The Shankly Hotel | Huge Party Planned if Liverpool Win the League

As the season enters its penultimate chapter Liverpool look in prime position to mount one final assault, one last hurrah.

If that’s the case, we at The Shankly Hotel have decided to throw an enormous party on May 12 if Liverpool win the league; because where else would be better to celebrate such a mammoth and wonderful occasion.

Prepare for a party of epic proportions on The Garden of Eden terrace within The Shankly Hotel if Liverpool can come out on top in May.

The Party of the Year

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Picture the scene: the sun is ablaze, the unbroken stream of beer hasn’t stopped for hours, we haven’t been home since the final whistle was blown, oh, and Liverpool are Premier League champions – sounds incredible doesn’t it. We hope to replicate scenes such as these when – sorry – if Liverpool win the league in May.

They’ve come close before, so close in fact that we counted down the best Liverpool teams never to win it, but on this occasion it feels special, incredible almost. And, what could be a more appropriate way to commemorate such an achievement than to celebrate on top of a hotel that bears the name of Liverpool’s adopted son and iconic leader.

This massive event is to include a free bar and entertainment that wouldn’t look out of place in the bowls of the Kop; so, prepare for a soundtrack of Liverpool’s most loved chants on May 12.

Come that momentous day in May, our party could perhaps be a less nervous occasion as the Reds may have been crowned champions by then, or, everyone may be on the brink of a breakdown as the final whistle is blown. So, be prepared to either lessen the pressure or simply continue the celebrations which started way back when Liverpool tore up the history books.

The Shankly Hotel

The Shankly

So, what makes The Shankly Hotel the perfect place to host such an important party?

The Shankly Hotel is the number one destination in the North West for any Liverpool fan. We pride ourselves on our electric matchday atmosphere, in addition to superb drinks deals, a unique environment that is sure to impress any Liverpool supporter and luxurious rooms that are perfect for weekends away with your mates.

Dedicated to Liverpool’s iconic leader, The Bastion Bar and Restaurant is the best place in Liverpool to watch the Reds. Located inside the spectacular Shankly Hotel, this wonderful restaurant enables diners to delve deeper into the personal and professional escapades of the ex-Liverpool boss.

To complete this picture of remarkable opulence, the party is in The Garden of Eden within The Shankly. This beautiful venue is unlike anywhere else as it boasts some of the most wondrous views of the city.

Indeed, where would be more appropriate to toast Liverpool’s success than a venue which overlooks the city that shares their name.

Shed a tear on top of The Shankly as there will be no more worlds to concur when Liverpool win the league.

We hope that Liverpool can be crowned champions this summer so we can throw our epic party on May 12. We hope to have more information about the event soon, so keep an eye on our Facebook and be ready to celebrate come May.

What’s on Liverpool | Our Guide to the Best Events This March

February is finished, and with a new month comes a lot of new and wonderful events to revel in. Prepare for a mad March as we welcome in the warm weather at The Shankly Hotel. We’re just a stone’s throw away from most of Liverpool’s main attractions, theatres, bars and restaurants, so you can count on us to prepare you for the awesome adventure ahead.

From a curious comic book festival to afternoon tea with a soulful twist, March is sure to be spectacular. So, here’s our pick of the best events in Liverpool this month.

Liverpool Comic Con

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Where: The Exhibition Centre

When: Friday 8 – Sunday 10 March

From retro arcade cabs and props to comic book superstars, Liverpool Comic Con is not to be missed by anime experts this month. Head down to the waterside this March and bask in the wonder of Superman, meet Rocky Balboa’s brother-in-law or have a chat with one of cinemas most loved characters. One not to miss this month.

Gymnastics British Championships 2019

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Where: M&S Bank Arena

When: 17 March

prepared to be wowed by the suppleness and sheer power of some of Britain’s best athletes. This March take your seat and watch on in amazement as Olympic, Commonwealth and European superstars compete for the renowned UK title. Whether it be the powerhouses on the beam to the absolute beauty of the routines, the Gymnastics British Championships is an event in Liverpool for the entire family to enjoy.

Just Dusty Afternoon Tea

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Where: 30 James Street

When: 3 March

This fabulous event in Liverpool celebrates the voice of the one and only pop diva. With bubbles on arrival, an extremely talented tribute act and scrumptious afternoon tea, this is not to be missed by Dusty devotees. Set in the spectacular 30 James Street, Just Dusty is sure to “take another piece of your heart” – in a nice way.

Sheridan Smith – A Northern Soul Tour

Where: M&S Bank Arena

When 22 March

Another pop diva is back on home soil this March as Sheridan Smith’s ‘A Northern Soul Tour’ comes to Liverpool. An eclectic mix of soulful classics and contemporary hits, Sheridan Smith’s ‘A Northern Soul Tour’ is sure to be superb. A perfect opportunity indeed, to belt out some soulful tunes and support one of our own. Easily one of the best events in Liverpool this March.

Motown Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea

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Where: 30 James Street

When: 31 March (Mother’s Day)

Time to rewind and release your inner diva with mum this year at 30 James Street’s Motown Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea. Devour a scrumptious selection of delicious cakes, pastries, and sandwiches and a side of prosecco to toast the woman of the day. Then, watch on – in either embarrassment or happiness – as mum unleashes her inner diva to a soundtrack of Motown tunes. Motown Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea is, hands down, the best event in Liverpool to celebrate Mother’s Day this month.

Absolutely Fabulous Gin Festival

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Where: Royal Liver Building

When: 23 March

The Absolutely Fabulous Gin Festival comes to the wondrous Royal Liver Building this March. With a choice of over 107 gins, selection of rums, wine, prosecco and beer, channel your inner Patsy Stone and enjoy one of the most absolutely fabulous events in Liverpool.

