The Musical Diner in Liverpool Perfect for Greatest Showman Fans

The Greatest Showman has become a musical phenomenon. The infectious feel-good film dazzled the world with its catchy soundtrack and all star cast. Proving the critics wrong, the hit film topped the box office charts and has since made over $165 million in the US and over $217 million across the globe.

Liverpool now has its very own singing waiter diner, where you can be served American food and drink while enjoying hits from the movie and more musical favourites.

The Best of The Greatest Showman

To celebrate one of our favourite musicals, we thought we’d take a look at what makes The Greatest Showman so special…

The All Star Cast

It goes without saying that The Greatest Showman has a star-studded cast of actors, singers and dancers. The hit film is brought to life by A list favourites such as Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams and Zac Efron.

The film has also introduced the world to spectacular talents including the fabulous Keala Settle, previously known for stealing the show on Broadway.

A Heartwarming Story

The Greatest Showman is inspired by the fascinating life of P.T. Barnum, the American showman famous for founding the Barnum & Bailey Circus. Starting from humble beginnings, Barnum’s businesslike character and entrepreneurial spirit were evident from an early age.

The story showcases Barnum’s unlikely rise to success and many of the twists and turns along the way. An inspiring tale about following your dreams, it’s no surprise that the feel-good film struck a chord with its audience.

Celebrating Our Differences

Arguably the film’s most powerful theme is diversity. The Greatest Showman celebrates what makes us different and shines a light on our most unique qualities.

Though Barnum’s circus performers are dismissed as “freaks” by high-society, the uplifting musical sees them power through adversity and come out on the other side. What better way to lift your spirits?!

The Ultimate Feel-Good Soundtrack

The Greatest Showman’s toe-tapping soundtrack saw singalong cinema events sweep the nation, while the soundtrack itself spent over 10 weeks at Number 1 on the Official Album Charts in the UK.

The jam-packed album is one that we’re sure will stand the test of time. From power ballad ‘This is Me’ to the lively sounds of ‘The Greatest Show’.

Mulholland Bar & Restaurant

Mulholland is perfect for fans of The Greatest Showman. The UK’s first singing waiter diner brings the magic of Broadway and musical movies to Liverpool. Choose from classic American food and million-dollar milkshakes as you watch our showstopping singing waiters in action.

Our talented team perform a variety of dazzling hits from your favourite musicals, including The Greatest Showman, Disney classics and more. You’ll find yourself singing along or up on your feet in no time!

greatest showman

What better way to celebrate a special occasion or simply catch up with friends and make lasting memories?

Arthouse Hotel in Liverpool

Situated on dynamic Seel Street, Arthouse Hotel is a unique movie themed hotel in Liverpool. Our stylish rooms are inspired by films including Grease, The Rocky Horror Picture Show and The Sound of Music.

autumn movies

We always have a wide range of unmissable offers to choose from. Our packages are designed to ensure you can make the most of your experience.

To book your stay or find out more about Mulholland Bar & Restaurant, you can reach our friendly team on 0151 601 8801 or head over to our Facebook page.

Rocky Horror Picture Show at FACT & Stay for Halloween in Liverpool

We would like, if we may, to take you on a strange journey this Halloween in Liverpool with a stay in our Rocky Horror themed hotel room after a viewing of the hit cult movie at FACT cinema just across the road.

Rocky Horror has a following of fans who love nothing more than to dress up in full costume when attending special screenings of the movie. Since 1975, scores of people have donned fishnets, sequin top hats, maids’ outfits and butler suits to portray the colourful cast of Rocky Horror.

This Halloween in Liverpool why not book a night at Arthouse Hotel and stay in the Rocky Horror Suite after watching the Rocky Horror Movie being screened at FACT film cinema.

Here are some Rocky Horror themed Halloween fancy dress ideas to get you and your party looking the part.

Dr Frank-N-Furter

A mad scientist transvestite from Transsexual Transylvania, Frank-N-Furter has been trying to create the perfect man for his own enjoyment.

via GIPHY

He’s come to earth to find playthings for his amusement and brought two “loyal” servants along for the ride.

Frank-N-Furter’s outfit consists of suspenders, a corset, fishnets and occasionally a Dr’s gown and gloves. His makeup is heavy, and he has an old-school Boss tattoo on his right bicep.

Brad

Newly married straight-laced Brad Majors is driving through the woods after attending a wedding of friends with his fiancé, Janet.

Brad Majors - Halloween in Liverpool

source: Template

The car gets a flat and this leads the couple to ask for help at “The Old Frankenstein Place”. When they arrive, they seem to disturb a huge party and instantly want to find a phone to call for help then leave.

Brad’s costume is simply a beige windbreaker, slacks, white shirt and thick-rimmed glasses.

Janet

Brad’s fiancé, Janet Wiess is a timid and frightened girly girl who depends entirely on Brad to protect her.

Janet Weiss - Halloween in Liverpool

source: Play Buzz

When arriving soaking wet at the mansion, Janet insists on leaving as she can tell something is not quite right.

Janet’s outfit is again a simple pink dress, blue cardigan and curled blond hair and plain/no make-up.

Riff Raff

The Butler of the mansion and fellow Transylvanian, Riff Raff is an alien life form who came with Frank-N-Furter to aid him in his human experiments.

via GIPHY

Riff Raff has other plans and seems to hate being on earth, wishing to return home he eventually stages a mutiny against Frank-N-Furter.

To dress as Riff Raff for Halloween in Liverpool you would need a hunchback, frayed suit with tail coat and bald cap wig.

Magenta

Sister of Riff Raff and alien from Transsexual Transylvania, Magenta plays the maid of the household but again is really serving as Frank-N-Furter’s aid.

via GIPHY

She assists in the lab giving life to Frank-N-Furter’s “perfect man creation” but eventually tires of life on earth wanting to go home Magenta helps Riff Raff with a mutiny against Frank.

