Renaissance city – Liverpool

TWO cities in the United Kingdom were to play a crucial role in the huge cultural shift globally that epitomizes the Swinging Sixties – London and…Liverpool.

As unlikely as it seems this gritty port and industrial was to spawn a musical legacy unrivalled anywhere in the world.

And the legacy of pioneering Liverpudlian or “Scouser” musicians have led to the city claiming titles that have yet to be challenged. Liverpool is known as the World Capital City of Pop – a title bestowed upon it  by Guinness World Records because the record 56 number one singles produced by the city’s musicians still stands.

The names are synonymous with Western pop culture –  The Beatles…Gerry and the Pacemakers…Billy Fury.

Later acts like Frankie Goes to Hollywood have further added to that status.

While, many believe the city peaked with the Mersey Beat sound of the ’60s, before becoming a symbol of economic decline and stagnation, this is a city rapidly on the comeback.

On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the song that launched Beatlemania and the Beatles – Love Me samples Liverpool.

The Liverpool skyline at night.

Liverpool has just added another title to its growing list of achievements in the past decade.

Last month, it was voted as best city for group travel in a magazine reader poll.

Group Leisure magazine’s annual awards recognised the city as the best place to visit, a title based on its facilities and attractions.

“With more choice than ever before when it comes to arranging group trips and holidays, what better endorsement is there than a personal recommendation from group travel organisers?” Editor Rob Yandell said when summarizing why readers chose the city.

Also starting last month and running until November 25 is the Liverpool Biennial 2012, The Unexpected Guest. The event is the largest contemporary arts festival in the UK. It runs for 10 weeks every two years, and features works from some of the most compelling artists worldwide. The last festival, held in 2010 attracted more than 600,000 tourists – cementing Liverpool’s reputation as a city with a rich visual arts scene.

The Beatles story is an exhibition at Albert Dock on the Mersey River. Albert Dock is now one of the top tourist attractions in Liverpool

In 2004, the city’s Mersey river waterfront area was granted UNESCO World Heritage status in 2004. This was followed by major spending revamping many of the magnificent municipal and former-industrial buildings in the city center as Liverpool prepared for 2008 – the year it was named European Capital of Culture.

It is a city with the largest number of art galleries and museums – all free to enter – outside of London, the Liverpool FC has a worldwide following, but, of course, most visitors come to the city to follow in the footsteps of its musical legends.

So where are the best Liverpool hotels to stay in for diehard followers of Beatlemania?

Where better than Hard Days Night Hotel – obviously inspired by the Fab Four it features a has a Lennon-themed suite with a white piano, and a McCartney-themed one. It sits next to the world-famous Cavern Club where the Beatles rose to fame.

The Britannia Adelphi Hotelis perhaps Liverpool’s most famous hotel and a landmark in its own right. Because the RMS Titanic was registered in Liverpool the hotel’s Sefton Suite is an identical copy of the ships’ First Class Smoking Lounge. Guests at the hotel have included history-making world-leaders such as Winston Churchill and Franklin D Roosevelt. While it also has a music and entertainment legacy of its own with guests such as Judy Garland and Frank Sinatra.

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