National Pie Week

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Where: The Shankly Hotel

When: 4 – 10 March

To celebrate National Pie Week, The Bastion Bar and Restaurant at The Shankly Hotel – which has recently been nominated for Hotel of the Year at the LEP Liverpool Tourism Awards – has created a delicious pie to mark the event in Liverpool. Our pies are made entirely from scratch and baked fresh each day to ensure maximum flavour and maximum enjoyment. From chicken and onion to Shankly’s favourite steak and kidney, The Bastion Bar and Restaurant is the place to be this March.

Tate Liverpool’s 30th Anniversary

Where: Albert Dock

When: March

From April 2018 to its conclusion in March 2019, Tate Liverpool marks its 30th anniversary with exhibitions by two titans of modern art in addition to a whole host of free displays, events and celebrations to mark this momentous birthday. As the weather starts to warm, The Albert Dock is the place to be this month.

So, our countdown is as finished as February. Sound wonderful? Why don’t you book a stay in The Shankly this March – or any month for that matter. Contact our friendly team on 0151 236 0166 or email reservations@shanklyhotel.come

Celebrate National Pie Week at The Shankly Hotel

There aren’t many sports that have their own savoury staple. Perhaps it’s no surprise that the oldest, most celebrated sport in the country has adopted one of the world’s oldest snacks as its emblematic meal: the humble pie epitomises a world immersed by oversea owners and social media.

So, with National Pie Week on the horizon, we’ve decided to take a closer look at why, when you’re at the match, you always choose that meat and potato treat.

A Match Made in Pastry Heaven

 

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The humble pie has popped up on numerous occasions at some of the most important matches. From 20 stone men to the Sunderland forward who, when a pie was thrown at him from the stands picked it up and devoured it, the pie is a Saturday staple.

So eminent is the connection that in 2008 a man vowed to tour the UK in search of the best savoury snack. He ate a mammoth 92 pies and even penned a book about his experiences named, wait for it, “92 Pies.”

It seems somewhat proper to rate the pies and so, that’s where the team at Pierate come to the fore. Because of them, we now know that Morecambe is the home of the nation’s most loved pie.

Everton’s attempt at a pie, however, was described as: “Goodison, but not good enough.”

But, to our horror and distaste, Liverpool are nowhere to be seen. The cheek of it.

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Founded in 2010, Homebaked is a co-operative bakery situated in the shadow of Liverpool’s stadium. Some even say that the current eatery that provides supporters with their pre-match pie was inspired by the kindness of Shankly himself.

This delicious bakery has provided the community and countless supporters from across the world with pies and snacks for almost a century, and, is the ideal place to celebrate National Pie Week.

Since 2010, the cues at Homebaked have snaked out the door and around the street as it has become traditional to purchase a pie to either keep your hands warm or, more importantly, support the local community.

Many believe that Homebaked was inspired by Liverpool’s iconic leader and that could be why their trademark pie is aptly named: “The Shankly Pie” made with steak, bacon, mushroom and onion.

Today, Homebaked use their massive matchday profits to help educate and train their bakers. They also hold classes and communal courses and any surplus food is donated to food banks and homeless shelters.

So, why not pop in and support them this National Pie Week.

National Pie Week 2019

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So, to celebrate National Pie Week, The Bastion Bar and Restaurant at The Shankly Hotelwhich has recently been nominated for Hotel of the Year at the LEP Liverpool Tourism Awards – has created a delicious pie to mark the event.

From chicken and onion to Shankly’s favourite steak and kidney, The Bastion Bar and Restaurant is the place to be this March.

Our pies are made entirely from scratch and baked fresh each day to ensure maximum flavour and maximum enjoyment.

Indeed, why not make the most of National Pie Week and book a stay at the hotel. The Shankly is ideal for romantic stays or weekends away – and what could be more romantic than a pie dinner for two.

Our friendly and helpful team can’t wait to hear from you. Contact us on 0151 236 0166 or email reservations@shanklyhotel.com

Also, keep on top of the action over on our Facebook as we’re set to star in our very own BBC documentary.

The Shankly Hotel is Recognised with LEP Hotel of the Year Nomination

Liverpool boasts a £4.5 billion visitor economy entering 2019 and the city’s tourism industry is responsible for 53,500 jobs. Both The Shankly Hotel and the Signature Living Group are proud to contribute towards these impressive statistics and are looking forward to being recognised for the contribution they make to the industry.

This year The Shankly Hotel have been shortlisted by the LEP Liverpool City Region Tourism Awards and are nominated to win Hotel of the Year.

The Shankly Hotel Awarding History

Since the doors opened at The Shankly Hotel in 2015, Signature Living have worked hard to bring a new type of themed accommodation to the city of Liverpool.

The Shankly Hotel in Liverpool

The unique concept, a Shankly themed hotel, has proven to be a great success, drawing in visitors to Liverpool from all over the globe.

The Shankly Hotel has proven to be a popular choice for visiting football fans, as well as a family-friendly hotel which welcomes in groups of all sizes.

In 2016, The Shankly Hotel was lucky enough to be nominated by LEP Liverpool City Region Tourism Awards under the category, Newcomer of the Year and won.

LEP Award The Shankly Hotel in 2016

Since then The Shankly Hotel has gone on to become a well-known name in Liverpool tourism, and off the back of such success are taking the concept and opening a new hotel Preston, Lancashire.

Soon The Shankly Preston will open its doors in the city that once welcomed Bill Shankly as a player for the mighty Preston North End. The interest surrounding the project has already caused quite a stir in the local area and people are looking forward to seeing what this latest Shankly themed venture will bring.

