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

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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

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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

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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.

Why You Should Plan the Next Family Holiday at The Shankly Hotel

Its that time of year again, now that Christmas is over, the rush to get the big family holiday booked begins.

Instead of spending all your time searching for exotic places to go on a family holiday why not simply book to stay in the heart of the UK’s most exciting and accessible city; Liverpool.

The Shankly Hotel is known for being family friendly and has everything you need for the perfect break away. So, sit back and let us show you exactly why you should plan your next family holiday at The Shankly Hotel.

One Room for One Family

Our exceptional accommodation has been designed to host large groups of guests in the heart of the city. At The Shankly Hotel, we want you to be able to stay and play together in the comfort of one luxurious hotel room.

The fabulous family rooms have multiple double beds for you and your family to cosy up together in and a huge flat screen TV for all the family’s favourite shows and movies.

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And let’s not forget the excellent ensuite bathroom facilities that are out of this world. Fun for the kids and indulgent for parents, the double whirlpool baths turn into a private swimming pool for little ones and for adults a late-night dip with a glass of bubbly when the kids are asleep is essential.

Plenty of space ensures you won’t trip up over each other as all our hotel rooms are more than double the size of your average city centre accommodation. At The Shankly Hotel, our rooms are nothing short of perfection when it comes to accommodating you and your family in style.

Culture and Adventure at Your Fingertips

As a city known for hosting exciting events and having an excess of amazing cultural venues, Liverpool is the perfect place to visit for a fun and family holiday.

Loads of Liverpool Museums

Expand the minds of your little ones at the interactive talks, workshops and exhibitions hosted in museums dotted all over the city.

The World Museum, less than two minutes’ walk from The Shankly Hotel, has permanent exhibitions portraying the natural and historic wonders of earth as well as pop up interactive classes and studies. Take the kids to learn about everything from Astronomy to Ancient Egypt and all that’s inbetween.

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And why not take the opportunity to learn more about the amazing history of the city in the Museum of Liverpool which helps visitors explore and understand the city’s interesting past and showcases current and up and coming events.

Awesome Adventures at Every Turn

If the kids are craving something a little more energetic there are amazing annual pop-ups that occur in the heart of the city every year.

When the weather gets a little warmer, we can look forward to the return of Albert Dock’s floating obstacle course Adventure Dock, where you and the family can race each other round huge inflatable slides and bounce on wobbly trampolines.

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For those more inevitable rainy days, take things indoors to Mattel on Albert Dock where younger children can play in the worlds of all their favourite TV characters.

Got a few big kids on your hands? Look no further than the Ultimate Indoor Paintball experience or the amazing Nerf Centre close by. Here the older ones can take pleasure in shooting both you and each other.

Up and Coming Events

Not only does The Shankly Hotel provide the perfect family accommodation in Liverpool, but we also host exceptional events that are ideal for families.

Our Madhatters Afternoon Tea, hosted on the roof The Shankly Hotel in The Garden of Edden, welcomes all the fantasy characters of Wonderland to Liverpool for an afternoon of fun, food and games.

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You and the family can enjoy interreacting with the White Rabbit, Madhatter and Alice herself as well as other whimsical favourites we’ve asked along. Book tickets to this extraordinary event on your family holiday in Liverpool and enjoy tasty food and fantastic entertainment for all the family at The Shankly Hotel.

There’s no end of adventure to be had all over the city and all of it is easy to reach from the central location of The Shankly Hotel.

Fab Family Food Sorted at The Bastion Bar and Restaurant

Forget cooking for picky eaters or struggling to find somewhere to eat that everyone likes in the city, The Bastion Bar and Restaurant has a wonderful mouth-watering menu of hearty dishes with something for everyone.

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The Shanky Burger

Enjoy succulent steaks from the grill, the belly-bursting Shankly Burger or the perfect pasta dish all freshly prepared in The Bastion Bar and Restaurant located inside The Shankly Hotel.

You and the family can sit down to an enjoyable meal together at the end of a fun-filled day out in Liverpool then head up to your room with full bellies and tired eyes.

For mum and dad, the well-stocked bar has everything including fine wines, craft beers and creative cocktails, so you too can unwind after a long and exciting day exploring Liverpool with the little ones.

What more could you need from a family holiday this year than fun, food and fabulous accommodation all at the heart of the UK’s most exciting city?

Call and book to stay now on 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk.

