The Ivy Liverpool 3
The ground floor of the Palazzo building will be converted into a restaurant under the plans drawn up by Pumphouse Designs

The Ivy to open in Liverpool

Dan Whelan

Troia, the group behind the chain of upmarket bars and restaurants, is to open a Liverpool outlet at the grade two-listed former Bank of Liverpool and Il Palazzo office building on Water Street. 

Once occupied by Natwest bank and more recently by Your Space-operated serviced offices, the 15,300 sq ft building has been empty since 2017 and sits next to the India Buildings, which are currently being overhauled by fit-out specialist Overbury ahead of the relocation of HM Revenue & Customs. 

Under the plans approved by Liverpool City Council, the ground floor of the Palazzo building will be converted into a bar, restaurant and dining hall designed by Pumphouse Designs. The planner for the project is Pegasus.

Water Street The Ivy

The building has been vacant since 2017

The consent for internal alterations follows a previous application by leisure operator Aqua Commercial, approved in 2017, to change the use of the ground floor of the building from offices into a restaurant. 

Aqua’s application also mooted the construction of 10 apartments on the upper floors, designed by MgMa Studio. 

In addition, in 2018, plans for a private members club were outlined by SRNB UK but were never progressed.

The Ivy has 33 branches in England, 15 of which are in London. The Spinningfields branch, opened in 2017, is currently its only North West offering. 

Troia closed its The Ivy branches in line with Government guidance on 19 March and they have yet to reopen. 

The Ivy was contacted but declined to comment on the Liverpool project.

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Are the bronze entrance doors with sculpted tigers’ heads, protected? Crews from the far east would put their hands in the tiger’s mouth for good luck. Such historic items MUST be retained!

By Billy

Perfect setting for it, and a good uplift for Water Street as a whole

By L17

Fantastic news if this still progresses after lockdown

By Anonymous

A quality establishment…will bring a deal of class to Castle Street….

By Anonymous

Excellent it will do well in Liverpool great location too.

By Francis

To be clear, it has been empty since 2017 by choice not circumstance. Prior to the eviction of the office tenants it was well occupied by businesses, despite the poor quality of accommodation on the upper floors.

By Mike

Great quality addition to the city just the high end outlet we need . When the huge tax office with thousands of good jobs opens next door the area will have a great buzz about it and local businesses should thrive .

By George

The Ivy is expanding and turning itself into a chain restaurant. It no longer has the same cachet it once did. The landlord might be better advised putting a branch of Giraffe, Carluccios or Pizza Express in there which would have more mass market appeal in Liverpool city centre.

By Danny

Somewhere for the Liverpool stars to eat. Well the cast of Hollyoaks anyway.

By Elephant

It’s been creeping up for a while.

By Brian Tilsley

@Elephant, as opposed to the elite glitterati of Corrie in Manc?

By Phil

Hi Danny, Liverpool is already well served by the brands you mention and many higher end eateries too. A good addition.


@Elephant you sound envious, plenty of high end restaurants in Liverpool am sure it will attract alot if custom regardless as the City is a massive tourist destination and also the people of Liverpool like to dine in style

By Francis

Somewhere all the new tax officers can mix with Liverpool’s finest developers

By BDay

Liverpool’s on the up…L5 Alive peeple…

By Darren Gee

Choose a life, not a kitchen knife my Gee. We want offices, not police officers.

By Sam Walker

It looks like a fitting building – and from the images it also looks like their Ivy Asia brand will be part of it.

By Anon

This area is Liverpool’s jewel in the crown. Architecturally stunning and close to the central Waterfront with cruise liners and international tourists. This restaurant will be proud of its new Water Street location.

By The Crows Nest

Not a fan of the all white decor

By Disgruntled Goat

Still no michelin star in central Liverpool

By Dan

This sort of thing hurts down the M62 because Liverpool is a better looking City with better tourism

By Anonymous

Liverpool is indeed a better looking city but Manchester has had a Gay Pride since 1991 and Liverpool 2008. Better looking perhaps but decades behind Manchester in progressive thought. I use that as one example.

By Elephant

Absolutely Phil. At least people recognise them.

By Elephant

Nope no Michelin star in central Liverpool yet Dan, however how recently was it that Manchester got a star? Very recently, after that rather desperate tv programme about several failed attempts a few years ago.


Canal Street has had its day it reminds me of Blackpool completely outdated , same old Drag acts and dress sense no imagination whatsoever , Pride in Manchester is full like the embarrassing Manchester day lol

By Francis

Has Manchester ever held the MTV awards???

By Anonymous

MTV no, Champions League Final, Europa League Final and Commonwealth Games yes and every big name act under the sun, yes.

By Anon

A couple of offices in Bixteth now, and its onwards and upward.

By #officesmatter

Liverpool had Gay Pride in 1978. One of the first in the country! CHE (Campaign for Homosexual Equality) was very active here in the 70s and we used to support Manchester with their leaflet drops. We had one of the most active gay community centres through the 80s and Manchester people would flock to our clubs, particularly on Sunday’s when police chief Anderton closed Manchester and implemented repressive homophobic policing policies. With the motorways Manchester began to corner the market, as things improved there, and Liverpool did Homotopia (rather than Pride) not to compete with Manchester on Pride. Liverpool, as a seaport, has had a gay scene since at least the 1800s and the scene around Queen’s Square is well documented from the 60s. People meet in different ways now and the barriers are breaking down. Liverpool’s 5 Rhythms group for example is very LGBT welcoming.

By The Crows Nest

Liverpool has had a few unofficial Prides every now and again (before the official ones) and there is some unique historical moments but there isn’t much of a gay scene there at all. There was a bit of an uproar about Liverpool being the largest British city to not hold an official Pride at one point.

Some attitudes in Liverpool towards LGBT are also still very small-minded in my opinion, although it’s getting better. It’s totally different in Manchester, lots of the neighbourhoods surrounding the city centre are full of the LGBT crowd, particularly in Salford which has a bad rep but I feel comfortable and safe which I never had in Liverpool. It’s not all about looks and is something that Liverpool forgets too often.

Canal Street has definitely passed it’s heyday though and is looking very run down in some areas, although they are attempting to regenerate over the next few years. The gay scene has moved towards the northern quarter and is much more ‘underground’, so you have to know where to go really. Anyone basing the LGBT scene in Manchester on Canal Street alone would be misjudging.

By Anonymous