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Watch as we take you inside Liverpool’s King John on Mathew Street

4 years ago


By The Guide Liverpool

Welcome to your new favourite city centre venue for live Sport and live music every weekend.

The King John is an Old English pub that rekindles a medieval tradition, with an extensive selection of beers and cask ales and great regular offers on whiskeys and gins – including two double gins for only £5.

Along with traditional bar snacks there’s a great selection of locally-sourced guest ales including The Plum Porter courtesy of Liverpool’s Titanic Brewery.

Live Sports on the big screen and live Soul & Motown performances every Sunday until late guarantee the Mathew Street-venue will become a hit with city centre regulars.

Formerly Route 66, The King John joins the city’s Rubber Soul complex at the heart of the Mathew Street music hub, home to Eric’s, Heaven, and Kaiser Keller.

General Manager Jimmy Boland said: “We’re happy to be open in time for what looks like being another busy December on Mathew Street.”

After an extensive refurbishment, The King John is host to a stunning Medieval-inspired interior featuring exposed brickwork, wooden candelabras, and interesting historic items sourced from around the north west, including an old organ, full-scale suits of armour, tapestries, and even a copy of The Magna Carta; the charter-of-rights agreed by King John on 15 June 1215.

The King John is open from 10am until 12am Sunday to Thursday, and 10am until 4am  Friday and Saturday.

For regular updates on offers and live events follow The King John on Facebook and visit 


Why is King John important to Liverpool?

  • King John is the monarch depicted as the arch nemesis of Robin Hood.
  • The official history of the city starts on the 28th August 1207 when King John gave the area greater freedom from Royal rule, officially making the area a town as part of his Royal Charter.
  • The Charter meant a great deal to Liverpool, which was then a small village area. This increase in freedom led to greater opportunities to trade goods and products without all profit being directly payable to the monarchy.
  • One important development was a regular market which attracted skilled people to live in the area. King John invited these visitors to live in his new township with houses available to rent, tax concessions and a piece of their own land to grow produce.
  • King John had seven streets laid out to accommodate the new residents with settlers from nearby areas arriving to start new lives free from the control of local lords.
  • By 1300, only about 1,000 people lived in Liverpool and the population remained that size until the1600s. In 2019, the city is inhabited by approximately 500,000 residents


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