter Returns
Don’t fret if you missed out on the last Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea, the special event returns Saturday 17th June at The Shankly Hotel’s Garden of Eden. You’ve heard all about it now experience it for yourself and be whisked away to Wonderland with our band of eccentric icons. Experience the madness of the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party and indulge in an array of sweet treats and delicate savoury pieces.
With a seat at the best tea party in town costing just £29.95, be sure to book your place to avoid missing out on this unmissable Afternoon Tea. Call 0151 601 8801, email email@example.com or follow this link to book.
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With the prom season just around the corner, it’s time to start planning where you’ll be raising a glass to the end of an era. Why not celebrate prom night in style with a stay to remember at the amazing Shankly Hotel in Liverpool.
Spend an evening in luxury with your favourite girls or best boys as you toast to the end of exams and gear up for a long summer of relaxation.
Perfect for group celebrations, at the Shankly we accommodate for small or large groups of friends, so you won’t need to worry about splitting off from your party.
A Stylish Prom at The Shankly
If you’re a football fan, or just enjoy the finer things in life, The Shankly Hotel is the perfect place to stay for your prom.
A tribute to the life and career of one of football’s finest managers, our rooms and suites are as unique as Bill Shankly himself. Offering comfortable, stylish and spacious accommodation for our guests, we’ll treat you like princes and princesses on your special prom night.
What sets us apart form other hotels across the city is our luxury rooms and studios, equipped with high-quality and unique features.
Designed with elegance and comfort in mind, the suites at the Shankly include comfortable double beds, unique wooden fixtures, whirlpool Jacuzzi baths and of course, free WiFi to enjoy at your leisure.
The décor and design is opulent and traditional but with modern twists, capturing the story of footballing legend Bill Shankly’s life with a sleek and stylish finish.
Make it an evening to remember by booking a stay at The Shankly; the number one place to celebrate prom.
Perfect Pre-Prom Drinks
Before you set off to your special event, head to our beautiful Bastion Bar and Restaurant for some pre-prom cocktails or beers.
Choose from a huge selection of premium spirits, specially brewed ales and fine wines. Or perhaps a cocktail or two from a list of classic concoctions from the Bastion Bar’s extensive drinks menu.
With our talented mixologists, our drinks are poured to perfection and beautifully presented, the perfect treat to start your evening.
Celebrate Prom With Your Friends
When prom comes to an end, there’s no need to end the night there and then. Head back to your hotel room and keep the party going by listening to some tunes, dancing with your friends or sitting back and relaxing with a glass of bubbly in the plush whirlpool bath.
You can stay up all night reminiscing with your best friends from school and get some Midnight Munchies from our tasty menu which includes pizza, sandwiches, hot dogs and 2 for £10 cocktails.
We suspect it’ll be a night you won’t forget.
A Delicious Bastion Breakfast
If you’re feeling a bit delicate the next day, you’ll need a relaxing breakfast to start the day.
At the Bastion Bar and Restaurant we’ll treat you to a hearty full English breakfast served with jugs of ice cold fresh orange juice and bucks fizz if you fancy a bit of the hair of the dog, plus a choice of tea and coffee.
Served until 12pm daily, the Bastion is the best place to reflect on your amazing prom evening whilst you tuck into your tasty breakfast and take in the unique Shankly memorabilia.
Book Your Stay
If you want to truly celebrate prom in style, The Shankly Hotel is a great place to do it.
Guests at our luxury hotel can take advantage of the exclusive Bill Shankly memorabilia interwoven thoughtfully around the hotel and restaurant area.
Received from the Shankly family themselves, our memorabilia displays feature Bill Shankly’s original LFC contract, beloved typewriter and even letters from fans.
But even if you’re not a football fan, you can take advantage of the beautiful surroundings and opulent accommodation that are sure to make your stay unforgettable.
To enquire further or to book your stay to celebrate prom, simply give our team a call on 0151 601 8801.