Her costume is a maid’s outfit, wild hair and dark red lipstick.

Columbia

One of the more colourful characters in Rocky Horror, Columbia is a human who was recruited by Frank-N-Furter as first a lover and then an assistant when she was replaced by Eddie, a pizza delivery boy.

via GIPHY

Eddie and Columbia eventually fell in love which angered Frank-N-Furter causing him to lock Eddie in a freezer.

Columbia’s costume is elaborately decorated sequin covered hot pants waistcoat and tails with a full sequin top hat to match. Her flame red slicked back hair and winged eye make up complete the look.

Rocky

The creation of Frank-N-Furter, Rocky is to be considered the perfect man, made from half of the pizza boy Eddies Brain and the “genius” of Frank-N-Furter.

Rocky - Rocky Horror Picture Show Halloween in Liverpool

source: IMDb

Rocky was purely created for Frank-N-Furters amusement and things go bad when Rocky is seduced by Janet.

To dress as Rocky for Halloweeen is not for the fainthearted and is basically gold hotpants, boots . . . and not much else but a shock of white-blond hair. A bit chilly for October perhaps but a fabulous fancy-dress idea for Halloween.

Eddie

The frozen and forgotten lover of Frank-N-Furter and Columbia Eddie, a pizza delivery boy, was seduced to stay in the mansion and ended up falling for Columbia.

Eddie - Rocky Horror - Halloween in Liverpool

source: Youtube

The relationship cost him his life as Frank-N-Furter became extremely jealous and locked him in a freezer.

During Rocky’s unveiling, Eddie breaks free of the freezer and causes chaos in the lab, scooping up Columbia and riding around on his motorcycle.

Eddie’s outfit is almost like a dead Elvis clad in denim and carrying a saxophone, the all-important scar across the forehead is where Frank-N-Furter removed half his brain.

The Guests

In other movie screenings all over the world, people have come to the movie dressed as the guests of the mansion, gathered to see the unveiling of Frank-N-Furter’s creation.

via GIPHY

Their outfits are mainly tuxes with whacky wigs, big sunglasses, gloves, top hats and pops of colour.

The Rocky Horror Room at Arthouse Hotel

After watching the movie screening at FACT cinema this Halloween in Liverpool enjoy a night out in the nearby bars and clubs of Seel Street. There’s plenty of places that welcome fancy dress in Liverpool and all are within a short walking distance of Arthouse Hotel.

The Rocky Horror room can sleep up to six guests in comfy double beds and has an opulent ensuite bathroom complete with rouge red tiling and walk-in shower.

The Rocky Horror room - Halloween in Liverpool

The ceiling is adorned with the ruby red lips from the credits of the movie, which just so happen to be the lips of Magenta (a little known Rocky Horror fact) alongside the lyrics to the opening song “Science Fiction Double Feature”.

Between the fancy dress ideas for Halloween in Liverpool, the Rocky Horror movie at FACT and a night out on the town in the city’s most popular bars and clubs you’ll be sure to have an unforgettable Rocky Horror themed Halloween night ou this year.

Book your stay for an amazing Halloween in Liverpool on 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk along with tickets to see Rocky Horror Picture Show at FACT cinema here.

The Best Autumn Movies for a Cosy Night In this Season

There’s an autumn chill in the air and that calls for plenty of cosy film nights! If you’re stuck for what to watch, we’ve compiled a go-to list of some of the best autumn movies of all time.

Arthouse Hotel is the perfect spot to bring friends together for the ultimate autumn night in. So, why not enjoy a spectacular group stay at the most unique hotel in Liverpool?

The Best Autumn Movies

You’ve Got Mail (1998)

You’ve Got Mail is without a doubt one one of the best autumn movies of all time. Witten and directed by Nora Ephron, this cosy film captures the feel-good essence of 90s nostalgia.

Find yourself immersed in the story of Joe Fox (Tom Hanks) and Sally Albright (Meg Ryan) as they exchange anonymous thoughts via dial-up internet and simultaneously cross paths on the streets of New York.

Harvesting the back-to-school season with one memorable line, Tom Hanks reads: “Don’t you love New York in the fall? It makes me want to buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address.”

When Harry Met Sally (1989)

Arguably Nora Ephron’s most famous film, When Harry Met Sally is another autumnal gem, perfect for a lazy Sunday with a mug of hot chocolate. Get ready to be charmed by this mismatched duo as they stroll the leafy streets of Central Park to a truly charming soundtrack.

Not forgetting, Harry and Sally showcase a flawless autumn wardrobe. From cosy knitwear and roll-neck jumpers to stylish bowler hats, this iconic movie is sure to leave you with plenty of outfit ideas.

Good Will Hunting (1997)

Good Will Hunting is a must-watch for your autumn movies list. Starring Matt Damon alongside the late Robin Williams, this triumphant tale won an impressive 5 awards at the 1998 Academy Awards.

Prepare for plenty of words of wisdom as inspiring therapist (Williams) attempts to treat a young genius (Damon) amidst the scenic Boston foliage.

The Harry Potter Franchise

A day of autumn movies wouldn’t be complete without a sprinkle of Hogwarts magic. The Harry Potter franchise is perfect for binge watching on a rainy day this October and November.

Literally showcasing the back-to-school feeling, Harry Potter has it all. From knitted jumpers and candlelit pumpkins to woodland adventures, revisiting Harry Potter is a must for this autumn.

Hocus Pocus (1993)

Creating an enchanting autumn backdrop, this Disney classic invite you to the mystical town of Salem. A family favourite for the autumn season, Hocus Pocus tells the tale of the Sanderson sisters.

The 3 mischievous witches are accidentally brought back to life, and with their immortality at stake, this fun-filled adventure is sure to keep you hooked!

