I wasn’t sure how dog-friendly Liverpool would be in comparison to London but honestly, I needn’t have worried. Everyone seemed to love Bear. It may have helped that she was wandering around in her “no-one cares” bomber jacket! Too sassy for words…
I get asked frequently how I’m able to travel so much with Bear and my answer is: because of places like Hope Street Hotel who literally made it so easy to vacay with a four-legged pal.
*[AD ~ Press Trip] We were invited to stay at Hope Street Hotel – where we were gifted a complimentary stay and breakfast in exchange for blog content.
Dog-friendly Liverpool: Checking in
Hope Street Hotel couldn’t do enough for us on arrival! We were offered a dog bed, bowls and toys for Bear who lapped up the attention by spinning in circles like an OAP on a roundabout. Does anyone else’s dog do zoomies or is mine just broken?
Our room came with a view over the city, a huge double bed and two dog bowls for Bear. The reception staff also offered to pop in, check on Bear and walk her if wanted to head out for dinner sans furbaby, which was a really lovely touch!
Hope Street Hotel: Dreamy decor
The decor is minimal chic, think airy Shoreditch studio… I would say Hope Street was like a home from home, but as I can’t wait to move from our pain in the ass flat. I’d say it was 100% nothing like home – being roomy and bright and absolutely what I wish our flat was like.
Guys, I feel like one of my personality traits is fast becoming posing like an idiot in hotel bathrooms (bc lighting duh) it’s also become a family affair – judging from the photo below anyway…
The bathroom lighting here is a huge facilitator of selfie-taking. We had a lovely freestanding bath which Bear delighted in hopping in and out of, as well as a huge rainfall shower which Bear stayed the heck away from.
Another thing I loved about our room was the huge sofa – the hotel equivalent of “the chair” at home. Where everything can be placed – coats, bags, outfits, plans for world domination etc. Just so handy!
The Carriage Works bar
Pups aren’t allowed in the sit-down restaurant at the Carriage Works but they are allowed in the sofa area where you can order snacks (or more realistically cocktails). It’s fun playing the “put it to my room” game until it comes to paying the bill the next day and questioning why you decided four Aperol spritzes before dinner was appropriate!
Breakfast in bed
As check out wasn’t until 12 pm – we treated ourselves to a lie-in, breakfast in bed and a relaxing slow start to the day. When we finally dragged ourselves out of the hotel (it was an effort, the beds were far too comfy) we thought we should probably explore a little.
Don’t bother packing a hairdryer as they have one. Do make sure to have brekkie in bed in a robe and slippers, like the queen. There will be no regrets.
Dog-friendly Liverpool: Bombed out Church
The last bomb site in Liverpool. We were keen to visit the beautiful ruins of St.Luke’s church and were fully expecting to go in one by one or to view the church from the outside due to our fluffy Pomeranian companion. But we were all welcomed in, much to our surprise and would fully recommend making a trip here to take in some of the local history.
Make sure you have some cash on you to donate to the upkeep of the church and grab a drink from their cute little bar inside.
Drinks & eats: Cosy Club
When I say the rain was relentless for the first part of the afternoon, I’m not lying. By this point, Dem had Bear wrapped in his coat and we were all pretty soggy. I spotted Cosy Club from the highstreet – beaut chandeliers, quirky interior and 1950’s styling. Hello.
Officially dogs are only allowed in the lounge area (where you can also order food) but we got lucky as they allowed Bear into the dining area too! Possibly because she’s very well behaved, possibly because she’s smaller than your average blow-dry, who even knows. Either way, we were v. grateful.
If you’re feeling particularly hungry opt for a burger – they’re absolutely huge and delicious!
Hope Street aka the most ‘grammable street in the Pool
As I’ve mentioned before I just love a wander in a new city and Hope Street – leading to the Georgian quarter has the perfect ingredients for a lunchtime wander. The only street in the UK with a cathedral at either end – who said I didn’t provide facts as well as funny anecdotes!
With gorgeous cafes lining the street, prepare to want to stop every five minutes – The Papillon gave me all the Parisian vibes, The Quarter had the most gorgeous Tiffany blue aesthetic and had me wanting to spend all my money on coffee (what’s new) and as for all the beautiful Georgian houses and doorways… can I just move in already?
If you’re as basic as me, make sure you stop off at 60 Hope Street for a photo underneath the ever-changing but always aesthetic archway.
Dog-friendly Liverpool: Royal Albert Docks
Filled with restaurants bars and boats, this is defo a place you need to visit in the day with your pup – there’s also a whole host of cute pooch-friendly pubs and restaurants dotted around, one being Brascos. We headed back in the evening to check out the illuminations (they have a whole host of pretty light installations on till Feb).
We also wanted to try out Matou for dins (Pan Asian, dreamy and delish but not pup-friendly, unfortunately). I managed to get one photo of the illuminations before the rosé took any photo-taking capabilities firmly away- note to self: must do better!
If you’re heading to Matou order the Penang or the Massaman curries – they are both utterly divine!
The Florist: Cocktails and cute decor
Abandoning all plans of walkies in Sefton Park due to downpours we headed into The Florist for flower-filled beverages, I wonder who’s idea this was? I live for sh*t like this though, floral ceilings, artfully crafted cocktails, boujee bar, a cute bike purely to pose with, neon signs- just sign me up already, will you! Plus pup-friendly, so a perfect addition to my Dining with My Dog series.
Would 100% recommend the Elderflower Yuzu spritz! Delish.
All too soon it was time to pick up our suitcases kindly stored at Hope Street Hotel and head back to the land of London! Thanks for having us Liverpool, we had a blast.
Dog-friendly Liverpool: 2-day itinerary
This itinerary also includes a few things we didn’t get to do due to weather and time. As I usually suggest, would fully recommend putting all of the things you want to visit into Google Maps and jigging them around to get your perfect route nailed.
- Check in to Hope Street Hotel
- Explore Hope Street & cathedrals
- Lunch at The Quarter
- Walkies at Sefton Park
- Cocktails at Carriage Works
- Dinner at Matou
- Liverpool Albert Docks
- Drinks at Cosy Club
- Explore the high street
- St Lukes Bombed out Church
- Lunch and cocktails at the Florist
*[AD ~ Press Trip] We were invited to stay at Hope Street Hotel – where we were gifted a complimentary stay and breakfast in exchange for blog content. But all opinions are my own.