We were lucky enough to get a child free night recently to celebrate mine and Mrs L's birthdays. Instead of the usual night out locally, which usually involves food, two glasses of wine (my limit), a coffee and us being homeward bound by 11pm (rock 'n' roll I know) we decided to make the most of it and do something different. Nothing wild I might add, just a break from the norm.
So we decided we'd hop on the train somewhere. Our closest train station takes us direct to Lime Street station in under an hour so we opted for Liverpool. It's not only close, but also familiar, have visited a few times before, and so we booked up a fairly last minute hotel deal on Late Rooms and got busy planning what we could do in our time there.
We headed down straight after work on a Friday, and wandered down through the city towards our hotel, stopping off to enjoy a cocktail on the way. when we did arrive at our (bargain) hotel I was suitable impressed with the central location, swoon worthy decor and attentive staff. We enjoyed a drink in the hotel bar and got ready to head out for the night.
We ate gorgeous tapas at Salt House, enjoyed more cocktails at Turtle Bay and chatted, relaxed and planned what we would do with our child free time the next day.
This ended up involving, coffee, a slow breakfast, a wander around the Docks and the Tate gallery and a spot of shopping. We grabbed a bite to eat on our way back to the train station, before heading home. So again, nothing crazy but a much needed bit of down time, with probably one too many cocktails and definitely too much food!
If you ever get the chance to visit Liverpool, with or without the kids, I'd highly recommend it, especially the gorgeous Hotel Indigo.
We've been with our boys a couple of times too and there's plenty to keep them entertained too, I'll pop a post up soon (ish) with some kid friendly recommendations.
I'd love to hear your recommendations for weekend adventures.