 Offers in Liverpool – Arthouse Hotel

At Arthouse Hotel, we have a range of fantastic offers for spending autumn in Liverpool in style. Bring your nearest and dearest together for a cosy stay in the heart of Liverpool city centre.

autumn movies

You can look forward to making the most of our indulgent facilities and atmospheric movie-themed rooms. Our glamorous Psycho room and weird and wonderful Rocky Horror Show room are particular favourites over the Halloween period.

So, what are you waiting for? We’d love to hear from you today to plan an unforgettable stay with us! You can reach us on 0151 601 8801.

66 Facts You Didn’t Know About The Film ‘Grease’

One of the most famous and greatly loved musicals of all time, Grease is the story of the friendships, romances and adventures of a group of high school kids in the 1950’s.

But no matter how many times you’ve seen it, there are still loads of interesting facts you probably didn’t know. Even the biggest Grease fans will tell you that they discover something new when they watch it for the umpteenth time.

Here at the Arthouse Hotel, Grease is one of our all time favourite films, which is why we’ve dedicated an entire suite to the classic high school flick.

We’ve done our research and found a staggering 66 undiscovered Grease film facts.

See how many you knew already!

Grease film facts

Inspiration

Grease the movie is based on the 1971 Broadway musical of the same name.

The Broadway musical was written by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey.

Jacobs was an advertising copywriter and Warren Casey was a high-school art teacher. They met through an amateur theatre group in Chicago in the early 1960’s, at high school Jacobs had been a greaser and Casey had been bookish and studious.

Grease film facts

The film is set in 1958, 20 years before the actual release date on 1st June 1978.

It was directed by Randal Kleiser and written by Bronte Woodard.

Casting

Sandy

The wonderful Carrie Fisher was considered for the role of Sandy.

Both Marie Osmond and Susan Dey turned down the role of Sandy, Osmond apparently didn’t want her future children to see her in the film, especially the last scenes.

Before Olivia Newton-John was cast as Sandy, she insisted on having a screen test to make sure she would be the right fit for the character and to determine whether she had onscreen chemistry with Travolta.

Danny

Henry Winkler, a.k.a ‘The Fonz’ turned down playing Danny Zuko because the character was too similar to Fonzie, the tough guy with a heart of gold he was already playing on Happy Days.

The Guardian Angel

Elvis was asked to play the Guardian Angel role in the film, but he didn’t accept the role. It was taken by Frankie Avalon instead.

An Art Teacher

Andy Warhol nearly played the part of an art teacher, but various misunderstandings meant the role could never be decided on.

Held Back a Few Years?

None of the actors were anywhere near high school age, John Travolta was 23, Olivia Newton-John was 29, Jeff Conaway was 26 and Dennis Stewart aka ‘Crater face’ was 30.

Stockard Channing was the eldest of the teenage performers during the filming, she was 33.

The two closest to high school age were Lorenzo Lamas (Tom) and Dinah Manoff (Marty), they were both 19.

On Set

Beauty School Dropout

This scene nearly didn’t happen, Frankie Avalon had an intense fear of heights, so the slippery three-storey staircase didn’t seem so dreamy after all. To solve the problem they put mattresses alongside the steps.

The Dance Scenes

All of the background dancers were named, which doesn’t usually happen in films. Among them were Sauce, Bart, Bubba, Midge and Moose.

Most of the extras that featured in the dance scenes had won a nationwide contest to be in the film.

Dinah Manoff who played Marty couldn’t dance so she sat out every single dance scene.

Rydell High

The high school name Rydell High is a reference to Bobby Rydell, a teen idol known for his 1960’s pop and rock singles.

Rydell High is actually three different real Los Angeles high schools. The outside is Venice High School, the interior is Huntington Park High School and the school field was at John Marshall High School.

It took a week to shoot the dance contest scene and originally Sandy was not intended to dance, it was supposed to be just Danny and Cha Cha.

Hair Dye

Jamie Donnelly (who played Jan) was already growing grey hair when she signed onto “Grease.” To play the part of a high schooler, she had to dye her hair dark brown.

Originally, Lorenzo Lamas who played Tom Chisum had black slicked back hair which made him look too much like a T-Bird, he was told to dye his hair a lighter colour, so he was sent to Rodeo Drive to dye his hair blonde.

Travolta wanted his hair dyed blue-black, inspired by Elvis.

Arguments and Illness

There was originally an extra fight scene between Kenickie and Rizzo to explain why she throws the milkshake at him in the diner, but producers decided it was too heavy for the movie, calling it the “Martin Scorsese scene.”

John Travolta argued with Randal Kleiser, the director, over the end of the song “Sandy”. He wanted a close-up of himself instead of the cartoon shot of a hot dog diving into a bun, Kleiser disagreed.

A number of cast members got ill whilst filming the drag race scene, the water was stagnant and dangerous.

The Rydell prom scene was shot during a heat wave in California and several of the extras had to be treated for heat stroke and other heat-related illnesses.

Grease is the Word

Grease may be the word, but it’s never actually said once in the entire script, only the word ‘greased’ is sung during the song ‘Greased Lightnin’.

Originally Kenickie was supposed to perform ‘Greased Lightnin’, but Travolta fought to sing the number himself and won.

Name Changes

Producers utilised Olivia Newton-John’s popularity by allowing her to keep her Australian accent and changing Sandy’s last name from American ‘Dumbrowski’ to Australian ‘Olsen’.

In the stage version the boy’s group is called the Burger Palace Boys, this was changed to the T-birds for the film.

‘You’re The One That I Want’

The song ‘You’re The One That I Want’ was filmed at a travelling carnival that was only in town for one day, close ups had to be recreated by the set department.

Olivia Newton-John’s leggings were so tight that the zip was broken, she had to be sewn into them.

Not everyone could handle the carnival rides, Eddie Deezen who played Eugene was on a spinning ride after a scene was ended and threw up.

