The Story of Liverpool’s History Through the Ages

Liverpool Football Club are one of the most decorated sporting institutions in the world having amassed 18 League Titles, 7 FA Cups, 8 League Cups and 5 European Cups in their 126 year history. They are often accused of living in the past, but what a past to live in.

Liverpool celebrate their history with enormous pride; but they never stand idle as one of the most successful stories in English Football continues to be written.

So, in order to look forward to what could be a monumental and prosperous year for the club, we’ve decided to look back at some of the most memorable moments in Liverpool’s history.

1892 – Liverpool Football Club are Born

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On March 15, 1892, John Houlding famously broke away from the board of Everton to form a new club and thus, Liverpool were born. And, from that day forward Liverpool played like the team they are today, beating Higher Walton 8-0 on September 3. In the wake of this tremendous trouncing Liverpool – following a match with Bury – unveiled an emblem that would become synonymous with the team forever: the Liver Bird.

Two years later Liverpool won promotion to the First Division and, just eight years later, were crowned champions; a triumph that would set the standard for future generations.

The ensuing decade would bring with it unprecedented success as Liverpool would go on to be crowned champions three more times, break the world transfer record when purchasing George Kay from Newcastle for £12,500, and yet, they were unable to win the FA Cup.

That was until Shankly arrived and changed the course of Liverpool’s history forever.

A Bastion of Invincibility

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1959. A date that is forever etched in the annals of Liverpool history – on December 1, Shankly was announced as the new Liverpool manager. What would follow was nothing short of unimaginable for a team that were once mediocre at best.

Shankly would win 3 League Titles, 2 FA Cups and 1 Uefa Cup. However, it was how he went about his business that adhered him to the people who sung his name.

It is often said that those who manger Everton must get them, if that is the case, Shankly got Liverpool. Speaking to the hordes of supporters who waited to welcome the team in St George’s Square, Shankly exclaimed: “I’ve drummed it into our players time and time again that they are privileged to play for you.”

However, eras must end, and leaders must leave and, in 1974, Shankly resigned as Liverpool manager.

He would never be forgotten.

The Impossible Job

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What seemed like the impossible job, the next Liverpool icon would make it look easy. On July 26, Bob Paisley was named Liverpool manager.

Paisley built arguably the best side in Liverpool’s history winning 6 League Titles, 3 League Cups, a Uefa Cup and 3 European Cups.

It is Liverpool’s win versus Borussia Monchengladbach in Rome that is mainly remembered the fondest while Alan Kennedy’s winner against Real Madrid is remembered for just that. However, in 1978, in the midst of these two triumphs, Paisley’s Liverpool team retained the European Cup at Wembley.

Like Shankly, Paisley abdicated the Liverpool throne victorious – paving the way for one of his players to take the reins.

Arise King Kenny.

Arise Sir Kenny

Liverpool history

Under the guidance of player-manager Kenny Dalglish Liverpool Football Club would complete a League and Cup double in 1986. He would go on to win another 8 trophy’s.

However, it is how he handled himself in the aftermath of the Hillsborough tragedy that adhered him to a city no longer divided by football but brought together in grief.

The 96 Liverpool supporters who sadly passed away on that day in 1989 will never be forgotten, nor will Sir Kenny Dalglish’s compassion, courage and support in the wake of such a tragic event.

In 1991, Dalglish would leave Liverpool a hero only to return in 2011 as a legend.

The Miracle of Istanbul

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The most incredible might in Liverpool’s history saw Rafael Benitez’s team add a fifth European Cup to their now bursting trophy cabinet.

3-0 down to AC Milan at half-time, Gerrard and Co fought back to win 3-2 on penalties.

The team were given a heroes welcome when they returned to Liverpool, sparking stunning scenes not seen since Shankly’s day.

A New Era

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And so, what now?

Liverpool are on the cusp of greatness. No longer finding comfort in their past achievements, they are blindly looking to the future; a future teeming with silverware,

Jurgen Klopp, no matter how much he denies it, knows that he has a chance to etch his name in the annals of Liverpool folklore alongside Shankly, Paisley, Fagan, Dalglish et al.

By looking back on how previous icons secured silverware, Liverpool could win yet another title and thus, said history could repeat itself.

The Shankly Hotel

Liverpool history

Understand even more of Liverpool’s history by staying in the spectacular Shankly Hotel while also basking in the memorabilia covered walls of the unique Bastion Bar & Restaurant.

The astonishing hotel is perfect for overnight stays or just watching the Liverpool match. You could be here to watch Liverpool lift the Premier League Title.

Sound exciting? Get in touch with our friendly team today by calling 0151 236 0166 or email reservations@shanklyhotel.com

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

What’s On Liverpool | Our Guide to the Best Events This January 2019

Leave the January blues behind and let the fun continue with a winter visit to Liverpool. With so much to see and do, why not start the New Year in style at The Shankly Hotel?

Find yourself within walking distance of Liverpool’s world-famous attractions and top theatres and shops. So, if you’re looking for the best of what’s on in Liverpool this January, take a browse of our recommendations…

What’s On Liverpool – January 2019

It’s Still Christmas at the Rock n Rollin’ Panto

When: 1-19 January

Where: Everyman Theatre

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Pantos may be a Christmas tradition, but the Everyman’s Rock n Roll Panto is still going way past New Year. Bringing all the famous musical mayhem, dancing, singing and jokes to the stage, this is the perfect event to shake away those January blues.

Featuring an all-star, multi-talented cast including the notorious dame, Francis Tucker and the master of mischief Adam Keast, get ready to jump up to your feet and avoid a good soaking!

A Wonderful Wedding Fayre

When: 6 January

Where: The Shankly Hotel

Winter Wedding Package

Credit: Matthew Rycraft

Are you planning your special day and need a bit of inspiration? Join us at the beautiful Shankly Hotel and let the Signature Living Wedding team give you a helping hand. Perfect for happy couples ready to exchange vows, you will have the chance to meet a range of top suppliers from the North West, enjoy a designer catwalk, live entertainment, goodies bags and more!

From stunning dresses, to the most delicious cakes, talented photographers and stylish florists, the event will feature everything you need for your dream day. If you’d like to attend this amazing free event, register for tickets by filling out the registration form.