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Now almost 4 years down the line since opening their doors, The Shankly Liverpool are looking forward to potentially being awarded Liverpool’s hotel of the year for 2019, ahead of opening our second Shankly Hotel in Preston.

Why The Shankly Hotel?

The reasons for our nomination can no doubt be attributed to guest satisfaction as well as our dynamic approach to providing one of a kind accommodation experiences, for our guests and people of the city.

From the luxurious hotel rooms with indulgent facilities, such as double jacuzzi baths and flat screen TV’s, to the amazing regular events hosted within The Garden of Eden, The Shankly delivers something different to each and every guest who enters.

1st autism friendly Liverpool hotel - The Shankly in 2016

The Shankly Hotel was one of the first Autism Friendly hotels in Liverpool and has helped numerous young people’s dreams come true through professional Liverpool apprenticeship placement schemes.

Having recently introduced Signature Live Sessions as well, The Shankly Hotel can now count itself among the numerous live music venues that support Liverpool’s musical heritage.

Showcasing unknown, local Liverpool acts alongside established bands who hail from the city, Signature Live Sessions have given both its guests and residents of Liverpool a chance to see what the Liverpool music scene is all about.

In short, The Shankly Hotel delivers more than just a place to stay, giving back to the city’s economy in so many ways, makes The Shankly so much more than just a hotel.

The Awards Ceremony

In May 2019, an elegant awards ceremony will take place in Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral. One of the city’s most impressive, historic landmarks, the Cathedral’s grand interior provides the perfect backdrop for such a grand ceremony.

Liverpool LEP awards 2016

In previous years the stunning St George’s Hall has hosted the event, welcoming representatives from Liverpool’s shortlisted tourism nominees and this year we won’t be expecting any different.

Liverpool’s finest business owners and their staff will be out in force, dressed to impress in what is expected to be an exciting black-tie event.

We can’t wait to find out if The Shankly Hotel has picked up yet another prestigious industry award, either way, just being nominated let’s us know we’re doing things right.

To book your stay at The Shankly Hotel, or to get more information about our upcoming events, gigs and afternoon teas call 0151 236 0166 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk.

The Ultimate Liverpool Football Club Fan Hotel

The Shankly Hotel is the number one destination in the North West for any Liverpool Football Club fan.

We pride ourselves on providing the most electric match day atmosphere, in addition to superb drinks deals, a unique environment that is sure to impress any Liverpool fan, and luxurious football-themed rooms that are perfect for group stays.

So, with Liverpool on the cusp of greatness, maybe it’s time you started planning your next stay in one of our amazing football-themed rooms.

The Only Place to Watch the Game

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Dedicated to Liverpool’s icon leader, The Bastion Bar and Restaurant is the best place in Liverpool to watch the Reds. Located inside the spectacular Shankly Hotel, this wonderful restaurant enables diners to delve deeper into the personal and professional exploits of the ex-Liverpool boss.

Unearth some of Shankly’s most treasured memorabilia – which is displayed throughout the restaurant – and explore Liverpool’s remarkable history.

Every time the team take to the field the action is screened on our enormous monitors, evoking an electric atmosphere that can’t be matched anywhere else.

Join us every matchday and enjoy exclusive prizes and in-play deals that recreate that winning feeling and get you in the party mood.

Moreover, the amazing Premier League Club and Champions League Club lets you earn loyalty points for every game you attend. In return, you’re provided with exclusive access to unbeatable rewards, be it weekend stays in our luxurious football-themed rooms or unprecedented access to unseen Liverpool merchandise.

Soak up the eclectic atmosphere as you devour delicious home cooked meals from a delectable menu, expertly crafted by our talented chefs.

The Bastion Bar and Restaurant is the ideal destination for a Liverpool Football Club fan.

The Ultimate Liverpool Football Club Fan Hotel

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The Shankly Hotel in Liverpool provides luxurious accommodation that’s as iconic as its namesake.

The perfect place to rest your head if you’re a red, The Shankly Hotel is an ideal tribute to the career of one of the games finest managers and a Liverpool hero.

The hotel is home to never-before-seen memorabilia which has been donated by The Shankly family and exhibited around the restaurant and rooms.

Our personal favourite is the assortment of handwritten notes by Shankly himself. The notes cover numerous topics such as tactics and match reports.

We are the ideal destination for those who appreciate luxury, fun and comfort, providing visitors with the ultimate hotel experience in Liverpool.

Situated close to numerous transport links, The Shankly Hotel is the perfect place to stay if you’re going the game, or if you’re looking for somewhere to watch the action unfold.

 

Football-Themed Rooms

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Our football-themed rooms and suites have been designed with comfort and luxury in mind, featuring inspirational quotes and memorabilia from the main man himself.

For comfort, elegance and unprecedented luxury, look no further than our Shankly inspired rooms. Shankly was a man of the people – and there’s no finer way to bring people together than with our spacious football-themed rooms.

Perfect for those party weekends away or Liverpool matchdays, our football-themed rooms are a must stay for those looking to explore the football capital of the country.

Sound good? Our helpful team can’t wait to hear from you. Contact us on 0151 236 0166 or email reservations@shanklyhotel.com

Experience a Football Tour With a Difference

Always wanted to learn more about Liverpool and one of their most iconic and cherished managers? The Shankly Experience is the perfect tour for you. With a wide range of routes and themes to choose from, we can promise you won’t be disappointed.

Tour Anfield and soak up plenty of Liverpool’s impressive culture, or maybe you’ve always wanted to see Shanks’ house – it doesn’t matter if you can’t decide, we also provide packages that let you book a tour tailored to your interests.

At the end of every tour explore the Shankly museum, set within our remarkable hotel. Bask in Shankly’s first ever Liverpool contract, the key to The Shankly Gates or his telegram from Neil Armstrong.

