The Best Things to Do in Liverpool on a Rainy Day

Come rain or shine, Liverpool is bursting with cultural attractions and entertainment. And The Shankly Hotel is in the heart of it all.

From family fun to cosy pub visits, we’ve compiled an array of activities to tick off during your visit.

So while you’re staying with us at The Shankly, you’ll never find yourself stuck for things to do in Liverpool.

Afternoon Tea

Where: The Bastion Bar & Restaurant (The Shankly Hotel)

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Make your stay at The Shankly Hotel all the more special with our delicious Afternoon Tea.

This Autumn, we have an unmissable offer for you. Escape the rain and the cold with our Autumn Time for Tea deal.

Finish off a day of Christmas shopping with delicious comfort food, all washed down with a glass of Prosecco.

You can enjoy this afternoon of pure indulgence for just £24.95 per person.

The British Music Experience

Where: Cunard Building, Liverpool

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Take a step back in time to discover the best of British music at The Cunard Building.

You’ll be taken on an interactive journey through the decades as you admire costumes, memorabilia and instruments.

Whether you’re a fan of the Beatles, Bowie, Oasis, Adele or even X Factor,  the British Music Experience truly has something for everyone.

The Cunard Building is one of Liverpool’s stunning Three Graces, located along the iconic Pier Head waterfront.

So, it’s well worth heading down to have a look around and snap some photographs outside the Liverpool landmarks.

Liverpool Playhouse Theatre

Where: Williamson Square, Liverpool

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The Playhouse theatre is only a short stroll away from The Shankly, making it the perfect destination for a cosy night out.

The Grade II* listed building boasts an old 19th century auditorium and a traditional proscenium arch setting, transporting you back to the best of theatre.

Despite seating 677 audience members, the charming theatre has an intimate feel that simply can’t be found elsewhere.

This year, you’ll find plenty of choice over the colder months, ranging from Sherlock Holmes mystery ‘Baskerville’ to crowd-pleasing comedy ‘For Love or Money’.

World Museum Liverpool

Where: William Brown Street, Liverpool

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Perfect for a family day out on a rainy day, the World Museum showcases extensive collections and exhibitions.

Take a 5,000 year journey through time and discover Ancient Egypt, stargaze at the Planetarium or dive into the sea at the aquarium.

The museum features interactive games and technology to keep the little ones entertained all day long.

The World Museum is also home to a brand new cafe with striking architectural features and tasty bites to eat.

Morgan’s Spa

Where: 30 James Street Hotel – Home of the Titanic

Why not treat yourself to some TLC over at Morgan’s Spa in Liverpool?

Feel your worries float away as you sink into the rejuvenating hydrotherapy pool.

You may also want to try one of the relaxing treatments, which can be tailored to suit your individual needs.

From the Deeper than Deep Hot Stones Massage to a nourishing body wrap, Morgan’s Spa has got you covered.

Take Shelter in a Cosy Pub

Where: Ma Boyles, Liverpool

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There’s no doubt that one of the best things to do in Liverpool is to head to a cosy pub!

Only a short walk from The Shankly Hotel, Ma Boyles Alehouse and Eatery is one of our favourites.

A stone’s throw from the Albert Dock and Pier Head, why not stop off for a hearty bite to eat or refreshing pint after taking in the sights?

Filled with character and charm, find a comfy spot and indulge with their fantastic menu.

Choose from a wide range of selected rums, tasty cocktails and array of wines to take your fancy.

Visit Central Library

Where: William Brown Street, Liverpool

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Hogwarts? Liverpool? It’s hard to know for certain at Liverpool Central Library.

Explore the famous collections of rare books in the beautiful Oak room and magnificent Hornby Library.

Get cosy and snug in the magnificent Picton Reading Room, an ideal spot to spend a lazy afternoon alone or with friends.

The library also features the Deli Marche Cafe serving up scrumptious sweet and savoury treats.

Only moments from the World Museum, you’ll find yourself spoilt for choice as you explore one of the best cultural areas of the city.

What better way to spend a rainy day in Liverpool?

Autumn Escape Offer £99 Per Couple

Our Autumn Escape offer is calling your name!

This unmissable deal includes an overnight stay in a double room featuring a double whirlpool bath.

Plus, you’ll be able to head down in the morning for a delicious Full English breakfast.

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So, whether you’re a Liverpool local or planning a winter visit to the city, we hope to welcome you soon at The Shankly Hotel.

One of the top hotels in Liverpool, our luxury rooms are ideal for treating yourself or someone special to a special weekend break.

To enquire further, you can call us on 0151 909 5526.

Watch Maribor vs Liverpool With Special Guest Phil Neal

Join us at The Shankly Hotel tomorrow for Maribor vs Liverpool in the Champions League contest, with special guest and former Liverpool player, Phil Neal.

Starting at 7.45pm, we will be showing the game in our famous Bastion Bar and Restaurant and offering exclusive offers to all fans.

Arguably the most unknown opponents the Reds have faced in the contest so far, this match promises to be a brilliant contest.

We can’t wait to see how the game unfolds!

Maribor vs Liverpool

An Amazing Offer You Can’t Refuse

For just £12.95 per person, this amazing offer is one not to be missed. It includes:

  • Food & drink on arrival (kids eat free)
  • Fans will be joined by LFC legend, Phil Neal
  • Exclusive drink offers throughout evening
  • A great view of the game in beautiful surroundings

Fancy watching the game from the comfort of the Bastion Bar and Restaurant with exclusive drinks deals and offers?

We are offering footy fans an amazing deal especially for this Champions League game.

The evening will kick off with a meal in the restaurant and an amazing visit from Liverpool legend Phil Neal who will be answering questions and meeting fans.

Phil Neal

Phil Neal is one of the most successful English players of all time, having won eight First Divisions, four League Cups, five FA Charity Shields, four European Cups, one UEFA Cup and one UEFA Super Cup during his eleven years at Liverpool.

