Weddings at The Shankly: Stunning Photography by Matthew Rycraft

The Shankly Hotel is a premier location for weddings in Liverpool. With the beautiful Garden of Eden offering unrestricted views across the city, it is undeniably the ultimate rooftop wedding venue for that special day.

It only makes sense that such a stunning venue on such a special day needs to be captured forever and frozen in time for years of vibrant memories. That’s why it is so important to get the right photographer for the big day. So much effort goes into getting everything perfect, getting an eternal keepsake is an aspect of your wedding that cannot be overlooked or done by half.

At The Shankly Hotel, our weddings offer a different class of event and many of our happy couples are looking for the best of the best for all aspects of the ceremony.

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Finding the Best Photographer

Matthew Rycraft has shot many weddings in Liverpool at The Shankly Hotel, guiding couples through their day and ensuring each photograph captures a special moment. The care and dedication that goes into every wedding shine through in the stunning photos that come out the other end.

When the Garden of Eden opened for weddings in 2016, Matt photographed the very first ceremony, beautifully capturing and showcasing the elegance of the unique venue.

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It’s an undeniable fact that the Merseyside based photographer has set the standard for architectural wedding photography in the area. It’s clear from his breath-taking portfolio that having an expert eye for a dramatic and inspiring shot can be the difference between a good photo and a great photo.

The passion that emulates through the photos helps to make Matthew’s photos the benchmark for wedding photography not only at The Shankly Hotel but at our sister hotel, 30 James Street. His wedding photography really helps to enhance the already stunning features of both iconic buildings, with the entrance archways and the staircase at the former home of White Star Line headquarters being particularly favourite locations of his.

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It’s these great aspects and years of experience that has led to a firm and reliable relationship with the wedding teams at both hotels. This connection and rapport really help to bring a wedding together, ensuring the day runs smoothly and the bride gets the images that she will cherish for a lifetime.

Making decisions in partnership with the wedding team is the key to making the day perfect, running smoothly and in the best interest of the happy couple. Matt helps to capture the perfect moment in time, using years of experience and a well-established, tried and tested style that incorporate a vision of drama, the classic and the natural.

The Perfect Heavenly Venue

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It’s not hard to show the Garden of Eden or Baby Eden in a good light, the venues are beautiful and a destination within themselves, but Matthew manages to bring out the best in our stunning event backdrops and somehow makes them look even more gorgeous than they already are.

It’s not just the beautiful event space that makes The Shankly Hotel the perfect place for your dream day. The city centre hotel is one of the most iconic hotels in Liverpool, minutes walk from the thriving centre of Liverpool and designed with utter luxury in mind, your wedding guests can enjoy unique suites and luxurious furnishings and fittings.

There’s even a bridal suite that is guaranteed to take your breath away. With a private snug area, double shower and in-room jacuzzi bath, the bridal suite is definitely somewhere that you won’t forget in a hurry.

Being one of the most popular photographers at our hotels, Matthew Rycraft’s diary gets full months in advance. Visit his site to enquire about availability and don’t miss out on your very own wedding photography experience, with complete care from start to finish. Make sure you check out his Twitter for the latest updates or browse the Instagram for wedding inspiration.

If you want to plan your wedding at The Shankyl Hotel and have an incredible and memorable day, email our coordinators at or call 0151 541 9999 and select option 2 then option 5.

11 Memorable Moments from The Shankly Hotel in 2016

It’s been an exciting year for The Shankly Hotel. Since the doors first opened in August 2015, we have hosted some fabulous events and created some amazing memories. Here we count down our most memorable moments from The Shankly Hotel in 2016:

Liverpool’s First Autism Friendly Hotel

As part of a city-wide initiative, The Shankly Hotel  proudly joined other established Liverpool companies to raise autism awareness.

1st autism friendly Liverpool hotel - The Shankly in 2016

Our staff members were individually trained to recognise signs that somebody may have autism. The initiative was backed by a number of schemes as well as the Autism alliance. This along with our help ensured a national audience was reached.

The Shankly Hotel were honoured to be included in such an important initiative and continue to support the plan today.

The Shankly Hotel wins ‘Simply the Guest’ Award 

Just short of a year on from our grand opening and we were the proud recipients of LateRooms prestigious ‘Simply the Guest Award’.

This award is voted for by genuine guest reviews, which is why we were even more pleased to have earned the title.

Customer experience is at the forefront of any Signature Living hotel. The staff at The Shankly Hotel are what make our guests experiences what they are. Therefore, we owe this award to the team for their remarkable efforts.

Our guests are also to thank for taking the time to leave such glowing reviews following their stay with the Shankly Hotel in 2016.

For this and every happy guest experience we can help create, we are grateful.