No matter if you’re a fan of culture, architecture, sport, music or history, The Shankly Experience is ideal for any Liverpool Football Club Fan.

The World’s First Football Quarter

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Last year, it was announced that a new hotel dedicated to the Everton icon Dixie Dean would be opening opposite The Shankly Hotel. And recently, the Dixie Dean family put pen to paper on a deal that would see them work closely with the hotel.

Set to celebrate the friendly rivalry that unites – and sometimes divides – the city, the quarter is to be decorated with statues of Everton and Liverpool icons.

So, whether you want to watch the match or book a stay in one of our spectacular football-themed rooms, our friendly team cant wait to hear from you.

The Shankly Hotel Set to Star in BBC Documentary

We are absolutely delighted to announce that our amazing hotel will feature on a new fly-on-the-wall style TV documentary, produced by Spun Gold TV for the BBC. They were the company behind the BBC One documentary A Very Modern Grand Hotel, which followed the staff of London’s exclusive Corinthia Hotel. As a hotel ourselves, we were fascinated to watch the ins-and-outs of such a marvellous establishment – and we’re honoured to have been asked to take part in something similar.

A Very Northern Hotel

The Shankly Hotel Set to Star in BBC Documentary

The show, entitled ‘A Very Northern Hotel’, will take viewers through our lobby, down our corridors and into our lives to give viewers a glimpse into the daily life of what we’re proud to call one of the most popular hotels in Liverpool! We cater for such a wide variety of guests, from wedding parties to couple’s getaways – but what we’re most famous for are our big party rooms on the top floor that sleep up to 24 guests. From the OMG to WTF rooms, to the Garden of Eden and the Jungle Rooms, we think BBC One viewers are in for a treat.

The show will follow our dedicated staff and new General Manager as they navigate one of the busiest periods of the year. As the BBC has reported in their first press release regarding the documentary, running a hotel, managing large groups and making sure each and every one of our fabulous guests has a wonderful time does not come easy. All within one weekend, we could be hosting a large family wedding, 50th wedding anniversary, baby shower and even a high-octane, high-energy hen-do.

It’s imperative they all feel extra special, without each other’s occasions running into one another!

A Unique Snapshot of Modern Britain

Regarding the new show, Clare Sillery who is the Head of Commissioning, Documentaries, says,

“We hope this film set in the Shankly Hotel will tell us something about aspiration in Britain today, by looking at how families from every walk of life choose to celebrate and mark the biggest events of their lives.”

We think Clare is spot on. Here at The Shankly, we strive to provide first-class service to each and every one of our guests, no matter whether they’re staying for an evening, a weekend or simply just dining with us at The Bastion. Whoever you are, you are sure to feel extra-special with our first-rate, inimitable approach to the hotel experience.

The Managing Director of Spun Gold, Daniela Neumann also said,

“A Very Northern Hotel is a warm, funny documentary that provides a unique snapshot of modern Britain, revealing guests’ hopes, fears and aspirations as they mark watershed moments.”

We are so incredibly proud to have the opportunity to showcase everything we do here at the Shankly Hotel in Liverpool. If you’ve ever wondered how the busiest and most popular hotel in Liverpool manages to upkeep such a brilliant reputation, then this show will answer all of your questions.

We can’t wait to share it with you all!

The Shankly Hotel

We don’t get called the most popular hotel in Liverpool for nothing, you know. See for yourself with a stay in one of our luxurious rooms or come and grab a bite to eat at our brilliant restaurant and bar. We’ve got some fantastic offers and events going on all throughout the year, so there’s sure to be something you’ll love.

Make your reservation to stay in the Shankly Hotel today. 

The Greatest Liverpool Teams Never to Win a League Title

Manchester City and Tottenham are snapping at Liverpool’s heels as Jurgen Klopp tries desperately to hold them at arm’s length. As the season enters its penultimate chapter Liverpool look ready to mount one final assault, one last hurrah. Now not to curse anything but, this got us thinking: Who are the greatest Liverpool teams never to win a league title?

From ruckuses and rants, to 1-point shootouts – Liverpool have come so close to success on numerous occasions.

Liverpool 1996/97

Liverpool wrapped up the season seven points behind champions Manchester United in 1997. Liverpool also completed the season level on points with both Newcastle United and Arsenal while Manchester United’s sum of 75 points is the lowest ever recorded by a Premier League winner.

Despite leading the Premier League for much of the season, a culmination of too many red cards and even more mistakes contributed to this Liverpool teams’ ultimate demise – an opportunity missed, nonetheless by one of the best, albeit undisciplined Liverpool teams ever.

Liverpool 2008/09

When Liverpool’s 2008-09 season is discussed, two faces and one word in particular spring to mind: those of Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres and the word “fact.”

The potent duo combined on an almost weekly basis to demolish teams, forming a powerful, two-headed monster that was supported by superstars such as Xabi Alonso, Pepe Reina and Javier Mascherano. It seemed almost inevitable that Liverpool would become champions.

But too many draws in January and February, in addition to Rafa Benitez’s remarkable “facts” rant, saw Liverpool hand Manchester United the trophy in spectacular fashion.

This Liverpool team finished the season strongly, but the damage had already been done – some would claim by their own manager.

Liverpool 1971/72

In 1971-72, Shankly’s Liverpool team succumbed to Derby County by one point and missed out on the coveted crown.

Despite the talents of Kevin Keegan, John Toshack and Roy Evans, Liverpool were unable to catch Derby County; however, this season isn’t remembered for Liverpool’s inadequacies but rather for the manager they yielded to: Brian Clough.

Shankly and Clough’s tussles would go on to epitomise an era when splender and eminence abounded across Europe in the shape of Liverpool, Derby County and Nottingham Forest. However, it was in 1972 when one of Shankly’s best Liverpool teams lost the league by a lonesome point.