The Ultimate Liverpool Quiz of 2018

2018 included numerous new signings and departures, incident, frustration, the good, bad and everything in between and therefore, a wealth of material for a Liverpool quiz.

We’ve compiled 15 questions to test your memory and knowledge of everything Liverpool from the previous 12 months.

The Ultimate Liverpool Quiz of 2018

There are questions on Klopp, goals, opponents, quotations and plenty of other conundrums that are sure to cast doubt on how much you were really paying attention to Liverpool in 2018. Enjoy!

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One way in which you can improve upon your score in our Liverpool quiz is by staying in the spectacular Shankly Hotel and 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.

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.

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

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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

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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.

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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.

Biggest Ever Giveaway No.3: Get Your Hands on a Luxury Liverpool NYE & £1000

As part of our 10 Year Biggest Giveaway Ever we have the ultimate prize that will guarantee a lucky winner and six of their closest friends and family a Liverpool NYE they will never forget.

Check out details of the third instalment of Signature Living’s Biggest Giveaway Ever and how we can make dreams come true for New Year 2018.

The Biggest Giveaway Ever Prize No. 3

We are giving winners the chance to live the life of VIP with an overnight stay in the Shankly Presidential Suite for NYE 2018.

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Spend the night immersed in glittering gold in the most glamourous group accommodation in Liverpool. The 1200 sq foot hotel room has been designed with luxury and opulence in mind complete with plush furnishings and indulgent facilities like the in-room mosaic bath.

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This amazing giveaway offers a group of up to 6 the chance to enjoy the very best Liverpool NYE ever, plus £1000 to spend however the winner wishes.

You could choose to splash the cash in the city’s biggest clubs and bars on the last night of 2018, beginning 2019 in VIP style.

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Or perhaps book tickets attend one of the two extravagant Liverpool NYE parties happening right inside the Shankly, saving your winnings to raid the January sales or go on an early New Year holiday.

It’s entirely up to you.

Look forward to living the life of a VIP in The Shankly Hotel’s own Presidential Suite and a welcome £1k bonus to start 2019 feeling flush with our Biggest Ever Giveaway celebrating 10 years of Signature Living.

The Liverpool NYE Shankly Events

Toast to New Year 2018 at our Night in Paris event hosted in the glittering Garden of Eden where Parisienne chic meets a lively Liverpool party. There’ll be entertainment, DJ’s, mouth-watering canapes and plenty of fizz to keep the party going all night long, plus unchecked views of Liverpool’s spectacular New Year Fireworks.

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Or join in the shin-dig shenanigans at our own Hogmanay Party taking place in The Bastion where we’ll be going the whole “hog” to celebrate New Year 2018 and Shankly’s Scottish roots. The party includes a selection of tiered drinks packages and live entertainment throughout the evening.

How to Enter the Liverpool NYE Giveaway

It couldn’t be easier, simply follow us on social media (as if you don’t already) @SIGNATURELIVING and get liking and sharing the Biggest Giveaway Ever post for a Luxury Liverpool NYE, tagging all your besties in too.

 

Our impartial judges will then select the lucky winner and Bobs your uncle, you and five of your closest friends or family members will be spending New Years Eve 2018 in the lap of Liverpool’s most luxurious hotel.

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Things don’t end here either, so, if you aren’t lucky enough to be chosen for the New Year prize, don’t give up as there’s plenty more to come.

A whole year of amazing giveaways will be up for grabs throughout 2019.

We’ve already gifted two unbelievable holidays to Cuba and Lapland and there’s no telling what we’ve still got stashed up our sleeves.

Interested? We thought you would be.

Good luck and fingers crossed your name is called to win No.3 of our Biggest Ever Giveaway and a spectacular New Year’s Eve in Liverpool at The Shankly Hotel.

Signature Live Sessions: Space and Satin Beige

The most visually spectacular concert in Liverpool, Signature Live Sessions presents an evening of awesome music on The Garden of Eden rooftop at The Shankly Hotel.

With the fabulous Liverpool landscape as a backdrop, December’s gig will see Space perform their neo-psychedelia repertoire, together with Satin Beige who will be supporting the Liverpool band.

Curated and presented by The Farm’s Keith Mullin, we’re bringing together Liverpool’s most influential musicians alongside our brightest musical talent on Monday 10th December.

Take a look at our video below, featuring all the highlights from the first ever Signature Live Sessions.

