The local guide to Glasgow
For an invigorating 48 hours of weekend revelry, all roads lead to Scotland’s undisputed capital of cool, Glasgow.Visit The Store
Start by making a bee-line for House of Fraser. Along with a glossy beauty department offering exclusive brands including Charlotte Tilbury, the store houses collections from designer heavyweights Gucci, Alexander Wang, Miu Miu, Prada and Mulberry. The exquisite building sits in the area known as Style Mile – thought to offer the best shopping in Britain outside of London’s West End.
Head for Hidden Lane to marvel at the wares of Glasgow’s breakthrough design talents. For vintage clothing and antiques, turn your attention to Dowanside Lane and Ruthven Lane. And be sure to check out The Glasgow School of Art Shop (Gsashop.co.uk) for modern homewares and accessories.
Head to Gin71 - opening 8 March - in House of Fraser. It's a destination in its own right with a stunning botanical-inspired decor, Scottish-focused menu and a wide selection of tantalasing gins.
Epic cocktails can be found in the 158 Club Lounge at Hutchesons, Merchant City (Hutchesonsglasgow.com/clublounge) - that sits in a beautiful, historic building - and at Dukes, Finnieston, (Dukes-bar.co.uk), where mixology is an artform and the pub plays regular host to music nights.
For something more traditional, head to The Lismore on Dumbarton Road or The Pot Still on Hope Street (Thepotstill.co.uk) – which with over 700 whiskeys on offer – is the place to go for a dram.
From a slice of Tokyo on Queen Street at Ramen Dayo! (Ramendayo.com) to Miller Street’s Paesano Pizza (Paesanopizza.co.uk), Glasgow’s foodie scene has gone global.
The oldest surviving restaurant in Glasgow, Rogano (Roganoglasgow.com), is a city institution. There’s an oyster bar, restaurant and café in which you can enjoy the art deco surroundings.
For farm to fork dining, head to Ubiquitous Chip (Ubiquitouschip.co.uk). The setting is really special, with tables placed in a twinkly hanging garden. Foraged mushrooms, pheasant and Shetland cod all feature on the menu.
Brunch lovers: see The Wilson Street Pantry (Wilsonstreetpantry.com). From eggs benedict to sourdough toast with avocado and dukkah, it’s the perfect hangout for a lazy weekend morning. Similarly, insiders’ favourite Singl-End on Renfrew Street (Thesingl-end.co.uk) knows precisely how to do brunch well. Enjoy homemade bread and vegan, veggie or meaty breakfasts. .
Sign up for a weekend of indulgence at the salubrious Blythswood Square Hotel and Spa (Phcompany.com). From the hydrotherapy pool to treatments using mineral-rich Scottish seaweed – that’s known for its healing properties - the spa offers the perfect sanctuary for unwinding.
Night owls seeking a chic spot to nest should head for Citizen M on Renfrew Street (Citizenm.com). Simplifying the hotel experience, Citizen M offers exactly what you need. Temperature, blinds and mood lighting can all be controlled from a tablet in your room. There are iMacs you can use, free movies and a 24/7 delicatessen that’s ideal for late-night snacks.
For a touch of celebrity spotting, stay at Hotel du Vin (Hotelduvin.com). Situated in five Victorian terraces on a tree-lined street, a stone’s throw from the city’s Botanic Gardens, the hotel offers exquisite interior design and exceptional food. Among its guests, it’s played host to George Clooney and Gwyneth Paltrow.
The new and exclusive Maison Christian Dior
We invite you to discover the new Maison Christian Dior at House of Fraser in Glasgow, a place to immerse yourself in the pleasure of perfume. Let yourself be guided by a team of perfume lovers.