An Exhibition for Football and Music Fans

When: 7-13 January

Where: British Music Experience

The work of Mark Liptrott and Nick Fraser, better known as Bands FC, cleverly combines two of the nation’s biggest loves, music and football into an amazing free exhibition. After having the idea to re-imagine bands as football teams, and football teams as bands, they took Twitter by storm and gained nearly 20k followers.

From Oasis, to the Stone Roses, Wu Tang Clan, Queen, Beastie Boys and Daft Punk, they incorporate the world’s most popular bands into the beautiful game’s iconic club crests. Don’t miss this brilliant exhibition at the British Music Experience, this January.

Red Rum Club Launch Their Debut Album

When: 11 January

Where: Jacaranda Phase One

After years of writing, touring and perfecting their music, Liverpool legends Red Rum Club have announced the release of their debut album. Formed in 2016, the rock n roll six-piece have taken the city by storm with their rousing live performances, electric stage presence and catchy song writing.

This loved band performed on the rooftop of our very own Shankly Hotel last summer, showcasing their frenetic live style and now-notorious guerrilla gigs that have become the stuff of local legend.

Guaranteed to be an amazing night of music, get down to the stylish Jacaranda Phase One and show your support for this hugely talented Merseyside band.

Russell Kane is Coming to Liverpool

When: 13- 16 January

Where: Hot Water Comedy Club

Best known for BBC Three’s Stupid Man, Smart Phone and the host of three series of BBC Three’s Live at The Electric, the legendary Russell Kane is coming to Liverpool for short run of warm up performances.

A multi-award-winning comedian, actor, author, presenter and scriptwriter, Kane is one of the nation’s favourite funny men and we can’t wait to see him grace the stage at the Hot Water Comedy Club.

These unique and exclusive performances are sure to be hilarious, so don’t miss out!

Wave Goodbye to Boyzone

When: 27 January

Where: Echo Arena

First forming in Dublin over 25 years ago, Boyzone have announced their final album and farewell tour. Having secured five UK number 1 albums and six UK number 1 singles over their career, the Irish boy band are travelling around the country one last time.

Performing a mix of old hits and some brand-new tracks from the new album ‘Thank You & Goodnight’, we’re looking forward to seeing the boys do what they do best in Liverpool.

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Enjoy a Pint or Two at The Winter Ales Festival

When: 31 January

Where: St George’s Hall

What's On January

Source: The Guide Liverpool

Shake away those January blues and enjoy some delicious winter ales at Liverpool’s Winter Ale Festival, in St George’s Hall. With over 200 different ales and ciders to try, as well as an indoor gin garden with a selection of boutique gins, spirits, wine and prosecco, there’s plenty for everyone to enjoy.

There will also be live entertainment and a tasty selection of hot and cold food to soak up all the alcohol. With a range of different session times, get your tickets today to avoid disappointment!

A Luxury Stay at The Shankly Hotel This January

Christmas doesn’t have to be the end of relaxation. Why not start January off in utter luxury at The Shankly Hotel?

Our stylish rooms and suites are perfect for enjoying an overnight stay in the heart of the city. Rooms feature fantastic facilities including everything from double whirlpool baths, to 50″ TV screens, Bluetooth and free WiFi.

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As Liverpool’s unique Bill Shanky-themed venue, you’ll also have the opportunity to enjoy an abundance of exclusive memorabilia.

See Bill Shankly’s original LFC contract, personal typewriter and lots more within our hotel and stunning Bastion Bar & Restaurant.

To book your stay with us or to enquire further about what to expect, simply get in touch with our helpful team today on 0151 601 8801. We also offer our guests a range of fantastic January offers, check them out here.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Why Liverpool are the Rightful Owners of The Liver Birds

It is rumoured that the Liver Birds oversee separate sections of Liverpool. One looks inwards and watches over the locals, while the second statue stares outwards and watches over the Scouse sailors.

However, it is also rumoured that the two seabirds are an argumentative couple, facing away from each other because of an ongoing dispute. It is this fable that best epitomises Everton and Liverpool’s ongoing feud: Who has the largest claim to the Liver Birds? Everton or Liverpool.

Below, we’ve put forward our argument for Liverpool Football Club.

Liverpool and The Liver Birds

Liverpool is a city of two’s: two cathedrals, two tunnels and, in 1892, two football teams. Following the formation of the club which bores the name of the city, Liverpool Football Club adopted the Liver Bird as the team’s emblem and thus, a 126-year argument ensued.

The National Field newspaper wrote on September 19, 1892 – following Liverpool’s match with Bury – “A flag floated on the old staff, bearing the letters L.F.A surmounted with the Liver. Right proudly did it wave over the field of battle and seemed to beam on its patrons with a hopeful smile.” It seems that the “beaming” seabird was a constant fixture at Anfield – much like the banners that “wave over” the Kop today.

The Liver Birds

If any doubt or confusion remained about the seabird’s owners, when Liverpool were crowned champions for the third time in 1922, a new banner was unwound with the Liver Bird brazenly tacked in the centre even more ardently than before.

This presentation seemed like a premeditated plan to claim the civic emblem as their own and, in 1950, Liverpool began to use a club badge which featured a certain domestic seabird.

The Club Crest

It was in the 1950 FA Cup Final when the Liver Bird first featured on Liverpool’s Spice Boy-esc white shirt.

The Liverpool badge has had various makeovers since then; in 1955 the monogram ‘LFC’ was added to the emblem. Then, in 1992, The Shankly Gates and the maxim “You’ll Never Walk Alone” were included. And finally, in 1993, two eternal flames were added in memory of the 96.

But, the one constant has always been the unchanged Liver Bird.

Unsuccessful Counter Arguments

In November 2008, Liverpool Football Club unsuccessfully attempted to trademark the Liver Bird.

“The Liver Bird belongs to all the people of Liverpool, [it] is a symbol of the city,” said Flo Clucas, while a man from North Liverpool argued that the seabirds were a wider symbol of Liverpool and not Liverpool Football Club.

One of the rather more unusual arguments came from Keith Wilson, an Everton shareholder who attempted to “reclaim” the Liver Birds. Keith argued that the seabirds should be on both kits “because they’re both from Liverpool.” As one could imagine, this idea didn’t go down particularly well.