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Despite Steven Gerrard’s numerous achievements, formidable one-man performances’ and impenetrable status as a Liverpool legend, one lamentable moment comes to mind when remembering a season defined by a blunder. We know what happened, it needs no description nor explanation; it is, what it unfortunately is.

Nonetheless, over the course of the 2013-14 Premier League season, Brenden Rodgers’ Liverpool team won 26 matches, scored in excess of 100 times, while a resurgent Daniel Sturridge and a demented Luis Suarez combined for 52 goals and 19 assists.

Ultimately, however, it wasn’t enough. Concerned about an inferior goal difference to Manchester City, Liverpool threw everything they had and more at Crystal Palace only to draw 3-3.

Manchester City finished above Liverpool by two points.

Liverpool 2018/19?

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So, how does Klopp’s team compare to those Liverpool teams of yesteryear who couldn’t cross the line? Can this team do what previous Liverpool teams couldn’t do and finish top in May? We think so.

Provided Liverpool can avoid the senseless suspensions that plagued the 1996-97 team, assuming they can steer clear of any “fact” based meltdowns, and if nobody takes a tumble then maybe, just maybe, Klopp’s team can be crowned champions at the end of the season.

The Shankly Hotel

Liverpool teams

Celebrate every Liverpool win at the stunning Shankly Hotel. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the hotel while also making the most of the memorabilia covered Bastion Bar & Restaurant.

The hotel is ideal for overnight stays or just watching the Liverpool match – you could be here to watch Liverpool be crowned Premier League champions.

Sound good? Get in touch with our helpful team today by contacting us on 0151 236 0166 or email reservations@shanklyhotel.com

Keep up to date with everything happening at the hotel by following The Shankly Hotel Facebook Page and check back to the blog soon.

5 Fabulous Mother’s Day Ideas from The Shankly Hotel

At The Shankly Hotel we know that every mum is different, that’s why we have come up with five fabulous Mother’s Day ideas so you can give mum the perfect gift this Mother’s Day.

All of our hotel offers and packages are tailor-made for fun, so no matter what kind of mum you have, you can spoil her in a way you know she’ll never forget.

Check out these amazing Mother’s Day ideas from The Shankly Hotel and see which one suits your mum best.

Mother’s Day Ideas for the Football Mad Mum

If your mum is the one that’s glued to the sports channels during football season, then treat her to a special sporting day out this Mother’s Day at The Shankly Hotel.

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Shankly Experience Tour

The Bastion Bar and Restaurant will be screening all the best footballing action this season across 10 huge TV’s, giving everybody the best seat in the house.

What’s more, there’s a fantastic choice of food and drink available throughout the footballing season. So, get mum to put on her team shirt and bring her along to support her side at The Bastion Bar and Restaurant.

No matter if she’s is a Red or a Blue, a visit to The Shankly Hotel will be at the very top of mum’s wish list. She can check out The Shankly Museum where a collection of rare Shankly memorabilia highlights important moments in his life and career. Pure gold for any footy fan.

Or why not make mum’s Mother’s Day dreams come true on a Shankly Experience Tour, where you have a choice of three tailored tours or can even design your own package.

For a true footy fan, there’s nothing better than touring the great city of Liverpool, visiting all the top cultural spots along the way and checking out some of Liverpool’s interesting footballing heritage.

As Bill Shankly is celebrated today as one of football’s great sporting icons, your football mad mum will never forget a Mother’s Day spent at on a Shankly Tour or a visit to The Shanky Hotel.

Mother’s Day Ideas for the Lap of Luxury Mum

Time to spoil the most amazing woman in your life with our most luxurious Mother’s Day ideas from The Shankly Hotel.

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Let mum unwrap a gift she will remember forever by booking an unforgettable stay at The Shankly Hotel, with some amazing extras included.

You and mum can spend a little quality time together on Mother’s Day enjoying a delectable Mother’s Day Swing Afternoon Tea in The Garden of Eden. Sit down to a tower of tasty treats, whilst being serenaded by live swing music.

Then why not pay a visit to Morgan’s Spa where you and mum can indulge in a selection of spa therapy or beauty treatments?

Top the day off with a fantastic overnight stay in one of our luxurious Shankly themed hotel rooms, complete with indulgent jacuzzi bath for mum to take a relaxing dip in.

Get yourself in the good books this year by arranging a sensational Mother’s Day stay at The Shankly Hotel.

Mother’s Day Ideas for the Family time Mum

If your mum loves nothing more than getting together with the whole family, then our fabulous Cinema and Stay package is the best choice of all our Mother’s Day ideas.

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Family Cinema Stay

This brilliant family package covers an overnight stay in a spacious Shankly Hotel suite and a trip to the ODEON cinema to see the latest family blockbuster.

This is a Mother’s Day treat that is perfect for spoiling those mums with little ones who don’t get enough pocket money for extravagant gifts. Bring all her favourite people together, for a fun family night out in the city.

Make some special Mother’s Day memories with the whole family using our superb cinema break offer from The Shankly Hotel.

Great Nights Out With the Girls Mother’s Day Ideas

Spoil your mum and all her mummy friends this Mother’s Day and book her an amazing night out in Liverpool, including an overnight stay at The Shankly Hotel.

Mother's day ideas - Night out in Liverpool

If your mum doesn’t get out much and has a few friends in the same boat, then spoil her with a great night out on the town with this ideal Mother’s Day present.

