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We love you Liverpool, we do

The reason I love Liverpool is that it perfectly combines all my favourite things; music, fashion, family and Northerness. I also love the fact that you can wander around, without making plans or reading maps, and find the most fun (and often unexpected) things to see and do.

On this trip, Eliott had his bestest buddies, Lily (12) and Sonny (6) on hand to share the mayhem. Here’s a “visual round-up” (that sounds posh) of their adventure…

Wandering around Albert Dock we caught sight of the new Yellow Submarine barge – luxurious accommodation on the water available for hire
Unsurprisingly, the kids are after staying here next time we visit The ‘Pool
I bet you didn’t know that Liverpool had a sandy beach?
Bang in the middle of the Liverpool One shopping complex, this temporary “beach” is complete with deckchairs, beach bar, fish & chip hut… 
…and “sea”
Had to take the kids to my fave vintage jewellery boutique (Miss Millie) in Grand Central Hall: I got a new necklace – and so did the children (yes, all of them)
El shows off the Spider-Man chain that matches his t-shirt
I just love the quirky, chaotic feel of this vintage treasure trove
Next, on to China Town
Kids love the scale of the Chinatown Gate
They also love Liverpool’s iconic sculptures, the Superlambananas – you’ll find them dotted about all over the city
The original, yellow Superlambanana is locked in a cage, just off Duke Street
My crew wasn’t scared
When the rain started to drizzle down, we took refuge in a lovely Duke Street gastropub (where the “sorry no tracksuits” sign behind the bar made us giggle), The Monro
Back up on Bold Street Sonny examines a knitted tree trunk (what is this all about?)
There are always rides for the young ‘uns in Liverpool city centre
Lily goes for it
After their adventures in The Cavern on Wednesday night, the kids were keen to go back to Mathew Street to check out The Beatles’ shops
I like the less touristy (more geeky) Beatles Shop at the bottom of Mathew Street, but the kids spent all their dosh at the one next to the Hard Day’s Night Hotel (mainly on socks and magnets)
Sonny gets snapped, looking rather street, outside The Grapes pub on Mathew Street
We love the entrance to Lennon’s Bar
And (as you’ll know if you’ve read my little review) the Kasbah Cafe was a big hit
But one of the highlights of the trip for the gang was a late night burger picnic (courtesy of Uncle Sam’s on Bold Street) in our private garden suite at Base2Stay
Written by Johanna Payton