It is undeniable that the Liver Birds are Liverpool’s. However, when it comes to football, the Liver Bird is synonymous with Liverpool Football Club.

The Bastion Bar & Restaurant

The Liver Birds

The Liver Bird is blazoned across the memorabilia covered walls of the unique Bastion Bar & Restaurant located within the Shankly Hotel.

The spectacular hotel is ideal for overnight stays, watching Liverpool matches and basking in and enjoying unseen memorabilia.

Sound exciting? Get in touch with our friendly team today by calling 0151 236 0166 or email reservations@shanklyhotel.com

Keep up to date with everything going on at the hotel by following The Shankly Hotel Facebook.

New Year’s Eve in Liverpool | Hogmanay Party at The Bastion

Have an alternative New Year’s Eve in Liverpool and join us in The Bastion Bar and Restaurant for a dazzling Hogmanay celebration you’ll never forget.

We’ll be bringing in the New Year, Scottish style, paying homage to Bill Shankly’s highland roots. Enjoy a ‘right good knees up’ in our luxurious bar and restaurant, set within the famous Shankly Hotel.

Sound good? Well, here’s what else you can look forward to on the night!

Hogmanay NYE Celebration in Liverpool

The Scottish word for the last day of the year, Hogmanay is the celebration of the coming New Year and is sometimes considered more important that Christmas in Scotland!

It’s a celebration for everyone to enjoy, from your best pals, to the wee ones, your ma, your granny and your bonnie lass. When you arrive, you’ll receive a wee welcome drink, alongside a delicious buffet, stacked high with tasty food that is sure to get you in the party mood.

New Year's Eve in Liverpool

Sip on tots or drams of whisky as you enjoy one of the biggest parties of the year, surrounded by all your loved ones.

During the evening there will be some ‘pure barry’ live entertainment and when the clock strikes midnight, you and your clan can toast to 2019 with a complimentary glass of fizz!

There will also be amazing tiered drinks packages available all night, for those Braveheart’s who want to go the whole ‘HOG!’

The party will begin at 7.30 sharp, so get your kilt on and prepare to do a highland jig into 2019.

What’s included;

  • Glass of fizz on arrival
  • A delicious buffet
  • Amazing entertainment
  • A glass of fizz to toast to the New Year

Tickets cost £40 per person plus a booking fee. Book your tickets today to avoid disappointment!

An Unforgettable New Year’s Eve at The Shankly

If you’re planning to spend New Year’s Eve at The Bastion’s Hogmanay Celebration, why not book a room in The Shankly Hotel and really make the most of your night?

What better way to begin a brand-new year in Liverpool than by waking up in a luxurious Shankly Hotel room after a wonderful night of Scottish themed celebrations?

From the classic Shankly hotel rooms, to the vibrant Signature Suites, we offer our guests a range of choice when it comes to luxury accommodation.

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Perfect for groups of friends or family, we specialise in providing unrivalled experiences to our guests, catering for their every want and need.

No need to keep checking your watch or the train times, stay as long as you want and look forward to resting your head in one of our plush double beds.

The next morning, you can also enjoy a delicious, freshly made full English breakfast in our restaurant, the ideal cure to your hangover!

Perfectly located in the heart of Liverpool city centre, just a short walk from both Liverpool Lime Street and Liverpool Central, it is the best place to spend New Year’s Eve in Liverpool.

To book your tickets for the Hogmanay Celebration follow this link and have a New Year’s Eve in Liverpool, you’ll cherish forever. If you’d like to book a stay with us over the festive period, give our team a call on 0151 236 0166.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Spend New Year With Your Family at The Shankly

There truly is nothing better than spending New Year with your family.  This wonderful time of year is perfect for celebrating with loved ones. So, what better way to ring in 2019 than by visiting The Shankly Hotel?

Nestled in the heart of Liverpool, The Shankly is the ideal hotel to use as your base as you explore the city. There are plenty of fun activities and treats to keep the little ones amused, from the famous ice festival, to the Christmas Markets and cosy restaurants to enjoy a delicious meal.

So, book a stay at our luxurious hotel, plan some fun things to do, indulge in some tasty food and toast to the beginning of a new year with your family at The Shankly Hotel in Liverpool.

A Family Friendly New Year’s Eve

Visit the Ice Festival

If you’re looking for some fun family-friendly things to do this New Year’s Eve, why not visit Liverpool’s amazing Ice Festival?

Set on the beautiful Liverpool Waterfront, take the kids for a spin on the ice rink then marvel at the crystal-clear sculptures in the ice bar. You and the family can enjoy soft drinks, yummy food and warm ponchos to keep you all toasty.

There’s also the UK’s largest ever real ice slide for the bravest of your little ones. The perfect place to kick off New Year with your family, you’re sure to have an unforgettable experience at the Ice Festival.

Go on the Big Wheel

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Celebrate the New Year in style by taking a ride on Liverpool’s big wheel. The famous big wheel is open until 1am, so it’s one of the best places to get a last look at the city’s pretty Christmas lights before the year ends. You might even see a few fireworks in the distance!

You and your family can delight in breathtaking views over the city we all love and count down the New Year from the top of the world.

Watch a Panto

Why not treat your family to a panto to celebrate New Year? With a range of brilliant shows on over this festive period, you’ll be spoilt for choice!

You can enjoy the ever-popular Beauty and the Unity Theatre Liverpool for a heart-warming and hilarious family evening.

Or, you can visit The Epstein Theatre and check out the family favourite, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. There are also some magical panto’s on at the Empire, including Jack and the Beanstalk, plus Peter Pan will be flying to the Echo Arena this year!

The ideal activity to enjoy during a New Year with your family.

Explore the Christmas Markets

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Set on St George’s Plateau, the Christmas and Winter Markets are opening until January, so they’re the perfect place to enjoy an alternative New Year.

Ideal for a family occasion, enjoy food stalls from all over the world, festive drinks and a huge host of craft stalls selling beautiful trinkets and gifts.

Tuck into a tasty burger, a waffle or some candy floss, as you enjoy some of the best sights in the city, under the twinkling lights of the markets.