The ‘You’re The One That I Want’ scene only took one afternoon to film.

Trivia

The character of Danny could have been a busboy, the producer Allan Carr also imagined the greaser working at a gas station, singing a song called “Gas Pump Jockey.”

John Travolta started rehearsals for Grease just four days after completing filming for Saturday Night Fever.

It’s reported that the cast chewed their way through 100,000 pieces of bubblegum during the filming.

Originally, Grease was supposed to be an animated film, but the idea was scraped. To honour the idea they kept the opening credit animations.

The ‘Hickey’s from Kenickie’ that Rizzo tries to cover up were real, given by Jeff Conaway who played Kenickie, to make them look more authentic.

Jeff Conaway had a really big crush on Olivia Newton-John and was nervous around her on set, he ended up marrying her sister.

In Mexico and Venezuela, Grease in known as Vaselina.

Because Jeff Conaway was taller than John Travolta, Kenickie was often slouching when filming so that the lead actor of the movie seemed taller.

Cameos and Almost Camoes

When a coca-cola product placement deal fell through during post-production, multiple shots of coca cola products and advertisements had to be digitally removed or blurred out.

The Beach Boys almost made a guest appearance, Allan Carr originally imagined the surf rock quartet performing ‘Greased Lightnin’.

Danny’s blue windbreaker at the beginning of the film was intended as a nod to James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause.

John Travolta’s sister, Ellen Travolta, plays a diner waitress with a single line – ‘Oh, there’s Danny and Sandy’ while watching the dance on TV.

The gang that played the famous trio, Sonny, Putzie and Doody, wanted to honour the Three Stooges and so they asked the producers to pay a small tribute prior to the bonfire scene.

Terminator star Michael Biehn makes an appearance in Grease in the scene where Danny and Kenickie put the frog in Patty’s bag.

The Soundtrack

Two number one hit singles came from the Grease soundtrack, “Grease” and ” You’re The One That I Want”.

The title song ‘Grease’ was written by Barry Gibb, sang by Frankie Valli and Peter Frampton played the guitar.

Lots of songs were cut from the final film, however they can be heard in the background of certain shots.

The “Alma Mater/Parody” instrumental from the stage version of Grease can be heard in the office on the last day of school and during the carnival scenes.

Sandy’s solo “Hopelessly Devoted To You” almost didn’t make the cut and was only added after the film was made. The song was nominated for an Oscar.

Reception

Grease was the highest grossing film of 1978.

Olivia Newton-John attended the film premiere in a prom dress and then for the after party, she changed into her second look, a hot pink spandex.

The official premiere after-party was at the famous Studio 54.

Grease won every People’s Choice Award for which it was nominated – Favourite Motion Picture Actress (Olivia Newton-John), Favourite Motion Picture Supporting Actress (Stockard Channing), Favourite Musical Motion Picture, and Favourite Overall Motion Picture.

Sequels and The Musical

Producers originally wanted to create 3 movies and a TV series but when the first sequel, Grease 2, flopped with $15 million at the box office the other movies were cancelled.

There was a planned sequel called Summer School which was completely different from Grease 2.

Didi Conn was the only one of the Pink Ladies and T-Birds to make an appearance in Grease 2.

Grease the musical is still a successful show and you can still get tickets to see it.

Reunions

Travolta and Newton-John reunited in 1983 for the romantic comedy Two of a Kind. 

They also released a duet Christmas album in 2012, called This Christmas.

There is a crazy fan theory that suggests that the entire musical is actually Sandy’s journey to the afterlife, the story goes that she died when she drowned at the beach and the car is taking them to heaven at the end. Make of that what you will.

The Grease Room At The Arthouse

At the Arthouse Hotel we know that Grease is a classic that should be celebrated.

Our unique Grease-inspired room has been designed as a tribute to the hit 1978 musical, with Sandy and Danny immortalised on the ceiling.

Relax in style, as our Grease room features a large screen TV, kitchenette and a double Jacuzzi bath.

Sleeping up to 6 people, our stunning room is the perfect way to stay in Liverpool city centre, as we’re closely located to the city’s finest restaurants, bars, shops and attractions.

We also offer our guests a whole host of amazing offers and packages, that are sure to make your stay even better! Check out our website to see if there’s something for you.

There’s nothing left for you to do but book a stay with us by calling our friendly booking team on 0151 541 9999.

10 Things You Definitely Didn’t Know About Andy Warhol

Bold. Flashy. Eccentric. That’s three words to describe the cult legend of Andy Warhol. The father figure of pop art is famous for capturing humanity’s obsession with celebrity culture and advertising in his experimental film, painting and sculpture.

But like his art, the flashy, grey-haired provocateur had a complex backstory behind his eccentric lifestyle. In fact, his life is full of intriguing anecdotes and unusual quirks. Did you know these 10 facts about Andy Warhol?

1. He was a devote Catholic…

Although we associated Warhol with his provocative art and subversive entourage, he grew up as a practicing Ruthenian Catholic. His parents immigrated to the US from Slovakia and brought their religious beliefs with them. As an adult, the famous artist continued to practice his religion, attending mass at Manhattan’s Upper East Side most days.

The iconic painter wore a crucifix necklace, carried a rosary and was a regular volunteer at the church-lead soup kitchen in his neighbourhood.

andy warhol facts

Warhol posing in front of a print of The Last Supper Source: Giorgio Lott i| Archivio Giorgio Lotti

2. …And a mummy’s boy

Julia Warhola was her son’s closest companion. They lived and worked together for almost two decades and the artist’s mother even appeared in his film Mrs. Warhol.

She also helped him out by providing lettering for many of his projects. Warhol’s father, Andrej, died when the artist was just 13 years old.

andy warhol facts

Julia Warhola by Andy Warhol, 1974

3. He moonlighted as the Velvet Underground’s band manager

The American rock band fronted by Lou Reed and famous for being one of the most influential groups on rock, underground and experimental music were briefly managed by Warhol.

