Rest Your Head

2008 marked a noticeable change in Liverpool, England’s historic maritime city in the northwest of the country, where the River Mersey meets the Irish Sea. A key trade and migration port from the 18th to the early 20th centuries and famously the hometown of The Beatles, Liverpool had just celebrated its 800th birthday in 2007, when the following year the city became a European Capital of Culture. This very public opportunity to showcase its cultural life and development marked the veritable rebirth of this characterful metropolis, the effects of which have yet to slow down.
Liverpool so deftly used its Capital of Culture status to completely transform its cultural base, not to mention the way in which the city was viewed internationally, that, one decade on, Liverpool still continues to develop and grow at a pace that few could have imagined ten years ago. In tandem with this progression, the city’s restaurant, nightlife and tourist industries have also blossomed exponentially, resulting in a fascinating and well-rounded cultural destination, which holds its own internationally and makes for a superb city break.
Liverpool’s beautiful Georgian Quarter is a legacy of the city’s former wealth, and the area boasts one of the largest collections of terraced Georgian town houses outside London. Treading the cobbled streets of this picturesque district is to uncover a different story at every turn, and hence, unsurprisingly, the Georgian Quarter has become a hotspot for production companies filming everything from Hollywood blockbusters to TV dramas against the backdrop of gorgeous buildings.
At the heart of Liverpool’s Georgian Quarter is Hope Street, which won the Academy of Urbanism’s 2013 Great Street Award. Dominating the skyline at one end of Hope Street is Liverpool Cathedral – Britain’s biggest cathedral, the largest Anglican cathedral in Europe and the fifth largest in the world. At the other end of Hope Street, the starkly contrasting Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral is another of the city’s magnificent landmarks, and regularly hosts cultural events including music concerts and recitals. In between these two Liverpool icons is Hope Street Hotel, the city’s first boutique offering, which skilfully marries new and old buildings (one dating back to 1860), including a magnificent, Italian palazzo-style Victorian warehouse, the ground floor of which is home to the much-lauded London Carriage Works restaurant.
Upstairs, a selection of individually-styled rooms and suites offer guests a taste of the past updated with contemporary decor and modern conveniences. Aptly described by The Sunday Times as ‘Isambard Kingdom Brunel meets Carrie Bradshaw’, Hope Street Hotel is the perfect base from which to explore Liverpool’s Georgian Quarter, the real beauty of which is that even if you veer off the beaten track, you will almost always find hidden architectural treasure.