Bill Shankly memorabilia, stories and photographs celebrating the life of the football legend can be found around the restaurant and reception to all visitors, with more hidden gems tucked away around the hotel for overnight guests.
The special theme fills the stunning building with character and charm that simply can’t be found elsewhere. For football fans and those simply looking to delve into Liverpool’s history, this is the perfect venue for an atmospheric experience.
If your family don’t live in Liverpool, celebrating your graduation at The Bastion is a wonderful chance to showcase the best of Liverpool with a taste of what our fantastic city has to offer.
The Shankly Hotel
If you have family and friends coming to stay in Liverpool for your graduation, you may want to book your graduation accommodation in Liverpool this month.
With graduation season just around the corner, it’s a great opportunity to book the best accommodation in Liverpool before it’s too late.
And at The Shankly Hotel, our striking rooms and suites are the perfect spaces for a group stay in Liverpool with family or friends.
Whether you’ll be heading out to enjoy Liverpool’s nightlife scene or you’ll be having a celebratory night in, we’re the perfect place to do so.
Our rooms feature double whirlpool baths to enjoy the ultimate night of pampering! You’re sure to feel relaxed and rejuvenated after your big day.
We’re only a short walk from the best bars and clubs in Liverpool, whilst our Midnight Munchies menu means you can order tasty treats to your room until 5:00 am.
If you’ve booked a stay at The Shankly Hotel this bank holiday weekend, you’ll need to start planning which bars and restaurants to visit.
You lucky people have struck gold with this stunning hotel, not only will you be sleeping in the utmost luxury, you are also at the heart of the cities favourite nightlife district.
Here’s our guide on where to go around Victoria Street and Mathew Street over this bank holiday weekend in Liverpool.
A perfect venue for brunch, afternoon tea, an evening meal or a few cocktails, Jam Restaurant is a pretty little independent eatery and bar that fuses casual dining and gourmet classics served in contemporary surroundings.
It specialises in tea and offers lucky diners a choice of over 25 different varieties.
Their delicious brunch menu is served all the way until 6pm when a sumptuous a la carte evening menu takes centre stage; they also offer gluten free options.
This wonderfully charming restaurant is a brilliant place to relax with a cup of tea and cake.
The Bastion Bar and Restaurant
Guests at The Shankly Hotel are treated to the amazing Bastion Bar & Restaurant, it’s one of the best places to visit during the bank holiday weekend.
Inspired by the life and legacy of Bill Shankly, this unique bar offers delicious dishes created by a team of talented chefs, using only fresh, seasonal produce and an amazing private collection of unseen Bill Shankly memorabilia, kindly donated from the Shankly family.
Gain a unique insight into the legendary football manager’s life, viewing his personal typewriter, reading letters to and from his fans and take a look at his OBE, whilst you tuck into to some tasty food and cocktails.
The Bastion also screens the football from various TV’s situated around the bar and is renowned for its electric match day atmosphere.
If you love Caribbean food, Turtle Bay is one of the best places to sample this tasty cuisine.
This vibrant restaurant is famous for its brilliant cocktail choice and happy hour prices, exotic hearty food and rum shack style party atmosphere.
The menu features cuisine that really brings out the soul of Caribbean culture with an eclectic choice influenced by a rich tapestry of ethnicities, from Creole to South Asian.
The signature aromatic dish of jerk chicken has become a firm favourite with diners. The meat is marinated for 24 hours and slowly grilled over the jerk pit with sour orange chutney and coconut shavings.
It’s a great place to go with a large group, but it might be best to book ahead.
The Hatch is a basement bar situated in the Cavern Quarter and is a popular live music venue and sports bar.
They screen all SKY and BT Live football matches and it’s a great place to chill out with a couple of beers over a game of pool.
Drinks at the Hatch include draft beers, wine and a wide selection of cocktails.
Bar Signature is a stylish and contemporary bar set in a key location, it is the go-to bar in Liverpool for visitors and locals alike who are looking for an amazing night out.