In 1965, after being introduced to the band, Warhol became their manager. He hlped the band secure a recording contract with MGM’s Verve Records and acted as a producer.

During this career diversion, Warhol included the Velvet Underground is his multimedia roadshow Exploding plastic Inevitable, which combined Warhol’s films with the band’s music.

4. He wore wigs to cover up a balding scalp

Warhol began to go bald in his early 20s and took to wearing wigs to obscure his hair loss. His silver wigs became iconic, contributing to his image as a mad-hat artist and provocateur.

One of his most famous pieces, a series of self-portraits called Fright Wig, utilised his fake hair to create a now legendary image.

5. He once published a cookbook

Wild Raspberries, created by the artist and his friend Suzie Frankfurt, was a parody of pretentious French-style cook books. Published in 1959, the book included 19 illustrations and a number of recipes mocking traditional haute cuisine.

Dishes included Omelet Greta Garbo (‘to be eaten alone’) and Roast Iguana Andalusian.

 6. He designed an album cover that was nominated for a Grammy Award

Warhol worked as a freelance commercial artist for companies including Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, The New Yorker and Columbia Records in the 1950s and 1960s.

He created cover art for a number of iconic bands and performers including the Rolling Stones and Aretha Franklin. The 1971 cover for the Rolling Stone’s Sticky Fingers album was nominated for a Grammy Award for best Album Cover.

He didn’t win though – the accolade went to a band called Pollution.

7. He trained as a classical artist

It’s hard to believe that the iconic and subversive artist ever created anything we could define as ‘traditional art’, but Warhol actually studied at the Carnegie Institute for Technology where he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1949.

During his student years, he faced some opposition from professors who didn’t wholly approve of his unique approach and he sometimes had to do additional coursework over the summer to retain a good academic standing.

After a world trip, in which he travelled to places such as Japan, India, Italy and Egypt, he began to visualise ambitions beyond commercial art and moved towards what we now would call ‘Warhol’ style work.

8. He collected taxidermy

The artist owned a number of stuffed animals, including a lion, a peacock, a penguin, a moose’s head and a Great Dane, called Cecil. Warhol bought the dog for $300 in the late 60s, and the stuffed canine stood guard outside his studio from 1969 to 1987.

The iconic artist had a soft spot for dogs – he also owned a (live) dachshund called Archie and often spent time in the company of fellow artist and actress Brigid Berlin’s pugs.

andy warhol facts

Andy Warhol and his dog, Archie. Source: Wiki Commons | Jack Mitchell

9. Someone once tried to kill him

On June 3, 1968 a radical feminist called Valeria Jean Solanas entered Warhol’s workspace, the Factory, and shot him.

She had previously been in one of Warhol’s films, I, A Man and, due to poor mental health, grew paranoid about her work and who she had been working with.

After the attack, Valeria handed herself in and was treated for paranoid Schizophrenia. Warhol suffered from damage to his lungs, oesophagus, spleen, liver and stomach but recovered after an extended stay in a New York hospital. He had to wear a surgical corset for the rest of his life.

andy warhol facts

Valeria Jean Solanas (middle) shot Warhol with the intent to kill him

10. You can stay in an Andy Warhol-inspired hotel suite…

At the Arthouse Hotel, we’ve been inspired by the artistic efforts of Warhol to create interiors that replicate his eccentric designs. Some of our most popular suites celebrate his iconic artwork.

From the opulent Marilyn Monroe suite, to the seductive Lips, you can enjoy the visual artistry of Warhol’s most famous pieces while indulging in the luxurious amenities on offer. Whether you’re a Chelsea Girl or looking for your 15 minutes of fame, we’ve got the perfect room for your stay.

andy warhol facts

The Lips Room is inspired by one of Warhol’s most simple artworks

Sleeping up to six guests, all our Warhol suites come equipped with ultra-comfortable beds, large flat-screen TV and a Bluetooth multimedia sound system. They’ve also all got opulent bathrooms with double whirlpool baths and waterfall showers.

Arthouse Hotel is ideally located, giving guests access to the best nightlife, shopping and dining venues in the city, guaranteeing a visit to Liverpool you’ll never forget.

To book, call our team on 0151 395 7900.

 

Celebrate At Arthouse As Champagne Turns 90 Years Old

When it comes to finding unique places to stay in Liverpool Arthouse Hotel always delivers. Located in the heart of the city’s popular nightlife district groups can enjoy celebrating a special occasion in style.

What better way to toast to a super special occasion than by popping a cork of the bubbly stuff inside our Hitchcock themed hotel room, Champagne?

Champagne The Movie

The 9th of Hitchcock silent movie marvels, Champagne gave us teasers as to what was to come from the Master of Suspense.

Clever camera work was used from the onset as we stare at a 20s party in full swing through the bottom of a champagne glass as it’s being drained.

via GIPHY

Champagne is proof that Hitchcock’s talents need no words and his skills could captivate any audience well before he sashayed into producing the thrillers and horrors he became so well known for.

Happy Birthday Champagne - places to stay in Liverpool

Happy 90th Birthday to Champagne the movie, you are looking good for an OAP.

Champagne Rules

To celebrate Champagne, turning 90 years old here are a few rules about how to drink the bubbliest of beverages like a pro.