Space

On Monday we welcome Space to grace our Shankly stage.

Formed in 1993, Space are a much-loved Liverpool group that came to prominence during the 1990s as their unique electronica tone resonated with an enormous listenership.

Space grew in popularity and in 1996 Jamie Murphy, Franny Griffiths, Tommy Scott and Andy Parle released their debut album Spiders, which reached number 5 in the UK Album Charts.

The Space band would go on to release their second studio album: Tin Planet in 1998. The melodic compilation reached number 3 in the UK Album Charts, abolishing the myth of the difficult second album.

Space also became celebrated for their intentionally jocular lyrics which frequently dealt with sensitive topics, including failed relationships and social outcasts.

After a brief hiatus, the Space band reformed in November 2011 for a Christmas concert at the O2 Academy here in Liverpool. Also, Space recently announced that they were working on a new album entitled Give Me Your Future.

Satin Beige

Described as having “a flowering special talent,” Satin Beige’s regal performance at The Shankly Hotel is not to be missed.

The soul diva will sing on The Garden of Eden rooftop, a venue befitting of her heavenly voice.

Memories of New York swirl when Beige performs her song Goodnight Manhattan, whilst Losing It and Addicted are played on her polished cello.

The soulfulness of these tunes is captured by the routine plucking of this angelic instrument.

A LIPA graduate, Beige has crept up on Liverpool’s music elite and now, by way of her cello – who she has lovingly named Kije – the multi-instrumentalist is beginning to make a sizeable impact.

In 2016 Beige, together with our headliners Space, featured on Ocean Waves & The Mersey Sounds, an album dedicated to Liverpool musicians.

In November 2018, Satin Beige released her cello-infused RnB single Being Me, which she’ll perform on Monday.

The Garden of Eden Rooftop

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Signature Live Sessions will be taking place every month on the stunning Eden rooftop at The Shankly Hotel.

So, take the opportunity to revel in this spectacular setting and arrive early, have a drink and meet the musicians. The bar will be open from 7pm and there will be delicious food available.

What’s better than watching some of your beloved musicians perform in front of the stunning backdrop of the Liverpool skyline at Christmas.

Stay updated for revealing interviews in lavish hotel suites, extravagant Rockstar behavior and all sorts of hot tub high jinks.

If you’d wish to attend the next Signature Live Session with Satin Beige and Space, get your FREE tickets via EventBrite and don’t forget to click attending on our Facebook event.

We’ll see you in The Garden of Eden!

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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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.

Signature Sessions

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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!

Winning Accommodation Deals For The Summer Holidays At The Shankly

The summer holidays have officially arrived and for parents, families and teachers alike and that means the opportunity to spend some quality time together, or away from the little ones. Why not make the most of it using any of these winning accommodation deals we have tailored especially for the summer holidays at The Shankly Hotel?

Time For Some Summer Holidays Peace and Quiet

When your usual daytime tranquillity is overrun with children who would usually be at school and you simply need to get away for some you time, pack a bag and book our Peace for Parents Package.

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You and your better half can leave the minors with a responsible someone and make your way to Liverpool for an evening of peace and quiet for just £159 per couple.

Get settled in your luxurious hotel room at The Shankly Hotel complete with a deep double jacuzzi bath to unwind in and enjoy a chilled bottle of fizzy that will be waiting for you on arrival.

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When you are on your way to full relaxation take a seat in the comfortable atmosphere of The Bastion Bar and Restaurant where you can enjoy a tasty three-course meal without having to cook it or do the dishes afterwards. A real treat.

Then the rest is up to you. Make your way into the city centre of Liverpool to taste some of the city’s vibrant nightlife or enjoy a nightcap whilst you and parent number two enjoy the unobstructed views of Liverpool’s majestic skyline from The Garden of Eden.

Garden of Eden - accommodation deals

A buffet breakfast awaits the following morning and if you are still not ready to go back to the family another night and breakfast is yours for just £69 extra.

The perfect breakaway for two tired parents at The Shankly Hotel made possible with one of our amazing accommodation deals for summer.

The Family That Stays Together . . . Stays Together

Leave no day wasted this school summer holidays and make the most of your family time together at The Shankly Hotel with our Ultimate Family Getaway.

See what new things you and the family can discover this summer in Liverpool during a stay at The Shankly Hotel.

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Our summer holiday accommodation deals were built to make sure everyone could enjoy the very best school holidays from inside the very best Liverpool hotel.

