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 Virgin Value Challenge : DAY 1 in Liverpool..
Hello everyone this is my long awaited post about my fabulous two days in Liverpool last week. For those that have missed previous posts from myself I was given the chance to take part in Virgin's value challenge. There are a few other bloggers taking part and basically we were all given £250 to spend on a Virgin day out. We had to spend the money in the most cost creative way possible. I decided to bring my good friend Janine along for an overnight stay in Liverpool. She is basically my right hand lady - my MRS and I am glad she came along to share the experience. We had got ourselves really organised and done lots of research before we arrived in Liverpool. Can I just say we took over 400 photos and narrowing them down has been so difficult this is probably why this post has taken me a week to get up!
London single Underground tickets to Euston : £10 (£5 pp)
Virgin Train Tickets : £70 (For 2, £35 pp)
From : www.virgintrains.co.uk
We purchased our tickets around 3 weeks before we went and chose to travel at off peak times this was the best thing we could of done as we made a huge saving. The walk up value to buying two tickets to Liverpool would have been over £400. That's crazy, I also didn't realise that the tickets would be as affordable as £35 each. I suppose we are quite lucky as we both have pretty flexible jobs so it didn't matter when we travelled. We left London Euston on Monday at around 12:00 and Arrived in Liverpool at 14:00.
As we had no idea where we were going we jumped in a black cab that took us to our hotel apartment. Which actually wasn't that far from Liverpool Lime street, but hey we needed to get there promptly as our day was pretty busy.
Spectrum Hotel Apartments £45 Per night (Saving 10%)
We had booked our accommodation online at hotels.com and ended up making a 10% saving - Every little helps! The hotel apartment we stayed at was comfortable and pretty cosy. There was a separate living room with a full kitchen, i would definitely recommend it for people who are looking to stay a few days in a city but want the cheaper option than booking a hotel. We were also in ideal location, less than a 5 minute walk to Liverpool ONE. (shopping, dining, entertainment)
Champagne Brunch : £19 (For 2, instead of £42)
From : www.livingsocial.co.uk
Location : Garcia's Bar and Brasserie
About a week before we travelled we saw this amazing deal on 'Living Social' for a champagne brunch. It consisted of champagne, as much tea/coffee as you like, orange juice, buttermilk pancakes to share and a choice of a breakfast item from the menu. It was such great value and we both ate so much that we stayed full for the rest of the day. Always look out on places like living social/Groupon as there are some fabulous money saving deals. The location of Garcia's was also perfect as it was situated across the road from the world museum and the Walker art gallery - the next stops on out itinerary.
World Museum and Aquarium : FREE
Location : William Brown Street, L3 8EN
Deep down I am a bit of a museum geek and love to just wander around! The best thing about the world museum had to be the the aquarium on the 3rd floor. I found NEMO! Entry to the museum/aquarium was free and a great way to spend the afternoon.
Walker Art Gallery : FREE
Location : William Brown Street, L3 8EL
Having studied Arts management, I do love to have a look at the art within different cities. We didn't have much time to look around the Walker Gallery as it was about to close, but just enough time to check out the contemporary work. I am definitely more in to Modern art and there was two rooms in the Walker Gallery that I loved. I ended up taking so many photos but have had to cut them all down for the sake of this post. I also saw this amazing painting of Liverpool.
Liverpool Cathedral : FREE
Location : 20 St James Rd, L1 7BY
For me I think this was the highlight of the day, the cathedral was just so beautiful, so peaceful and so pretty. We walked around staring at the stained glass windows for ages. Ended up taking lots of very cool photos in there. Liverpool is the only city in Europe that has two cathedrals in it, even though we only checked out the one I recommend you check them both out. If we didn't get rained on, on day two we would have!
Pizza Hut Dinner : £12.38
Location : Liverpool ONE
To think at 9.45 pm no restaurant would allow us to eat because they were "too quiet", so we ended up at Pizza Hut. We honestly couldn't stop laughing about it, I think the last time we were both in Pizza Hut was when it was actually COOL to eat there. I can't say the food was great but hey we were so hungry at this point it didn't matter and it was the only place open! It was actually scary how quiet the city was at 9.30, I suppose we are so used to being in London where everything open til late that you don't realise.
Cocktails at Palm Sugar Lounge : £15.80
Location : Liverpool ONE
After a rather disappointing dinner, we ended up having a lovely cocktail at the Palm Sugar lounge. It was such a swanky bar, with fantastic jazz music. It was the perfect way to end a hectic, busy day.
By the time we got back to the hotel apartment it was already 12.30 am and we were both exhausted, we ended up going to sleep ready for our adventure to continue the next day
Day 1 TOTAL : £176.18
So there you have Day ONE of my Liverpool trip, I will have day two up soon.
Lots of Love