#1 Always Point The Cork Away From People

There’s an art to opening a bottle of Champagne. Simply hold the cork and twist the bottle, this should minimise injury and spillage.

via GIPHY

#2 Savour Every Drop

There’s nothing more wasteful than Champagne spillage and this is why spraying your guests with the good stuff is a no, no. Hold tight and pour into a suitable receptacle.

via GIPHY

#3 Chill Before Serving

Take a leaf out of Eddie’s book and always make sure there’s an adequate amount of prechilled Champagne to hand. There’s nothing more embarrassing than running out!

via GIPHY

#4 Sip Don’t Slurp

If you don’t want to be that person whose speech becomes slurred before the first bubbles pop then take it slow and sip your Champagne, savour the flavour.

via GIPHY

#5 Have the Right Glass

Experts have decided that Champagne flutes are a thing of the past and the bigger the glass the better so get your hands of a goblet for the ultimate Champagne drinking experience.

via GIPHY

#6 Clinky

Despite what may be said among the snootier circles, the clinky is still an acceptable custom. Toast to your good health, the night ahead or the popping of the next bottle whatever the reason a clinky is a must.

via GIPHY

#7 Invest in A Magnum

Whether you have a large group or not a Magnum is simply the only way to go when it comes to drinking Champagne . . . just stick to the aforementionned rules and take it slow, using a glass!

via GIPHY

#8 Acceptable Garnish

Some Champagne connoisseurs may think that adding anything to your bubbly is sacrilege but we say there are a few acceptable garnishes such as certain fruits and liqueurs, find your favourite by experimenting with acceptable garnishes.

via GIPHY

#9 Don’t Let It Go To Your Head

Bubbly can have quite an elevating effect, in fact, it’s been proven to generally lighten anyone’s mood, although some can feel effects quicker than others so tread softly when it comes to quaffing your Champers.

via GIPHY

#10 Even So Too Much Is Just Enough

Even though you could feel extremely tipsy quite quickly the pleasant buzz that comes from drinking Champagne is a treat so enjoy knowing that you can never really have too much Champagne.

via GIPHY

The Champagne Room

Based on an early piece of Hitchcock’s movie mastery, our Champagne room sleeps 6 guests and has a decadent décor of gleaming gold, perfectly replicating a glass of the good stuff.

There aren’t any other places to stay in Liverpool as glamorous and chic as the Champagne room at Arthouse Hotel and finding your way to some of the best Liverpool nightlife is easy, literally one step outside the door.

places to stay in Liverpool - Champagne party room at Arthouse Hotel

Bustling bars such as Alma de Cuba, Peacocks, Aloha and Blind Tiger will certainly be able to help you continue your Champagne themed evening. So get yourselves glammed up and get ready to dazzle as you celebrate your special occasion with us at Arthouse Hotel.

Book using any of our amazing accommodation offers here, and arrange for chilled bottles of bubbly to welcome you into our Champagne room.

places to stay in Liverpool - Champagne room at Arthouse Hotel

Call 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk for more information or to book your stay.

Our Biggest Ever Giveaway: Celebrating 10 Years of Signature Living

When Signature Living opened the Arthouse Hotel in late 2016, the Signature brand was only just getting started.

But now, the Hollywood-themed hotel is part of a country-wide hospitality empire that started right here in Liverpool.

Growing from just four serviced apartments with a personalized touch in Liverpool’s city centre to a national hotelier, Signature Living has had 10 years of wild dreams and spectacular launches.

We’ve taken on near-impossible restoration projects, preserved iconic hero’s legacies  and hosted magical weddings in breathtaking venues, while also ensuring that the party-lovers of Liverpool continue to enjoy jaw-dropping, unique venues at the heart of the city.

Safe to say, it’s been a spectacular few years. And after a decade of success, we’re pleased to announce that we’re celebrating with our #biggestevergiveaway…

Two Years of The Arthouse Hotel

Building on our previous success with party accommodation in the city, the movie-themed party pads at Arthouse gave a brand new, star-studded side to Signature’s Liverpool venues.

After the glamourous, celebrity-filled launch of the Arthouse bar (now Mulholland) which introduced Seel Street to a Signature night out, the hotel opened its doors and offered luxurious, film-themed party suites to the city’s most glamorous girl squads and party-loving man packs.

liverpool competition

The Wizard of Oz room at Arthouse Hotel

Whether you want to follow the yellow brick road to our Wizard of Oz room, or have a night of Rock Horror Show drama, our themed suites offer luxurious accommodation with incredible faculties including spa baths and ultra-comfortable beds.

And with the opening of our stunning Skyline Suites in 2017, the Arthouse had its own penthouse party pad, offering accommodation for groups of up to 12 and giving them exclusive access to an in-room roman bath for the ultimate pool parties looking out over Liverpool’s beautiful skyline.

liverpool competition

One of our Skyline Suites, at Arthouse Hotel

In only two short year, the Arthouse has become some of Liverpool’s most popular party accommodation. With our take-over of Alma de Cuba in December 2016, we cemented ourselves as the leading night-life influence on Liverpool’s Seel Street.

It’s been a wild ride. And after 10 years of Signature success we want to give you, our followers, a giveaway like no other to celebrate #Signature10 and the excitement of the last decade…

Celebrating 10 Years of Signature Living

Growing from four serviced apartments for Liverpool’s most dedicated party lovers into a national hospitality provider, Signature Living’s founders Katie and Lawrence Kenwright have realized their wildest dreams in the past 10 years.

And on the 10th anniversary of the company, the generous pair want to make your hopes and dreams a reality too.

liverpool competitions

Katie and Lawrence Kenwright

As we begin our official birthday celebrations on the 14th August, we’ll be launching Signature Living’s biggest giveaway yet. Each month for 12 months, a life-changing prize will be announced on social media – prizes that will make a real difference and change your life forever!

Katie and Lawrence want to give back to you, our Signature followers, with once-in-a-lifetime opportunities and spectacular experiences.

From planting the seeds of change, to indulging in thrills like no other, all the prizes have a definite Signature touch, celebrating our ten years of unique hospitality service.

Get ready to be revved up by our unbelievable giveaway that includes sizzling-hot surprises, ice-cool adventures and sparkling Signature celebrations.

liverpool competition

Dive into our biggest competition yet, as we jet off into 12 months of jam-packed festivities for our 10year anniversary carnival.

