Lark Lane Liverpool
Arriving at John Lennon airport, tastefully adorned with some of his most memorial lyrics, Liverpool’s most famous son as well as his fab four mates are assumed to be the biggest attraction for world travelers to this city. European Cultural Capital of 2008 (carpets still proclaim the same in the arrivals hall), the city’s 19th century parks, stately homes (despite visible decline) and abundance of huge churches and mosques is certainly worth a visit as well as all the Beatle memorabilia. Yet we, the vintage obsessed and continually on the hunt, have discovered that Liverpool is a super destination for those vintage-inclined.
Coincidence has us staying in an exceptionally comfortable apartment – Casa Ana- run by Luis from Portugal and booked via booking.com (although his own website is complete with info too and he is definitely a hands on host: www.casa-da-ana.com). The 2 bedroom flat is located on the corner of Liverpool’s Lark Lane, a modest street fully packed with vintage wares and world cuisine. We have had Turkish, Greek, Indonesian and Chinese food of all price classes, from chique restaurant to take-away. All of it very good!
But I digress from vintage and antiques. A sweet little shop on Lark Lane is entitled ‘Remains to be Seen’. It is stocked with antiques and near antiques and run by a distinguished and extremely honest man. It is not often open but take the chance when you get it!
Another good Lark Lane shop is aptly named: Larks mixes vintage with modern gifts in well-planned suites organized by ambiance. (www.larksonline.co.uk) Just around the corner, Larks has opened a vintage warehouse GASP- and we did!- (www.larksonline.co.uk/gasp) also well organized and chock full of finds.
Food and vintage; antiques and world cuisine. Satuday’s adds a farmer’s market of fresh produce, bakeries and meats: have we died and gone to heaven here in Liverpool? We will be sorry to fly out tomorrow morning…