The Lexington will bring a whole new way of living to Liverpool. Think stylish, fully furnished apartments, plus next level amenities including a Sky lounge and co-working space, panoramic views of the city and exclusive services. This will all be located close to the Royal Albert Dock, where amongst many attractions, one of the Maray’s restaurants is located. So this particular collaboration event was a match made in heaven. Maray, one of His & Hers’ favourite restaurants, specialises in Middle Eastern cuisine with more than a nod to Mediterranean healthy eating and delivers quality in spades.
WORDS: Jean Hill
Of course, at His & Hers, we had heard talk of The Lexington. From its foundations upwards, we were taking a keen interest. So we were very happy to get a progress report along with a Moda x Maray at Home meal kit. There was a cook along session on Zoom though sadly I couldn’t attend that. This meant, that once we had received the famous Disco Cauliflower recipe, I was good to go and headed for the kitchen!
The Maray at Home food is easy to prepare and delicious. The content of boxes will vary: they come with ice packs and some food is vacuum packed. I had a vegetarian medley box intended for a specific event. There is currently a lamb chop recipe meal on offer when you order on some dates for February or March. It’s useful to bear in mind that their order slots get filled up really quickly.
I would find it hard to name a favourite dish. Begin with the mezze. The hummus tastes of coriander, chillies, garlic and lemon and is unlike any shop bought equivalents because of its lightness and freshness and denser flavour. On to the goat’s cheese blended with thyme, honey and pickled apricots. It’s whipped for lightness, but oh so satisfying, and that honey glazed taste lingers marvellously.
Then on to the shared plates. The sweet potato wedges recipe with dates and molasses and black pepper is now my go to way to cook sweet potato. The combination is inspired and accentuates the sweet fleshy taste of the root vegetable. The Disco Cauliflower is simplicity itself. Cut cauliflower in half. Sprinkle in turmeric and boil, florets down (until somewhat softened but not too softened), cover with ‘sauces’, crushed almonds and pomegranate seeds. I popped mine under the grill for 2 minutes to finish, but that’s just me. The Fatoush salad comes vacuum packed: radiccho (crispy chicory with slightly bitter, bracing taste that I liked), feta cheese (both crumbly and soft), radish, cucumber, red onion, oregano, mint, cherry tomatoes and Yallo oil (nutty, fruity rapeseed). Loved it.
You can bolt on wine and cocktails to your food order. I recommend the Saffron Negroni: gin, saffron, Campari and sweet vermouth. Serve over cubed ice in a rocks glass with a slice of orange (supplied). Induces a feeling of incredible well-being. Oddly, I was much more aware of the textures, taste and combination of flavours of food, than when eating in the restaurant. Not so much a social event as a serious eating experience. Though it could easily be a brilliant social event at home.
Moving on from Maray Dockside, where you can find the ‘Bake Stall’ (Saturday and Sunday), to Princes Dock, Liverpool Waters, a short stroll. The Lexington dominates the landscape.
Moda Living, a company that specialises in the build-to-rent market, announced that The Lexington, Liverpool, will open this summer. A statement from Moda says that they make renting simple, accessible and aspirational, with no deposits, no fees and the ability to move into a beautiful new apartment within 48 hours. Moda’s Liverpool rental neighbourhood provides outdoor roof terraces, work from home spaces and a 24/7 gym.
The Lexington offers 325 waterfront homes over 34 storeys. There is something for every life stage, from spacious studio apartments, to 2-bed sharers and 3-bedroom family homes.
Inspired by the famous maritime history of Liverpool docks, once known as the gateway to New York, The Lexington’s name is a nod to 1920’s Big Apple. The art deco inspired design reflects this era of American culture. There is a plaque that commemorates RMS Aquitania’s (Cunard Line) maiden voyage from Liverpool to New York on 30 May 1914.
The Lexington boasts a wealth of state-of-the-art amenities. The 17th floor is home to a private dining room, sky lounge and cinema room, which would be perfect for chilling out over the weekend or watching the sunset, over those panoramic views, with an after-work drink.
The roof terrace boasts an outdoor kitchen bar area, space for outdoor screenings and BBQs. A gym, with a retractable wall extending out onto the garden gives yoga sessions an entirely new perspective.
Up to 85 per cent of the workforce expect to work from home at least 1-2 days a week indefinitely and this has been built into the design for living. Residents have full access to co-working spaces and bookable meeting rooms, with coffee stations and super-fast Wi-Fi. This is all thinking of the future as Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.
With bespoke interiors, each apartment has been designed by renowned interior designer Naomi Cleaver. They are fully furnished and complete with top spec tech pervasive Wi-Fi and 50% off Sky Q packages.
All amenities will be bookable via the MyModa app. The app also enables residents to pay rent, book events and instant message the 24hour concierge. It will also act as a key to the city, offering residents exclusive access and deals from their favourite brands and venues. From dog walking to personal shopping, a range of services will be available to residents at the click of a button.
Moda provides residents virtual access to nutritionists, wellbeing coaches and sleep advisers via the app, as well as Yoga and HIIT sessions. A partnership with MYNDUP will offer virtual mental health sessions on-demand, whilst all staff on site will be mental health first aid trained. Wellness sensors will allow Moda’s onsite team to adjust building controls to enhance wellbeing.
Jenna Lloyd, General Manager at The Lexington commented: “I’ve lived in Liverpool my whole life and cannot contain my excitement about opening The Lexington in the city I love. The team at Moda are passionate believers in the resurgence of city living after the pandemic, and more than ever, good quality rental is in high demand. Liverpool touches your heart, and anyone who has ever studied, lived or worked here will always be drawn back…What is renting with Moda really like? We are 100% focused on our resident experience, the people who live in our neighbourhoods are the rationale for all that we do…Bringing something unique that this city has never seen before, and we just can’t wait to open our doors and welcome you all home.”
Moda The Lexington will open its doors to residents in August. Show apartments and reservations will go live in May 2021.
For more information on the Lexington and priority booking for those looking to move in:
For more information on Moda visit: https://modaliving.com