We are honoured to welcome him to our hotel, fingers crossed Liverpool F.C do him proud!

Maribor vs Liverpool

Liverpool will be hoping to gain maximum points from their Champions League double header against Maribor tomorrow evening.

Jurgen Klopp’s Reds have picked up two points from their opening two Group E games, but are travelling to Slovenia knowing a win could seal the deal for the next round.

Group rivals Spartak Moscow and Sevilla will battle each other over the next two game weeks, meaning six points from their next two games are vital for Liverpool’s hopes of progressing from a tricky group.

The Only Place to Catch the Action

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A beautiful bar and restaurant set in the heart of The Shankly Hotel, the Bastion is the perfect place to watch Maribor vs Liverpool.

You’ll find yourself surrounded by fans just as passionate as you are and have the chance to spend some time discovering memorabilia including Bill Shankly’s personal typewriter and original LFC contract.

We recognise the importance of football to the people of Liverpool and believe that the Bastion celelbrates and pays tribute to one of the greatest managers Liverpool has ever seen.

With large screen TVs and all the sporting channels, it’s the only place to watch the Champions League match.

Recently voted the best sporting city in the UK, Liverpool has a long history with football and the Shankly Hotel are proud to be a part of it.

Enjoy a Delicious Pre-Match Meal

This offer also includes a pre-match meal in the Bastion Restaurant.

The menu offers everything from delicious grilled Sirloin Steak to Corn Fed Chicken Breast or a traditional beef burger, served with an array of delicious sides. Don’t forget to wash it all down with a pint and really make the most of match night.

Perfect for groups of family and friends, the Bastion offers an unrivalled atmosphere with a special buzz on match days.

Why not book an overnight stay and have the ultimate football celebration for the important match, The Shankly are here to make your experience the best it could be.

To book, call one of our friendly team on 0151 541 9999 and select Shankly then Bastion.

We only have limited numbers available for this fantastic Champions League deal, so book now to avoid disappointment. 

Ultimate Soul & Motown Weekend at The Shankly Hotel

Join us at The Shankly Hotel this November for the ultimate Soul & Motown Weekend!

Presented to you by The Greenroom, this showstopping night is set to be one of the best events in Liverpool.

With a dazzling package on offer, you could spend the weekend with us at The Shankly Hotel enjoying non-stop Soul and Motown!

So, if you’re ready to showcase your very best moves, take a look at what’s in store…

Soul & Motown Weekend – One of the Top Events in Liverpool

When: Friday 10th & Saturday 11th November 2017

Where: The Shankly Hotel, Liverpool

The Soul & Motown Weekend will feature a fantastic line-up of performers including Jocelyn Brown, Gwen Dickey/Rose Royce, Trevor Nelson and Kenny Thomas.

You can choose from two ticket options including the fabulous Luxury VIP Package for £250 or Evening Show Passes for £69.

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Our VIP Package includes a luxury 2 night stay at The Shankly Hotel including a delicious breakfast, champagne reception and access to all shows.

Alternatively, you can pick up evening passes from The Greenroom on Duke Street.

The Friday line up includes: Kenny Thomas, Trevor Nelson, Odssey and Gwen Dickey.

Our Saturday line up includes: Jocelyn Brown, Heatwave and Charlie C.

With such a star-studded line up, this is an unmissable opportunity to catch your favourite Soul and Motown icons in action!

So, this November, why not escape the cold and enjoy a well earned weekend of dancing the nights away?

Headlining Acts

Jocelyn Brown

We couldn’t be more excited to welcome our headline performer Jocelyn Brown to The Shankly.

The singing sensation will have you up on your feet in no time with 80s hit “Somebody Else’s Guy”.

Gwen Dickey/Rose Royce

The weekend will also see soul diva Gwen Dickey of Rose Royce take to the stage.

You can expect to hear timeless hits including “Wishing on a Star”, guaranteed to lift your spirits!

The weekend will also feature the UK’s No.1 soul DJ Trevor Nelson, ensuring that your weekend is truly something else.

The Shankly Hotel Liverpool

The Shankly Hotel is one of the top hotels in Liverpool, offering guests a luxury and unique experience.

The Bill Shankly-themed venue specialises in spacious rooms sleeping both couples and groups of friends and family.

So whether you’ll be joining us with a larger group of Motown fans or your other half, we’ve got you covered.

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Each of our stylish rooms feature a double whirlpool bath, 50″ TV screen, Bluetooth and free WiFi.

Combining contemporary style with classic features, all of our spaces achieve the perfect blend of traditional and modern luxury.

You’ll have the space and facilities to get ready with friends before a night of entertainment.

And the next morning, why not treat yourself to a relaxing soak in our replenishing whirlpool bath?

With our VIP Package, you can head downstairs in the morning and enjoy a hearty breakfast in The Bastion Bar & Restaurant.

The Bastion is renowned for its high quality produce and wonderful service from our talented team of staff.

The charming spot also offers guests the chance to admire exclusive Bill Shankly memorabilia, which is on display around the restaurant.

Donated by the Shankly family themselves, our collection includes Bill’s original LFC contract and personal typewriter.

To enquire further or to book your VIP Package at The Shankly Hotel, you can get in touch today on 0151 236 0166.

We hope to see you soon and wish you the most spectacular stay. 

What’s On: Liverpool Events October 2017

Make this Autumn a special one with the best October events in Liverpool.

Come in from the cold and keep warm with an array of showstopping nights in the heart of the city centre.

The Shankly Hotel is situated in a prime location for the city’s best cultural events and attractions.

From Liverpool Empire Theatre to the Liverpool Echo Arena, you’ll find yourself only a short distance from the excitement.

Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

When: 3rd – 7th October 2017

Where: Liverpool Empire Theatre

Whats On October Liverpool

This October, don’t miss Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Liverpool Empire Theatre.

