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The nearest shopping area to where I work is Liverpool One, which is quite handy because it means I don't have to come into Liverpool on weekends when it can get quite busy. Liverpool One is, as the name suggests, in the centre of Liverpool, with the postcode being L1.
Liverpool One is a two-storey shopping area where you'll find a variety of high street stores in close proximity to one another. It isn't undercover though so be aware of this if you're hoping to go somewhere on a rainy day where you'll find everything under one roof, if you come here you'll need to bring a brolly!
The main advantage of Liverpool One is that you don't have to walk too far to find everything you need. It has a variety of shops, a cinema, and lots of restaurants, so it's possible to spend a whole day here.
There is an underground car park for Liverpool One which has 3,000 parking spaces. This is very convenient because you can then access everything within Liverpool City centre, but it is chargeable as Liverpool One isn't out of town like The Trafford Centre. There is also a bus stop at the back and train stations nearby so it's very accessible by public transport. The opening hours vary, but according to the Liverpool One website the stores open at 9.30am, and are open until 8pm throughout the week, then 9am - 7pm on a Saturday and 11am - 5pm on a Sunday. I wouldn't say this is necessarily the case though, and it's always worth checking individual stores though because I've been caught out by this going to WH Smith on the way home from work and discovering it closes at 5.30pm. The stores can decide to close when they want and don't have to stay open just because Liverpool One is open.
Liverpool One offer a gift card from £5 to £500, which can be spent in any store in Liverpool One. This is a good idea if you want to get vouchers for someone local to the area but you're not sure where they shop.
The shops in Liverpool One are mainly clothing shops such as Peacocks, Jane Norman, Warehouse, Oasis, La Senza, and Zara. There are lots of designer shops such as Jigsaw, Karen Millen and Ted Baker. There are sports shops to keep the men happy, mainly JD Sports, and for locals there's a Liverpool and Everton gift shop. (The Everton gift shop is called Everton Two, which is a poor pun on the football score Liverpool 1, Everton 2. Hilarious.). My favourite shop is Lakeland which sells all things cooking related. I'm sure they must think I'm planning a robbery because every time I go into town I always pop in here and look round but can rarely afford to buy anything!
There are two major department stores in Liverpool One, which are Debenhams and John Lewis. Here you will find everything under one roof from clothing to homeware, perfume counters, gifts, and they both have in-store cafes. If you're looking for Christmas presents these stores are ideal as they usually have huge displays in the run up to Christmas with festive ideas and decorations. I've often gone into John Lewis not knowing what I'm getting anyone for Christmas and I've come away with a few ideal presents for people.
There are other high street stores in Liverpool One such as WH Smith (this is a lot smaller than the old WH Smith in Liverpool used to be, but bizarrely has a post office upstairs), Waterstones, Mamas and Papas, Superdrug, H Samuel, Ernest Jones, The Entertainer, Disney Store & Bear Factory, Thorntons, and Ann Summers. There's quite a mix of shops as you can see so there should be something to keep every generation in the family happy, and if not, the other shops in Liverpool aren't too far away.
Before I move on to the leisure part of Liverpool One, I would just say that in terms of shopping it offers a great variety of shops, but not that many good shops in terms of affordable clothing. Unless you can afford to spend a decent amount on clothing, the only shops I ever buy clothes from are Peacocks and New Look because the others are far too expensive unless there's a sale on. It's probably better coming here if you're looking for a particular outfit and have a decent budget, for example if you need an outfit for a Christmas party or a wedding. Otherwise you might be better off going to Primark which is round the corner, or to one of the indoor precincts which offer more affordable shops. Liverpool One is seen to be quite 'trendy', and with this comes a price tag so like I say, not the best for buying clothes.
There is a 14-screen Odeon cinema in Liverpool One, although I have to say I've never actually been there so I couldn't really comment on whether it's any good or not. The cinema is on the top of the complex alongside restaurants such as Pizza Hut, Nandos, Red Hot World Buffet and other smoothie bars and sushi bars. The prices in these bars and restaurant aren't particularly cheap so if you're looking for a cheap family meal I'd recommend the Pizza Hut buffet or Nandos for good value for money. There are cafes in Debenhams and John Lewis, and Thorntons also has a café where you can sit outside. There are the usual Starbucks and Pret-A-Manger stores too so plenty of places to stop off for a coffee and recharge your batteries.