The Shankly Hotel has an amazing Girls Night Out package tailored for lovely ladies who want to be out on the town. Your mum and her mates will be able to have a fab night in the nearby nightlife of Liverpool using this amazing overnight stay offer including;

  • makeovers
  • 2-course meals
  • overnight stay
  • breakfasts the following morning

Give mum the gift of freedom this Mother’s Day, by helping her to let her hair down with her friends using this amazing offer from The Shankly Hotel.

For the Mum Who Never Knows What She Wants

We all know a mum like this, who says she doesn’t want anything for Mother’s Day or has everything she could possibly want. Well, we’ve even prepared for mums like these too.

Signature Living Gift Voucher - Mother's Day ideas

No matter what mum says she does or doesn’t want, a Signature Living Gift Voucher allows her to chose her own gift from our selection of amazing Mother’s Day ideas.

She could book a meal, visit the spa, get tickets to one of our fabulous themed afternoon tea event or arrange a short city break with your thoughtful purchase.

Just because mum says she doesn’t want anything this year doesn’t mean you have to listen, does it.

Don’t Leave it too Late to Book Your Mother’s Day 2019

We have the best Mother’s Day ideas for every type of mummy, so there’s no excuse not to nail the perfect Mother’s Day gift at The Shankly Hotel, we’ve done all the hard work for you.

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Simply call 0151 236 0166 to book now or for more information on how to spoil mummy dearest email info@signatureliving.co.uk, and we’ll do our best to help make your mum’s Mother’s Day memorable.

What’s on Liverpool | Our Guide to the Best Events This February 2019

January is finally over, and with a new month comes a lot of new exciting things to see and do. Shake off those January blues and kick start your February with The Shankly Hotel! We’re within walking distance to all of Liverpool’s main attractions, theatres, bars and restaurants, so you can count on us to set you up for a great time in the city.

It may still be chilly, but these events happening in and around the city are sure to fire up your month. Here’s our pick of some of the best events happening in Liverpool this February 2019.

Independent Venue Week

When: 2nd February

Where: Jacaranda Club

Liverpool is well known for championing independent businesses, whether they be restaurants, bars, music or retailers. The Jacaranda Club is celebrating all that the independent music scene has to offer with their showcase of local indie talent on the 2nd Feb. If you’re looking for something a little off-piste this month, then this is it.

A Swingin’ Sixties Cilla Tribute

What’s on Liverpool | Our Guide to the Best Events This February 2019

When: 3rd and 24th February

Where: 30 James St

Join the iconic 30 James Street Hotel for a one of a kind afternoon tea in Liverpool. Served in their exquisite White Star Grand Hall, the event includes an amazing Cilla tribute act and fizz on arrival – all for under £30! Get your glad rags on and get set for the ultimate celebration of 60’s nostalgia.

Chinese New Year in Liverpool: The Dragon, Lion and Unicorn Dance

Chinese New Year in Liverpool

When: 10th February

Where: Nelson Street

Chinese New Year in Liverpool is something everyone should experience at least once. This year, you can join the entire city as we celebrate Chinese New Year with an incredible event in the heart of Liverpool’s China Town. Expect vibrant, colourful displays of traditional Chinese dance, music, firecrackers and more.

Madagascar the Musical

When: 5th to the 9th February

Where: Liverpool Empire

Join the inhabitants of the zoo as they hit the stage of the Liverpool Empire Theatre. This brand-new musical by Dreamworks will get everyone in the family up on their feet to ‘Move It, Move It’, with catchy songs and colourful production providing an exciting, entertaining show for all ages. X-Factor ’16 winner Matt Terry plays the role of Marty.

The Alice Experience

When: 9th to 23rd February 

Where: St George’s Hall

This one is perfect for when you’re looking for something different to do with the kids. The whole family can fall down the rabbit hole and head to St George’s Hall to explore an awe-inspiring world of fantasy and magic when the Liverpool landmark is transformed into Alice’s famous wonderland.

Just Dusty Afternoon Tea

What’s on Liverpool | Our Guide to the Best Events This February 2019

When: 10th February

Where: 30 James St

This fabulous event celebrates the best of the one and only Dusty Springfield. With bubbles on arrival, an incredibly talented tribute act and scrumptious afternoon tea, this is so much better than listening to her Greatest Hits at home!

Professor Brian Cox Goes Universal

When: 21st February

Where: M&S Bank Arena

Expand your horizons this February by exploring the universe with Professor Brian Cox OBE. This fascinating event will take you on a journey through the workings of nature at it’s most fundamental level. Your mind will be blown! There’ll also be a Q&A session where audience members can quiz the experts on topics they find the most interesting. Not one to miss.

John Cooper Clarke

When: 22nd February

Where: Liverpool Philharmonic

A prolific and loved poet of Britain, Dr John Cooper Clarke is coming to Liverpool to deliver a sensational showcase of the spoken word. He’ll be performing a mixture of old and new material throughout the evening, as well as delivering hilarious anecdotes, gags and chat. Definitely one for the culture vultures.

Cream Classical

When: 22nd February

Where: Liverpool Cathedral

Set in an incredibly spectacular location, Cream Classical is a night out to remember. This extraordinary event is performed by the fantastic Kaleidoscope Orchestra, providing an entirely unique experience for all audience members in attendance.

The Bodyguard Starring Alexandra Burke

What’s on Liverpool | Our Guide to the Best Events This February 2019

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When: 26th February to 9th March

Where: Liverpool Empire

Grab yourself some tickets for the award-winning smash-hit musical. A force to be reckoned with, Alexandra’s presence on stage is second to none. You’ll be singing all of your favourite Whitney tunes all the way home! Make it an extra special evening by booking yourself into a room at The Shankly Hotel. We’re only a short walk away from the Theatre, and our fantastic Bastion restaurant is perfect for a pre-theatre bite.