X Factor winner Joe McElderry is set to showcase the timeless musical’s infectious hits.

From ‘Any Dream Will Do’ to ‘Go, Go, Go Joseph’, this is guaranteed to get your toes tapping.

Bill Kenwright’s dazzling production of the dynamic musical achieves standing ovations at every performance.

Radio City Leanne & Dave Quiz Night

When: 5th October 2017

Where: Arthouse Hotel – Mulholland

Whats On October Liverpool

Let your competitive streak run wild at Mulholland this October!

Join charismatic Radio City 96.7 radio hosts Leanne and Dave for their fantastic Retro Quiz night.

You’ll have your knowledge put to the test with the chance to get your hands on delicious food and drink offers.

With free entry and fantastic prizes, this is one night you won’t want to miss.

Casablanca with Live Orchestra

When: 14th October 2017

Where: Philharmonic Hall

What's on October Liverpool

Enjoy a cosy night at the Liverpool Philharmonic this October with an atmospheric showing of Casablanca.

Find yourself lost in the romance as you sit back, relax and enjoy this all-time classic.

The fantastic experience will be completed with live orchestral sounds to sweep you off your feet.

The live score will be performed by Max Steiner’s orchestra, bringing this timeless 1942 hit to life.

Cinema in Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral

When: 20th – 22nd October 2017

Where: Anglican Cathedral

What's On October Liverpool

Calling all film fans! This October, Liverpool Anglican Cathedral is hosting the ultimate Autumn movie night.

This special weekend invites you to enjoy your childhood favourites. Films include The Goonies, Matilda and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

So, bring along some warm clothing and cosy up at the Cathedral.

You can tuck in to tasty food on site, delicious desserts and a refreshing drink from the bar.

John Bishop

When: 20th – 22nd October 2017

Where: Liverpool Echo Arena

Whats On October Liverpool

Liverpool’s very own comedian is back at Liverpool Echo Arena this October for his awaited stand-up comeback.

Speaking of the tour, John said:

“When I start this new tour, it will be three years since my last live show Supersonic, which is the longest break I’ve ever had.  I’m very much looking forward to getting back on the road – there really is nothing like performing stand-up in front of a live audience.”

The local superstar’s last tour was enjoyed by more than 500,000 people. And there’s no doubt that this year’s ‘Winging It’ will prove a huge success!

Whitechapel Ball

When: 26th October 2017

Where: Alma de Cuba

What's On October Liverpool

This year, Signature Living have joined forces with leading homelessness charity the Whitechapel Centre.

Creating a spectacularly spooky night, head to Alma de Cuba for a night out like no other.

This exquisite evening will ignite ghostly glamour within Liverpool’s most atmospheric nightclub.

The former St Peter’s Catholic Church boasts stained glass windows and the original altar.

All proceeds will go towards the local charity. What better way to get into the mood for Halloween?

So,  don’t miss the best of what’s on this October in Liverpool!

At The Shankly Hotel, we’re a favourite for locals and visitors attending special events in the city centre.

With a range of luxury rooms to make your night out extra special, we hope to see you soon!

The Shankly Hotel: Book an Enchanting Christmas Party in Liverpool

One of the best Christmas party venues in Liverpool, Christmas at The Shankly Hotel is set to be a truly magical affair.

Liverpool’s Bill Shankly-themed hotel offers fantastic events space in the heart of the city centre.

With two stunning venues, we can accommodate intimate or larger groups of guests.

So this year, why not make your office Christmas party an unforgettable one at The Shankly?

Party Nights at the Garden of Eden

Our enchanting Garden of Eden is bursting with yuletide charm and character.

Party nights at the Garden of Eden include a delicious three-course meal including a complimentary glass of fizz.

We’ll be transforming this dazzling space into a charming winter wonderland.

And the fun doesn’t stop there. We’ll be topping off the night with dynamic entertainment from a live band, singer and DJ.

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Our extensive Eden Christmas Party Menu truly offers something for everyone.

Wine and dine in style as you choose from an array of exquisite dishes and three fantastic courses.

Starters include Spicy Parsnip Soup or Candied Fig and Goats Cheese Tart. Main courses include Cheshire Turkey Breast, Parsnip and Truffle Pudding and Pan Seared Fillet of Sea Bass.

And of course, it wouldn’t be Christmas without pudding! You can top it all off with sweet treats including our Chocolate and Orange Cheesecake or Wild Berry and Kirsch Tart.

Party Nights at Baby Eden

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Our delightful Baby Eden venue is perfect for smaller Christmas parties in Liverpool.

Atmospheric and cosy with an intimate feel, this stylish space is ideal for seasonal celebrations throughout December.

The Shankly is located only a short walk from Liverpool’s picturesque waterfront. You’ll also find the city’s top nightlife spots right on your doorstep.

Staying at The Shankly Hotel

We also encourage guests to make their night all the more convenient with an overnight stay at The Shankly.

Whether you fancy heading out for the night to continue the fun or heading to bed, you’ll have both options to choose from.

Rooms at The Shankly offer a lavish blend of contemporary decor and classic style. Sink into a comfortable double bed and enjoy luxury facilities at your leisure.

And if you have a little too much festive cheer, you can recover from the night before in a rejuvenating whirlpool bath. Perfect!

So for the ultimate Christmas party in Liverpool, look no further than The Shankly Hotel in Liverpool.

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The Shankly Hotel offers guests an entirely unique experience. The stylish hotel attracts football fans from around the globe as well as guests in search of something special.

Restaurant visitors and overnight guests are welcome to enjoy the exclusive collection of memorabilia on display.

Kindly donated by the Shankly family, our fascinating museum includes Bill Shankly’s original LFC contract and personal typewriter.

The Bastion Bar & Restaurant boasts a fantastic menu of tantalising light bites and indulgent meals. The Bastion is also a local favourite for a refreshing pint or eclectic cocktail.

