One of Liverpool’s most graceful quarters can be found along Hope Street. Named after the merchant who built its first house, Hope Street is aptly titled; at one end sits Liverpool Cathedral (Anglican) and at the other Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral (Catholic), two of England’s finest religious buildings. Clustered around them are numerous arts institutions, including the Philharmonic Hall, home to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.
As well as religious heritage, Hope Street has a theatrical pedigree. It’s here you’ll find the tiny Unity Theatre and the Everyman Theatre, which reopened in March 2014 after extensive – and now award-winning – renovation to its stage, restaurant and backstage areas (including a metal façade with 105 Liverpool residents cut into it).
If you get peckish, try 60 Hope Street, whose simple menu belies the top-notch food on offer, the Asian fusion menu at HOST, Chinese at Yeut Ben or The Pen Factory, which is run the team behind the much-loved Everyman Bistro.
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