With an exciting and ever-changing cocktail menu, the finest champagnes and spirits accompanied by music from award winning DJs and world-class live entertainment, Bar Signature is the heart of nightlife in the Mathew Street area.
Situated within The Signature Living Hotel, Bar Signature is a social hub for people all over the UK. From acrobatics to a live saxophonist, the entertainment in Bar Signature is unrivalled, providing a theatrical and unique sanctuary for the party people of Liverpool.
The Sugar Hut
The first Sugar Hut to open outside of Brentwood, Essex, where the original venue shot to fame after appearing in The Only Way Is Essex, the bar is a popular destination for celebrities on a night out in the city.
The venue features a luxurious bar and restaurant with a cocktail lounge and two clubs.
There are 34 booth tables, make-up and powder rooms for the selfie lovers and even phone charging facilities. The restaurant offers something for everyone with dishes such as steak, lobster and burgers.
Stylish inside with golden lights, flower-filled dark wooden tables and elegant navy and red chairs, the Sugar Hut is a favourite with local celebrities and footballers. It’s the place to be seen and is sure to be buzzing this weekend.
The Lisbon is a basement bar, set in a stunning Grade II listed building, that serves tasty pub style food every day.
Famed for its beautifully ornate ceiling and swinging chandeliers, The Lisbon offers a relaxed atmosphere throughout the day or the perfect place for a late night tipple.
With regular DJs and cabaret nights, the bar has a lively variety of events. There is also a kitchen serving a whole range of hearty dishes, including a belly-busting breakfast until 5pm.
The Lisbon’s friendly staff and weekend DJs alaways make sure that everyone has a night to remember.
Built all the way back in 1800s, the Grapes is an institution that has truly stood the test of time.
Though night clubs and shops now surround the historic pub, the Grapes certainly hasn’t been forgotten.
It was the only pub on Mathew Street during the 1960s and has a very important claim to fame in that it was frequented by the Beatles.
For Beatles fans and those looking for a taste of nightlife history in Liverpool, a visit to the Grapes is one to add to the top of your Liverpool pub crawl.
Wall of Fame Bar and Kitchen
A strong contender for the best burger in Liverpool, Wall of Fame is a trendy music-themed bar and restaurant located in front of the Cavern Club.
A tribute to all of the bands that played at the original Cavern, this bar is a fun and fresh take on the legends who have passed through Liverpool.
The restaurant serves classic American food such as burgers, bacon fries, waffles and pizzas and is open till late.
Guitars, pianos and even a drum kit are dotted around inside, plus plenty of pictures and paintings of The Beatles and other stars from the 60’s and beyond.
The Cavern Club
Perhaps one of the most iconic venues on Mathew Street, the world famous Cavern Club is the crowning jewel of the nightlife in this area.
Fridays and Saturdays at the Cavern bring back Beatle mania with their very own resident Beatles band to entertain you.
So if you’re a Beatles fanatic and love a good sing a long to some of the fab four’s classic tunes, this is the number one destination for you.
Another fantastic spot on Mathew Street for Beatles fans, Lennon’s Bar is a must if you’re in search of live music in Liverpool, a refreshing pint (that won’t break the bank) and a lively atmosphere.
In the midst of a Beatles mad street, Lennon’s is a fantastic little tribute bar.
Whether you’re in a small group of friends or celebrating a stag do or hen do in Liverpool, Lennon’s Bar has got you covered.
With quality Guinness, live music every night and three floors of fun, you can expect nothing less than a craicing time at Flanagan’s.
Live music and handpicked craft beers make this spot a must-try for your list of bars in Liverpool.
And the next morning, we suspect you may be in need of a hearty Flanagan’s Apple breakfast!
One of the most unique nightclubs in Liverpool, Heaven is an after-hours venue with a vibrant drag alumni. The club has hosted international drag stars, including American icon RuPaul’s UK ambassador, The Vivienne.
You’ll definitely want to end the night at Heaven and with their doors not closing until the early hours of the morning, you can party until the sun comes up.