Now I've told you about what Liverpool One has to offer, I will just tell you a little more about what you can expect from your shopping experience. As I said before, it's aimed more at people who like designer stores than the likes of Primark, however it can be good for gifts and finding a particular outfit. You might be lucky and find there's something else going on here when you visit, such as Gok Wan's filming of the "How to Look Good Naked" series, or you might walk past someone playing the piano during their "Tickle The Ivories" music festival. Basically, the organisers have set up pianos for people to just hop on and play, or in the evening you can book an hour slot to showcase your talent. Rumour had it that some famous people were going to check out this talent, but if nothing else it offered something different to your shopping experience and put a smile on everyone's faces rather than having people rushing round in a hurry. All in all it's a pleasant experience to look round the shops here, even if you can't afford to buy very much.
Liverpool ONE is a huge 1.65 million sq ft of shopping and leisure, which includes 160 shops, more than 20 bars and restaurants, a fantastic 14 screen cinema and a 5 acre park. Liverpool ONE is very easy to get to, there is a bus station there and a car park (which is very expensive) and it is easy to walk to from Liverpool Central station and Liverpool Lime Street.
There is a wide variety of shops and services that caters for absolutely everyone at Liverpool ONE. The only downfall being that the shops aren't under cover so you have to make sure you bring an umbrella on a cloudy day! Some of the stores include menswear such as All Saints, Jack Jones, Zara etc. Womenswear stores include New Look, H&M, Lipsy and Warehouse and plenty more. Liverpool ONE also caters for children including stores such as Build-a-Bear Factory, Disney Store and Pumpkin Patch. There is even a crazy golf now as you go up the escalators to the restaurants which is suitable for children and adults! Or why not shop for everyone at the two leading department stores John Lewis and Debenhams! Not only does Liverpool ONE have clothes shops, but there are also shops that men can have a wander off too if they can't be bothered shopping with their partners such as Game and HMV to browse or buy one of the latest DVD or a game, the Apple Store if you want to have a play on the latest gadgets, Waterstone's or WH Smith for books or stationary and Habitat for homewear. There are plenty of phone stores including Orange, o2 and 3. Liverpool ONE also offer jewellery stores such as H M Samuel and the latest fashion must have Pandora. Cafe's and coffee shops are always nearby including the famous Starbucks or Costa, there's also Cafe Nero not far away.
When you have done all your shopping, you can take the escalators to the top floor of Liverpool ONE where there are lots of restaurants to choose from. Being from Liverpool myself I come to Liverpool ONE every weekend with my boyfriend and we are always spoilt for choice when we are picking someone to go for our tea! Our favourite is Nandos and then we always pop into the Odeon to watch the most recent films. Other restaurants in Liverpool ONE include Pizza Hut, YO! Sushi, Pizza Express, Cafe Rouge (which is another favourite of mine), Zizzi, Pesto, Yee Rah, Red Hot Buffet, Las Iguanas (which offer really nice cocktails) and just a few more. Just across the walk ways is Chavasse Park, there is always events and things going on around Christmas and the Summer here including rides and even a beach fitted with a bar and a little pool!
I do all my shopping in Liverpool ONE and after visiting the likes of Manchester City Centre and the Trafford Centre which is a few miles away, I would still say the Liverpool ONE is the best.
Liverpool One is a shopping area that opened in 2008. It has a newly-built arena and a wide variety of shops and services so it caters for all ages and budgets. The main area of general high street shops is South John Street, which includes menswear shops, womenswear shops and also shops for children, such as the Disney Store, the Entertainer and the Build-a-Bear Workshop. At both ends of South John Street, you will find two major department stores: John Lewis and Debenhams. The shops of Liverpool One pan out to Paradise Street and as far as Peters Lane, which is particularly geared towards those with a higher budget, with shops such as Whistles, Karen Millen and Ted Baker. Not only does Liverpool One have clothes shops, but there are also shops such as Game and HMV if you need a DVD or a game, the Apple Store if you want to have a quick go on the latest iPod or iPad, Waterstone's or WH Smith for books, Habitat for homewear, phone stores, jewellery stores, banks and many more! There's even a brand new Tesco with two floors located on Hanover Street.
