We’re genuine WiFi parasites. We’ve sat outside McDonalds restaurants all over Europe leeching their wireless internet and we’re happy to exchange a couple of quid for a good coffee in one of Liverpool’s many excellent coffee shops in order to browse the web.
But ‘free’ WiFi is not a given in Liverpool’s transport hubs (we’re looking at you John Lennon Airport and Lime Streets), or pubs or hotels. The Radisson, for example, will charge you £12 to use theirs and it’s a similar story with many of the big names in Liverpool hotelling, with only base2stay and the Adelphi honourable exceptions of the places we’ve stayed at.
These places are missing a trick, because while they drag their heels and hoover up business account cash there’s a whole host of smaller businesses offering a spot of pleasurable WILFing while you down your caffeine shot.
And Liverpool’s museums and galleries get a pat on the back too – there’s free WiFi at all of the NML places we’ve visited recently. We know, because we’re among those annoying sorts who check their smartphone every five minutes.
We threw the question open to Liverpool on Facebook and Twitter. We wanted to map out all the areas in the city where you can find free WiFi – and we got quite a few answers.
But we think there’s more, lots more. C’mon, you’re holding out on us – share your free Liverpool WiFi tips, whether you’re a business or a punter; and feel free to name and shame those who insist that you pay the best part of a month’s home net access for a couple of hours of checking your emails.
Outside HSBC on Lord Street / Whitechapel
All Liverpool museums
Here’s a Google Map with all the above spots and a few more besides…
View Free WiFi in Liverpool in a larger map
If you’re wondering about the image it’s a SuperLambBanana called Super ‘WiFi’ lambananafon – the image is by Stuart ‘feelinglistless’ Burns via Flickr, Creative Commons