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An afternoon in Manchester.

When my mum visited, she came armed with a Time Out guide to the city. Me being me, had refused point blank to invest in one, instead relying on word of mouth recommendations and mcr confidential. But I'll give the guide book its dues: it does have some pretty good shouts on its books. On this day, we started off in Federal (my suggestion, get that smirking emoji out), before heading off on the recommendations of some London ponce.

We started off at the John Rylands library, which is slap bang in the middle of town, Spinningfields way. I've gone past it countless times and always thought "I should probably check that out". Of course, me being human, saying something and doing it are quite different things, and I'd never quite managed to make it inside. But, word of advice, make the effort. It is absolutely beautiful in there, and has been perfectly restored and cared for. It houses fragments of the bible which I believe is a people pleaser, but if you want a true insider tip you've gotta check out the toilets in the basement. Now I know why their slang term is throne.

We then had that awkward "it's not quite dinner time, but we sorta can't be bothered to go shopping" period of time, so we headed to another one of Time Out's recommendations: Pot Kettle Black. Now, being a sucker for a good name, I was on side from the off. Add in a good playlist and free chocolates, and I'm pretty sure I've found a new favourite. (And it's owned by two rugby players who are in there loads, if you're that way inclined.)

I don't have any photos, but after we headed to Sam's Chop House, replete with bronze statue of Lowry propping up the bar. The portions here are massive, so definitely don't expect just a tiny bite to eat, but it definitely had some old school charm to it.

I'm slowly starting to get to know Manchester (via my stomach), and I can see why so many people cite it as their favourite city. You've still got a way to go to beat Liverpool, but you're getting there. Do let me know if you've got any must-go places I need to try!

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  1. Super cute Rebecca, that outfit is lovely! Sounds like you had a fab day, I really need to visit Manchester more often as it's just so close to home x

  2. So adorable! The coat with that skirt is just a combo to die for. Love this look :)

    Alexandra xox

  3. I love your outfit! I've never been to Manchester (I think my aim for the next year is to actually see a bit more of the UK!) but agree, it'd have to work pretty hard to beat Liverpool! Free chocolates though! xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua | Food, Travel, Italy

  4. Ah def booking marking all these ideas for when I finally make it to Manchester!
    A Story of a Girl

  5. I LOVE John Rylands. You should visit Chetham's Library which is the oldest free public library in the UK. I like Trof in the Northern Quarter for an open mic night and cocktails too. I've not been to Manchester for ages, my last night out there ended up in 42nd Street and I'm way too old to go there now :(

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