Red7 Blogs , March 10, 2017
If you’re looking for a sophisticated Liverpool hen do that breaks all the typical trashy and tacky rules, a trip to Liverpool could be the answer to your prayers. With its selection of high-end shopping, luxurious self-catered apartments and chic nightlife destinations, Liverpool welcomes classy hens with open arms.
Known as the World Capital of Pop, the city has an exciting history – not only is it the birth place of The Beatles, but in more recent years, it’s also become a highly sought-after filming location for Hollywood blockbusters. A-Listers including Meryl Streep and Jude Law have visited Liverpool for filming and also managed to squeeze in a bit of sightseeing. And why wouldn’t they, with the likes of the UNESCO world heritage Albert Dock to see. Having a World Heritage site title puts The Albert Dock in the same category as the Taj Mahal and Great Barrier Reef, so it’s safe to say this sight is sure to impress A-Listers and hard-to-please hens alike!
We’ve put together a list of some of the best, most-refined experiences Liverpool has to offer for a hen do that’s dripping in style.
Located in the very heart of the city, and boasting over 160 shops and restaurants, Liverpool One Shopping Centre is the style hub for chic hens. Maybe you’ll treat yourself to a luxury buy from the large selection of jewellers and lingerie boutiques as you shop with the girls.
If you shop ‘til you’re literally about to drop, you can always recuperate with a cup of coffee in a restaurant that overlooks the beautiful Chavasse Park at The Terrace. Rest those tired feet, debate your next purchase and, crucially, decide what to wear that evening.
This next stop on your girlie shopping trip is a must: Harvey Nichols Beauty Bazaar is a mecca of beauty products, and they even sell some exclusive products that can’t be found anywhere else. Replenish your make-up bag with some luxurious goodies, including lipsticks, mascaras and primers galore.
Carrying all those shopping bags around is such tiring work. So, why not try a beauty treatment on the shop floor while you’re there? From manicures to waxing, the Beauty Bazaar has it all. If you’re looking for a more private experience, a pamper day at your accommodation provides just the right kind of relaxing environment you’re after. Cucumber facial anyone?
Head off the beaten track and spend the day surrounded by stunning 19th century architecture at The Atkinson Arts Venue. The short train ride from Liverpool Central station to Southport is well worth it to attend one of The Atkinson’s seasonal vintage fairs.
Get your hands on some floral 60s dresses and chic 90s tees as you and the girls enjoy a retro day out. You’ll pick up unique outfits that channel Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly – classic style icons.
So now that you’ve bought a brand-new outfit from Liverpool’s luxury shops and received some priceless beauty tips from Harvey Nichols, where better to show off your fabulous look than at Aintree Ladies Day! Every April, Ladies day is celebrated at the Grand National, and the racecourse sees some stylish (with a sprinkling of garish!) fashion choices.
With entry to the exclusive Tattersalls Enclosure, you can enjoy great views of the finish line and the Winner’s Enclosure. If you’re lucky, you might even bag yourself a winning bet or two! But, one thing is for sure, you’ll be rubbing shoulders with celebs and having the best time with your ladies at this swanky event.
As if you needed another reason to get dressed up, but a trip to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic is not to be snubbed. The venue, located in Liverpool’s Georgian quarter, plays host to everything from stand-up comedy to Opera nights.
Put on your most dazzling theatre attire and take in an evening of arts and culture – this activity couldn’t be further from feather boas and plastic tiaras. Plus, with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic’s diverse programme of entertainment, there’ll be something that everyone will want to see.
Take in the sights of Liverpool in style and comfort as you hop on the VIP capsule of the Liverpool Wheel. Enjoy champagne and chocolates with your bride tribe while you take in the scenic cityscape from this larger than life Ferris Wheel.
This activity is not for hens who are afraid of heights – but its position on the bank of the Mersey river rewards those brave enough to try it. The view is especially spectacular at night. Take a sky-high group selfie with the glittering lights on the water as your back drop.
For a chance to relax and unwind surrounded by beautiful botanical gardens, grab the girls and a yoga mat and head to Sefton Park Palm House. This unique glasshouse offers a tranquil setting to stretch and meditate for a super-calming yoga session. Catch some early morning rays of sunshine while you practice the cobra pose and get your zen on.
Enjoy a walk at Sefton Park after class is over, or head back towards the city centre to finish the day with a relaxing Afternoon Tea experience. Here you can enjoy all of the bitesize cakes and yummy finger sandwiches you fancy.
City breaks offer the best excuse to eat out and try new food. In Liverpool, you can enjoy a unique dining experience at one of the UK’s highest restaurants with Panoramic 34 – this breath-taking experience offers 360˚ views of the city as you dine in style.
Choose from a rich selection of signature fish dishes for a sit-down meal in this ultra-stylish setting. Alternatively, check out the Cocktail Lounge for drinks and nibbles. Surrounded by ceiling to floor windows and 34 floors up, this is a dining experience like no other.
Sophisticated vibes ooze from Hanover Street Social. Enjoy a fresh take on British cuisine – Sunday roasts and fish and chips are given a fine-dining makeover, plus the restaurant has been recommended in the Michelin Guide, so it’s gotta be good.
Their comfy booths are the perfect place to spend an evening enjoying food with friends. There’s even a dedicated Gin menu with numerous brands and flavours – a gin loving connoisseur’s heaven.
Add a dash of international flavour to your Liverpool hen getaway with a Japanese Teppanyaki dining experience. This style of cooking in front of diners on a hotplate means your group can watch your meals being prepared.
Eating here is more like a show as chefs show off their culinary skills and cook up delicious yakisoba, sushi and sukiyaki on a fire grill (the flames really do fly!). It’s a feast for the eyes, as much as a unique experience to thrill your sushi-loving hens.
And just when you thought Liverpool couldn’t get any classier – we bring you our list of the city’s luxury nightlife locations. Not that we have anything against cheesy nightclubs, but there won’t be a single mega-mix song played on these high-class nights out.
Ex-Directory is a cocktail bar that’s completely top-secret. It really is as mysterious as it sounds. First, you have to find the location of the unassuming red telephone box somewhere on the edge of the Ropewalks area of Liverpool. Then have a stab at figuring out the code to get in. Simple, right?
Inside, you’ll find an exclusive cocktail bar with table service that you and the girls will love. Their themed cocktails are to-die-for, topped with sweet treats like candy-floss, popping candy and donuts. Check it out, but keep it mum.
Known as the most exclusive nightclub in Liverpool, Kingdom has a strictly classy dress-code, so dress to impress! Tear up the dancefloor as guest DJs supply the music. Why not book a VIP booth for an extra-special night? Jump the queue and be treated like the queens you are with table service.
The club even serves handmade cocktails for a truly stylish toast to the bride-to-be. If Kingdom’s cocktails leave you wanting more, you could always become a master mixologist and take a cocktail making masterclass.
A classic part of Liverpool’s history, the White Star Line offices have been transformed into Carpathia Rooftop champagne bar. Overlooking the Strand Waterfront and Three Graces, there’s no location more perfect for sipping a glass of bubbly.
This stunning interior is filled with baroque furniture and maritime curiosities inspired by the Titanic – considered the height of sophistication at its time. Soak up the history of the building as you indulge in a glass of champers, or two… The rooftop terrace also offers a great view of the Royal Liver building dome – a landmark for the city of culture.
With its huge collection of lavish shops, pampering activities, history, shopping venues, places to eat and nights out, Liverpool is the ultimate destination for classy hens. Plan your exclusively fabulous getaway now with Red7’s Liverpool hen experiences. Create your ideal itinerary and we’ll get in touch! Or give us a call on 01273 872200.