Expect a mix of LGBTQ and straight, and mingle with the varied crowd, there are loads of drinks on offer including a big selection of shooters, cocktails and beers.
If you’re looking for something a bit more private why not try out L1KTV, for an exclusive karaoke night.
The club has nine VIP karaoke rooms, that come with a private bathroom and have full waitress/waiter service at the touch of a button.
Fitted with the latest high end technology and equipment from Asia, and a server constantly uploading new songs 24hrs a day, L1KTV can cater to everyone’s taste with thousands of songs to choose from.
And there you have it, all the best places to have an unforgettable bank holiday weekend in Liverpool and all of them near Victoria and Mathew Street.
We hope you have a great bank holiday weekend in Liverpool. See you soon.
For corporate team building in Liverpool with a special twist, look no further than The Shankly Family Experience.
Give standard team building exercises a miss and join us on a Shankly Tour for an unforgettable day in our wonderful city.
Bond with your co-workers over the course of the day as you learn more about Liverpool and most importantly, have plenty of fun!
Our tours of Liverpool offer the chance to see the city in a whole new light, so if you”re lucky enough to have some Scousers on your team, the day will be just as great for them.
Team Building Day in Liverpool
Far from bland and boring, our Shankly tours showcase the best of Liverpool with the flexibility to meet your company’s requirements.
Our tours can be tailored to your group on a personal level, so it’s well-worth letting us know exactly what you’re looking for from your experience with us.
And while our tours can be personalised, we also offer fantastic packages designed with the perfect blend of sightseeing and socialising.
Liverpool Tour Package: Liverpool Was Made For Me
Explore the wonders of Liverpool’s football heritage with our unmissable Liverpool Was Made For Me tour.
You’ll be taken on a tour of the city’s key historical and cultural locations in style, including Bill Shankly’s West Derby home and related locations.
Take a trip to the new stadium and discover a wealth of history upon the Museum Tour at Liverpool Football Club’s Anfield home.
What better way to spend a day out the office and celebrate the history of Liverpool?
The tour will finish at The Shankly Hotel where you’ll have access to our enthralling collection of unseen memorabilia and have a photograph taken with the legend himself via our Virtual Reality Shankly Experience.
Not forgetting, you’ll be able to finish the day off how it should be spent with 20% off at our Bastion Bar & Restaurant. Treat yourself to some delicious dishes and a drink or two after a busy day of exploring!
Liverpool Tour Package: The Fab 4 and Shanks Tour
For a little more variety, why not delve into Liverpool’s iconic music and footballing history with our Fab Four and Shanks Tour?
Renowned for the legendary success of four local lads, this package combines the best of Liverpool’s Beatles sights, thoughtfully interwoven with the city’s famous footballing landmarks.
This ultimate Ticket to Ride will take you on an unforgettable Liverpool journey, featuring the houses of the Fab Four and Bill Shankly, a visit to Strawberry Fields and a trip to Anfield.
Fantastic for a team building day in Liverpool, this varied tour is perfect for groups with a variety of interests.
Upon heading back to The Shankly, you’ll be given the once in a lifetime chance to view unseen memorabilia that you won’t forget.
This spectacular day out also finishes at the Bastion Bar & Restaurant where you can enjoy 20% off food and drink.
The Bastion Bar & Restaurant
The Bastion Bar & Restaurant is a go-to spot in Liverpool for wining and dining in style. There’s truly something for everyone on our diverse and vibrant menus.
A fantastic space for gathering as a group, The Bastion is perfect for a sociable sit down meal or some tasty drinks served in a lively atmosphere.
Our menu features hearty dishes guaranteed to hit the spot after a busy day. Choose from dishes including our famous Shankly Burger to Chargrilled Lamb Rump and Spinach and Ricotta Tortellini.
We also have a scrumptious dessert menu featuring everything from Baked Chocolate Fondant and Golden Treacle Tart to our Selection of Local Cheeses.