If you are walking round the shops and need a quick bite to eat or a coffee, there are a number a places such as Costa Coffee, Starbucks and a Thornton's Café. Or if you feel like a milkshake with absolutely any chocolate bar or cake in it, you could stop off either by the Odeon or in Peters Lane. It doesn't matter which end of Liverpool One you are at, there will always be somewhere to grab some food if you are feeling slightly peckish.
The main feature of Liverpool One is the top floor of South John Street. You will find an Odeon cinema and a great number of restaurants such as Café Rouge, Zizzi, the Red Hot Buffet and Las Iguanas, and also Pizza Hut and Nando's for a cheaper meal. Across the walkways overlooking South John Street, you will come to Chavasse Park, which is a must-see place during holidays as there are often events and things going on around Christmas and the Summer. During the Winter of 2009, there was a big wheel situated on top of the Park; it is now permanently fixed at the Albert Dock next to the Liverpool Echo Arena. During the Summer Months of 2010, there has been a 'Paradise in the Park' event, in which people have been able to go on fairground rides, stalls, play crazy golf, and sit in a beach bar and even a small beach area with sand, deck chairs and a paddling pool.
If after all that excitement and you feel as though you're in need of the toilet, Liverpool One offers extremely clean and modern toilets located on Wall Street (linking South John Street and Paradise Street). It costs 20p to use them, but my tip is if you don't fancy paying to use the loo, I tend to use either the toilets on the top floor of Debenhams, or on the first floor of Waterstone's.
Liverpool One is certainly easy to get to, whether it's by car, bus, train or coach. If you are driving, the main indoor car park is Quality Park, which takes you straight onto the main shopping street. Although, this can be a little pricey so there are other parking areas located around the city centre you may find are more affordable. If using the bus, the majority of buses take you to Paradise Street Bus Station, at the heart of Liverpool One. If you are travelling by train, it is very easy to get to from all train stations in the city centre. If coming from Liverpool Central Station, turn left when you come out and walk straight down Hanover Street until you reach Paradise Street Bus Station. If coming from Liverpool Lime Street Station or the Coach Station, the best way to get to Liverpool One is a short walk through Queens Square and Williamson Square.
As a scouser myself, I do all my shopping in Liverpool One and rarely find a shop elsewhere that Liverpool One does not have to offer. I can think of only very few disadvantages, namely the fact that it is an outdoor shopping centre so you are likely to get wet on a rainy day. Furthermore, although Liverpool One caters for all budgets in terms of shops, you could argue that there are a lack of very cheap food places. Although there are no fast-food places in Liverpool One itself, the nearest McDonald's is very close, on the corner or Paradise Street and Lord Street. There are a number of subways dotted around the city centre and the nearest KFCs are in St John's Shopping Centre and Great Charlotte Street, only a 5 or 10 minute walk from Liverpool One.
Liverpool One is the must go place whenever I need a good shopping trip. Forget New York, Paris or Milan, Liverpool One should be made the shopping capital of the world, and there are plenty reasons why...
Liverpool One is situated in the heart of Liverpool's City Centre, so you are not far away from any of the train stations and motorways .Plus, it is easy to find, as there are plenty signs to point you in the right direction. On the short walk to Liverpool One, you pass quite a few shops on the way, my favourite part being the boutique centre part that is just "next door". Albert Dock is just a short walk from Liverpool One, which hosts a few lovely shops and cafes, as well as the stunning view on a summer's day. The Cavern Club is also nearby, which is worth a visit if you aren't from round Liverpool.
There is a large range of shops for everyone and every price range there. For the men, there is Fred Perry, Liverpool and Everton FC shops and many more. For the kids there are a few toy stores such as the Disney shop. I have saved the best till last: the shops for women. For the higher price range there are shops like Mango, Lipsy, All Saint and Karen Millen. For those on a budget there are Peacocks, New Look, Jane Norman, Primark and H&M. To eat there are a range of place to eat, no matter what your taste is, from Starbucks, Café Rouge, Nandos, Zizzi and Yo! Sushi.