So, we hope you’ll join us this Christmas at The Shankly Hotel for a Christmas party filled with merriment!

To book your office’s Christmas party in Liverpool at one of our venues, you can contact us on christmas@signatureliving.co.uk.

It’s Bottoms Up this Weekend at St George’s Hall Beer Festival

Liverpool Organic Brewery will be coming hosting a popular event in Liverpool from within one of the city’s most iconic venues this weekend. The St George’s Hall Beer Festival starts on Thursday and continues through the weekend bringing beer fans cask upon cask of delicious specially brewed ales.

If you’re staying with us at The Shankly Hotel you’ve no excuse not to visit, the venue is literally around the corner and it’s the perfect opportunity to see the stunning interior of the grand hall in all its entertaining glory.

Let’s look at what’s happening at St George’s Hall Beer Festival.

Over 200 Different Ciders, Real Ales and Bottled Brews

St George's Hall Beer Festival

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Liverpool Organic Brewery is the organisers of this hotly anticipated event in Liverpool and their own selection of real ales is extensively ranging from the Best Bitters to the Palest of Ales.

All Liverpool Organic Breweries own produce is created from the finest available ingredients in the country including grains from the oldest working malting in the country Warminster Maltings and hops from Charles Faram in business since 1865.

Along with their own brilliant brews St Georges Hall will be packed to the rafters with keg upon keg, cask upon cask and barrel upon barrel of tasty real ales for all you beer lovers to wrap your lips around this weekend.

Bringing the Gin in too

St George's Hall Beer Festival

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Not everybody can appreciate the hoppy delights of a specially crafted ale.

That’s why the thoughtful folk at Liverpool Organic Brewery have brought in the big Gins to a specially built Gin Garden for those who prefer beverage made from berries instead of grains.

Gin has become a favourite among spirit drinkers lately and Liverpool Gin is among the top choice of connoisseurs across the UK. Come quaff the most refreshing Gin and tonics or Gin cocktails instead of a pint, no one will judge . . . honest.

Served alongside the selection of Gin and endless beers will be chilled bottles of the finest Italian fizzy and wines of all varieties.

Wines at St George's Hall Beer Festival

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Better still the purpose-built Gin Garden will be set up on the colonnade of St George’s Hall so users can enjoy watching the world pass by outside and still be a part of the action indoors.

Local Liverpool Food Vendors

It’s no secret that Liverpool is a city of foodies and as a result, the demand of the public have spawned a club of independent traders that make regular appearances at any event in Liverpool worth visiting.

St George’s Hall Beer Festival is no exception and will be welcoming the local talents of;

The Liverpool Cake Company

Bringing a something sweet to this weekends boozy affair is the Liverpool Cake Company.

Liverpool Cake Company

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The Liverpool Cheese Company

Famous for their cheese wedding cakes you can expect a variety of cheesy goodness from the Liverpool Cheese Company.

Liverpool Cheese Co.

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Peninsula Pies

Baking hand raised pastries for over thirty years, it doesn’t get much tastier than a Peninsula Pie

Peninsula Pies specialise in hand raised pies

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The Striped Pig Co.

Meat eaters prepare yourselves for a feast.

The Striped Pig Co. will be bringing along specialties such as hog roasts and pulled meat bars.

pulled meat bar

source: The Striped Pig Company

All perfect accompaniments for a pint or two.

Tickets, Times and Prices

St Georges Hall Beer Festival

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Start your engines as starting Thursday at 18:00 pm the doors will open to St George’s Hall Beer Festival and will remain that way until 22:30 pm. £7 a ticket on the door or pre-ordered online and CAMRA members can enjoy a select discount on entry and beers.

Friday and Saturday day sessions begin at 11:30 am and end at 16:00 pm tickets start at £7.00.

For an evening of beer filled fun head to the evening sessions starting at 18:00 pm til the last beers served at 22:30 pm tickets starting at just £8.00.

If you are feeling flush then VIP upgrades are available treating you and your party to unlimited beers and ciders, a stage level reserved table, queue jumping privileges and a souvenir glass to remember the event . . . in case you can’t.

Stay at The Shankly  

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Luckily for all our guests, The Shankly Hotel is within short walking distance to St George’s Hall. This means you can overindulge at the festival and your comfy welcoming bed isn’t too far away.

A visit to St Georges Hall is worth it during any trip to Liverpool but when it’s packed with beer and delicious Liverpool food vendors it’s a must.

At The Shankly Hotel, we have a selection of Liverpool’s most luxurious group accommodation. Each room is outfitted to give guests a one of a kind experience of Liverpool as well as educating every guest about the illustrious life and career of Bill Shankly.

Call to book your rooms for St George’s Hall Beer Festival on 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk, or see if there’s another event in Liverpool that catches your eye during the rest of 2017.

We’re not going anywhere.

The First Football Quarter – Liverpool’s Unique Friendly Rivalry

Liverpool is immersed in football history, it’s something you just can’t escape when visiting the city, it’s infectious and an asset we’re proud to embrace.

But one of the best things about our footballing culture is how truly unique the rivalry between Everton and Liverpool is.

It is the longest running top-flight derby in England, having been played continuously since the 1962–63 season and is known around the world as the ‘friendly derby’.

A relationship like no other, the Merseyside derby is built upon the respect between the fans, which is why Liverpool is the only city that could create the first Football Quarter.

Signature Living are planning to bring The Shankly Hotel and the new Dixie Dean Hotel together on Victoria Street to create the worlds first ‘Football Quarter’ in the heart of Liverpool.

Aiming to boost the city’s tourism offer and create hundreds more jobs locally, this proposal is perfect for Liverpool.

Here are some of the things that make the Merseyside derby so unique and why our fans are the best in the world.

The Friendly Derby

Liverpool's unique friendly rivalry

Don’t be fooled into thinking that the ‘friendly derby’ refers to how the matches are played, far from it. Liverpool versus Everton matches have seen more red cards than any other Premier League contest in the past 20 years.