Spend New Year’s Eve in Paris

It might not be in the French capital, but The Garden of Eden are throwing the ultimate New Year celebration with a chic Parisian touch. Bringing the fashion, style and taste of luxury of Paris to the centre of Liverpool, this New Year’s Eve party is the perfect party to enjoy with all your family.

Enjoy a sophisticated celebration and bring in the New Year, Parisian style. If you’d like to come along with your family, book your tickets today to avoid disappointment.

Go Bowling

Searching for a family friendly activity this New Year? Look no further than Hollywood Bowl at Edge Lane Retail Park.

You and the family can book your own New Year’s Eve party and enjoy a glass of bubbly on arrival, or squash for the kids. It includes unlimited bowling and nachos from 9pm, your choice of a drink at the lanes and a glass of bubbly at midnight to toast the New Year.

Prices are from £16.99 for adults and from £13.99 for children. You can also book standard bowling for earlier in the night, via the website.

A Meal in the Bastion

Feeling peckish? Carry on the New Year festivities with a delicious meal in the famous Bastion Bar and Restaurant.

Set within the luxurious Shankly Hotel, enjoy a truly unique dining experience and immerse yourself in the wonderful world of Bill Shankly.

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Sip on beautifully mastered cocktails and tuck into spectacular food all within this striking restaurant. With amazing offers and something for everyone, The Bastion is the perfect place to experience memorable moments with your loved ones.

Our stunning restaurant offers lucky diners a tasty selection of dishes, as well as a children’s menu, to ensure everyone eats well! Choose from starters such as pulled ham hock served with Stornaway black pudding bon bons, house piccalilli and pistachio, or tempura king prawns with salsa and avocado.

For the main event we offer delicious pan-roasted chicken breast served with smoked onion, duck fat potatoes, buttered leeks and crispy skin. There is also an extensive grill menu featuring everything from rump steak, to rib-eye and lamb chops.

Vegetarians can enjoy curried parsnip pancakes and grilled paneer with garlic creamed spinach, sticky piccolo parsnip and curry oil.  And for the little ones, the children’s menu features loads of tasty treats and healthy meals that are sure to satisfy them.

They can choose from super tomato soup served with a bread roll, or gorgeous garlic bread as a starter. And, for the main course there’s a classic roast chicken dinner, terrific tomato pasta and loads more.

A Scottish Themed New Year Party

After you’ve finished your meal, why not stay at The Bastion and enjoy a dazzling Hogmanay celebration you’ll never forget. Celebrate the New Year in style with a ‘right good knees up’ with your family, paying special homage to Shankly’s Scottish roots.

This fantastic New Year celebration will include a delicious buffet, a drink on arrival, amazing entertainment and a glass of fizz to bring in 2019. What better tway to look forward to a brand new year, than with your whole family at this Scottish themed party. Book your tickets today.

New Year with your Family at The Shankly

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So, what are you waiting for? Celebrate the New Year with your family at The Shankly Hotel and enjoy an unforgettable experience.

Rooms at The Shankly offer the ultimate blend of contemporary and classic style with fabulous features. Ideal for family overnight stays in Liverpool, our spacious rooms are perfect for spending a night with your loved ones in style. Sleeping up to 6 people in one room, with amazing features and amenities, a stay in the Shankly is one of a kind.

Situated in the heart of the city centre, you’ll find the city’s best attractions, theatres and restaurants right on your doorstep.

To book your stay at the Shankly Hotel and spend New Year with your family, get in touch with our friendly team today on 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk.

To keep up to date with everything happening at The Shankly Hotel, follow our Facebook page.

We look forward to seeing you soon! 

Join Us for Festive Christmas Afternoon Tea in Liverpool

This year, why not join us for Christmas afternoon tea in Liverpool at The Shankly Hotel? Our festive afternoon tea is the perfect way to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year!

Christmas Afternoon Tea Liverpool

So take time to indulge this Christmas period or treat someone special to our Christmas afternoon tea at The Bastion Bar & Restaurant.

You won’t want to miss experiencing our famous afternoon tea with a festive twist. Serving a variety of sweet and savoury treats in style, you’ll find yourself spoilt for choice!

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christmas afternoon tea

Our delicious afternoon tea treats follow a seasonal theme throughout the Christmas period, and they taste just as good as they look! Our Festive Afternoon Tea deal is available for £19.95 per person with tea or you can upgrade to afternoon tea with bubbles for £24.95.

So, why not join us for an afternoon out with the family, festive catch up with friends, or simply stop off after some Christmas shopping? The Shankly Hotel is in a prime location in Liverpool, only moments from Liverpool ONE shops and the Christmas markets.

We’re also only a short walk from the Pier Head and key cultural landmarks. If you’re visiting the city for the first time, why not check out Signature’s Liverpool? Our blog covers everything from the cosiest pubs in  Liverpool for winter drinks to magical winter walks in Liverpool and our guide to the ultimate New Year’s Eve 2018 in Liverpool.

The Bastion Bar & Restaurant

Located within The Shankly Hotel, The Bastion Bar & Restaurant is one of the best-rated restaurants in Liverpool. The stylish spot is a favourite for celebrating special occasions with friends and family.

In keeping with the theme of the hotel, our exquisite restaurant space is home to exclusive memorabilia donated by the Shankly family. This Bastion offers a fantastic chance to soak up some local history, whether you’re a long-term LFC fan or simply in love with Liverpool.

Christmas Stay at The Shankly Hotel

Enjoy a seasonal stay this Christmas at The Shankly Hotel. Join us for party season or a relaxing break in between your festive plans! Rooms at The Shankly Hotel range from our traditional hotel rooms to Signature Living’s unique party rooms. Whether you join us for a romantic stay or with a group of friends, our versatile rooms have got it covered!

We have a range of spectacular offers to choose from to make your visit all the more special. Our hotel offers are a popular choice for Christmas presents along with Signature Living gift vouchers, which can be used across our venues.

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Our ‘I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas’ package incorporates our festive afternoon tea. Available for £49 per person based on four or more sharing or £139 per couple (Sunday – Thursday) this spectacular deal features:

  • An overnight stay in a luxury double with whirlpool bath
  • Festive Afternoon Tea served with bubbles
  • A delicious breakfast at The Bastion

To enquire today or to book your table for Christmas afternoon tea in Liverpool, you can reach us on 0151 601 8801. Our friendly team will be happy to help accommodate you and your group.