Liverpool One is quite futuristic looking at it from a architectural point of view as it has quite a curvy design and structure, but in a way it looks like a sore thumb in the middle of all the other historical surrounding such as the Cavern Club and Albert Dock. Some of the shops are under cover, but if it is a rainy day, you will get quite wet, as many of the shops are outside without cover. I guess us shoppers will have to suffer!
I don't actually live in Liverpool, but I try and give Liverpool One a visit at least twice a year. There are quite a few hotels nearby, such as the new curvy shaped Hilton, Novotel and Albert Dock Premier Inn. (The further you stay away from the city centre, the cheaper the rooms are.)
I would definitely recommend this as a day out or even a weekend thing for those who don't live in Liverpool; every shopaholic should experience Liverpool One at least once.
Liverpool One is in a really great location, it's about a 5-10 minute walk from Lime Street Station, Or Central Station, and on the walk there you go through the high street, which has loads of great shops as well.
Liverpool One has a range of shops, so there's something for everyone. For the ladies there's Lipsy, Karen Millen, All Saints, for the men there's Blue Inc, Fred Perry, and for the kids, there's the Disney Store! It also has a good range of shops with regards to affordability. There are label havens, but then there is also Peacocks, and New Look. For refreshments, there's a Nando's, Yo! Sushi and Starbucks, to keep you energised.
There is also an Odeon cinema to enjoy. There are lots of hotels nearby, e.g. novotel and the new Hilton. Also, at night, you can find the L1 wheel! I haven't got up the courage to go on the thing yet, but you might! Lit up at night, it can be seen from all over the city centre. For more info, here's a link to their website. http://www.liverpool-one.com/website/home.aspx
I hope this was helpful, thanks for reading!
Liverpool One is very easy to get to. It is in walking distance of the city train stations. If you are visiting by car, the nearby motorways do a great job of landing you in good proximity of Liverpool city centre, and fairly simple network of a-roads make driving there a relaxing experience.
One thing to note is that the parking charges at Liverpool One are high; at time of writing it is £1 for every 25 minutes, up to a maximum of £14. Given that you could easily spend 6 hours shopping, exploring the albert docks, and having a meal, it's quite easy to rack up these charges. We felt £14 was obscene; almost like paying the entrance fee to a theme park, and tends to be much higher than other shopping destinations in the wider proximity, such as the Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, and the Trafford Centre (which is free!). Naturally, we opted to park in a multi-storey less than a mile away and paid £5 for the day.
Our first impressions of the complex were positive; the area around South John Street looks fantastically futuristic, full of slender curves and clean angles. Chavasse park, raised off the ground with the curved Hilton hotel and apartments either side, is a great location for eating - I was disappointed to see that half of it was fenced off though for no apparent reason, as we were looking forward to relaxing on the grass after shopping. One critique of the overall design however is that it didn't fit in the surrounding city centre streets, which I couldn't help but notice looked dilapidated in comparison; making Liverpool One seem like an inappropriate statement of wealth in a sea of recession.
Liverpool One boasts a large variety of chain stores, including many premium label stores such as G-Star, Jane Norman, Ted Baker, and Radley but to name a few. I cannot see any fashion conscious shoppers being disappointed here; Liverpool One is certainly not overshadowed by other shopping destinations in this respect. I would have liked to see more unique stores however, and I'm sure there are more original stores off the beaten trail. Again, spoilt for choice with places to eat, from popular chain restaurants such as Cafe Rouge and Zizzi to more independent ventures such as Dinomat. Oh, there is an Odeon cinema too.
Unfortunately, we found it a bit difficult to get our bearings at first. After sitting in a car for a while our first priority, naturally, was to nip to the loo before setting off any further. The map indicated that toilets were on the ground floor the south end of the complex - but these were nowhere to be found. Were they in the car park entrance? Upstairs at Chavasse park? Down the un-signposted escalators (that also led to the car park)? Eventually, we noticed that they were sealed behind a giant wooden 'Liverpool one' board, with no notice. So we cheekily nipped in John Lewis. Good job too, as the functioning toilets were behind a payment barrier!
At times this frustration continued. Lack of signage, angular walkways forcing you to 'zig-zag' to reach your desired store, dislocated elevators only serving certain floors, angles of concrete enforcing random steps, and one-way escalators proved an annoyance. On the positive side, walkways and stores felt spacious, compared to the 'cram' of places such as the Trafford Centre.