Fancy booking yourself into a room here at The Shankly? Just give our friendly team a call on 0161 236 0166. We’ll be sure to get your February plans off to the right start. 

Make your reservation to stay in the Shankly Hotel today. 

13 Year Old Entrepreneur Louie Smith Donates £500 to Shelter

Signature Living hotels are known for playing host to an unmissable range of events. From afternoon tea served with a twist, to unique and themed occasions, at The Shankly Hotel we’re always striving to bring Liverpool something different.

So, when Louie Smith and his Dad approached us, we were excited to find out more about what they do. Louie is just 13, but has already built a wide following of supporters. The young DJ and budding entrepreneur has accumulated almost 9,000 Instagram followers for his growing events brand ‘Forever Young’.

Forever Young Kids Raves Liverpool

The essence of Louie’s brand is to create a safe space for young people to come together and have fun. It’s no secret that children in the UK get their fair share of negative press, so Louie wanted to shed some light on the other side to the story.

Showcasing his entrepreneurial spirit, Louie set out to host kids raves for 10-14 years olds. Deciding that the events would be fully managed and professionally delivered, Louie also DJs at each event himself and invites other DJs to get involved too.

Louie gives profit from his shows to charity, with past donations going to Alder Hey. He is an ambassador for speaking out against Cyber Bullying having been victim of it himself due to the success he has had. Louie has created his own logo around ‘Speak Out’ and the hashtag #Iknowlouie to get people talking. He is also raising awareness against knife crime, another massive problem our youth are facing.

How Did it All Start?

Forever Young began with one event in a small community hall. There were only about 80 people for the first rave, growing to a couple of hundred for the next event in Sefton Park. By Christmas, tickets for the event were in such high demand that Louie and his dad, Gerard came to meet our Director and Co-Owner, Chris Shankly with hopes of securing a bigger venue.

Both Chris and Signature Living’s Founder Lawrence Kenwright loved seeing a young man in Liverpool doing something so positive and giving back to the city. Chris and Lawrence were also blown away by Louie’s talents as a DJ and his natural flair for events. The brand and event itself have taken off so quickly, with social media marketing playing a key role in spreading the word. Signature Living’s marketing and events are all managed in-house, so this is something that really resonates with ourselves as a business.

Chris and Lawrence decided to support him and offered our Garden of Eden venue for free, with our staff, team and expertise behind him. His latest event took place in Garden of Eden on 27th December, with 400 10-14 year olds in attendance. It’s safe to say that the night was a hit. Lawrence and the Signature Living team have been so impressed by him that we have now agreed to support another event on February 17th which sold out in just 1 hour!

The Cotton Street Project

We’re delighted that Louie has chosen to donate a massive £500 from his last rave to Signature Living’s Cotton Street homeless shelter. On Friday 11th January, Louie and his mum and dad came along to make the generous donation and see what the shelter is all about. Louie and his family also had the chance to meet some of our residents and hear their stories.

Lawrence opened the shelter following the closure of Kingsway House. The Cotton Street Project is a unique homeless shelter initiative. Offering an opportunity to make life-changing connections, Cotton Street is designed to bring people together. Our social recovery program provides long-term solutions, from professional health support to training workshops.

We would like to say a big thank you to Louie and his family for their support and wish him the best of luck with his next ‘Forever Young’ events. Make sure you keep an eye out for more events this year! Head over to the Forever Young Instagram page to be kept in the loop.

The Perfect Valentine’s Day With Bill and Nessie

Another Valentine’s Day in Liverpool and another chance to look back at the three great loves of The Shankly Hotel’s namesake.

It’s an undeniable, unrelenting passion that the Liverpool manager had for the game. Indeed, he probably would’ve sneered at us for referring to football as a game. Shankly’s love for the sport ran so deep, as deep as a Valentine’s Day rose planted in the ground, that he is known for having just three great passions.

His football, his darling wife Nessie and his family.

First came love, then came marriage

The couple met during their time stationed at an RAF barracks just outside Glasgow where Nessie was working in the WRAF. They were married in 1944 and had Barbara, one of two children, in 1945.

It is rumoured that despite his new-found love for Agnes, Shankly couldn’t let go of his passion for football and rumour once had it that he took Nessie to watch a Rochdale game on their anniversary, something that was, however, quickly discredited by Shanks himself who exclaimed:

“Of course I didn’t take my wife to see Rochdale as an anniversary present. It was her birthday. Would I have got married in the football season? Anyway, it was Rochdale reserves.”

 

Nessie’s unquestioning attendance of a match for a birthday present set the pace for a future existence of supporting her husband’s insatiable appetite for the beautiful game.

There is even word that Shankly took Nessie to a Tranmere match as a birthday present also, this rumour was quickly quashed by Nessie who corrected:

“it was Accrington Stanley but it wasn’t a birthday present”.

We can only imagine what he got her for Valentine’s Day.

The life of the first WAG

 

Nessie was a player’s wife long before she became the second lady of Liverpool. During the early years of her marriage, she married a superstar whom 5 years later became manager of Carlisle United.

From here, Shankly went on to manage Huddersfield Town in 1956. Then, in 1959, he moved to Liverpool for what would be his swansong. Nessie was behind her husband through think and thin, never complaining and buoyantly supporting his unrelenting passion for football.

While her husband would be out giving everything he had in the dugout, Nessie would be at home helping raise the grandchildren, despite having already brought up two daughters.

Nessie would also devote her time to entertaining and feeding fans of her husband and the hungry groundsmen of Melwood.

Behind every great man, there is a great woman

The couple remained a beacon of true love.

It wasn’t until 1974 – 30 years after they married – that the great man decided to relinquish his hold on Liverpool in favour of spending some quality time with his family.

