Hope Street, Liverpool

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Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral (or the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King) is a starkly modernist building 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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Liverpool Anglican Cathedral

Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, St James’ Mount, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 7AZ - Visit now

The Anglican Cathedral sits on one end of the famous Hope Street, and it is well worth a walk down. The Tower attached to the cathedral is open daily during the day (except Thurs) so you can witness the view for yourself. Note that it is generally accessed by two consecutive lifts, followed by 108 steps – but there are new lifts to the top making it more accessible.

Liverpool Anglican Cathedral

Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral

Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, Mount Pleasant, Liverpool, Merseyside, L3 5TQ - Visit now

Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral (or the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King) is a starkly modernist building with the stained-glass of the lantern tower flooding the interior with coloured light, the central altar pulling you to its heart with such welcoming arms it’s hard to resist its charms. The Metropolitan Cathedral has become a definite stop off for many on a cultural sightseeing tour of Liverpool.

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Hope Street , Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 9BP - Visit now

The 1930s Art Deco Philharmonic Hall, home to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, gives no hint of the sensuous curves of the auditorium inside from its hard exterior. An original cinema screen can be raised up from the floor, along with a Rushworth and Dreaper organ; the film classics screened here are worth viewing for the atmospheric setting alone.

The Pen Factory

The Pen Factory, 13 Hope Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 9BQ - Visit now

The Pen Factory is an inviting restaurant with a knock-out craft beer list. It is one of the few places where diners are positively encouraged to linger with a good book, a well-poured pint and a crisp butty

The London Carriage Works

The London Carriage Works, 40 Hope Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 9DA - Visit now

The London Carriage Works is one of Merseyside’s most treasured fine dining restaurants, An iconic landmark amid the Georgian splendour of Liverpool’s Hope Street. The London Carriage Works (LCW) prides itself on modern British dishes using local, fresh and seasonal produce.

External photo of the London Carriage Works in Liverpool
The London Carriage Works. Photo: Vicky Andrews

The Art School Restaurant

The Art School Restaurant, 1 Sugnall Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L7 7DX - Visit now

Based in the city’s Georgian Quarter on a quiet street opposite the Philharmonic Hall, The Art School is  a highlight of Liverpool’s dining scene. Despite the minimalist decor, the atmosphere is vibrant and fun whilst also remaining sophisticated.

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Liverpool Everyman Theatre

Liverpool Everyman Theatre, 5-9 Hope Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 9BH - Visit now

After extensive renovation to its stage, restaurant and backstage areas; the newly opened version of Liverpool’s Everyman Theatre is sustainable, accessible and really rather swish. Inclusiveness runs through the new design – its frontage, dominated by a new “portrait wall”, shows 105 different Liverpool residents.

Everyman Theatre
Liverpool Everyman / Philip Vile

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