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artdivision23 March 2016

Liverpool may have a world-famous football team but can the birthplace of The Beatles – and former Dr Who actor Tom Baker – lord it over London?

Liverpool battles intensely with any city in the UK when it comes to sport, in particular football. With one of Europe’s most successful clubs based in the heart of city, Liverpool FC attracts hundreds of thousands of fans every year to the famous Anfield Stadium.

With a fan base of 588 million across the world, a significant percentage of people living in places like India and Indonesia follow Liverpool FC, making it one of the best supported football clubs in the world.

Liverpool Street view

Let’s not forget that there is a blue side to Merseyside, albeit not as well followed as Liverpool; Everton certainly have become a stronger and better known club in recent times.

There is, of course, the Grand National which takes place at Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool. This annual event has hosted some of the most famous jockeys and rides in the history of horse racing and often entices some of the highest calibre celebrities including the likes of Scottish actor Gerard Butler, model, actress and TV personality Jennifer Ellison plus a host of star footballers and their equally well-known wives, such as Wayne and Colleen Rooney.

If you’re searching for things to do in Liverpool. There are a museums, galleries, two cathedrals and tours to indulge in.

Cathedral Liverpool

But we should start by informing you that the world’s most famous pop band The Beatles were from Liverpool so the first stop you should take is to pop by The Beatles Story and find out everything there is to know about the Fab Four.

The Beatles love is never ending in Liverpool and the legendary Cavern Club (which was rebuilt in 1984) still attracting many visitors.

John Lennon Statue in Liverpool

One of the most iconic places to visit is The Casbah Coffee Club. This is no ordinary coffee shop, it’s a rock and roll venue started by the mother of former Beatles drummer Pete Best in the cellar of the family home.

London bites back

If we’re discussing sports in London then there’s no place to start than the home of the nation’s football team, visiting NFL teams, part of the Olympics and the biggest stadium in the UK with a capacity of 90,000 fans which is larger than the capacity of Goodison Park and Anfield combined!

Olympic Stadium London

If that didn’t quite do it for you the surrounding grounds such as The Emirates, Stamford Bridge and even Loftus Road can hold a further 100,000-plus spectators so football fans in the capital aren’t short of a ground to visit. Branching further out there is the Twickenham rugby ground, which holds over 75,000 fans, along with the Lord’s and The Oval cricket grounds, which host some of the games England take part in.

Twickenham Stadium

Sport isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but do not fear. Westminster has a range of wonderful cafes to offer with a range of atmospheric backgrounds.

Let’s start with the Cellarium café. Take a trip back to a bygone age without a time machine and enjoy a rich tea biscuit in a medieval vault.

Or why not take a seat on the long tables outside Wesley’s Café in Central Hall, Westminster, and soak up some sun? If you fancy something quick, head to Fresco Café Bar for friendly service and great food.

The Battersea Pottery Café is a great destination for anyone looking for a great day out with children.

On the south end of Northcote Road, near the antique markets, the shop at the front stocks Emma Bridgewater pottery, tins, textiles and glass, while the studios at the rear offer an opportunity to let your creative skills go wild.

The best thing is the studio assistants are also trained baristas, who serve up great tasting coffee and tea as well as homemade cakes and cookies.

coffee & biscuits

Battersea Park Café is just around the corner from some of London’s best new homes in the diplomatic district of Nine Elms.

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Finally, if you are moving to London and are looking for a rental accommodation, drop us a line and we will help. Garton Jones has a limited number of high-spec apartments for sale or rent in Westminster or Nine Elms. For further details of the properties, contact Garton Jones on 02038 116 297 or fill in the form below.

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