Instead, this name comes from the history of good will between red supporters and blue fans.

What makes the Merseyside Derby different from so many others is how similar the fans are to each other. There are no political or social differences between the two clubs, their home grounds are just a mile apart, and there are no defining religious differences between the sets of fans. Unlike in Manchester, there is no dispute around one club being from the city and the other being from outside.

Instead there are simply two sets of fans from the same city who support teams from the same city, making a Football Quarter ideal for this close knit city.

Their Histories Are Intertwined

John Houlding

John Houlding

This historic rivalry was ultimately born out of one man’s bitter dispute with his committee in the late 19th century.

Everton President John Houlding was involved in a rental dispute with the club committee when Anfield was the home of the toffees in 1885.

Following the row, the blues were forced to move from Anfield across Stanley Park and found Goodison Park, which remains their home ground today.

John Houlding then founded Liverpool F.C and made Anfield their home ground.

The roots of the rivalry were formed from that point on, however because of the intertwined nature of their history, it has always been friendly and respectful.

 

Reds and Blues are Family

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Football is part of the DNA of Liverpool, it has shaped the city as we know it.

In most cities across the world, households will support a single club, passed down from generation the generation.

However, in Liverpool on every street in every area, you will find families and friends whose allegiances are mixed. One will support Everton, the other Liverpool. You’ll find husbands and wives walking to the match together, him in a red scarf, her in blue. Or vice versa.

On Derby day, it’s not unusual for both sets of fans to attend or watch the match together,  sit together and enjoy the game, no matter what the outcome.

No Fan Segregation

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Despite the heated exchanges on the pitch, the Merseyside Derby is one of the few contests that see fans from either side sitting in unity, there is very little segregation in place.

The 1984 Football League Cup Final at Wembley saw almost all sections of the ground mixed and combined chants of “Merseyside, Merseyside” and “Are you watching Manchester?”

There is a huge amount of respect shown from both sides.

Unity in Times of Sorrow

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It’s no doubt that Liverpool as a city has been through a lot.

Whether football related or not, one defining characteristic of the community of Liverpool, is unity over everything else.

After the Hillsborough disaster of April 1989, reds and blues came together as a sign of respect, honouring those who lost their lives. Red and blue scarves were tied together and stretched across Stanley Park to connect the two stadiums, held up by fans of both clubs. Everton and Liverpool both reached the final of the FA Cup that year and chants of “Merseyside” could be heard around Wembley.

Similarly following the tragic murder of 11 year old Everton fan, Rhys Jones, Anfield played the famous Z-Cars, traditionally blasted through the speakers at Goodison Park, to greet the Everton players as a mark of respect.

Player Transfers

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Paul Beardsley

Another thing that sets this derby apart is the number of players who have represented both teams.

Throughout the history of both clubs, there have been 30 transfers between the two teams. While that may not seem a lot over a 120-year existence, you won’t find many other derby matches where the teams have had that many transfers between them.

There have been 20 players who have left Everton to join Liverpool, and 10 who have made the opposite journey.

The Merseyside Reign

 FA CUP FINAL 1986 - Everton v Liverpool

FA Cup Final 1986 – Liverpool triumph over Everton

Both teams shared in the glory of Merseyside reign in the 80’s.

From 1980 to 1989, Liverpool won five league titles, two FA Cups, four League Cups and two European Cups. Whilst Everton won two league titles, an FA Cup and the European Cup Winners Cup.

Liverpool is statistically the most successful football city in England, with 27 league titles won by both clubs combined.

If there’s anything a scouser loves, it’s a fellow scouser succeeding. So, with seven league titles, three FA Cups, four League Cups and three major European honours between the two clubs in a 10-year period, there was no doubt that the respect is high from both teams.

Famous Derbies Around The World

The Derby of Eternal Enemies between Olympiakos v Panathinaikos in Greece is one of tehe most frosty rivalries from around the world.

This rivalry goes beyond the bounds of the football pitch, with Panathinaikos originally representing the upper class and Olympiakos originally representing the working class.

Athens can come to a complete standstill when the two clubs clash and often for days afterwards. The intense battles spill out on to the streets in the form of fighting, riots, and tragically, deaths on some occasions.

Derby of eternal enemies

Similarly the Manchester Derby between United and City often erupts in violence and fights, forcing the police to segregate the fans and cordon off areas of the city.

In Italy, the Derby of the Capital between Roma and Lazio is famous for its heated displays of rivalry that often spills into violence.

In 1979, Lazio fan Vincenzo Paparelli became the first fatality in Italian football due to violence when was hit in the eye and killed by a flare fired by a Roma fan from the opposite end of the stadium. This kind of extreme hooliganism has resulted in both clubs being forced to play games behind closed doors as punishment. Something that has never been seen in Merseyside.

Old Firm Derby

Old Firm Derby

There is also, of course, the Old Firm Derby between Celtic and Rangers. Fuelled by religious sectarianism and it’s very clear that these two sets of fans do not like each other.

Last but certainly not least is the El Clasico between Barcelona and Real Madrid. The rivalry is deeply seated in the political and regional divisions that exist between Catalonia and the nationalist sentiment represented by Real Madrid and stemming from dictator General Francisco Franco.

Rarely has a year gone by where the El Clasico has not been seen as a clash between two of the world’s top teams and a meeting of galaxy of superstars.

The Worlds First Football Quarter

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With plans to form the world’s first ‘Football Quarter’ in Liverpool’s centre, between The Shankly Hotel and the new Dixie Dean Hotel, now more than ever it has shown the friendly spirit and healthy rivalry between the two teams.

This outstanding proposal will aim to boost the city’s tourism offer and create hundreds more jobs locally.

It would create a draw to the city, a showcase for the hundreds of thousands of additional football visitors and a real tourist destination for footy fans.

