Congratulations to Hope Street – scooping Best Street in the UK at today’s final of the Great Streets Award – in the National Urbanism Awards. We’re not lying when we tell you that, this week, has mostly been spent on or just off this great axis between our two Cathedrals.

This street stands for everything Liverpool was, and everything it could be. From the gyrations of the Merseyside Dance Initiative, to the foundations of the new Everyman, Hope Street is Liverpool moving forward, and remembering its past.

With the always-welcoming Casa, the re-invigorated Side Door Bistro, and the never faltering Phil (we witnessed Vasily on fire this week, electrifying a full house with Mahler. And wouldn’t you just DIE without Mahler?) the street is industrious, democratic, ambitious and charismatic.

Last night we enjoyed a fabulous meal at Clove Hitch, and we’re really excited about their new brewery, and basement bar, with craft beers in the Twenty Three Club.

Hope Place saw a stunning performance last night, courtesy of Dicky Beau, for Homotopia, and my oh my don’t those bedrooms at Hope Street Hotel look tempting? The restaurant’s on a high, and its neighbour, 60 Hope Street is serving food every bit as wonderful as it always has (read our recent review). And LIPA’s current batch of graduates are shaking up the press (Dan Croll featured in The Guardian yesterday, for example).

Over the road, Host and The Quarter continue to show, through their steamed up windows, that fast food can be fun, healthy and sociable. And, talking of sociable, the Hope Street fest, and the wonderful Blackburne House – home of this year’s Christmas fair – are always muster stations where magical things happen, and, when the carousing’s over, you can always recharge at the Hope Street Wellness Centre.

Us, we’re going to celebrate in the only way we know how – by sinking a few pints at the Philharmonic Dining Rooms. Either that or enrol in the Masonic Hall – infiltrate from within.


If you want us, we’ll be lying flat out on the suitcases later.

Well done Hope Street!

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