The break begins by checking into one of our spacious family suites at The Shankly Hotel where treats for the little ones will be waiting.

Family dinner Shankly - Bastion Bar and Restaurant - accommodation deals

Then get the family sat down around one of the tables inside The Bastion Bar and Restaurant where you can all enjoy delicious Shankly Burgers and mocktails before heading off to the cinema to check out the latest big-screen blockbuster at Liverpool One ODEON.

Family cinema night - accommodation deals Shankly Hotel

Everyone can then enjoy a cosy nights sleep inside the luxury family suite and wake up to enjoy a hearty full buffet breakfast.

These amazing family accommodation deals for the summer holidays won’t even break the bank as prices are £60 per adult and £40.00 per child.

A minimum of two adults applies to the offer, making this a superb way to spend family time and your pennies this summer at The Shankly Hotel.

Those Who Can Teach And Then Rest

Now’s the time to take it easy teachers. The summer holidays have arrived and even though we know you’ve got a lot of marking and lesson planning coming up take a break and enjoy some well earned R & R at The Shankly Hotel.

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We’ve tailor-made some very special accommodation deals this summer just for those who guide and nurture the minds of our youngsters.

It’s about time you teachers had a little fun after all school’s out for summer.

Start by switching off and checking into one of our luxurious Shankly Suites with 2 or more of your faculty friends. Bring as many of your teacher friends along to take advantage of these awesome accommodation deals this summer for just £99 per teacher.

Bastion Bar and Restaurant - accommodation deals at The Shankly

Treat yourselves to an indulgent 2-course meal in the Bastion Bar and Restaurant and then take your pick from a range of Signature activities including;

  • Spa treatments at Morgan’s Spa
  • Drinks in Alma de Cuba
  • Hair or Makeup by UpTown Funk

This is your time to chill and just like the kids you teach, have a little fun during your longest holiday of the year by booking your and your teacher friends on one of these spectacular accommodation deals this summer.

How To Book One of Our Winning Summer Accommodation Deals

Simply call our friendly reservations staff an let them know which of the accommodation deals you’d like to book this summer.

Bastion Bar - Shankly Hotel - accommodation deals for summer

Our offers can be tailored to your requirements so if you’d like to check out some of the other amazing Signature Living restaurants, bars and hotels during your break let our team know and they can make the necessary arrangements.

Reach the team today on 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk.

All our summer accommodation deals are only available Sunday-Thursday and subject to availability. 

Fabulous Family Friendly Days Out During Liverpool Biennial

Bring the family together this summer as Liverpool looks forward to another Liverpool Biennial. An event that gets the public, local businesses, artists and communities together to celebrate and appreciate art in all its forms.

This year we’ve hand-picked some of the best family friendly days out in Liverpool that will help younger people get hands on and make a difference in the city and perhaps even brighten their artistic and creative futures.

Family Workshop and Victory Gallery and Museum

Where: Victoria Art Gallery and Museum

When: 2nd July – 2nd August and 16th August

Victoria Gallery and Museum - family friendly days out

A wonderful free event will be hosted throughout July and August at the Victoria Gallery and Museum that will help the younger generation appreciate art both old and new.

Led by a group of experienced artists, each session will encourage kids and grown-ups to explore their creative sides.

Families will be invited to be inspired by the existing work on display in the museum and then create their own masterpieces together.

Take the entire family along to discover one of Liverpool’s most interesting museums and art galleries with a new and exciting hands-on approach during Liverpool Biennial.

FACT Prototype Summer Camp

Where: FACT

When: 31st July – 2nd August and 7th – 9th August

FACT VR Rcade - family friendly days out

In a digital age, we adults may feel like we’re falling behind as our young families plough forward enjoying and experiencing new technology before we even know it exists.

FACT want to make sure these young people are given the tools to navigate the online and digital world safely by teaching them to become masters of what they are producing and posting.

The VR (virtual reality) summer camp session promises to help families understand what goes into VR filmmaking and also gives lessons as to how to stay safe whilst having a positive online presence.

Leaping into the future another summer camp session at FACT will invite young people to design, code and create their own AI. They will learn how to programme their creation as well as design the environment it lives in.

Both of these events offer further chances for attendees to gain Bronze and Silver Art Awards with extra participation after the camp dates.

Please see here for further details.