The Shankly Hotel Wins the LEP Best Newcomer Award

Imagine our delight when another prestigious industry award came our way. Liverpool City Region Tourism Awards recognised The Shankly Hotel as its Best Hotel Newcomer. All this less than 12 months from our grand opening.

LEP Award The Shankly Hotel in 2016

Signature Living owners Lawrence and Katie Kenwright and Bill Shankly’s grandson, Chris Carline attended the ceremony. The trio accepted the award with immense pride and credited staff for their tremendous effort and making the award win possible.

The Shankly Virtual Experience

The Shankly Hotel is renowned for being a unique one of a kind accommodation experience. Bringing to our guests a Bill Shankly experience that can’t be found anywhere else.

Visitors to the Shankly Hotel in 2016 were treated to an out of this world virtual experience. Using modern technology to deliver a brand-new concept, The Shankly Hotel have created The Shankly Virtual Experience.

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Diners from the Bastion Bar and Restaurant and guests at The Shankly Hotel can enjoy the virtual presence of Bill Shankly. Watch on screen as a realistic version of the man himself appears to be dining with you and your friends.

A leap into the future of hotel experiences and a new meaning to those of us who have Bill Shankly on their fantasy dinner guest lists.

The Shankly Hotel Named One of the World’s Best Football Themed Hotels

The Shankly Hotel was first and foremost created as a family friendly hotel. The values and morals passed down by of the greatest player/managers in footballing history are at the heart of all that we do.

Of course, it goes without saying that the Bill Shankly theme carried a lot more than amazing family values. The prestigious footballing career of Bill Shankly is portrayed for all to see throughout The Shankly Hotel.

Shankly Hotel Memorabilia

Guests can enjoy an array of marvellous memorabilia, depicting a fabulous footballing past. Bill Shankly’s contribution to the game of football gave creators of The Shankly Hotel an amazing foundation on which to build such an engaging theme.

We were over joyed being recognised as one of the world’s best football themed hotels. A title awarded to us by the Mirror almost a year on from our grand opening.

The Shankly family have provided the most amazing insight into what made Bill Shankly such an admirable man.

Shankly’s Greatest XI

In summer of 2016 The Shankly Hotel began a public vote to craft the ultimate dream team. We asked the people to choose a team to be named Shankly’s Greatest XI. Voting commenced and in one short month the greatest XI were announced.

To celebrate the a stunning evening dinner banquet took place in The Garden of Eden. Former players and families joined together to mark the contributions made by Bill Shankly to the game of football.

Shankly's Greatest XI - The Shankly in 2016

Players met and greeted fans who had specifically booked tickets for the event in our Baby Eden events venue. The greatest XI and representing families then enjoyed a three-course meal, live entertainment and a silent auction for some rare LFC memorabilia.

A particularly fascinating evening for us and one of our favourite memories from The Shankly Hotel in 2016.

Launch of the Shankly Tours

Bill Shankly was a Scottish man “proud to be called a scouser” and it was this sentiment that inspired us to introduce The Shankly Tours.

The Shankly Hotel tailored a fun selection of trips across Liverpool. The tours include sights and experiences that celebrate the connection Bill Shankly had with the city, it people and both football clubs.

There are football specific tours, match day tours and a combination Shankly and Fab Four Beatles tour. The city excursions have proven to be hugely popular and have made a fabulous addition to Liverpool’s tourist attractions.

We look forward to introducing further Shankly Tour options in 2017. Welcoming many more visitors to experience an alternative view of Liverpool.

Garden of Eden Launch

73The eagerly anticipated launch of our city centre rooftop venue, The Garden of Eden, was nothing short of magical.

A full list of VIP’s gathered at on the top floor of the Shankly Hotel. We were pleased to welcome members of Hollyoaks cast, The Real Housewives of Cheshire and a Liverpool football legend or two.

The Garden of Eden is the ideal city centre rooftop space for glamourous events and stunning Liverpool weddings. We were so pleased with the turn out for our official Garden of Eden Launch party.

The evening included performances from the Nazielle Danielle School of Dance, Rachel McFarlane and was hosted by Liverpool radio personality Pete Price.

The Eden Launch - The Shankly Hotel in 2016Alongside our celebrities and fabulous performers were a host of whimsical theatrical characters that made the entire evening a true fairy tale full of whimsy and wonderment.

The most perfect evening of celebration introducing the most magical Liverpool events space.

The Bastion’s Pastry Chef Wins Apprentice of the Year

Signature Living are proud to have provided Liverpool’s youth with nearlyl 100 apprenticeships this year.

The ability for us to provide young people the opportunity to work in fast paced, exciting environments is only growing as we do.