We look forward to seeing you soon this December and wish you a very Merry Christmas! 

Shankly’s Grandson Shares His Thoughts on Sunday’s Derby

It’s that time of year again; and I’m not talking about Christmas!

The Merseyside Derby is both my most favourite and yet most feared fixture of the season. There is often debate amongst Liverpool fans about who you would rather seal a win against, Everton or Utd but for me, it is hands down our blue brothers from over the park.

Liverpool Everton Derby

Oddly enough I grew up in an era where our record against them was actually quite poor. My school years saw me encounter game such as the one where Kanchelskis tore apart a fairly average Liverpool side that was quite a common sight in the early to mid 90’s and our record at Goodison was one not to be envied. I remember the fear Duncan Ferguson instilled in us, with every corner or set piece a lottery for a Liverpool side whose back 4 or 5 during that era left a lot to be desired. Perhaps that is what gave rise to my choice that a win against the old enemy is one which tastes sweeter than any other.

With the onset of the Houllier era of course our record in derbies began to turn, and we find ourselves in a situation now where the blue half of Merseyside now clamour for the holy grail of a derby victory. There have of course been the odd anomaly to that statement over the years achieved solely at Goodison Park. Memories of Andy Johnson terrorising us, Lee Carsley bagging winners at Gwladys Street, Cahill and Arteta turning the tables and Dan Gosling evoking the magic of the cup, but these have of course been too few and far between for Evertonians.

The wait for a Derby victory at Anfield, the sweetest of tastes for any blue is now in its 19th year and the pessimist in me says that the law of averages surely dictates a win soon? On paper this is the best Everton side I have seen; and whilst that may not necessarily have transcended onto the pitch just yet, it surely gives rise for optimism. As a Liverpool fan, Richarlison is the main worry; the lad has ability no doubt, and he is the one to watch for me. On paper however, Sigurdsson, Gomes, Digne, Bernard should all carry a threat. We are however a form team, and it is beyond debatable that we are one of the best sides in Europe, meaning we go into the game in confidence and rightly as favourites.

Merseyside Derby’s have given me some of the greatest memories of my life as a Liverpool fan. Dancing jubilantly in the Upper Bullens when Gary Mac did the unthinkable, Fernando burying Robbie Keane’s cut back from the by line and gliding pat the Gwladys Street arms outstretched, Luis Suarez doing what Luis Suarez does best, John Arne Riise running down the wing, and Steven Gerrard fulfilling the dreams of y Liverpool or Everton fan. Even Djibril Cisse got in on the act!

We wait and wonder what the latest instalment brings round this Sunday!

The Bastion Bar & Restaurant

The Shankly Hotel is home to one of the best bars in Liverpool to watch football. The Bastion Bar & Restaurant is a go-to spot for catching the action in style. The themed bar also showcases exclusive Bill Shankly memorabilia, perfect for soaking up some football history. What better venue for LFC fans?

Liverpool Gigs: Signature Sessions Returns with I See Rivers & The Tea Street Band

On Wednesday 21 November, Signature Sessions returns with another unique live music event on the rooftop of The Shankly Hotel. This month we will be welcoming Tenby- based girl band I See Rivers, alongside the amazing Tea Street Band, in what promises to be one of the best Liverpool gigs this November.

Famous for bringing the city’s latest and greatest artists together to perform for free each month, Signature Live Sessions offers music lovers an incredible evening of cinematic music all set to the backdrop of Liverpool’s iconic skyline.

Curated and presented by The Farm’s legendary Keith Mullin, we bring together Liverpool’s most influential musicians, alongside our brightest new stars.

Liverpool Gigs: I See Rivers & The Tea Street Band

Following on from the huge success of the previous month’s gig featuring China Crisis and The Vile Assembly, we are back with two more outstanding artists.

Sure to be a highlight in the Liverpool gigs line up, we are welcoming I See Rivers to the stage, followed by the Liverpool favourites, The Tea Street Band.

I See Rivers originally hail from Northern, Southern and Western Norway, however they are now based in Tenby, Wales. The trio make music that is described as “Float Folk”, taking inspiration from Fleet Foxes, Sufjan Stevens and Feist.

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I See Rivers | Source: Facebook.com

Their memorable melodies and far from traditional vocal harmonies make I See Rivers a unique band that sound even better live.

After a string of tours and festival appearances including Green Man Festival, Belladrum Festival and supporting Newton Faulkner on his UK tour, the band are now preparing to take to the rooftop stage in Liverpool.

After the amazing I See Rivers, a mystery headliner will be taking to the stage to end the evening on a high.  The popular local band are ready to showcase some of their best tunes and celebrate Liverpool’s ever-flourishing music scene in style.

Following I See Rivers, music lovers will be treated to an exclusive performance by one of the city’s best loved bands, The Tea Street Band. Having created a cult following over the years they’ve been together, the band’s music crosses over genres, taking inspiration from The Coral and the Happy Mondays.

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Source: Tea Street Band Facebook page

Many of their hits such as, ‘Marseille Blues’ and ‘Only Love’ have become anthems across Merseyside, earning them a warm place in Scouser’s hearts. Originally formed from the ashes of much-missed rabble rousers The Maybes, The Tea Street Band have been clinically building up momentum since their first release, Push the Feeling On, playing carefully selected shows with the odd huge gigs thrown in.

If like us, you love this energetic Liverpudlian band, get your tickets today and join us for the best Signature Sessions yet.

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What could be better than watching your favourite bands against the magnificent Liverpool city skyline and witnessing the beautiful sunset?

Explore the spacious rooftop and see Liverpool from all angles as you enjoy a live music event that you’re sure to remember for a long time to come.

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Sub Blue at Signature Live Sessions

As always, doors open at 7:00pm with our first act taking to the stage at 8:00pm. Why not get down early and enjoy a cocktail or a cold pint in this unrivalled venue? There will be delicious food available and the chance to meet and chat with the bands.

Make sure you don’t miss out on the action by securing your FREE ticket via Eventbrite today.