Granby Gardening

Where: 75-77 Granby Street

When: 7th and 14th July

Granby Gardens - family friendly days out

Art certainly makes the world a beautiful place and it doesn’t get much more beautiful than the art of the natural world.

For Liverpool Biennial artist Mohamed Bourouissa will be working with local Liverpool communities to help build and grow a communal garden in the heart of Toxteth.

Families can pop along to lend a hand and learn more about the healing power of plants. The project was inspired by a garden Bourouissa encountered whilst travelling that was created by a patient who was undergoing therapy.

The garden became a representation of the patient’s mind as he was able to organise his plants like his thoughts.

On the 7th and 14th, July go and get muddy with the kids and help give the communities of Liverpool a piece of natural art that will grow and change with the seasons.

Exhibition Tour: Environments of a Beautiful World

Where: RIBA North – National Architecture Centre

When: 29th July 3pm-4pm

Mae-ling Lokko - family friendly days out

Inspired by the behaviour of how things grow, Mae-ling Lokko’s art installation Hack The Root will form part of the tour Environments of a Beautiful World.

The artist has created a structure made from mushroom panels to promote the study of an alternative life cycle for living things. Instead of using material grown from a root-like lifeform that needs to use, move or drain other resources in order to survive, Lokko’s work shows how beautiful things can also be created without having destroyed first.

Although an important message is at the focus of the work shown here, won’t it be fun to tell the kids that this sculpture is made from entirely from man-made fungus!

Summer Football on The Dock

Where: Albert Dock (on the water)

When: 6th – 22nd (selected days)

Take you footy mad family to a football experience unlike any other on Liverpool’s Albert Dock this summer and hop onboard a floating football pitch to hone their skills with professional coaches.

Everton in the Community and LFC Foundation have lent their coaches to teach essential soccer skills to those who simply love to play.

The sessions are free and will take place between 11 am – 4 pm all summer long. Take the family for a kickabout with a difference during summer 2018.

Bluecoat Family Day

Where: Bluecoat

When: 14th August 1pm-4pm

Bluecoat - family friendly days out

For fun and educational family days out in Liverpool during Biennial why not visit one of the city’s oldest buildings; The Bluecoat.

Here visitors will be able to take part in a project guided by one of the participating artists of the Liverpool Biennial programme Ryan Gander.

Your little ones will be given the chance to try their hand at sculpting, large-scale drawing and the fine art of den building which we know every kid enjoys (and most adults too).

Bluecoat caters to families all year round and their unique Children’s Corner has a number of independent activities that everyone can have fun with on their visit.

This and the stunning Bluecoat Gardens plus delicious food from Blue Coat Café makes for one of those perfect family friendly days out in the city.

Artist Talk: Ryan Gander

Where: Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral

When: 4th August 11am-12pm

Ryan Gander project Liverpool Biennial - family friendly days out

Working directly with children from a local Liverpool Primary School Ryan Gander has been involved with a project that explores the benefits of hands-on education.

During the project Gander explored the Montessori methods of early schooling, carrying out a number of workshops involving collaborative play and independent activity.

His presentation at The Bluecoat will show his findings from his time with the children as well as some of their work and what the kids and Ryan created together which will become a new permanent public art installation behind the Metropolitan Cathedral.

Family Stays at The Shankly Hotel

During this summer and throughout Liverpool Biennial The Shankly Hotel has superb accommodation for everyone to stay together in the heart of the city.

 

Our family suites and interconnecting rooms give our family guests the chance to stay in one suite together with enough space to be comfortable.

This combined with tasty family meals from the Bastion Bar and Restaurant’s eclectic menu and delicious breakfasts in the morning and there’s really no better place to stay when planning fun family friendly days out during this year’s Liverpool Biennial.

Call 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk for more information on our family-friendly accommodation.

What’s On at the Theatre this Year in Liverpool

Discover the best of what’s on in Liverpool theatres this year with our jam-packed guide.

The Shankly Hotel is a prime spot for enjoying a pre-theatre meal in Liverpool or making the experience extra special with an overnight stay.

We’re in a prime location for visiting theatres in Liverpool. Situated on dynamic Victoria Street, we’re only a short distance from the city’s most exquisite theatre venues.

This year in Liverpool, the city’s range of historic and stylish theatre venues have plenty on offer for you to see in action.

From modern classics brought to life to family fun, we’ve compiled the most unmissable productions of the year.

