A vast playground for those who enjoy the finer things in life. From Castle Street’s many swanky bars to the offices of some of the country’s most revered establishments.
Thanks to its many famous sons and daughters, Liverpool is known for its link to the creative industries of music, drama and theatre. However, across the other side of the city centre is the Business Quarter, not only changing the face of Liverpool’s skyline but also the face of Liverpool’s leading industries.
The offices of some of the country’s most revered establishments are based here, housed in buildings that wouldn’t look out of place in the capital. The area mostly attracts young professionals who are looking for an apartment close to where they work, avoiding Liverpool’s growing rush hour traffic.
Stretching from James Street right across to Leeds Street, this is a vast playground for those who enjoy the finer things in life. From Castle Street’s many swanky bars and restaurants to Exchange Flags upmarket coffee houses and restaurants, this is an area that effortlessly combines the work/life balance.
1In its very infancy, Liverpool was just seven streets long and although some of their names may have changed, the streets still exist, stretching across the Business Quarter. The streets include Castle Street, Old Hall Street and Dale Street. 2At the side of the Cotton Exchange and behind Liverpool Town Hall is a huge courtyard. This used to serve as an outdoor trading centre, where cotton traders used to meet and network with fellow professionals. 3The West Tower is Liverpool’s tallest building with a height of 459ft. It is also the third tallest building in the UK. 4Castle Street, now a thriving bar and restaurant area, was once the place of Liverpool Castle, built in the 13th century. The area is marked with a small plaque on the Queen Victoria monument. 5The Post & Echo Building was home to the Liverpool Echo for 45 years, before the company moved across the road to St Pauls Square in early 2018. Their old home is set to become a luxury hotel complete with sky bar and gym.
Places To Live
The Business Quarter is where you can find some of Liverpool’s most expensive apartments and penthouses, graciously standing alongside the more affordable and chic studios. With the apartments being right in the heart of the office buildings, it is an area that attracts many local professionals, making it a popular place to live.
West Tower Towering above the many office buildings is West Tower, Liverpool’s tallest building and home to the Panoramic restaurant. With over 40 floors, the West Tower is an established part of the famous Liverpool skyline. A sought-after place to live in the heart of Old Hall Street.
The Albany Apartments With a beautiful courtyard that hosts the largest outdoor Swarovski Crystal Chandeliers in Europe, it is clear to see why so many people want to live at The Albany. A Grade 2 listed building, based on Old Hall Street, it was originally built to house the many cotton brokers needing a place to meet in the city. The building boasts 140 two and three-bedroom luxury apartments and penthouses.
Reliance House Reliance House may offer some of the best views in the city, with its side exterior overlooking the iconic Liver Buildings. The building itself is a real part of Liverpool’s heritage and the developers have carefully worked around the building’s Edwardian features to bring the city a range of luxury apartments with an excellent location on Water Street.
Bars and Restaurants
From the outside, FOLK could easily be mistaken for yet another office in Liverpool’s miniature concrete jungle. However, with its crowd of happy faces that congregate outside, it is clear that FOLK offers something a little more exciting. Its rooftop bar is one of the hidden gems in Liverpool and is where you can find office workers hiding, floors above the bustling streets during lunch hour.
With a cosy, rustic and shabby-chic interior, the City Wine Bar + Kitchen has found the perfect mix between the past and present, making it a stylish place to go for the professionals that work in the area. Owned by the same team as Lark Lane’s ‘Writers Block’ it offers a more relaxed atmosphere than the usual city wine bars.
Address - City Wine Bar, City Buildings, 21-23 Old Hall St, Liverpool L3 9BS
It may be hard to believe that a meatless restaurant has captured the hearts (and stomachs) of a city that is known for its love of meat, but with Sanskruti’s vegan and vegetarian dishes, it is one of the most popular places to go in town. Although the restaurant, which offers traditional Indian cuisine, was opened just two years ago, it has fast become one of Liverpool’s favourite restaurants that gains fantastic reviews on all platforms.
Situated on the ground floor of the trendy Hotel Indigo, Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill is right in the heart of the Business District, popular with the local professionals who frequent its venue for a quick lunch or a taste of its al fresco dining area after work.
Although Mr Pierre White may be a Yorkshireman, the venue has called upon its rich Liverpool heritage to inspire the décor, with nods to the area’s affair with the cotton industry and, of course, The Beatles. The renowned steakhouse sources its steak from Campbell Butchers, which holds a Royal Warrant, providing each guest with service that is fit for a prince. With many visitors singing its praises, it’s a must-visit for anyone lucky enough to live within its postcode.
Address - Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill,Hotel Indigo Liverpool, 10 Chapel Street, Liverpool, L3 9AG
Considered to be one of the best restaurants in the city, the Panoramic Restaurant offers a high dining experience right in the heart of the Business Quarter. Based on the 34th floor of the West Tower building, the restaurant takes its name from the panoramic views of the city. Its menu offers a select but delicious array of dishes, all beautifully presented with care taken at each level. For those who enjoy a cocktail or two after work, their cocktail lounge is open every day except Monday.
With the Business Quarter being right in the heart of the city, there are excellent transport links across the city. With Liverpool being such a small but vibrant city, there are very few places in the city centre that are not in walking distance of the Business Quarter.
Train Your local train station is Moorfields Station on Old Hall Street.
Moorfields to Liverpool Central - Journey Time around 2-4 Minutes with No Change
Moorfields to Liverpool Lime Street - Journey Time around 2-4 Minutes with No Change
Bus There are various bus routes throughout the city centre, however, with many one-way systems in Liverpool, train is by far the fastest form of travel throughout the city centre. There are several bus stops on Old Hall Street and nearby Chapel Street and Tithebarn Street.
Bicycle Why not be super eco-friendly and take a ride on one of the CityBike bicycles, located throughout Liverpool? Your nearest locations where you can pick up a bicycle will be on Old Hall Street, outside The Capital Building, Chapel Street and Exchange station.