During his retirement announcement he said:

“I’ve been so wedded to Liverpool that I’ve taken Nessie out only twice in 40 years. It’s time she saw more of my old ugly mug”

 

So, in time, Nessie’s utter devotion to her husband bore fruit. He had come to realise that, even though his love for Liverpool was strong, his love for his family was even stronger.

He would never miss another birthday, anniversary or Valentine’s Day because, after everything:

“There’s nobody closer to you than your own kith and kin; your own blood. I’ve got my wife, my daughters, grandchildren, and my sons in law. They’re the closest to me and I would die for them.”

Love of the People

 

Shankly was, and is, adored by the people of Liverpool.

His dedication to the city endeared him to us Scouser’s. That said, without the unyielding love and support of Nessie, his achievements would not have been possible.

After years of tracking his successful career across the county, Nessie and her famous husband would settle in Liverpool; laying down routes that would ultimately help them leave a loving legacy.

Even with the tragic passing of her one true love, Nessie was comforted by the fact that the people of Liverpool would remember Shanks with as much fondness as she would.

Love’s Lasting Legacy

At The Shankly Hotel, our guests can come and learn everything there is to know about Shanks and Ness.

Valentine's Day

The Shankly Hotel is built upon strong family values. The commitment our namesake and his loving Nessie had to one another’s happiness is awe-inspiring to say the least.

Spend Valentine’s Day at The Shankly Hotel

Valentine's Day

Love continues to be a huge part of what goes on at The Shankly Hotel as we have celebrated many happy couples’ special occasion.

So, on Valentine’s Day in Liverpool this year – and, for the rest of the year ahead – come and stay at the now famous Shankly Hotel and make some enduring memories of your own. Also, come and dine with us at the superb Bastion Bar & Restaurant.

Get in touch with our helpful team today on 0151 236 0166 or check out our latest Valentine’s Day deals . And, to keep up to date with everything going on at the hotel, follow The Shankly Hotel Facebook page.

Football History | What We Have to be Thankful For

The game as we now know it is unrecognisable from the game adored by our grandads and grandmothers; choreographed dance routines have replaced more conservative celebrations while the once sacred pre-match pint is no more. Gone are the days of local painter and decorator companies adorning the sides of stadiums, replaced now by Qatari airlines and Chinese banks.

It is undeniable that the era of bursting balconies and sodden stadiums paved the way for the game we recognise today and so, we thought we’d wax nostalgic about football history and what it once looked like “as it is no longer what it used to be,” according to your grandad.

1930-1949 | The Interwar Years

Prior to the interwar years, the game bared no resemblance whatsoever to what we now know and so, we’ve decided to begin with two of perhaps the most turbulent decades in football history: the 1930s and 40s.

The 1930s saw the emergence of notable players including Mathews, Lawton and Shankly yet it was Herbert Chapman, a manager, who revolutionised the game beyond recognition. Tantamount to Shankly who managed Huddersfield Town in 1956-1959, Chapman managed the team from 1921-1925 and although he would go on to win the same amount of trophies with Arsenal as he would with Huddersfield, it was his groundbreaking ideas that earnt him the nickname the ‘moderniser’ and a place in football history.

Formations, numbered shirts, both teams walking out together in the cup final: these were just some of the ideas Chapman implemented during his career, while his iconic ‘WM’ formation paved the way for what we now know to be 3-4-3, the formation that won Antonio Conte the Premier League in 2017.

Like Shankly to follow and Bernabeu before him, Chapman’s workings can be seen in the planning of Pep Guardiola; his value of what would become sports science is evident in Marco Silva; his aura pervaded every action of Sir Alex Ferguson and thus, he set the standard for the modern game back in 1934.

1950-1974 | A Bastion of Invincibility

Chapman was an innovator, a panoramic mind in an era of inward thinking. However, in 1959, Shankly re-reconsidered the role of manager when he nabbed control of one of the bastions of the beautiful game: Liverpool.

The way in which Shankly managed Liverpool can not only be seen in the manner in which Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger managed their clubs in an omnipotent fashion, but it can also be seen in how we lambaste the short-termism in the modern game as we are culpable of expecting every manager to build a dynasty just like Shankly did.

This is not to say however, that Shankly was the only manager ever to “circle the wagons” as Ferguson would say, around his club, yet he was pioneering in the sense that he combined his teams underdog status with that of a population who knew nothing else but to fight for what it had.

This is something some modern managers have imitated, be it David Moyes who proclaimed that Everton were “the people’s club” or Fergusons nurturing of The Class of ’92 while some, on the other hand, have failed spectacularly.

Nevertheless, Shankly paved the way for the modern bastions, the all-encompassing juggernauts who manage teams today.

2009-2019 | The Modern Modernisers

Football history

And so, what of todays ‘modernisers’ who those over a certain age say aren’t deserving of comparison to Shankly or Chapman?

One man who has captured the essence of the city in which he works is Jurgen Klopp. The German gets Liverpool, while his innovative gegenpressing approach is sure to be copied by those managing in the future. Meanwhile, Pep Guardiola’s tiki-taka tactic is as groundbreaking as Chapman’s ‘WM’ formation was.

What we can conclude from looking back is that while football continues to change those who adore it don’t, as what draws you in is a sense of wonderment that never seems to dwindle.

The Shankly Hotel

Football history

Celebrate football history by staying in the stunning Shankly Hotel while also basking in the memorabilia covered walls of the spectacular Bastion Bar & Restaurant.

The beautiful hotel is perfect for overnight stays or just watching the Liverpool match. Sound exciting? Get in touch with our friendly team today by calling 0151 236 0166 or email reservations@shankly.com

Keep up to date with everything going on at the hotel by following The Shankly Hotel Facebook or test your knowledge of football history by attempting our Liverpool quiz.