A Clockwork Orange

Dates: 17 April – 21 April 2018

Theatre: The Everyman Theatre

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This April, catch the Anthony Burgess cult classic in action at the Liverpool Everyman Theatre.

Burgess’ stage adaption brings amoral Alex dangerously to life. Find yourself immersed in the dark side of teen culture with this thrilling tale of free will and transgression.

George’s Marvellous Medicine

Dates: 17 April – 21 April 2018

Theatre: Playhouse Theatre

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Perfect for the whole family, don’t miss one of Roald Dahl’s most treasured tales on stage at Liverpool’s Playhouse Theatre.

This April, find yourself lost in a hilarious world of imagination with George’s Marvellous Medicine. A thrilling mixture of growing grannies, feathery farm animals and family fun makes this production one not to miss!

An Officer and a Gentleman

Dates: 21 May – 26 May 2018

Theatre: Liverpool Empire Theatre

what's on in liverpool theatres

Sweeping you off your feet this April, don’t miss An Officer and a Gentleman at Liverpool Empire Theatre.

This breathtaking new musical will recreate the Oscar-winning film starring Richard Gere. Plus, the feel-good soundtrack of movie hit Up Where We Belong and iconic 80s anthems ‘Girls Just Want to Have Fun. 

Assassins

Dates: 6 June – 9 June 2018

Theatre: Unity Theatre Liverpool

what's on in liverpool theatres

A fascinating exploration of history, Assassins delves into the lives of nine people who have attempted to assassinate the President of the United States.

A captivating look at the darker side of the American Dream, this memorable show is enhanced with a complex score from Stephen Sondheim (Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods).

Titanic The Musical

Dates: 30 July – 4 August 2018

Theatre: Liverpool Empire Theatre

what's on in liverpool theatres

Coming to Liverpool Empire Theatre this summer, Titanic The Musical is set to take you on a journey like no other. With a glowing 5 star review from The Times, this stunning production has been hailed a triumph.

Based upon the hopes, dreams and aspirations of Titanic’s passengers, this dazzling musical will leave you blown away with music and lyrics by Maury Yeston.

Love From a Stranger

Dates: 24 April – 28 April 2018

Theatre: Playhouse Theatre

what's on in liverpool theatres

Agatha Christe’s alluring Love From a Stranger will be keeping audiences on the edge of their seats this April at Liverpool Playhouse Theatre.

Find yourself swept up by the whirlwind romance, electric suspense and shocking twists! This rarely seen thriller written by the UK’s most timeless crime writer is one you won’t forget.

Paint Your Wagon

Dates: 3 March – 14 July 2018

Theatre: Everyman Theatre

what's on in liverpool theatres

Take a journey through time to America’s gold rush as Paint Your Wagon tells the tale of one small town and the boom times.

Brought to you by the same creative team as last year’s magnificent Fiddler on the Roof production, expect laugh-out-loud laughter, deeply moving moments and infectious song and dance.

The Lovely Bones

Dates: 25 September – 6 October 2018

Theatre: Everyman Theatre

what's on in liverpool theatres

Making a world premiere at the Everyman Theatre, Alice Sebold’s  The Lovely Bones will be illuminating the stage in Liverpool.

Bringing one of the bestselling novels of the 21st century to life, this unique and uplifting coming-of-age story will take you on a journey about life after loss.

Awful Auntie

Dates: 29 August – 2 September 2018

Theatre: Liverpool Empire Theatre

what's on in liverpool theatres

Set to bring Liverpool Empire Theatre non-stop family fun, Awful Auntie is brought to you by the award-winning West End producers of Gangsta Granny.

The world premiere of David Walliams’ story of frights, fights and friendship is a magnificent stage production that you certainly won’t forget!

Nativity The Musical

Dates: 31 October – 4 November 2018

Theatre: Liverpool Empire Theatre

what's on in liverpool theatres

Make this Christmas a magical one with a visit to Liverpool Empire Theatre. Bringing one of the most feel-good and festive films of recent years to life, don’t miss the heartwarming story of St Bernadette’s School.

A jam-packed show for the whole family, you can look forward to plenty of sing-a-long hits from the Nativity films including Sparkle and Shine, One Night One Moment and She’s the Brightest Star.

To enquire further about staying at The Shankly Hotel, you can get in touch on 0151 601 8801.

In the meantime, why not take a browse of our unmissable Shankly Hotel offers? We look forward to seeing you soon!