The Shankly Hotel in Liverpool
At Liverpool’s luxury Shankly Hotel we commemorate and celebrate the legendary legacy of Liverpool Football Club manager Bill Shankly.
The great Scotsman played an integral role in the city’s history, proclaiming “Liverpool was made for me and I was made for Liverpool”.
We offer guests the chance to stay in the heart of the city, surrounded by plush decor and captivating stories about the man himself.
Hugely popular for group accommodation, you may want to book a stay with us as a final finish to your team building experience.
If you like to play just as hard as you work, The Shankly Hotel is the perfect spot for accommodation in Liverpool on a big night out!
Alma de Cuba has recently unveiled exciting new plans to install a beautiful new floor level inside the restaurant and bar to give lucky brides and grooms a unique backdrop on their special day. This amazing wedding setting in Alma de Cuba is sure to be one of the best venues to walk down the aisle in Liverpool.
A former church, Alma de Cuba is one of the city’s most popular and famous social hubs, having already won multiple awards for its unique carnival atmosphere and Cuban inspired events.
A Unique Space
The new wedding events space is set to be built above the existing mezzanine floor currently used by diners and will make use of one of Alma de Cuba’s main features, the alter. This unique facet was expertly restored when the building was renovated and will now be the main feature of the new magical wedding venue.
The first CGI images show how the new wedding floor could look with the stunning Alma de Cuba altar at the centre and glass walls enclosed around the aisle to create a private event space that is still part of the party below.
At Signature Living, its fair to say we’ve mastered the art of hosting weddings that are cherished forever.
The Shankly Hotel are proud to house the Garden of Eden that has become one of the most popular places to get married in the city and of course the stunning White Star Grand Hall over in 30 James Street.
We can’t wait to welcome Alma into the Signature family.
Returning to its Roots
Located on Seel Street, this vibrant bar was once Liverpool’s oldest Catholic Church and is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II listed building.
Built in 1788 it served as a Catholic building over a period of 188 years, after it was taken over by the Polish community and renamed Our Lady of Czestochowa.
It was then converted by architects and sympathetically restored to retain many of the original features from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries including the upstairs galleries, the king post roof, the beautiful altar and the stained glass windows.
We’re planning on taking the sentimental church back to its roots by adding on a unique wedding venue to complement the current layout.
It’s a really exciting new step for the restaurant and will give it a whole new dimension, the future is looking very bright for Alma de Cuba.
In the meantime, we’d love to see you at Alma de Cuba for our array of vivid and vibrant events, ranging from our Samba Afternoon Tea to Thursday Rumba Night.
To enquire about booking a table at Alma de Cuba or for more information, you can contact our friendly team on 0151 709 1567.
Voted as the best Liverpool F.C match day pub, The Sandon is a must-see on any tour of Liverpool’s most important footballing sights.
Located just a short walk from Anfield Stadium, this famous venue has been an institution for football fans since both Liverpool and Everton were founded and is famously the ‘birthplace of Liverpool Football Club’.
That’s why The Shankly Hotel are thrilled to announce they will be teaming up with this legendary pub as part of the new Shankly Experience Tour route. Guests will now be visiting the friendly team at The Sandon to uncover the history behind one of the most iconic footballing establishments in Liverpool.
A staple on match days and the perfect place to grab a pint before the game, we are really proud to be working with them to promote their remarkable history and legacy.
The History of The Sandon
The Sandon was originally built in 1870 as an outlet for selling beers by a local brewer named John Houlding.
John Houlding was a self-made English businessman with an education from Liverpool college and a keen interest in football.
However, back then there was only one main football team in Liverpool, St Domingo’s who were formed in 1878 and had no fixed football ground.
Houlding Calls A Meeting at The Sandon
Houlding’s interest in football led him to become more and more involved with St Domingo’s and when a ruling was passed that forced the team to play their games at an enclosed ground, a meeting was held at The Sandon.
Having previously played at the public Stanley Park, St Domingo’s needed to find a field they could rent, Houlding suggested a field off Priory Road which was just up the road from Houlding’s brewery.
