Who in the world hasn’t heard of Liverpool, the city that created one of, if not the most famous name in the music business – the Beatles. After one hour’s train journey from Manchester, we arrived in Liverpool, a city where you will find kind-hearted people, unusual and interesting architectural styles, a variety of pubs and clubs to suit everyone’s tastes, and to sum it all up, a student city, vibrant and young. Its docks used to represent a city of departures in search of a better life overseas; in more recent times, after a lot of investments, Liverpool has been a welcoming city where people love to come to.
Our first stop was the Beatles museum, built on the docks by the River Mersey. February being what it is in England, we experienced strong winds and rain, however this did not prevent us from being true tourists and getting our photos taken next to the recently revealed statue honouring the aforementioned legends of pop music. Despite the bad weather, we did not have to think too hard to imagine this city in the summer sun, in all its beauty and charm.
Once our role of accidental tourists ended, we headed to meet our partners, the LILA* language school, which is in the very city centre. No wonder this spacious, charming and friendly school was voted best language school in the UK in 2013.
LILA* is managed by two sisters, Leanne and Victoria, who over the past 12 years have grown LILA* into an award winning, British Council accredited language school welcoming students from over 50 different nationalities every year. Both sisters were originally English language teachers and having lived and taught overseas understand perfectly well the challenges of adjusting to new culture and environment. Their dedication and love of teaching can be felt in every corner of the two-story facility, with Beatles themed classrooms reflecting the management’s decorum and time taken to create a stimulating and relaxing learning environment.
Only a 5 minute walk from the school you can find the completely new accommodation building, with comfortable, pretty bedrooms, complemented by a large communal area combining the ultra-modern with the traditional in decoration. We heard it through the grapevine that this is where some of the best student parties take place, but we had to decline the invitation to experience it for ourselves for the Chinese New Year, as we had to head back to London. We will let you discover this for yourselves and then tell us all about it! 🙂