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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.