In 1879 St Domingo’s, now playing at Priory Road, officially changed their name to Everton Football Club and Houlding became their first president.
Everton Move To Anfield Road
The arrangement with the owner of the field off Priory Road didn’t last long and the team were eventually asked to leave.
As the club’s president, Houlding secured a new pitch at Anfield Road, paying a small rent to John Orrell, a fellow brewer and friend of Houlding.
“As many reds and blues know, in the early 1880’s Everton Football Club used to play their games at Anfield.”
The first football match at Anfield Road was played on 28 September 1884, when Everton beat Earlstown 5-0.
Houlding led many Everton Football Club meetings from his brewery, The Sandon. The pub became the headquarters for the team and was used as a dressing room by the players for many years.
The Sandon continued to be used as a hub for Everton Football Club and for over 10 years the team were transformed from amateur enthusiasts into League champions.
Stands were erected at the Anfield Road ground and attendance figures reached 8,000 per game.
In 1888 Everton became a professional football club and played their first Football League fixture against Accrington Stanley on 8 September 1888.
The club continued to grow and in the 1890-91 season, Everton won their first championship, playing in front of crowds of up to 20,000.
Success Soon Brings Trouble
As Everton began to gain more popularity, complications started to arise regarding the ground rent and ownership.
In 1885 the owner, Orrell, wanted to use the land for redevelopment, which would have left Everton Football Club homeless and threatened their existence as a team.
The football committee went to Houlding for help and subsequently, he purchased the land at Anfield Road from Orrell for a sum he couldn’t really afford.
Houlding understood Everton could not offer any promises financially and were only in a position to pay a rent of £100 each year. However, he accepted the terms hoping that with Everton’s growing popularity the team would be able to afford the going rate of £240 a year and the payments would increase.
The Sandon, Oakfield Road, Anfield. 1902
This arrangement continued until three years later when Everton won the Football League title for the first time.
Houlding saw this was the beginning of something big for Everton, becoming champions was a golden opportunity to take the club to the next level.
He proposed Everton should buy his land, plus a plot adjoining it and develop the facilities to cater for cycling and athletics.
It was a visionary idea, as it would mean the club could secure year-round revenue, but the committee rejected it.
They felt the price Houlding was asking for his land was too high at a time when land prices were generally falling.
Many of the club’s members accused Houlding of trying to make a profit at the club’s expense as the rent they were paying was increasing and Houlding wanted only his sparkling ales to be sold at the ground, which would be a considerable profit for him.
So, in January 1892 the club’s 279 members met at The Sandon to discuss the matter.
Oakfield Road Then And Now – Facebook.com/TheSandonAnfield
Everton F.C Leave Anfield
Trouble had been brewing for some time and Houlding clashed with the committee led by George Mahon over the direction the club was heading in.
On 25 January 1892, George Mahon, who had grown tired of Houlding, told members of the club that he had an option to buy Mere Green Field, situated on the north side of Stanley Park.
A second committee meeting took place on 12 March 1892, in the upstairs room of The Sandon that changed everything.
Following this meeting Everton F.C moved to Mere Green Field in 1892, which was to become Everton’s new home, Goodison Park.
The Formation of a New Team
After Everton had moved on, Houlding and Orrell were left with an empty football ground and were in desperate need of a new team.
Houlding decided to form a brand-new club, which he initially called Everton Athletic. The team had an identical crest, colours and league position as Everton F.C.
The Football Association refused to countenance two Everton teams, so Houlding was forced to rethink his strategy.
At the end of March 1892, from The Sandon, Houlding decided to rename the club Liverpool Football Club and it gained official recognition three months later.
John Houlding and Liverpool F.C first ever team 2nd September 1893, photographed in The Sandon Car Park Facebook.com/TheSandonAnfield
The Birth of Liverpool F.C
Liverpool Football Club prospered and became financially sound with astute guidance from their President John Houlding, their first ever game was a friendly match with Rotherham Town, then of the Midland League, on 1 September 1892.
