With our flight back to London for the holidays getting nearer and nearer, I decided to sit down and share my favourite things to do to celebrate Christmas in London!
Football fans may wish to watch a Liverpool FC or Everton FC game whilst music lovers can choose The Beatles Story or the British Music Experience. Hours can be spent wandering around the Albert Docks, trying a pint in the selection of bars or tasting that Great British Pub lunches at many of the restaurants dotted around.
Hostel/Budget rates – Basic single rooms and B & B’s can be found for as little as £21 a night whilst hostel dorm beds cost around £11a night.
Midrange Hotel rates – When travelling the UK we always opt for budget chain hotels such as Travelodge or Premier Inn. These offer clean and spacious rooms with no fancy extras but costing as little as £23 if you book in advance.
Luxury Hotel rates – More luxurious chain hotels start at £75
Transport – Buses 80A, 82A and 86A run between the Liverpool Airport and the city centre, taking around 20 minutes. The city is a fairly easy place to drive around, should you wish to hire a car.
Average cost of food – Head to stores such as Sainsbury’s or Tesco if you are on a tight budget and want to stick with sandwiches and snacks. A sandwich, packet of crisps and drink costs around £3. Cheap eats and reasonable drinks can always be found at Wetherspoon Pubs (Burger and pint costs around £5). Meals in restaurants around the Albert Dock will cost anywhere between £12 – £20 per main dish. There are plenty of bars around the city with cheaper drink prices than London.
Where to stay
Hostel/Budget – Spacious and cheap rooms are available at the Tune Hotel from £30 whilst dorm beds cost £15 a night at the Euro Hostel Liverpool.
Midrange – As mentioned above, we love staying in a Travelodge. You always know what to expect, there are very rarely any problems and the staff are generally friendly and helpful. Travelodge Liverpool Central – The Stand is our top choice, overlooking the Albert Docks, surrounded by restaurants and with a Tesco Express store on the ground floor. Even at busy times of the year, this hotel is fairly cheap – we are staying here two days before Christmas and it’s costing £45. If you wish to stay near the popular Cavern Bar (the location of the first ever Beatles concert), you may opt for the Ibis Styles Liverpool Centre Dale Street Hotel starting at £54.
Top End – If you’re looking for something a little more unusal, check out the Signature Living at Shankly Hotel; an assortment of colourful, unusually decorated and bright rooms starting around £72. For comfortable luxury, head to the Crowne Plaza near the Albert Dock, costing £78 a night.
How to get there
Fly – If you are coming from anywhere else in Europe, you may wish to fly into Liverpool John Lennon Airport or into Manchester Airport then catch a train (taking just over an hour). Direct flights to Liverpool are available from Belfast, Dublin, Amsterdam, Barcelona and Paris.
Train – Direct trains from London Euston are available from TrainLine, starting at £24. You can also catch a train down from Edinburgh, taking just under 4 hours and costing as little as £18.50.
One thing I loved about Liverpool is how close everything of interest is once you are in the city centre. Walking between the main shopping area to the Albert Docks and the many museums can redone within 15 minutes. Merseyrail Trains offer frequent underground trains between 4 stations around the city centre as well as stations near the two football grounds. The CityBike bicycle hire scheme is also a great option for those looking to bike around the City.