THERE are so many exciting activities set out in the region this autumn and winter. As a father, I am looking forward to taking my children to see the DreamWorks Lights at St George’s Hall. Movie Giants DreamWorks will illuminate the iconic historical city landmark, with huge lanterns and popular characters – all very exciting with the markets also being relocated to this area over the season. Other news, sees the commercial district of Liverpool, fast becoming another eating and drinking area in the city. It is undergoing an impressive transformation, with some behinds the scenes work going on with Commercial BID and like-minded hospitality venues to create a new brand to capture this change. We at District House looks forward to welcoming into Water Street, our new neighbours Mowgli in the coming weeks, which will also help push the commercial district on the food and drink map. On the back of our previous success at District House, we will welcome back “Rise and Shine” parties, Liverpool’s healthy start to the day on Saturday morning. We have a one off special event on 17th December and then in January 2017, when new year’s resolutions kick in, post festive excess, we will be hosting “Dry January” featuring a whole programme of healthy food and activities. Afternoon teas have been a popular trend for a long time, but at District House in Liverpool’s historic commercial district, we have decided to mix it up a little, concocting our own new version of afternoon tea with a modern twist. The Pudding Club experience offers a mouth-watering selection of three cocktails which perfectly complement and accompany three puddings, created as a masterclass by the restaurant’s head bartender Simon Taylor and executive chef, Damien Flynn. As people are becoming increasingly aware of the benefits of exercise and nutrition, we have launched two brand new health-focused concepts for the city. On October 14th, we opened Nourish, a female-only, market-leading gym, health spa and beauty salon all under one roof in Hatton Gardens, opposite The Richmond Hotel. Continuing with the health theme, last week we contributed to the thriving independent scene on Bold Street by launching Love Thy Neighbour – a health-led café bar and restaurant which will be a great addition to the already fantastic offering in the area. Love Thy Neighbour is a unique health and nutrition concept offering super foods from morning until evening. However, it is much more than an eatery, as we have a flexible lower floor for yoga sessions, alternatively funk and soul music and small cinema nights. Ideal will be the hub of Liverpool city for health-conscious city workers, people who come into the city for a morning yoga session, followed by a healthy breakfast and superfood smoothie. People will have the freedom to eat in and take out for lunch, enjoying a range of Buddha Bowls oozing with chunky roast veggies, roast pumpkin, chicken and halloumi. For the after work crowd, they can unwind with a beetroot cocktail or a beer whilst enjoying live music or a film. Make sure party’s not a pooper IT is November, so it is OK to mention Christmas and it is beginning to look a lot like Christmas in hospitality. People have started to plan Christmas office parties across the City. District House has already taken many large group bookings for its unique Summer Christmas Carnival Nights, plus lunches and NYE. If you have been tasked with organising your office festive shindig, you need to book now to secure the venue of your choice. The Richmond Hotel is also perfect for Christmas parties with a new concept for this year, ‘all inclusive party nights’. This means you can enjoy an entire night out – a three course meal with unlimited wine and beer, a disco, all-inclusive bar and late night snacks which are all included in the price. Once you have paid, all you need to concentrate on is having a good time! Liverpool Hoteliers Association Awards WE were delighted to attend the 1st ever Liverpool Hoteliers Association Awards last month. This inaugural event was hosted to honour the hardworking heroes within the city’s hotel industry. The awards, hosted by Rossie from radio City 2, were presented on the evening including Outstanding Contribution to the City and Industry, Community Champion, Young Chef of the Year and Unsung Hero. All well-deserved winners!