The team won the Lancashire League in its début season and joined the Football League Second Division at the start of the 1893–94 season.
After finishing in first place the club was promoted to the First Division.
Within nine seasons Liverpool Football Club were appointed League champions.
What Happened To John Houlding?
John Houlding was an active Tory councillor, he was later elected to the Liverpool City Council as a Conservative representing the Everton ward, before being appointed Lord Mayor of Liverpool in 1897.
Houlding eventually saw his team win the Football League championship in 1901 but his health was by then giving cause for concern. He took a trip to the South of France which he hoped would restore his strength.
However, during the second week of March 1902, his condition became serious and he died on the morning of March the 18th in Nice at the age of 70.
Tributes were paid to him in all the local newspapers when the sad news of his death reached Liverpool the next day.
At his funeral, players of both Liverpool and Everton carried his coffin as a mark of respect for all he had done for football in the city.
Anfield Stadium 1912
The Sandon Pub
In the early 1980`s The Sandon was re-branded as a fun pub and renamed “The Picture House”. The pub was a huge success until the decline in this sector and was closed in 1990.
After numerous fires, a demolition order was placed on the pub due to it being in a state of dereliction.
In 1994, George Hindley who owned Sam Dodd’s on the other corner of the block, bought the property from the brewery and began the long restoration process to what The Sandon is today.
Over the years other properties were bought in between Sam Dodd’s and The Sandon and the site now has 2 public bars and 6 function rooms.
The Sandon holds a special place in the hearts of Liverpool football fans and was the first official LFC partner to provide corporate hospitality outside of the stadium in 2008.
It offers excellent matchday hospitality in its newly refurbished function suites, one of which is called the Houlding suite.
Guests can enjoy great food and a friendly service, as well as experiencing the famous pre-match atmosphere.
Shankly Experience Tours
The Shankly Hotel are proud to be working with this historic venue to enhance our famous Shankly Experience Tours. We hope you agree, The Sandon really is where it all began for football in Liverpool.
The Tours provide a unique insight into the City that Shanks loved. Brought to you exclusively by the Shankly Family with The Shankly Hotel, our range of tour options provide something for everyone ensuring you get to take in the best of what the wonderful city of Liverpool has to offer.
A man of the people, the tours take you on a day out to remember and visit all of Shankly’s favourite places around the city.
“Liverpool was made for me and I was made for Liverpool.”
If you want to learn about and experience the real history of Liverpool Football Club, Bill Shankly and The Sandon, the Shankly Experience Tours are the only way to really see Liverpool.
These amazing tours feature entrance into the official LFC stadium and Museum Tour, the home of Bill Shankly in West Derby, a visit to the iconic Sandon pub and off course a tour around the magnificent Shankly Hotel.
If you’d like to delve into the history of both Everton and Liverpool Football Clubs and visit the place where it all began, book one of our unique football themed tours and become an expert in Liverpool’s footballing legacy.
Click here to book or create your own Shankly Experience Tour of Liverpool.
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A gorgeous luxury room for the bride and bridesmaids the night before the wedding – upgrades to the Presidential Suite optional (subject to availability)
Master of Ceremonies
Designated Wedding Coordinator
Our amazing terraces available for 90 minutes for your arrival drinks after the ceremony
Cake stand, cake knife, easel and table name/number stands
Mini Buffet (includes mini burgers, mini hot dogs and mini fish & chips) for up to and including 100 guests (additional evening guests charged at £13.95 per head)
Why choose us?
Take the stress out of your wedding day by letting our dedicated team at The Shankly Hotel lend a helping hand.
Drawing on years of experience, our devoted and passionate wedding planners will be there every step of the way to help you create the wedding of your dreams.
We pride ourselves on being at the very top when it comes to wedding planning, you’ll always get the best advice from us.
You can also benefit from additional wedding services, including transportation, entertainment, live music, spa treatments and much more.