The futuristic, minimal design did continue to please. Stores too tended to share the vision, by fitting out their interiors with glossy black floors with studded lights, curved walkways and glass barriers.
I didn't feel that there was much atmosphere in Liverpool One. It didn't feel vibrant; I kind of missed the features of other city centres - the deluded street entertainers, occasional protester, one-off stands, the noise and culture of the shoppers, flashy light displays and art. It all seemed a bit controlled and sedate.
In considering Liverpool One, it's always worth considering its proximity to other attractions, including the Albert Dock, Tours, the Cavern club, and other Beatles related Shenanigans.
Unfortunately overall as a tourist, we felt underwhelmed by Liverpool One, and felt that better value, mix of stores, and atmosphere can be found in other northern cities such as Leeds and Manchester. A great regular destination for Liverpudlians; and to be honest probably just what Liverpool needs to kick start some regeneration. But as a tourist, not somewhere I would consider visiting regularly.
Liverpool one is the latest and most modern shopping centre to be added to the collection for us northerners, and is comparable mainly to the Trafford centre (Manchester)
I have been to Liverpool one quite a few times now, and it has come on along way from its first opening. When it originally opened there were only a few select shops that opened and a few areas that you could visit but now more or less 90% is open and it is great.
The shopping centre is quite wide spread and includes Paradise Street as well as the new 3 story complex which has been specifically built for this project.
Im not to sure about the open roof design that has been used here however i guess this could be quite nice in the summer, The centre itself looks stunning from an architectural point and has a wide range of shops and places to eat,
its defiantly worth a trip to Liverpool just to have a wonder round
Liverpool has now become the place to be, and its every changing face, particularly in the City Centre has received an added boost with the introduction of Liverpool One shopping centre. The centre has been long awaited and boasts a new facade on Church street with a walkway through to rest of the new Centre.
Cleverly designed, it is a mixture of indoor and outdoor shopping and has the famous high street shops most people visit regularly together with a mix of some designer labels. Either end of the main parade, you will find Debenhams and John Lewis, selling clothing, giftware, homewares, and both having eateries.
The centre boast a multiplex Odeon Cinema and some very nice restaurants including Wagamamas, Nandos and Yo Sushi amongst others, appealing to all tastes and pockets. The new Hilton hotel and the revitalised Chevasse park have added to the charm and demands of modern day living. As a growing city with a new Arena, much sought after City Living and an ever growing tourist base, this centre has been much needed to keep up with the rest of the major cities in England.
Adjacent to the Restaurants, it seems to have become a bit of a hang out for Emo's and alternative people, which to me, is a joy to see, because being a little different can only be good, and adds to the diversity of the city.
I have one big gripe. Liverpool is my city and in order to park in the car park under the centre, you pay by the hour and on a recent 6 hour visit it cost around £10 to park. A shopping centre in a not too distant city from Liverpool is free all day and i do begrudge paying to park in my own city centre. To visit the toilets it is 20p. I did express my distain to an attendant and i was told it was for the upkeep of the toilets. On washing my hands, i discovered there was no soap in the dispenser above the sink and again found myself angry at paying for parking a car and using a toilet. Get a grip with the charges Liverpool, we need to keep people using the city centre, not drive them away!
Liverpool ONE is a relatively new (not quite a year old) shopping centre in Liverpool city centre. It has shops, a cinema and several bars and restaurants. It has parking and is near a bus station.
It is a really well-designed centre, although beware it is not undercover. It has the usual array of shops, including Debenhams and John Lewis.
It has quite a few places to eat, including Zizzi, etc. Most of the restaurants overlook a park, which is a good place if it's sunny, and the centre is only a few minutes walk from the docks, with its bars and tourist attractions. The Odeon is a proper multi-screen cinema.
Liverpool is a fairly small city centre, so Liverpool ONE is also not far from other shops - and the famous Cricket clothes shop.
It's worth a visit if you're in Liverpool and the city is a really friendly place to come and visit. I live in Liverpool and I do shop there quite a bit and it's somewhere I take visitors! It's a nice place to walk round.