The Football Quarter of the city will be a fantastic place for locals, football fans and tourists to come together, enjoy a piece of history and make some fantastic memories.

Liverpool has long called for an area of the city where Evertonians and Liverpudlians can celebrate their combined success in football, and what better place than between two iconic hotels that pay tribute to sporting greats.

It Could Only Be Liverpool

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Despite their on-pitch differences, you’ll never find a more welcoming community than those in Liverpool and it’s this friendly rivalry which has helped the city become what is it today.

Looking at other cities and derby’s, it’s clear to see why Liverpool is the only place that could possibly welcome a Football Quarter.

Go to the Manchester Derby, the North London Derby, the Glasgow Derby and you won’t see scenes like you will at a Merseyside Derby. You won’t see opposition fans sitting amongst each other, or family members supporting different teams.

Driven apart by an undying passion for football, but united by a respect and honour for their great city, Liverpool and Everton’s rivalry in the Merseyside derby is a unique one that has roots as deep as any in English football. Rivalries shape footballing identity and culture and in Liverpool, one of Europe’s most distinctive cultural centres, it is no different.

Looking Forward to Liverpool Oktoberfest 2017

Strap on your Lederhosen, grab your steins and get ready for an Oom-pah-ing good time at Liverpool Oktoberfest 2017. Taking over Pier Head this giant German festival has become a favourite among Liverpool residents and visitors alike and will be hosted this weekend from 21st – 24th September.

Let’s take a look at what you can expect from Liverpool Oktoberfest 2017.

Cheap German Beer

Liverpool Oktoberfest

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Fans of a perfectly brewed golden ale will understand the joy of picking up a chilled glass of German beer. Especially when it comes in huge stein glasses that can hold two pints of the stuff.

This year your pennies will stretch further too as organisers are selling these giant bevvies for just £8.

Unlikely to run short Oktoberfest will be supplied by a tanker holding 23,000 litres of specially brewed beer brought in from a 200-year-old Bavarian brewery.

Steins for everyone.

Awesome Attire

Traditional Bavarian attire will be worn by all staff at Liverpool Oktoberfest, ladies in their dirndl and guys getting their pins out in Lederhosen.

These delightful garments have been around for centuries inspired by the traditional garb of peasants who lived and still live in the Alps.

Dirndl

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In the1870’s the dirndl became the height of fashion among ladies of the upper classes in Austria and by 1890 the popularity of the garment had spread to the rest of the country.

A properly tailored dirndl can set you back a couple of hundred euros, made from custom printed fabrics and made to measure.

The dirndls of today are still worn on formal or special occasions by Austrian and Bavarian ladies. The less traditional outfits, whilst styled similar to the dirndl are reserved for festivals or costumes in themed bars and restaurants around the world.

Lederhosen

Liverpool Oktoberfest

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Translated literally as “leather breeches” Lederhosen are derived from the working-class uniform of Bavaria.

The tough wearing material of Lederhosen was perfect for men who daily undertook physical labour in their job roles.

Instead of catapulting to the height of fashion at the end of the 17th-century Lederhosen popularity declined as it was regarded as clothing for “uncultured peasants” rather than fashionable attire for the upper classes.

The classic Lederhosen and techniques for tailoring them are now preserved as a heritage Bavarian garment and are regarded as a symbol of Bavarian pride or male virility. Many regional men still chose to wear Lederhosen to carry out taxing outdoor chores or to attend local festivals or pubs.

At Oktoberfest, both dirndl and Lederhosen will be making an appearance in traditional and more modern forms. Get into the spirit and check out the latest modern Bavarian fashion here for inspiration.

Deliciously Traditional Delicacies

Liverpool Oktoberfest

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All this beer will need soaking up with some tasty food and luckily Oktoberfest will be bringing more than mass quantities of German alcohol down to Pier Head.

Immerse yourself in the Bavarian culture completely by dining on dishes such as Bratwurst, Brezel, Schnitzel and Schweinebarten. All perfect dishes to accompany a pint or tow of Bavarian beer made mainly of pork and pastry.

Better still there are fabulous offers for both beer and food available including Bavarian sausage, fries and a ½ pint of Feistber, just to get you started.

Full on Festival Atmosphere

Liverpool Oktoberfest

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Through the weekend there will be a live DJ playing some traditional and popular German tunes and of course what Oktoberfest would be complete without an Oom-pah band.

Prepare yourself by brushing up on your German music knowledge with a few favourite tracks;

  • Anton aus Tyrol
  • Cowboy und Indianer (Kom hol das Lasso raus)
  • Fliegerlied
  • Ein Prosit der Gemuetlichkeit
  • Zikke Zakke, Zikke Zakke hey hey hey

You and your friends are guaranteed an experience of German heritage and culture as well as a full stomach and a taste for finely brewed German beer at this year’s Liverpool Oktoberfest.

Don’t forget to grab yourself a souvenir stein glass and head on down to Pier Head this weekend.

The Perfect Oktoberfest AccommodationShankly Hotel Group accommodation

Moments away from Oktoberfest fun The Shankly Hotel is the ideal place to rest your tired feet after a day dancing to Oom-pah tunes.

The Shankly Hotel’s group accommodation can sleep up to four guests in pure luxury with huge comfy beds, double whirlpool baths and stylish décor.

What’s more, the Bastion Bar and Restaurant has a welcoming atmosphere for winding down after Oktoberfest fun and will serve you a hearty breakfast the following day to help you recover.

The Shankly Hotel is Liverpool’s only football-themed hotel in the heart of the city. Themed around Liverpool’s favourite football player/manager, Bill Shankly, guests can enjoy a one of a kind hotel experience including a trip into the career and life of the great man himself.

For more information about the Shankly Hotel or to book your stay for Oktoberfest Liverpool call 0151 601 8801 or email infor@signatureliving.co.uk.

Explore Liverpool with The Shankly Hotel’s Amazing Autumn Escape Offer

The nights are longer, the weather is colder and summer is officially over.

