Can We Talk About Hope Street?
When it comes to Instagram-worthy, history-filled, creative neighbourhoods in Liverpool, Hope Street is number 1.
The humble road that connects the city’s two colossal cathedrals, has brought together medical professionals, world class actors, entrepreneurs, international students, language and cuisine, for centuries.
Made up of nationally recognised and celebrated, Grade II listed buildings, Hope Street boasts theatres, restaurants, hotels, libraries, concert spaces, classrooms and quaint offices, and it’s damn pretty too. It’s the Cindy Crawford of the city. Paraded upon like a high-end catwalk by drummers, carnival dancers, political marches, runners, joggers and staggerers on any given day.
Neoclassical columns line up with modern twinkly lights, grand chandeliers and frankly, the most talked about toilets in the city! (Check out The Phil Gents!) Well-kept door steps and brightly coloured front doors have turned heads through the decades, while visitors snap everything from the cobbles, to the public art and dishes placed in front of them. Big old burgers, classic gin cocktails, Italian feasts and far eastern fusion food is on offer round the clock here.
With Summer markets and Autumn concerts, cosy Christmas films and Spring recitals, Hope Street is a year round destination that offers everything from breakfast to a peaceful nights sleep. Here’s 15 reasons to visit Hope Street, right now……
1 – Cathedral Crowns
What makes Hope Street particularly special is that showcases a breath-taking Cathedral at either end. These majestic bookends are the Grade II Listed Metropolitan Cathedral (or Paddy’s Wigwam as we know it) and the Anglican Cathedral, the longest in the world.
Both of these incredible structures are open to the public and feature art, historic artefacts and of course religious services. The view from the top of the Liverpool Cathedral bell tower is one everyone should experience.
2 – Everyman Theatre
If the Cathedrals are the crowns of Hope Street, the Everyman Theatre is the sparkling jewel that catches everyone’s eye. Responsible for launching the careers of many of the country’s best and most decorated actors including Julie Walters, the late Pete Postlethwaite, Bill Nighy and Cathy Tyson – to name just a few. Since 1977 the Everyman has oozed talent and continues to inspire, mesmerise and entertain the masses on a daily basis.
3 – A Case History
Liverpool is a city rich in public art that evokes a range of different responses from scousers and visitors alike. ‘A Case History‘ created by artist John King, is a collection of static suitcases which pay tribute to those who have both passed through the city and stayed to make it their home. Stop by and read the luggage tags.
4 – Philharmonic Pub
The Phil….or….the Philharmonic Dining Rooms to give it its official title, is another Grade II listed building and is hailed as ‘the most richly decorated of Liverpool’s Victorian public houses’ and ‘an architectural gem’. The pub also serves up a cracking pie and mash, and if you’re super lucky, Macca himself might drop in to play a few golden oldies! Just like he did earlier this year with James Corden!
5 – Hope Street Makers Market
Staying true to its creative roots, Hope Street hosts a Makers Market on the third Sunday of the month. Bringing together the best local traders of fine food, drink, art and music, this is the perfect opportunity to while away a lazy Sunday morning in the Georgian Quarter. Why not head to The Quarter on Falkner St for brunch afterwards?
6 – The Philharmonic Hall
Since 1939 The Philharmonic Hall has hosted thousands upon thousands of artists, musicians, comedians and performers that have entertained the masses. From dancing in the aisles to roaring with laughter, this art deco masterpiece has rolled out the red carpet on many occasions, not least for its official opening where a local journalist commented: “The magnificent compliment Liverpool has paid to the cause of music in England almost takes one’s breath away”.
Home to the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Youth Company, Youth Orchestra and Choir, the Phil is a truly unique venue that lends itself to concerts, film and all those treasured memories of the incredible Sir Ken Dodd performances.
7 – Liverpool Medical Institution
Bohemian creatives are not the only long-lasting residents of Hope Street. Facing the Metropolitan Cathedral you’ll find the tall columns of the neoclassical Liverpool Medical Institution, one of the oldest in the world which features a library, society and community hub for local medical professionals and yep you guessed it, it’s also Grade II listed! The library houses books from as far back as the 16th century and this stunning building is available to hire for celebrations too.
8 – The Annexe
The white building to the right of the Everyman Theatre is known as The Annexe and it’s a real hive of activity. Housing not only office space and rehearsal studios but also a growing community of creative and cultural businesses such as The Painted Ladies, The Liverpool Cake Company, Sarah Alexander Designs and many more. Find your next ink, cake, killer-outfit and more here.
9 – Gambier Terrace
When it comes to a room with a view, you wont find much better than Gambier Terrace, Hope St. Overlooking St James’ Mount and Liverpool Cathedral, this terraced row of houses was the home of The Women’s War Service during WW1 and also housed one John Lennon during his College of Art days.
10 – LMA
Building on its incredible history of art and performance, Hope Street is also home to Liverpool Media Academy where a whole new generation of performers are honing their skills. Most recently the LMA Choir hit the big time as they wowed the X Factor crowds, judges and wider public, making it through to the second live show. Mentored by none other than Robbie Williams, the choir did the city proud and highlighted the tireless efforts of the LMA staff and students.
If you fancy a career in media, film or performing arts, check them out here.
11 – 60 Hope Street
If you’ve not stood on the steps of 60 Hope Street to capture the perfect Georgian Quarter picture, are you even scouse? Family owned and run, award-winning restaurant, 60 Hope Street offers diners seasonal British food in a simply beautiful venue. The Georgian Townhouse, set across three floors is sophisticated, comfortable and reminds us of the Darlings house in Peter Pan! Check out the menu here.
12 – Blackburne House
Blackburne House has been supporting and inspiring women for more than 30 years on Hope Street. The registered charity offers a wide range of opportunities from training courses to holistic therapies, a fabulous café bar and performance space and an on-site nursery. It’s also Grade II listed and this grand venue can be used for weddings and celebrations too.
13 – Masonic Bar
If you’re looking for somewhere to enjoy a quiet afternoon tea, sample a few pre-theatre show cocktails or listen to the latest up and coming musicians in the Georgian Quarter, head to the Masonic Bar. There’s big comfy sofas, huge chandeliers, fab service and always something to see, hear and taste!
14 – The London Carriage Works & Hope Street Hotel
Dining in style comes as standard in the Georgian Quarter as The London Carriage Works offers a varied menu, impressive wine list and class by the bucket load. You also combine your night out, dinner or drinks with a peaceful nights sleep in one of the city’s top hotels. Hope Street Hotel offers guests simplified luxury. Listed in The Sunday Times Best Places to Stay 2017, this city chic hotel is also in the top 10 traveller ranked on TripAdvisor!
15 – Frederiks
If there’s a not-so hidden gem on Hope Street that everyone should know about, it’s Frederiks. Situated just down from The Phil Pub, this friendly neighbourhood kitchen and cocktail bar is like the Cheers of the Georgian Quarter. Grab a seat by the open fire, listen to some smooth jazz, book in for a cosy date night or dance the night away with your mates…and probably the staff too. Tell them we sent you!