The Ultimate Venue: The Garden of Eden
The Garden of Eden is one of the most beautiful venues to host a wedding in the centre of Liverpool.
Set within a unique glass box, you’ll have unrestricted views of Liverpool’s most iconic landmarks, including the Three Graces, Pier Head and, of course, the Liver Building.
Our rooftop venue will take your breath away, with seating for up to 250-day guests and 350 evening guests you’re sure to have a memorable day here at the Garden of Eden.
Located on the top floor of our stunning Shankly Hotel, this magical setting features luxurious interiors, opulent fixtures, a unique outdoor terrace area with outdoor seating and a luscious tropical garden.
The Shankly Hotel
If you choose to host your wedding at the beautiful Garden of Eden, you will have access to the famous Shankly Hotel.
Themed around the footballing legend, Bill Shankly, our hotel is a beautiful tribute to a man that stole the hearts of Liverpudlians.
Our football-inspired hotel not only caters to sporting fans, but provides our guests with a sophisticated, comfortable and flexible experience in Liverpool city centre.
We pride ourselves on providing the best service to our guests, from our dedicated staff to the luxurious design and features of our rooms, we hope to create a memorable experience for all of our visitors.
If you would like to book your magical winter wedding with us, or enquire further call us on 07557352963 – option 4
Get ready to step back in time and indulge in the perfect traditional swing afternoon tea at The Shankly Hotel.
Afternoon tea is nothing but traditional, so we wanted to take it back to its roots and serve it the way we used to.
If you enjoy a little live music when dining, you’re in luck. Our amazing swing singers will provide the entertainment, whilst our elegant waitresses serve you wearing white gloves, making it a luxurious experience you won’t forget.
So, give into temptation and taste the divine for Liverpool’s best afternoon tea service at our famous Garden of Eden.
Traditional Swing Afternoon Tea £29.95
When? Sunday 4th June at 3pm
Where? Garden of Eden
The talented serving staff will provide your party with a delicious afternoon tea accompanied by some amazing vocal talents.
Enjoy three tiers of delicate finger sandwiches, tasty cakes and pastries, accompanied with a choice of tea, coffee or add a taste of decadence with a glass of bubbly.
Immerse yourself in our version of paradise and enjoy this afternoon of fun and frivolity.
Don’t be shy, sing along with our talented swing singers and ensure that your afternoon at The Garden of Eden is utterly fabulous.
For an unforgettable afternoon of fine food and music to match, join us with friends and family for a special occasion.
The Garden of Eden
Located within the beautiful Shankly Hotel, Garden of Eden is our most lavish event venue and the setting for our traditional swing Afternoon Tea.
Enjoy culinary delights with a stunning backdrop of unrestricted views across the city of Liverpool.
Housed in a glass box, you’ll have panoramic views of Liverpool’s most iconic landmarks, including the Three Graces, Pier Head and, of course, the Liver Building.
With a breath-taking setting and delicious food, this unique Afternoon Tea experience will transport you back to a time of opulence.
The Shankly Hotel
At The Shankly we pride ourselves on providing the best service to our guests, from our dedicated staff to the luxurious design and features of our rooms, we hope to create a memorable experience for all of our visitors.
Themed around the footballing legend, Bill Shankly, our hotel is a beautiful tribute to a man that stole the hearts of Liverpudlians.
Our football-inspired hotel not only caters to sporting fans, but provides our guests with a sophisticated, comfortable and flexible experience in Liverpool city centre.
Each room has a décor themed for the hotel’s namesake, Bill Shankly, reflecting the unique style and individuality of the man himself.
Visitors can enjoy beautiful accommodation alongside never seen before Shankly memorabilia, including his tactical notes, trophies and much more.
Book your place
Spoil yourself or a loved one and come along to our traditional Swing Afternoon Tea in the stunning Garden of Eden.
To book your place for our traditional Swing Afternoon Tea simply call and speak with our friendly reservations staff on 0151 601 8801 or email email@example.com for more details.