With so much live music to look forward to, as well as in depth artist interviews in lavish hotel suites, extravagant rock star behaviour and all kinds of hot tub shenanigans, stay tuned for all things Signature Sessions.

To be the first to get on the list for future live music Liverpool events and see some of the amazing past events, subscribe to our YouTube channel.

We’ll see you on the roof!

Christmas With The Shankly Family

Every household has their own special Christmas traditions and the Shankly family are no different. From special family rituals, to Bill’s favourite festive tipple and the ever-present beautiful game, discover what the festive period was like in the Shankly household.

We spoke to Jeanette Shankly, Bill’s second daughter, about what Christmas was like in the Shankly household with Bill, Nessie and her sister Barbara.

The Early Years

Despite his unwavering commitment to football; Bill Shankly was a big family man and loved to spend Christmas with his loved ones. One of 10 children born to John and Barbara Shankly, his nine siblings were named Alec, James, John Jnr, Bob, Netta, Elizabeth, Isobel, Barbara and Jean. Coming from a large, loving family, Shankly placed a lot of worth and tribute to the family unit and carried these values into his own family.

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The Shankly Family – Bill, Nessie, Nessie’s Father, Barbara and Jeanette

Bill met his wife ‘Nessie’, or Agnes Wren Fisher, whilst he was stationed as an RAF Corporal outside Glasgow at Bishopbriggs, she was serving in the WRAF. They were married in Glasgow in 1944 and had their first child, Barbara, in April 1945. It was another 6 years until Nessie gave birth to Jeanette in Carlisle, on 20 February 1951.

In these early years, the Shankly family did a lot of moving around due to Bill’s managerial career. However, a Shankly family Christmas was always a very traditional affair.

A Very Merry Shankly Family Christmas

Every year, the Shankly’s would spend Christmas at their home and Nessie would cook their traditional Christmas dinner.

It wasn’t until 1959, when Bill became the manager of Liverpool F.C, that they eventually put down permanent roots. They moved to a house in the West Derby area of the City, an area the family have never left to this day.

When she was young, Jeanette remembers their very traditional, happy family Christmases. However, on occasion, Bill would have to work.

“When we were younger, sometimes we were lucky if he was at home to spend Christmas with us. This was because, depending on fixtures, he was usually playing or managing a team on Boxing Day. As a result, sometimes he would have to go away Christmas Eve or failing that, Christmas night.”

If by luck he wasn’t involved in football one way or another, he would spend the festive period with his family. To celebrate this, he would even stretch to having a bit of whiskey in his tea. Shankly wasn’t a big drinker, but on the rare occasion he did, it would always be a small whiskey.

Bill and Agnes Shankly

Bill and Nessie

Jeanette also remembers when Bill was managing Liverpool, every Christmas the Shankly family would receive a huge hamper full of festive food for the family to enjoy. It was always a treat that Jeannette remembered.

The Shankly family grew in size when both Barbara and Jean grew up and married. Barbara would go on to have three children, Karen, Pauline and Emma. Jeanette soon followed suit with Jenny and Claire.

Even then the whole family would usually go around to Bill and Nessie’s on Christmas Day or Boxing Day to celebrate the festive season together. However, it was still always touch and go whether he would be able to stay, as of course, football dominated his life!

Jeannette remembers many happy years spent in the Shankly household at Christmas, filled with presents, a beautiful tree and homecooked food. She would go on to have a third child, Bill’s sixth grandchild and his one and only grandson, Chris. Sadly however, Bill would pass away before he was born.

Right up until the end, Bill’s family was the most important thing to him. Before his death he said: “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.”

The History of Football at Christmas

Of course, The Shankly Family weren’t the only ones who knew that Christmas Day and football went hand in hand. Today, Christmas Day is football free, however up until the 1950s it was once as much of a Christmas Day staple as the Queen’s Speech and pigs in blankets.

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One of the great festive traditions that began in 1889 and remained very popular until the end of the 1950s, the Christmas Day home fixture was often the occasion when clubs attracted one of their highest home gates of the season.

But throughout the 1950s, attitudes changed towards playing sport on the 25th December. Christmas Day 1957 saw a near full round of fixtures: 37 out of a maximum 46 games took place; in 1959 there were just two games.

Understandably, Christmas Day football was very unpopular with the players, who felt it meant they could not enjoy the festivities and see their families. As transport systems declined and crowds began to dwindle, the fixture eventually disappeared from the football calendar.

The final December 25th programme of games in England was in the 1957/58 season. Today, games are still played on Boxing Day but Christmas Day football is a thing of the past.

A Shankly Christmas

We’ve hope you’ve enjoyed our look inside the Shankly family Christmas. If you and the family are looking for the perfect place to enjoy a festive meal or a Christmas retreat together, look no further than The Shankly Hotel in Liverpool.

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Offering a delicious home cooked menu, a relaxing and luxurious atmosphere and a range of festive entertainment, our hotel is the perfect place to celebrate Christmas as a family. Why not book a stay in one of our beautiful and unique rooms, or take in the fascinating memorabilia that is displayed around the hotel?

From festive afternoon tea experiences, to amazing football tours and wonderful festive events, a family Christmas at The Shankly is always memorable.

If you’d like to book a stay or a table, get in touch with our friendly team today by calling 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.

Merry Christmas!

Wedding Package: A Magical Winter Wedding in The Garden of Eden

If you’ve always dreamed of hosting your wedding in a winter wonderland, with a beautifully frosty view, this winter wedding package from The Shankly Hotel is perfect for you.

What could be better than brightening up those gloomy winter months than by planning the biggest celebration of your life, at one of the most stunning wedding venues in Liverpool?

Set on the rooftop of The Shankly Hotel, The Garden of Eden is one of a kind. Looking out over the iconic Liverpool skyline, it is the ideal setting to say, ‘I do’.

A Magical Winter Wedding Package

Available October – March only

Winter Wedding Package

Credit: Matthew Rycraft

What’s Included?

