Last weekend Gary and I headed up to Liverpool. My Mum had won tickets in a competition for free entry to The Beatles Story and asked whether we wanted to come along. So on Friday night after work, we packed our bags and headed off for the 3 hour drive to the Docks.
We’d decided to stay at the Titanic Hotel which is about a mile from Liverpool centre. Having only been open a year, we’d never seen it before, but were mightily impressed. The hotel was built within an old rum warehouse and decor inside was amazing. Bare brick walls and wrought iron beams were exposed everywhere. The staff dressed in their denim waistcoats, shirts and jeans were very friendly, and checked us in quickly. By this time we were exhausted and just wanted to sleep!
Once on our floor and out of the lift we were amazed by the size firstly of the hallway leading to the rooms, and then the size of the rooms.
The floor space of our room and bathroom combined was larger than the floor space of our house… no joke. The bed was massive but was dwarfed in the huge room! After a quick Skype with my Mum and a quick Periscope to show people what the room was like, we called it a night and went to bed.
We woke fairly early in the morning, since the night before we’d discovered what looked like a potentially wonderful place to have breakfast. Moose Coffee promised to serve American/Canadian style food, and an all day breakfast. Just looking at their menu made me hungry and we could tell that they would probably get busy fast. We walked down and arrived 20 minutes after opening. We were told there would be a 15 minute wait, which was fine with us. We were the only ones waiting and within about 10 minutes we had our table. By then there were about 5 other parties waiting for tables.
We were sat upstairs. I ordered coffee and a Mighty Moose and Gary ordered OJ and pancakes.
I was unable to wait to dip into my egg before taking the photo, sorry! My breakfast was a garlic, onion and mustard hash, fried eggs, bacon and warm toast. It was very very good and right up my street.
From here we walked to the Albert Dock and met my parents. The Beatles Story has two locations, one at the Albert Dock and one about 10 minutes walk down the docks. The Albert Dock location was heaving so it was suggested to us to begin our tour at the second location, which is what we did.
On our walk we passed lots of locks on the docks :D
Starting with the 4D Beatles experience (which was fun, but nothing compared with 4DX) and then moving onto the museum tour. Art work and costumes dominated this part of the Beatles Story.
This was the view of the docks from the gallery. Soon we were ready to walk over to the other location and the lines had diminished.
Gary and I had visited the Beatles Story before but it was interesting to see it all again.
From here we grabbed a quick lunch and headed back to our hotel to change for the evening.
My Mum had bought us all tickets to see the John Lennon Songbook, a show of John Lennon and Beatles music played by the Liverpool Philharmonic and his life narrated by Mark McGann. It was an interesting performance and was lovely to hear the music played by an orchestra.
Before we headed to the show we stopped at Yee Rah at Liverpool One, a fusion restaurant we’d eaten at the last time we were in Liverpool and really enjoyed. We made it into the restaurant just as the rain started! I ordered Massaman Curry.
The meal was amazing. So tasty, and even though it was marked as not spicy it made my ears itch – that’s a sign that it’s just spicy enough! I’ve been craving another bowl of it ever since.
The next day we had a lazy morning in the hotel, breakfast and packed our bags. We then headed to the Philharmonic Dining Rooms where we were having Sunday lunch with my parents. There’s nothing like a nice roast dinner on a Sunday!
Our drive home was fairly uneventful, however we kept ourselves entertained by listening to some of the Hot Dub Time Machine podcast I had downloaded. They’re amazing, if you haven’t heard them.
And so ended our weekend! But the weekend fun doesn’t end there….. we were lucky enough to get tickets to London Film and Comic Con for the BTTF 30th anniversary celebrations next weekend, and we can’t wait! I’ll no doubt be Periscoping and instagramming from the event, so make sure to follow me!