I took a trip to Liverpool with my friends to celebrate turning 21! And it was a wicked weekend! Our main reason for visiting was to go shopping and The ONE centre really had everything we wanted and more.
I really wanted to visit CRICKET in a hope to see somebody famous...and Alex Curran was in there so I was star-struck lol
We went to H&M Topshop Miss Selfridge Primark and more, and it was such a friendly place.
We then went to one of the many pubs for dinner and a drink, we was staying in the Premier Inn Vernon St, which was about a 1 min walk from the centre - so excellent all round.
The centre did have a LOT of random pigeons though, although obviously these cant be helped - it is a clean place so I don't know why there were so many!
All the girls who live in Liverpool dress really nice and really dress up to go shopping so next time we are going to make more of a effort I think lol
But it was wicked and im going back this Saturday! I live in London so we get the Virgin train from Euston and stay over night.
Liverpool One has been a huge boost to Liverpool's shopping scene, which previously came nowhere near to rivaling that of Manchester. The layout and design are really well done, and it has a very open and spacious feel. I like the way it has been designed with an outdoors feel to it, rather than just another covered shopping mall. There are some great shops and restaurants in here, especially places like Las Iguanas, Barburrito, John Lewis and Debenhams. The new Odeon is great, centrally located with a nice modern feel to it. The Shakeabout milkshake bar opposite the cinema is unique and is a must visit, especially with things like marmite milkshake on offer! The main downside to the centre is parking, although there is plenty available it is not free, it is actually very expensive! At around £2 per hour this could turn out to be a very expensive shopping trip!
To celebrate its' Capital of Culture year, Liverpool has opened a new £1b shopping and leisure district, the size of 28 full-size football pitches, located right in the middle of Liverpool City Centre, making it very easy to get there.
- Opening -
There have been to phases of opening Liverpool ONE. The first phase was held on the 29th of May. Both the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh attended Liverpool ONE on the 22nd of May, a week before it opened to the public. The second phase was officially opened by Princess Anne on the 1st of October. In phase one, around half the shops and few restaurants were opened, such as John Lewis, Debenhams, Zara, Costa Coffee and Shakeabout, a milkshake bar. Phase 2 opened a 14-screen Odeon cinema, more shops such as Radley and Ted Baker, as well as a YO SUSHI restaurant. More shops such Topshop/Top Man, Drome, Flannels and a few more restaurants, Pesto and Yee Rah.
- Districts -
Liverpool ONE consists of more than one area. The main area is on South John Street which is a building holding two huge department stores, Debenhams and John Lewis as well as many other high street shops. This is also where the 14-screen Odeon is located. Hanover Street is another area of Liverpool ONE, as well as Peter's Lane and Paradise Street.
- Liverpool ONE building -
The Liverpool ONE building is located in South John Street. It is an ultra modern open plan glass building, letting in fresh air and daylight, though canopies there provide shelter for shoppers. It has two levels of shops and restaurants, with a third floor which is the home of the 14-screen Odeon. The Paradise Street area of Liverpool ONE is just around the back of the building. South John Street is home to most of the high street shops, such as Monsoon, Zara, Warehouse, Jane Norman and HMV.
- Peter's Lane, Paradise Street and Hanover Street -
Peter's Lane is a small area of shops that connects Church Street to Paradise Street and South John Street. Not all of it is open yet, just a few shops, Radley and Ted Baker. This is the high end shops area, which is aimed at quality fashion retailers.
Paradise Street has been turned into a pedestrianised shopping street, just across the out side of the South John Street building. The huge John Lewis, which the chain's largest store in the North West, is at the bottom of Paradise Street, with many well known high street shops along there such as, New Look, H&M, American Apparel and JD Sports. There are also numerous café's located there, if you ever need a break. There also some apartments about a five minute walk away.
Hanover Street is different to the other three areas, and it focuses on Liverpool lifestyle. The shops there will be mainly home ware, as well as a street market.
Chavasse Park is another area of Liverpool ONE. It has been described as a 'green oasis in the city centre'. The garden is located between Paradise Street and The Strand. When you get tired after hours of non-stop shopping, Chavasse Park is the place to go. It is a peaceful park where you can relax for a while, admiring the reviews of Liverpool ONE. Underneath Chavasse Park is a massive 3,000 space underground car park. Years ago, it was the home to the Yellow Submarine, which built for the International Garden Festival in 1984 (the Yellow Submarine is now at John Lennon Airport). It really is beautiful place to be in the crazy, busy, City Centre.