We saw fantastic results of the exciting opportunities we offer at The Shankly Hotel in 2016. Our Pastry Chef Apprentice Amy Wilson was awarded Apprentice of the Year at this year’s Switch Onto Business Awards.

Just 12 month after starting her career in the kitchen, Amy has been awarded this prestigious accolade. Her efforts have also impressed her mentor and our executive head chef Matt Cox.

“Amy is innovative, will try anything, experiments and has lots of great ideas… I would put her up there with one of the best apprentices I have ever worked with in 20 years of catering.”

We are sure there’s more to come from Amy and from the other hardworking individuals we have welcomed into the Signature Living family.

Signature’s Grotto at The Garden of Eden

What’s one thing that makes any child’s Christmas wishes complete? A visit to see Santa in Signature’s Grotto.

When we teamed up with One Magical City, we wanted to create the perfect winter wonderland so children in Liverpool could meet the man in red.

Our roof top venue, The Garden of Eden, was transformed into Santa’s Liverpool hideaway. We invited children up to the top floor of the Shankly Hotel, to give Santa their Christmas list. Each little one also collected themselves an early Christmas present.

Signature’s Grotto provided fabulous views across the city for those who were waiting to see Santa. Giving the children who attended a truly memorable Christmas Grotto experience.

TOWIE at The Shankly Hotel

The annual TV favourite, The Only Way is Essexmas, has become a popular UK Christmas TV staple.

We were over the moon when the cast of TOWIE descended upon Liverpool to film the special episode with us.

Cast members Chloe Sims, Danielle Armstrong, John Clark, Tommy Mallet, Georgia Kousoulou and couple Megan McKenna and Pete Wicks were here.

Each cast member enjoyed an evening in one of our luxury suites. The glamorous ladies even treated themselves to a well-deserved glass of bubbly and delicious afternoon tea in The Bastion Bar and Restaurant.

Keep an eye out this Essexmas for scenes filmed at The Shankly hotel in 2016.

The Only Way is Essexmas Filming at The Shankly Hotel in 2016

Magical Wedding Show at the Garden of Eden

To celebrate the launch of the newest Liverpool wedding venue, The Garden of Eden, our wedding team at the Shankly Hotel organised a wonderful Eden Wedding Show. The first of many to come.

The Shankly Hotel opened it’s doors to happy brides and grooms inviting them int to imagine how their special day could be spent with us.

The event was a screaming success and all who attended had access to the best local suppliers. We even hosted a glamorous fashion show complete with catwalk and models clad in wedding day attire.

Catwalk at The Garden of Eden Wedding Show

Our guests and the team involved participated in the internet craze the Mannequin Challenge. An all-round fantastic day was had by staff and guests. The first Wedding Show of many more spectacular events we look forward to hosting at The Garden of Eden.


So here’s where we wrap up memories from The Shankly Hotel in 2016. An entire year of fabulous events and wonderful moments.

We’d like to thank each and every person who made these moments possible, our wonderful staff and all those who have been mentioned above.

In particular, we’d like to thank our guests with whom we look forward to helping make more magical memories at The Shankly Hotel in 2017.

Top 10 tips for the Grooms ‘Big Day’

So after popping the ‘big question’ and getting the answer yes, have you considered what happens between now and the ‘big day’. Your bride is most likely to have had the perfect wedding planned to perfection since childhood. But what about you?

Hopefully we can help you along with some top tips in preparation for the special day

Choose a stylish Ensemble

Quite possibly the most important input you have is in your attire. Your intended is likely to outshine you, so the need for you to look as dapper as possible has never been greater. Your suit should fit you like a second skin and be as comfortable as it is stylish. Never a better reason to choose high quality bespoke tailoring than on your wedding day. From top to toe Signature Bespoke can provide you with a truly personalised all-encompassing service. Just like your bride to be why not make a day of visiting your tailor with your groomsmen. Make the visit an experience, as unique to you as the finished product. From fitting to delivery Signature Bespoke’s Master Tailors will ensure you look the very best you can. From the flawlessly finished lapels on your suit to the tips of the toes on your tailor made shoes. Every inch of you suitably styled matching the perfection of your bride to be.

Pick the best Groomsmen

Making sure you have the best team supporting you on your special day is essential. Although your best buddy might be a great laugh and a guaranteed party monster, he may not be an entirely suitable choice for best man. There is also a certain amount of etiquette to be considered when selecting those to stand by you at the altar. Your brother, your intendeds brother and husband to the maid of honour are all in the running when sticking to ancient customs. We believe that your groomsmen should provide you with support and stability. The type of guys whom you can rely on should anything go awry and those who will help to perfect your special day.