You’ve been here for our biggest moments, so now we want to make your special occasions as successful and spectacular as our own.

Keep tuned into our social media, where we will be announcing our biggest giveaway yet (#biggestevergiveaway) every month! For more information on our amazing prizes, check out biggestevergiveaway.co.uk. We can’t wait to celebrate with you.

Follow our Facebook Page, Twitter and Instagram for updates.

 

International Beatleweek in Liverpool: What’s On & Accommodation

International Beatleweek is returning this August in Liverpool. The annual festival see fans from over 40 countries Come Together for the fun.

If you’ll be enjoying the best of Beatleweek this year in Liverpool, we’ve rounded up the most unmissable events and where to stay in style!

Taking place from 22nd August – 28th August 2018, get ready for an unforgettable week with our latest guide…

Beatleweek 2018 – What’s On

Wednesday 22nd August 2018

Taking fans back to where it all began, International Beatleweek will kick off at the Cavern Club, Liverpool. The fun will begin on Wednesday 22nd August where festival goers can look forward to Rock ‘n’ roll all day long with live music across three stages covering the Cavern Club and Cavern Pub.

beatleweek accommodation

Thursday 23rd August 

On Thursday, the fun will continue at the Cavern Club. Bands and fans from across the globe will gather at the iconic Mathew Street venue for a day of live music.

Friday 24th August

It’s George’s Birthday – Alma de Cuba (12:00pm – 6:00pm) 

This year, George Harrison would have celebrated his 75th birthday. To mark the occasion, performers will be paying tribute to George throughout the afternoon, followed by a special finale. Fans can also enjoy live music all day outside on the patio stage.

Alma de Cuba is an iconic bar and restaurant in Liverpool, situated only moments from Arthouse Hotel on dynamic Seel Street.

The Analogues Present “The White Album” – Philharmonic Hall ( 8:00pm)

Holland’s premier Beatles band The Analogues will take to the grand Philharmonic Hall stage and play The Beatles (White Album) in its entirety.

Friday Adelphi Party – Adelphi Hotel (Starting at 11:30pm – 5:00am)

The first of the week’s late night parties will showcase live music and bring fans the chance to celebrate until 5am!

Saturday 25th August

Early Days at the Locarno – The Olympia (12:00pm – 6:00pm)

Beatleweek festivities usually incorporate a day out. And this year, attendees can look forward to stepping back in time at The Olympia (formerly known as the Locarno Ballroom).

The Beatles played at the breathtaking venue on Valentine’s Day back in 1963. And this is a wonderful chance to relive the Beatlemania.

The Lennon & McCartney Songbook – Philharmonic Hall (8:00pm)

Hosted at Liverpool’s grand Philharmonic Hall, this special show will feature Beatleweek artists and special guests, celebrating the 60 years of song-writing between Beatles legends Lennon & McCartney.

Saturday Adelphi Party – Adelphi Hotel (11:30pm)

Saturday’s party is the perfect way to spend your Saturday night with entertainment until late.

Sunday 26th August

Annual Beatles Convention – Adelphi Hotel (11:00am)

Bringing fans together for a fantastic day, the Adelphi will play host to live music, films, guests speakers, Ringo Bingo and a flea market of unmissable memorabilia.

Guests speakers include the one and only Pattie Boyd alongside Freda Kelly, Tony Bramwell and Joey Molland.

Sunday Adelphi Party –  Adelphi Hotel (11:59pm) 

The fun will continue at the Sunday Adelphi Party until 5am!

Monday 27th August

Scousechella – Grand Central Hall (Midday – 6:00pm)

The line up for Coachella in 2016 was a great one. The festival saw Sir Paul McCartney take to the stage alongside music icons Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Neil Young and Roger Waters.

Bringing Beatles fans their very own Scousechella, fans can look forward to six of the best tribute artists paying homage to the star-studded line up.

Fab Four Finale – Hard Days Night Hotel (8:00pm)

Catch the “Fab Four Finale” with live music covering 4 stages at Beatles inspired Hard Days Night Hotel.

Monday Adelphi Party – Adelphi Hotel (11:30pm)

With Beatleweek drawing to a close, don’t miss the Monday night party for the last late night celebration!

Tuesday 28th August 

 Tuesday at the Cavern – The Cavern Club (10:30am)

The final day of Beatleweek will offer one last chance to get your Cavern Club fix with live music across two stages.

Where to Stay for Beatleweek

Arthouse Hotel offers the perfect place to stay for International Beatleweek in Liverpool. Specialising in spacious group accommodation, our themed rooms are fantastic for groups looking to stay in style.

Our Yellow Submarine room sleeps up to 4 guests, ideal for those attending Beatleweek with family or friends. This spectacular themed room features Beatles lyrics above the beds, a colourful submarine print and fantastic amenities including a double whirlpool bath and TV.

LIMF accommodation

John Lennon fans can also make themselves right at home with a stay in our stunning John Lennon room. Inspired by Andy Warhol’s iconic Menlove Ave. album cover design, this spectacular space captures the creativity of Warhol and Lennon.

If you’d like to book a stay with us for Beatleweek, make sure you don’t miss out on our unmissable hotel offers! Each package is designed to bring you the best of Arthouse Hotel, making your stay in Liverpool as special as can be.

We look forward to seeing you soon and hope you have an unforgettable time celebrating the Fab Four!

Calling all Teachers! Enjoy Our 6 Week Treats Hotel Deal

The summer holidays have arrived! And at Arthouse Hotel, we’re offering tired-out teachers an unmissable break.

So, whether you celebrate with your fellow teachers or friends and family, this fabulous offer is just what you need.

One of the best hotels in Liverpool, our Six Week Treats offer means you can stay in style without breaking the bank!