The Shankly Hotel is here to help ease those blues with an exciting and limited time Autumn Escape offer.

Take advantage of all Liverpool has to offer in the cooler months and take a trip to our beautiful city this autumn.

Autumn Escape Offer

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Throughout autumn, The Shankly Hotel is offering an overnight stay in a luxury room for just £99 per couple.

The Shankly Hotel’s beautiful luxury rooms also feature a double jacuzzi bath – perfect for soaking after exploring Liverpool in all the elements autumn has to throw at you.

You’ll not only get to stay in one of the Liverpool hotel’s stunning and breath-taking rooms, you’ll also be treated to a delicious, mouth-watering Full English Breakfast in the morning at The Bastion Bar & Restaurant.

Lovingly created by our expert, in house chefs, the Full English features all the classic components. It’s the perfect meal to warm the cockles on a cool autumn morning.

The Best of Liverpool in Autumn

Stunning Parks

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While Liverpool is amazing in every season, Autumn decorates the city with lovely colours and warm hearts.

Liverpool is one of the greenest cities in the UK, you’re spoilt for choice for incredible parks and green-land to spend hours walking and exploring. Head to Sefton Park for acres upon acres of lovingly cared for and stunning gardens and parkland.

If you’re a keen fan of the reds or the blues, then venture a little further outside the city to Stanley Park. The urban park is famous for separating the rival Merseyside football clubs, Liverpool and Everton, a leisurely stroll around the carefully cut paths will lead you from one stadium to the other.

Adventurous Indoor Activities

It’s a sad fact that in the UK, autumn often brings rainy weather and not so warm temperatures.

Thankfully, Liverpool compensates for the lack of tropical weather with plenty of indoor activities that get the adrenaline pumping.

Breakout Liverpool invites groups to try and escape a locked room by finding clues and solving puzzles. It’s a great way to bring everyone together, whether that be families, friends or co-workers.

Or head to Brunswick Dock, where an indoor trampoline park has taken over a former storage warehouse. Bounce to your heart’s content with nearly 50 trampolines to leap between as well as a dodgeball court, basketball lanes and a jump bag.

Exciting Events

White Collar Boxing in Liverpool

Liverpool is never short of things to do and exciting events, and this autumn is no different. The fun never stops and the twilight months of the year feature some of the best events of the year.

The highly anticipated White Collar Boxing at The Cunard Building is an unmissable event hosted by Signature Fit club.

The event will pit co-worker against co-worker, all in aid of The Whitechapel Centre. Read all about Signature Fight Club and a full rundown of the night’s events.

There’s no excuse to throw in the towel for the year, the end of the summer doesn’t mean the end of the fun. Call us on 0151 601 8801 to make the most of The Shankly Hotel’s amazing Autumn Escape offer.

Signature Fight Club: White Collar Boxing in Liverpool

One of the most exciting October events in Liverpool 2017, why not get involved in White Collar Boxing at the Cunard Building?

The ultimate event for White Collar Boxing in Liverpool, join us at the stunning Liverpool landmark for a night you’ll never forget.

White Collar Boxing in Liverpool

When: Saturday 21st October 2017

Where: The Cunard Building, Liverpool

Bring your A game to the ring next month for an exciting challenge, all in aid of Liverpool’s Whitechapel Centre charity.

The white collar boxing event will include a dazzling black-tie dinner certain to lift your spirits and ignite a fantastic atmosphere.

Filling Liverpool’s majestic Cunard Building with excitement, this is the perfect opportunity to spectate or compete with your co-workers.

Undoubtedly one of the most unique team building activities in Liverpool, gather your team and prepare for an unforgettable night of entertainment!

You can expect the black tie event to include a deliciously indulgent three course meal, live entertainment and a charity auction.

You’ll also have the chance to continue the celebrations at Liverpool’s iconic nightclub Alma de Cuba.

Fighting for Whitechapel Centre

The good new is, you don’t need to be a boxing pro to get involved! You don’t need any experience to get involved and can take part in a spectacular 8-week program with Signature Fit Club in preparation of the night.

White Chapel Centre Liverpool

The Whitechapel Centre is a leading homeless and housing charity in the heart of Liverpool. The charity is renowned for helping those sleeping rough, living in hostels or simply struggling with accommodation.

At Signature Living we’re hugely proud to support Liverpool’s Whitechapel Centre. A proportion of all the event ticket sales, sponsorship and live auction will be donated to The Whitechapel Centre in support of the amazing work they do around the city.

Don’t Miss Out on Your Tickets

We have an array of options available for your group. Choose from 3 jam-packed packages to sit ring side and catch the action up close.

We are also offering fantastic opportunities to sponsor a boxing match. These packages include everything from a VIP drinks reception to a boxers meet and greet, ring side seats and promotion.

You can enquire more or secure your tickets for the fantastic affair here.

The Cunard Building

White Collar Boxing in Liverpool

We can’t think of a more magnificent location for white collar boxing in Liverpool than the striking Cunard Building.

Neighbouring the Liver Building, the Cunard is the integral centre of Liverpool’s world-famous Three Graces.

Without a doubt one of the most stunning buildings in the city, the Cunard sits with the waterfront right on its doorstep.

Formerly serving as the passenger terminal for the Cunard Line, this majestic building is truly one of a kind and we couldn’t be more pleased with the location.

Our white collar boxing event is an unmissable opportunity to wine and dine like a VIP while taking in the splendour of our fabulous city and giving back to charity.

So, spread the word to your co-workers and get the office excitement building. We look forward to seeing you ring side this October!

 

Man City vs Liverpool: Watch & Stay at The Shankly Hotel

The Shankly Hotel offers Liverpool FC fans the ultimate stay in the city. Filled with the stories that shaped the life of Bill Shankly, the truly unique hotel also offers guests in-depth insight into the life of the footballing legend.