Starting From £5,500

This fabulous winter wedding package includes a range of amazing features that will help your day run as smoothly as possible;

  • Prosecco and canapés (3 per person) on arrival
  • A delicious three course wedding breakfast
  • Half a bottle of house wine per person with the wedding breakfast
  • Prosecco for the wedding toast
  • Evening buffet
  • ‘Love’ letters
  • Fully stocked candy cart
  • Cake stand, cake knife and wedding post box
  • Table name/number stands and easel for your table plan
  • Bridal Suite the night of your wedding (subject to availability)
  • Civil Ceremony in Baby Eden optional
  • Designated Wedding Coordinator and Events Manager

This wonderful winter wedding package can cater for 80 guests during the day and 150 guests in the evening.

*Additional charges will apply for extra guests both day and evening.

*Prices will vary subject to date of wedding.

An Enchanting Venue – The Garden of Eden

Winter Wedding package The Shankly

Credit: Matthew Rycraft

Nestled in the heart of Liverpool city centre, The Garden of Eden is one of the most beautiful venues to exchange vows. Set within a breathtaking glass box, you and your loved ones will have unrestricted views of the city’s most iconic landmarks, including the Three Graces and Pier Head.

Our stunning venue has space for both indoor and outdoor celebrations, ensuring that you and your guests will have a truly memorable day. The magical indoor setting features luxurious botanical interiors, opulent floral features and inventive seating arrangements that really make the most of the space.

On the outdoor terrace, you will find enchanting wintery trees and heavenly white features which will form an idyllic backdrop to your winter wedding photographs.

Host Your Wedding at The Shankly

As well as the beautiful Garden of Eden, The Shankly Hotel boasts luxury suites, a bar and restaurant and a unique Bill Shankly museum.

Each stunning suite within the hotel has been designed with pure opulence and comfort in mind, from fabulous plush furnishings to exquisite amenities, no two suites are the same.

Bridal Suite - Winter Wedding Package

If you are planning a winter wedding with us, our hotel offers couples the wonderful Bridal Suite. With a large Jacuzzi bath, a private snug and double shower, as well as a king-sized bed, you’re sure to have the night of your lives.

The hotel is also home to the Bastion Bar and Restaurant, a luxury space that is perfect for enjoy unique dining experiences. Decorated with never-seen-before Bill Shankly memorabilia, take in the fascinating history as you enjoy some delicious food and drink.

Why Choose Us?

Take the stress out of your wedding day by letting our dedicated team at The Shankly Hotel lend a helping hand. Drawing on years of experience, our devoted and passionate wedding planners will be there every step of the way to help you create the wedding of your dreams.

We pride ourselves on being at the very top when it comes to wedding planning, you’ll always get the best advice from us. We specialise in making your winter wedding dreams a reality, whether you want a large-scale celebration, or an intimate and cosy affair with your closest loved ones.

At The Shankly we also offer some fabulous additional wedding services that are guaranteed to make your day extra special. From unique transportation, to showstopping entertainment, live music, spa treatments and much more, we can give your wedding the wow factor.

So, what are you waiting for, book your magical winter wedding with us today and begin your journey to happily ever after.

If you would like to book our winter wedding package, ask us a question or come and look around our beautiful wedding venue call us on 0151 305 3753.

We look forward to meeting you. 

Fall Down the Rabbit Hole with a Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea for Kids

Step into Wonderland at The Shankly Hotel with an unforgettable afternoon tea for all the family beyond your wildest imaginations.

After the phenomenal success of previous events, we’re hosting another Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea featuring magical decorations, delectable foods that cry out ‘Eat me!’ and all the weird and wonderful characters from your favourite book.

Join us on 11 November for an afternoon of Cheshire Cats, White Rabbits and royalty as we step into the Rabbit Hole with a tea party like no other.

Eat me! Drink me!

Mad Hatter's Afternoon Tea

Take your place at the Mad Hatter’s table and feast on delicate finger sandwiches, sweet treats and pastry delights while enjoying live music and hilarious performances to spark everyone’s imagination. Eat, drink and dance your way through a magical afternoon for all the family.

Kids will love meeting characters from the book as they sit amongst larger-than-life decorations in our beautiful Garden of Eden suite.

Mad Hatter's Afternoon Tea

Pose for pictures with the Mad Hatter’s giant clocks, hats and weird and wonderful trinkets – and even the Hatter himself – while soaking in stunning panoramic views of Liverpool’s skyline from our stunning Garden of Eden suite windows.

With plenty of fun activities, games and immersive role plays for all the family, watch as Wonderland comes alive around you and our incredible characters lead you down the rabbit hole into a world of pure imagination!

For just £14.95 per child, and £29.95 per adult, don’t miss this magical family experience of a Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea at The Shankly Hotel.

Stay in Wonderland with Signature Suites

Make your Sunday a family outing to remember with a stay in one of our wild and fantastical Wonderland suites at The Shankly.

After enjoying the excitement of the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, head down to one of our luxurious family suites designed with Alice’s magical world in mind for a fairytale stay you won’t find anywhere else.

Enter the wood-paneled Wonderland floor to find upside-down furniture and stranger-than-strange happens. And once you step inside a suite, discover charming trinkets, whimsical features and opulent golden decor that transport your straight into a magical world like no other.

Mad Hatter's Afternoon Tea

With luxurious, ultra-comfortable beds sleeping between 3 and 9 guests and in-room amenities including a kitchenette, dining space, Bluetooth media system and smart TV, you’re sure to have a spectacular stay at The Shankly Hotel.

Pick from the Wonderland Suite (to continue your Mad Hatter’s adventure), the Narnia-themed Wardrobe room and much, much more.

Magical Afternoon Teas at The Shankly Hotel

We’re famous for hosting incredible themed afternoon teas for all the family – and it’s not just the Mad Hatter who’s heading into our hotel for an afternoon of entertainment this year. From Dusty Springfield to Swing Teas, all our inspired afternoon teas are perfect family-friendly events for rainy Sunday afternoons.

In December, we’re hosting Liverpool’s best Cilla Black tribute act for a jolly-holly festive afternoon tea celebrating the Scouse icon’s spectacular career. Join us for a festive celebration on 22 December.

Tickets for the Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea for Kids cost £14.95 for children and £29.95 for adults. Price includes an afternoon tea of sandwiches and sweet treats, plus tea or coffee.