The Best of Hotel Offers for Teachers

Our 6 Week Treats Offer (£99 per person)

6 weeks treats

For just £99 per person this dazzling offer includes:

  • Overnight accommodation in our movie-themed accommodation for tired-out teachers
  • Full buffet breakfast
  • Delicious two-course meal in your choice of Signature restaurants
  • Signature activity – chose from a spa treatment, drinks at Alma de Cuba or a luxury hair or makeup pampering session

 Sunday – Thursday – Subject to availability, based on a minimum of 2 guests Friday night stay – £20pp supplement

Funny and Most Inspiring Teacher Movies

Arthouse Hotel is a unique movie themed hotel in the heart of Liverpool. And to celebrate our new offer for teachers, we thought we’d take a look at some of the best, funniest and most inspiring movies featuring teachers!

Grease

teacher movies

Amidst the romance, scandals and singing and dancing is Principal McGee, trying her best to keep it all under control in Grease!

At Arthouse Hotel, why not stay in our Grease themed room? This spacious room sleeps up to 6 guests and is fitted with fantastic facilities including an en suite with large whirlpool bath.

Expect to have chills multiplying when you step inside this spectacular space.

Dead Poets Society

teacher movies

It’s safe to say that Dead Poets Society has inspired many to follow the path to teaching. The 1989 drama saw Robin Williams blow audiences away as lovable Mr. Keating.

Some of the most memorable moments of Mr Keating’s teaching saw him jumping on desks, daring the students to think for themselves and plenty of choruses of “O Captain, my Captain’.

And though the working day may not quite live up to the romanticism of Dead Poets Society, it’s safe to say this is a movie treasured by educators and young people inspired to start their career.

Matilda

teacher movies

Without a doubt one of the best childhood movies ever made, Miss Honey is arguably the underrated star of Matilda. Audiences are enchanted by her softly spoken words of wisdom, pretty woodland cottage and of course, her heartwarming belief in Matilda.

While we’re sure Miss Honey has inspired many to teach over the decades, we certainly hope the same can’t be said for Miss Trunchbull!

School of Rock

teacher movies

For music teachers, School of Rock may just be the ultimate movie. Starring comedic genius Jack Black, School of Rock sees Dewey Finn pose as a substitute teacher at a private elementary school.

This iconic teacher film is a timeless favourite and it’s easy to see why! The feel-good movie is filled with fun, with plenty of songs to keep your toes-tapping along the way.

Harry Potter

teacher movies

When he wasn’t marching through the corridors with a flowing cloak and judgemental frown, he was busy making Harry miserable…or so it seemed.

From the first Harry Potter film to the last, Professor Snape went from scariest teacher to the best-loved. Fans fell in love with his dry wit and determination to protect Harry, all in the name of love for Lily Potter.

Mean Girls

teacher movies

Mean Girls is a modern classic when it comes to timeless teen movies. Written by Tina Fey, the talented comedian also stepped in front of the camera as witty maths teacher Ms. Norbury.

When ‘Burn Book’ chaos unfolds, it’s fair to say that Ms. Norbury saves the day with the iconic line, “raise your hand if you’ve ever been personally victimized by Regina George”.

We hope to see you soon at Arthouse Hotel! It’ll be a summer holidays treat that you won’t forget. To enquire further or to book your stay, you can reach us on 0151 601 8801.

The Highlights of Our Love Island Quiz at Arthouse Liverpool

Last week, we played host to our very own Love Island quiz at Arthouse Hotel Liverpool. The summer fun was hosted by Love Island’s Katie Salmon and Signature Living’s very own Roger Jonas.

The night saw fans of ITV2’s biggest show gather to put their Love Island knowledge to the test! And we certainly threw in some fabulous prizes along the way.

Love Island Liverpool Quiz

Roger and Katie put fans through their paces with a variety of quiz rounds. Love Island winner Cara De La Hoyde and fellow Islanders of the past Gabby, Georgia and Tyne-Lexy stayed at Signature Living’s Shankly Hotel just a few weeks ago. And during their stay, we filmed some exclusive videos for our video quiz round.

love island liverpool quiz

Roger Jonas and Katie Salmon

We also served up a colourful range of refreshing Love Island cocktails. Our eclectic menu featured the Do Bits Society, Megan the Snake and My Type on Paper. What more could a Love Island fan want?!

love island liverpool quiz

love island liverpool quiz

Our colourful creations went down a treat with our quiz guests. Poured to perfection by our cocktail experts, Arthouse Hotel’s Mulholland Bar is one of the best spots for cocktails in Liverpool.

love island liverpool quiz

We spread the summer vibe around Arthouse with plenty of decorations brightening up the bar. Even our famous gorilla sported some summer attire! Quiz attendees enjoyed our range of cocktails and indulged in delicious pizzas.

love island liverpool quiz

Love Island’s Katie Salmon was joined by her girl group including Instagram star and model Chloe Khan.

love island liverpool quiz

Of course, we couldn’t let our Love Island quiz-goers miss an episode! In between the fun, we showcased the latest antics of the villa on our big screen.

love island liverpool quiz

The drama saw Wes save Megan and everyone’s favourite love-to-hate Islander Adam pack his bags for home. It’s safe to say we had our very own commentary of cheers and boos as the dumping took place.

Amazing Love Island Quiz Prizes

At Signature Living, we never do things by halves. So, we went all out with amazing prizes for our quiz winners. The first prize saw our lucky winners bag a stay in our luxury Skyline Suite.

The perfect party atmosphere, the stylish spot features everything from a large pool-style bath to outdoor terrace looking out across the city.

The second prize offered the winner a romantic date night meal at Liverpool’s iconic Alma de Cuba bar and restaurant. And last but not least, winners of our third prize got their hands on some Love Island themed goodies!

To keep up with the latest Signature Living events at Arthouse and beyond, make sure you give us a follow on Facebook. You’ll also find the latest offers at Arthouse Hotel here.