The upcoming Premier League game on Saturday 9th September 2017 is an unmissable one. If you won’t heading to Manchestser, don’t worry! The game will be awaiting you at The Bastion Bar & Restaurant.

A hidden gem within the hotel, The Bastion Bar & Restaurant is a go-to spot to catch Liverpool matches in action. See the highly anticipated game unfold in fantastically atmospheric surroundings.

At the Bastion, you’ll find yourself surrounded by fans just as passionate as you are. You’ll also have the chance to spend some time discovering memorabilia including Bill Shankly’s personal typewriter and original LFC contract.

The Bastion Bar & Restaurant

Serving up a variety of hearty dishes, you’ll be spoilt for choice as you sit back, relax and let the game begin.

The Bastion menu includes everything from grilled Sirloin Steak to Corn Fed Chicken Breast and an array of delicious sides. Wash it all down with a good old fashioned pint or one of our tasty cocktails.

Perfect for groups of family and friends, the Bastion offers an unrivalled atmosphere with a special buzz on match days.

Staying at The Shankly Hotel

Situated in the heart of Liverpool city centre, The Shankly Hotel offers guests the chance to stay only moments from Liverpool’s famous nightlife scene.

A favourite for group accommodation in Liverpool, stay in luxury room or suite for a sociable, stylish stay in the city.

Why not enjoy the match and treat yourself to a stay overnight at The Shankly? Fitted with stylish decor and bedding, sink into a comfortably plush bed at the end of the night.

Rooms also include a relaxing whirlpool bath, perfect for washing off the night before! You’ll leave us feeling restored and rejuvenated.

Serving a scrumptious breakfast the following morning, head down to the Bastion to fuel the day ahead.

With Liverpool landmarks and the city’s vibrant shopping district just around the corner, you’ll find plenty to do and see right on your doorstep.

The Shankly Tours

However, you may fancy embarking on one of our fascinating Shankly Tours, offering bespoke, guided tours of Liverpool.

Shankly Tours offer a brilliant way to see the best of Liverpool in a whole new light, whether you’re a local Scouser or paying a visit to the city.

The Liverpool Was Made for Me tour is a favourite amongst our guests. The captivating tour covers the city’s famous landmarks in Liverpool’s footballing history and includes the brand new Liverpool FC Stadium and Museum Tour.

And if you’re in search of a little variety, look no further than the Fab Four and Shanks Tour, transporting you back through the iconic era that saw The Beatles and Liverpool Football Club rise to success.

So, make this weekend a memorable one and treat yourself or someone special to the ultimate footballing weekend.

Whether you join us at The Bastion for the atmospheric match or you embark on a Shankly Tour, we hope to see you soon!

 

Shankly Hotel: Events in Liverpool in September 2017

Enjoy charming afternoon tea, a dazzling musical or tasty treats with our guide to the best events in Liverpool in September 2017.

This September is set to be bigger and better than ever in Liverpool and we couldn’t be more excited!

The stylish Shankly Hotel is located within the heart of Liverpool city centre. A fantastic location for seeing the best of the city, we’re a favourite for theatre-goers and visitors to the city.

Fairytale Afternoon Tea

When: 10th September 2017

Where: Eden at The Shankly Hotel

Fairytale afternoon tea in liverpool

One of the most enchanting events in Liverpool in September 2017, why not bring the little ones along to Fairytale Afternoon Tea?

Hosted within The Shankly Hotel’s charming Garden of Eden, step into a world of wonder including fabulous princesses and tasty food and drink.

The Shankly Hotel is only moments from Liverpool’s most famous landmarks, so this is the perfect afternoon treat before exploring the city!

Liverpool Food & Drink Festival

When: 16th – 17th September 2017

Where: Sefton Park

Liverpool Food & Drink Festival

Undoubtedly the most delicious of events in Liverpool in September 2017, the unmissable Liverpool Food & Drink Festival is back!

Indulge in an array of tasty bites and refreshing beverages as you sit back, relax and enjoy entertainment at the picturesque Sefton Park.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary this September, choose from a wide variety of eclectic street food and mouthwatering desserts from local independents and more.

This year, you can expect to see Caribou Poutine bringing the best of Canada to the UK as well as Mexico Joe and Squidly Diddly.

Oktoberfest

When: 21st – 24th September 2017

Where: Pierhead

Oktoberfest Liverpool 2017

This September, Oktoberfest is back! Best-loved for igniting the spirit of Munich in the heart of Liverpool, this is one event not to miss!

The dynamic weekend is set to include everything from live music and decorations to a giant tent creating the atmosphere of an authentic Oktoberfest hall.

Providing the perfect backdrop, this fantastic celebration will be held at Liverpool’s stunning Pier Head surrounded by the city’s world-famous landmarks and striking architecture.

Dirty Dancing

When: 18th – 23rd September 2017

Where: Liverpool Empire Theatre

Dirty Dancing Empire Theatre 2017

Celebrate the last of summer with a night out to see Dirty Dancing at the Liverpool Empire Theatre 2017.

See the timeless love story and iconic dance moves of Johnny and Baby brought to life on Liverpool’s famous theatre stage.

Featuring 35 hit songs including Hungry Eyes and (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life this spectacular show is guaranteed to lift your spirits and leave your toes tapping all the way home!

The Johnny Cash Roadshow

When: 30th September 2017

Where: Liverpool Empire Theatre

Johnny Cash Roadshow

One of the most highly anticipated events in Liverpool in September 2017, don’t miss the Johnny Cash Roadshow at Liverpool Empire Theatre.

Whether you’re a die-hard Cash fan or a casual listener, this dazzling show provides the perfect night of entertainment.

Transporting you through the years, audiences are taken from the 1950s to 2002 including all of the legendary musicians greatest hits.

To enquire further about booking Fairytale Afternoon Tea or to book a fantastic stay at The Shankly Hotel, our team are ready to help on 0151 601 8801 today.