Liverpool is ‘the coolest place to live in the UK’ (the London Times newspaper) when you join Lu Ban, we can guarantee you will be surrounded by diversity in Liverpool.
The city is home to Europe’s oldest Chinatown, for, and its Pakistani, Indian, Bangladeshi, Somalian and Nigerian communities are just a few of the other nationalities that are well established in Liverpool.
Liverpool is purple flag accredited, this means Liverpool is a safe place to enjoy socialising at night, you wil be surrounded by Liverpool’s galleries and museums, including Tate Liverpool and the Museum of Liverpool Life, this is more than any other city outside London and boasts outstanding architecture around virtually every corner
Liverpool’s world-famous waterfront is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, like the Great Wall of China and the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt, at Lu Ban we use the city to help you learn
During your stay in Liverpool studying and learning Culinary Arts is important, but it is also important to have fun and make lots of friends and happy memories.
Music and Theatre
Live Music Venues
It’s easy to see why Liverpool is known as one of the world’s great music cities and there’s always somewhere to see live music. There is a fantastic variety of venues to fit all musical tastes. There is the great 11,000-seater Echo Arena where world famous acts perform such as Coldplay, Beyoncé and Lady Gaga. We have the O2 Academy and smaller venues where you can see new and exciting bands.
The Cavern Club and Mathew Street
Mathew Street is the birthplace of the Beatles and the most famous street in Liverpool. It’s full of pubs and bars.
You can see their influence on the area by walking down the street and seeing the statues and sculptures.
There are many musical themed attractions to see to celebrate and learn about music in Liverpool. Fans of the Beatles can have the full Fab 4 experience by visiting the Beatles Story Museum, an atmospheric journey into the life, times, culture and music of the Beatles. You can also take a specialised taxi or bus tour around the city to see the childhood homes and significant Beatles tourist attractions.
Art and Culture
Liverpool has more museums than any other city in the UK outside of London. The World Museum combines historic treasures from across the globe with the latest interactive technology. The permanent exhibition includes collections about ancient Egypt, space, dinosaurs and geology; it even has an aquarium and a planetarium. The Museum of Liverpool specialises in the city’s social and cultural history whilst the Maritime Museum has exhibitions on maritime history, world trade and immigration.
The Tate Art Gallery at the Albert Docks has one of Britain’s finest collections of modern art where everybody can find something they love. The Walker Art Gallery is known as the national gallery of the north. Here you can discover over six centuries of fine and decorative art. The Bluecoat is Liverpool’s oldest surviving building and holds art exhibitions and events throughout the year. The Foundation for Art & Creative Technology (FACT) is a media arts centre which hosts art projects, exhibitions and also contains an art-house cinema where you can watch critically-acclaimed and foreign films.
There is an impressive 2,500 listed buildings in Liverpool. Many of our grandest buildings were originally built as headquarters for shipping companies. Some of Liverpool’s most recognisable landmarks are the Three Graces on the riverside. One of these three buildings is the Royal Liver Building, which is topped by two Liver Birds, the symbol of Liverpool. Another notable building is St Georges Hall which was built in 1854 and is one of the finest neo-classical buildings in the world. Walking around the different areas of the city is an architectural treat and there’s always something new to discover.
Sports and Fitness
We’re very proud in Liverpool of our title as the most successful footballing city in England. We have two Premiership football teams Liverpool F.C. and Everton F.C. who have been playing in the city since the late 1800’s. Football fans can do a tour of their stadiums Anfield and Goodison Park, get tickets for a match or enjoy the atmosphere watching a game in a local pub. Some of the greatest British players come from Liverpool including Wayne Rooney, Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher, proving that football really is part of who we are.
Keeping Fit in Liverpool
Liverpool has more gyms per person than any city in the UK so keeping fit is easy and accessible to all. Many of the gyms allow you to pay-as-you-go or sign up for a month so whatever your usual exercise regime you can continue it during your stay here. We have several swimming pools and sports centres where you can play a game of tennis or squash with your friends. For the more adventurous there is the Liverpool Watersport Centre where you can enjoy the River Mersey on a canoe, stand-up paddleboard or sailboat.
Nights and Days Out
Bars and Clubs
Liverpool’s nightlife is one of the best in the UK. Whether you’re into house music, heavy rock, eighties classics, techno, RnB, indie or pop music there’s always a venue where you can dance the night away. There’s a large choice of cocktail bars such as the Hawaiian-themed Aloha or the hidden prohibition bar Berry and Rye. We have Salt Dog Slims with hot dogs and steins on the menu, and student favourites like Heebie Jeebies and The Krazyhouse. Concert Square has some of the city’s biggest bars and clubs with well-known names such as Walkabout and Revolution.
If you prefer a nice cosy pub then Liverpool has a great selection of traditional English pubs for you to visit. In the summer there are some great beer gardens where you can enjoy a refreshing cider in the sunshine and in the winter you can be nice and warm in front of an open fire. We have the Beatle’s favourite pubs like Ye Cracke and The Grapes, the grand Philharmonic with the magnificent dining room and The Baltic Fleet which has been serving beer for around 400 years. New microbreweries are appearing all around Merseyside and their craft beers can be sampled in many pubs around the city.
The Baltic Triangle
This recently developed neighbourhood has become the home of creativity in the city and has recently been voted as one of the ‘hippest areas in the UK’. The old factories and shipping warehouses of the 1800’s have been changed into some of the best bars, clubs, and restaurants in the city include Lu Ban whilst keeping their old, raw charm.