- Shopping -
There will be over 100 high street stores and boutiques when the rest of Liverpool ONE is open, so all types of shoppers will be attracted to it. In Liverpool ONE there will be the biggest Topshop/Top Man store outside London, and a Warehouse and also boutiques such as Drome, Radley and Flannels. There is a good mix of different types of shops such as a few shoe shops, Office and Faith as well as a Liverpool FC shop, a few sport shops, Sports Direct and JD Sports, a few music shops, HMV and Zavvi, and some bookshops, W H Smith and Waterstones. Don't think the children have been forgotten, there is a huge Disney Store, Dirty Kidz and a cute Build-A-Bear Workshop. There really is something for everyone here, and I can only imagine what it will be like when Christmas shopping time approaches!
- Dining -
If you get tired from shopping, there are just over 10 restaurants to choose from, including Italian, Mexican, Portuguese and Latin American types of food, from well-known Nandos, Yo Sushi! And a Pizza Hut, to a new to Liverpool
Las Iguanas. There are also a few Café's were you can just take a small break, such as Costa Coffee, Café Rouge and Starbucks.
- Odeon -
The Odeon Cinema has only just opened, early last month. Located right in the heart of Liverpool ONE, the Odeon is a large, comfortable cinema where you can watch all the latest films. Ticket prices range from
- Apartments -
Just to top everything else, there will be a 17-storey building offering studio, one, two and three bedroom apartments, so you can have Liverpool ONE just outside your home. These apartments should be opened in early 2009, and the prices start from £99,000.There will be over 600 new stylish apartments. The apartments will include parking, and from the apartments you will be able to see the beautiful Chavasse Park. There will also be 2 new hotels.
- Transport -
If you travel to Liverpool ONE by car, there are 3 different new car parks to choose from. The three car parks are at John Lewis (Liver St.), Liverpool ONE Q Park (Strand St.) and on Hanover St. All three of the car parks have the same prices at a very high £2.00 per hour, and £13.00 for 12 hours and £14.00 for 24 hours. These rates are for all days, weekdays and weekends. Entrance hours are 24 7 and exit hours are 7 24. Overall, there are 3,000 new parking spaces.
If you were to travel to Liverpool ONE by bus, the bus routes stop at Paradise Street and Queens Square, so it is easily accessible by bus. There is a new state-of-the-art bus station located on the edge of Liverpool ONE.
To travel by train, there are a few stations you can get off at that are within walking distance, such as Moorfields, James St. and Lime St. station.
- Verdict -
I would reccomend Liverpool ONE as it is a great place to shop with many other useful facilities. There are plenty of shops to choses from and there are more to come, and quite a few cafes/restraurants. I honestly cannot think of any disadvantages, there are WC facilities, lifts and elevators as well as stairs.
My feelings for this new development are postive overall; I mean, Liverpool needed some shiny new shops and entertainment/eating establishments, especially near to the Albert Dock and Echo Arena/BT Convention Centre complex and Cavern Quarter; maximise on tourism.
However, a fair few of the shops are just the same as we already had; there are 2 other Superdrugs within 10 minutes' walk of the new one, another 2 Mobile, and another Vodafone 5 minutes away, as well as Monsoon/Accessorize also being near and another HMV, All Saints, La Senza and Zavvi. Nonetheless, there are some good and welcome additions such as Republic, Debenhams, Urban Outfitters, Puma, a better John Lewis than we used to have, Radley and in terms of food, we now finally have a Yo Sushi, a nice new Odeon, and a Wagamama amongst others.
It was a long time coming but I think it is a little dull having just so many duplicates of shops we already had and still have in the area. Also, it is not covered/sheltered, so you do get wet in the rain, which is not good. You are also expected to pay to use the toilets, needless to say you can get these facilities for free in the department stores or restaurants anyway.
There is room for improvement but it's a start and it's a place I enjoy. I hope to see some of the duplicate stores close one or so of their locations and get something new in their place, and I am also curious to see what the new shops which are still not open, will be.