Despite having had a late night, we were up relatively early on Saturday morning, lured out of the Travelodge by the sound of HMS Royal Marine Band marching up The Strand.
Going in search of brunch, we headed for Albert Docks realising it was Armed Forces Day.
Music is at Liverpool’s heart and you can listen to live music just about everywhere, from buskers on street corners to bands playing in the pubs and restaurants.
Armed Forces Day was no different, as along with Hms Royal Marine Band, Liverpool Mezzo Soprano, Danielle Thomas, Soso Choir, Movema, and the Liverpool Scottish Pipes all performed live just inside the gates to Albert Docks.
Liverpool was once one of the greatest maritime cities in the world, 40% of global trade passing through the docks. It was dock engineer and architect Jesse Hartley’s vision to build large warehouses to securely house the incoming goods from around the world and Albert Docks was officially opened on 30th July 1846 by HRH Prince Albert.
During WWII the bustling Liverpool docks became a prime target for German bombers and the docks suffered substantial damage during the blitz of May 1941.
In 1981 conservation work started at Albert Docks and it was re-opened in 1988 by HRH Prince Charles. Today Albert Docks is a buzzy hub, home to cafes, restaurants, shops, and bars. We found our brunch at Rubens… 10 out of 10
We spent much of the afternoon soaking up the sun and exploring Liverpool One, a shopping, residential and leisure complex, the other side of The Strand from Albert Docks. Liverpool One covers 42 acres and the work to excavate the site commenced in 2004 and construction work started in 2006. It is one of the finest complexes of its type I have ever seen, both architecturally and functionally. For those of you whose walking is not quite as spritely as it used to be, there are plenty of escalators and lifts to move you around the floors.
On the Leisure Terrace at Liverpool One, we discovered the Aether bar and spent some time there chilling on their veranda in the Liverpool sunshine and discovered their restaurant, Yu donut, serves Chinese food.
We tried to book for an evening meal there but, found out Yu donut was serving food at an event elsewhere that night. To make up for our disappointment, Aether generously gave us tickets to attend the event. Cocktails in the City at the Great Baltic Warehouse with its psychedelic muralled walls and an opportunity to work your way through a list of cocktails.
I’ve never been one for cocktails, but in that buzzy warehouse in Greenland Street, I acquired a taste for a mix of gin and mango. We sampled the fayre of Yu Donut and had another brilliant evening.
In central Liverpool, you don’t have to walk very far to be entertained or shop for everything you ever wanted, as well as having the opportunity to meet happy, friendly people on a multicultural scale along the way.
Traveller Tip – Taxis. The Ubers are brilliant and the drivers are great, especially you, Mohammed, although you will probably, never read this…