About the Owners
Lawrence and Katie Kenwright are the husband and wife duo behind the Signature Living Group. Tired of being charged for hidden extras when staying in hotels across the globe when travelling as a clothing buyer, Lawrence Kenwright set out to create an Aparthotel that provided guests with a luxurious home away from home.
It was here that Signature Living was born, as the Kenwrights began searching for a building that accommodated large groups and families in Liverpool city centre. After selling their retail business, Lawrence and Katie Kenwright bought their Victoria Street building in 2004, and refurbished it over four and a half years to offer a luxurious hotel destination in the heart of the city.
The first guests entered the hotel on 23rd August 2008 and through passion, hard work and determination, the hotel became a success, resulting in the opening of a number of hotels across Liverpool city centre, and now 30 James Street.
30 James Street
The Kenwrights were inspired by 30 James Street, which was formerly the White Star Line’s headquarters and is now a grade II* listed building. The owners’ goal was to create a Titanic-themed hotel that is respectful to the memory of the vessel, the passengers and crew and its history.
Lawrence and Katie Kenwright therefore, removed all the temporary walls to uncover the building’s original architecture, as it was beautifully designed by architect Richard Norman Shaw for the White Star Line. As a tribute to the White Star Line and RMS Titanic, each and every room within the hotel has a connection to the shipping company or ill-fated vessel. The Kenwrights have since kept to the building’s original features, and worked in unison with the English Heritage and other conservation bodies. The hotel opened in April 2014 and has since become a popular hotel destination for people across the globe.
RMS Titanic has great connections to Liverpool, and the RMS Titanic hotel therefore allows guests to experience a little bit more of the city’s history.