To book your place at the Mad Hatter’s Table for an afternoon tea of sweet delights and savory delicacies, call our events team today on 0151 305 5101 or visit our What’s On page for more information.

Signature Sessions: Homeless Fundraiser Concert with China Crisis & Vile Assembly

Signature Live Sessions returns for yet another live music event, hosted on the rooftop of The Shankly Hotel in Liverpool. On 24th October we will be welcoming Kirby’s finest exports China Crisis, alongside British punk-rock band, The Vile Assembly.

The most unique musical showcase in the city, we are proud to announce that as well as playing host to some amazing artists, our next concert will also be a homeless fundraiser. In recent years, homelessness has become an epidemic in Liverpool and across the UK. According to statistics released by Shelter homeless charity, more than 300,000 people in Britain are officially recorded as homeless.

We hope to raise money for the homeless community to help combat this growing issue and get people off our streets. Every Signature Session event is completely free, however for this special performance we are asking guests if they would like to make a donation to help the city’s homeless. All proceeds will go towards Signature’s new homeless shelter initiative, The Cotton Street Project.

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Liverpool artist Sub Blue performing at Signature Sessions in August

An Amazing Event for An Amazing Cause

At Signature we are extremely passionate about helping vulnerable people that find themselves without a home. The Cotton Street Project will welcome Liverpool’s helpless members of society to enjoy a unique and inclusive shelter. This is a completely new initiative in Liverpool and will bring the city an alternative approach to our homeless epidemic.

This shelter will serve as a long-term solution and will aim to address the complex issues that face these people every day, from mental health and addiction, to the personal struggles. These people will have access to accommodation, a café, skilled workshops, social activities and professional support.

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Pictured: Signature staff, volunteers and those involved with the new homeless shelter at Cotton Street

Help us bring people together in Liverpool and really make a difference. Come along and show your support at our homeless fundraiser concert with Signature Sessions. If you’d like to know more about the Cotton Street initiative and how you can do more to help, visit our donation page.

About the Bands

Curated and presented by The Farm’s Keith Mullin, we bring together the city’s most influential musicians alongside our brightest new stars, for an unforgettable evening of cinematic music.

After the huge success of Red Rum Club and The Sums in July, followed by Sub Blue and The Farm in August, and finally Natalie McCool and The Christians in September, this month we are bringing you two more fabulous artists.

We’re welcoming Kirby legends China Crisis and British punk band The Vile Assembly to grace our unique stage.

China Crisis

Formed in 1979, China Crisis are a rock band from Kirby, near Liverpool. They were part of a new wave of Liverpool acts in the late 1970s and early 1980s, led by OMD, Echo and Bunneymen, The Teardrop Explodes and Frankie Goes to Hollywood. Inspired by the new romantic camp, the band gave their pop songs more edge by injecting political commentary and bluesy reggae rhythms.

In the beginning the band was made up of vocalist and keyboardist Gary Daly and guitarist Eddie Lundon, who shared an affection for the likes of Stevie Wonder, Steely Dan, David Bowie and Brian Eno.  The pair eventually asked drummer and percussionist Dave Reilly to join them in 1981, and in 1982 they released their debut single “African and White” as China Crisis.

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Source: China Crisis Facebook page

The band were signed to Virgin Records and recorded their debut album, Difficult Shapes & Passive Rhythms: Some People Think It’s Fun To Entertain, which was released in December 1982. They re-released “African and White” shortly after which reached number 45 in the UK singles charts. The follow up single, “Christian” made it to number 12 in the early 1983 and brought them to national prominence.

Over the years, a number of members left and joined the group, however Daly and Lundon remained constant. Their third album, Flaunt the Imperfection, was produced by Walter Becker of Steely Dan fame and reached No. 9 in the UK Albums Chart in May 1985. The band’s last studio album, Warped by Success, was released in 1994, following their parting of ways with the Virgin label. The album produced their final studio chart single, “Everyday the Same”.

China Crisis toured Europe and USA during the late eighties and performed in front of crowds as large as 87,00 in Germany. Since then, they have played a number of live performances and fundraisers events across the world.

The Vile Assembly

The Vile Assembly are a British punk-rock band famous for being whistle blowers on our unjust society. They say what needs to be said through the universally understood medium of music.

Made up of Mark Wainwright, Mark Webb and Paul Mason, Vile Assembly are a tight knit trio of songwriters, musician and producers. The band was formed following a fortuitous meeting between these three life-long friends in a New York café, where they decided enough was enough and the troubles of the world needed to be voiced.

Vile Assembly’s lyricist and vocalist Paul Mason spent a month living on the streets of Liverpool to experience destitution and our ‘vile’ society first hand.  This horrendous experience inspired the band to create the music we all know and love. We can’t wait to see them take to the stage at this very fitting event for the homeless people of Liverpool.

A Breathtaking Rooftop Venue

Every month, Signature Live Sessions takes over the spectacular rooftop venue in The Shankly Hotel to host an unforgettable FREE live music event. Each show invites different and exciting new acts to take to the stage and perform their hits for an eager, music loving audience.

 

Boasting magnificent views over the famous Liverpool city skyline, this amazing venue provides one of the most unique and cinematic backdrops to enjoy some of the very best live artists Merseyside has to offer.

Explore the spacious rooftop and see Liverpool from all angles as you enjoy a live music event that you’re sure to remember for a long time to come. With the option to set up our stage both outdoors and indoors, our sessions will be rocking rain or shine. What’s better than watching some of your favourite bands take to the stage in front of the stunning backdrop of the Liverpool sunset?

As always, doors open at 7:00pm with our first act taking to the stage at 8:00pm. Why not get down early and enjoy a cocktail or a cold pint in this unrivalled venue? There will be delicious food available and the chance to meet and chat with the bands.

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The Sums performing at Signature Sessions in July

Make sure you don’t miss out on the action by securing your FREE ticket via Eventbrite today.

With so much live music to look forward to, as well as in depth artist interviews in lavish hotel suites, extravagant rock star behaviour and all kinds of hot tub shenanigans, stay tuned for all things Signature Sessions.

To be the first to get on the list for future live music Liverpool events and see some of the amazing past events, subscribe to our YouTube channel.

We’ll see you on the roof!