Select Perfect Groomsmen gifts

To honour those standing by your side on the big day, a special and personal gift says it all. Odds are they all have hip flasks, and cufflinks of their own so how to show you appreciate their time with something unique? Signature Bespoke, as well as outfitting you and your party for the special day, also produce high quality, uniquely styled pens. Making an ideal gift that shows thanks and appreciation for your groomsmen’s support.

Write Your vows from the heart

You know how you feel about your bride to be and, no doubt, so does she. Expressing these feelings in words can be difficult but a top tip from us is to forget about the crowd of people watching you and speak from your heart. Your vows are just for you two so make them memorable, personal and honest. Odds are no matter what you say, it won’t change the way she feels about you anyway.

A Stag night stay in the UK


With the ever increasing extravagances of stag night celebrations, we believe it’s time to consider a closer to home alternative to Vegas or Prague. Forgo the expenditure of travelling abroad and instead spend those pennies on a luxury break at The Shankly Hotel. Our Rum and Fun Package is a great way to experience the city of Liverpool whilst having a top laugh with the guys. Including an overnight stay, welcome beers, entry to a gentleman’s club and a fun rum tasting experience, you and the lads can enjoy a chic and stylish stag night with none of the travel hassle. An added bonus, no one will be lost in Vegas or left at the airport.

Choosing the Wedding rings

If you’re not big on jewellery then the wedding ring choice is likely to be a challenge. As this is something you are going to be wearing forever, its best to make your choice carefully with the future in mind. The simple gold band can be embellished or interpreted in many different ways today, making the choices seem endless. This is an opportunity to inject your own style and taste into the relationship, so choose wisely as a chance like this may not present itself again. Ever!

Clip on or tie?

A major decision but a short one. Do you go for opt for complicated chic or simplistic style? Will you need assistance on the day tying a perfect bow or Windsor, or go it alone with your clip on alternative? Decisions, decisions.

Visit the Barber

There is much to be said about a clean and polished look for your wedding day, but what if this simply isn’t your style? The fashion restrictions for grooms have relaxed over time, allowing decisions for hair styles and facial hair to be made by you. Looking your best can simply be that you feel comfortable throughout the day. After all your intended is marrying you for better or worse so what’s a little stylish stubble when measured against a future of happiness?

Relax the night before the big day


The night before could bring to a head all those pre wedding jitters you had previously dismissed. Rather than risk worrying all night on your lonesome consider booking a group apartment to share with your groomsmen. Take the opportunity to enjoy their company in style and relaxation. Keep it simple and organise a Fifa night in at The Shankly Hotel, in one of our luxury group suites. Or enjoy watching the match in The Bastion Bar and Restaurant whilst dining and drinking those last beers as a single man. Take this time the night before to relax and wind down, in preparation for the excitement of the next day.

Get her the perfect gift

A fairly modern yet important addition to the tradition of marriage, the groom to bride wedding gift. Some of the smarter grooms are opting to pay for an item of their fiancées bridal ensemble, others are footing the bill for a bride’s day of pampering. Providing that unexpected trinket will honour your special day together. A show of appreciation for her agreeing to marry you and a thank you for the most special day of your lives.

We know that a wedding is about two people beginning a lifetime of happiness together, we are here to help make sure in the days leading up to the big one you, The Groom, are as considered as the blushing bride.

Call 0151 236 0166 or email to arrange your stag celebrations, or a nights stay before the big day, we are here to help you enjoy all the best bits of getting married.

Garden of Eden Weddings to Open in January 2016

Phase two will soon begin at Millennium House. Following the successful opening of The Shankly Hotel and The Bastion Bar & Restaurant, we are delighted the 250 cover Garden of Eden Wedding venue is on schedule to open in January 2016.

The Signature Living project will ensure every happy couple who passes through the building’s doors will have a magical wedding day.

The Garden of Eden Wedding venue

Guests can choose to have a wedding in our beautiful suite, which offers floor to ceiling windows and a fantastic view of the iconic Liverpool skyline. Also many famous landmarks such as the Three Graces, Liver Building, Pier Head and the buzzing city below are visible.

Alternatively, you can select our fabulous rooftop garden that spans an incredible 15,000 square feet and includes an infinity pool.

Liverpool Wedding Venue

Whatever your preference, both the newlyweds and their guests will enjoy a romantic backdrop they’ll never forget. A talented and experienced wedding coordinator will also be available to ensure your day is stress-free and runs smoothly – as no request is too big or too small for our team.

If you are planning a Liverpool wedding in 2016 and beyond, consider our Garden of Eden Wedding venue for a truly unforgettable day. We will create a wedding day as perfect as you both are for one another.

For more information, call 0151 236 0166 or email Our helpful, friendly team will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have about the venue.