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The current hall was completed in 1939, designed by Herbert J Rowse. It was built on the site of the previous hall, providing the city with some of the best acoustics and facilities in Europe. The hall is owned by Liverpool City Council, leased to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society.
The original hall opened on August 27, 1849, financed by the Liverpool Philharmonic Society. It was designed by John Cunningham. Acoustically the building was considered perfect by everyone in the region and Thomas Beecham considered it to be the best in Europe. A loose spark in the organ loft started a fire which destroyed the building, on July 5, 1933.
After a major capital refurbishment in the early 1990s, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society experienced major financial challenges associated with maintaining a regional symphony orchestra. The appointment of Michael Elliott as Chief Executive in 2001, and of Simon Glinn as Executive Director of Liverpool Philharmonic Hall & Events in 2003 has significantly altered the hall's operation to offer a diverse programme of high quality music of many genres that has made it one of the key regional venues. The venue has been rebranded as "Liverpool Philharmonic Hall" and it now plays a key role in a number of Liverpool's major cultural festivals, including the Liverpool Irish Festival, Liverpool Arabic Arts Festival, and Hope Street Feast.
Not only a pub but a piece of art, The Philharmonic (or The Phil as it is generally called) is known to be Britain's most ornate pub. In the incredibly stylish atmosphere of a 19th century gentleman's club you can enjoy your pint of beer or cider sitting in convenient armchairs next to the fire place taking a look at the ceiling which is held by stucco figures. The Phil was built from 1898-1900 and you immediately recognize that not much has changed since then.
One thing that must not be missed is the gents' toilet: It is listed because of its marble utilities. While usually only open to men, there is an informal policy in the pub that women accompanied by a man may take a look at the splendor of the men's toilet.
PS: Here you can get a 360° view on the interior of the pub.
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The Philharmonic Dining Rooms
A grand name for a grand pub. The Philharmonic (as it's known for short) still retains its exuberent victorian interior in a series of cosy rooms set around a circular bar. Even the men's loos are extravagant and women can pay a visit too, if they ask permission first.
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THE PHILHARMONIC HOTEL & PUB
I normally put pubs into nightlife tips but this is an exception. This pub is so beautiful, it is a "Must See Activity". The interieur design is fantastic: great ceilings, decorated walls, little rooms with a fireplace, mosaic floors etc etc.
The men's toilets were voted England's best toilets. Make sure to check them out. Yes, ladies, you as well! Ask the barman and check whether there's nobody in there and you can have a look as well!
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