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									24 Hours in Glasgow
       Glasgow is Scotland’s largest city and has
       the creative buzz you would expect from
       the adopted home of the uber-trendy band
       Franz Ferdinand. The city has a long tradi-
       tion of spawning musicians and artists and
       you only need to look up at the stunning
       buildings of Charles Rennie Mackintosh
       and Alexander ‘Greek’ Thompson to see
       the powerful effect they have had on the
       city. The River Clyde, which runs through
       the heart of Glasgow, has also left a lasting
       mark on the city in the form of grand build-
       ings built by the merchants of the 18th cen-
       tury who plied their trade on the river.

       There are many ways to get to Glasgow, but
       flying is becoming increasingly popular, with
       many morning flights getting you into the
       city with plenty of time to enjoy a full day of
       exploration




                            24 Hours in Glasgow
9.30am Make your first port of call the
Lighthouse in Mitchell Lane, just off Bucha-
nan Street. This building was designed by
Rennie Mackintosh to house the Glasgow
Herald newspaper and is now the city’s
Centre for Architecture and Design. If you
are still a little sleepy, then start on the fifth
floor where the Doocot cafe serves excel-
lent cappuccino and you can then climb the
helical staircase to the viewing platform on
the top of the building where you will see
the whole city spread out before you - a
perfect way to get your bearings. You can
then explore the numerous exhibitions and
find out more about Rennie Mackintosh. The
Art Nouveau pioneer is as synonymous with
Glasgow as Gaudi is with Barcelona. His
simple shapes, use of light and space and
elegant, timeless style is truly inspirational.
Don’t by-pass the Form shop, because this
is where style aficionados buy their gifts, it is
well-stocked with Alessi and Phillipe Starck
as well the jewellery, textiles, glass and fash-
ion by local designers.

11am Armed with your new knowledge
about Rennie Mackintosh, take a guided
tour of his most famous building the Glas-
gow School of Art on Renfrew Street. On a
parallel road, Sauchiehall Street, you will
find Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson’s landmark
building the Grecian Chambers, which has
been renovated to house the Centre for
Contemporary Arts.

12 noon Time for some serious shopping.
Buchanan Street is a grand wide pedestri-
anised shopping street that provides a much
more pleasurable shopping experience than




             24 Hours in Glasgow
London’s Oxford Street, and has all the key
trendy stores, including Urban Outfitters, the
White Company, Karen Millen and a wonder-
fully airy department store called Open. And in
the luxurious Princes Square you’ll find Space
NK, Whistles and Jo Malone

1.30pm Head into the Merchant City for lunch.
Here the old warehouses and opulent mer-
chant buildings have been transformed into
bars, restaurants and clubs. Merchant Square
has dining options on all four sides, so you are
sure to find something to suit your tastes. Or
try Cafe Gandolfi, a laid-back bistro serving
Scottish favourites such as smoked venison,
Finnan haddock and Haggis with tatties and
neeps

2.30pm You will need to dump your bags, be-
cause it is unlikely that you’ll have left Bucha-
nan Street empty-handed, so now is the time to
check into your hotel. Try the funky Langs Hotel
or the uber-cool Radisson SAS both slap bang
in the heart of Glasgow’s shopping streets.
Glasgow’s Malmaison is also worth a look, it’s
a converted Greek Orthodox church, which
makes for a very dramatic venue and includes
a stylish champagne bar.

3pm No visit to Glasgow would be complete
without a visit to the spectacularly renovated
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, which
is one of the finest in Europe. The building
has recently undergone a 28m refurbishment,
including cleaning the glorious sandstone of
the A-listed building. Key works include Sal-
vador Dali’s Christ of St John of the Cross and
Claude Monet’s Vetheuil.




                       24 Hours in Glasgow
5pm From Kelvingrove you are ideally
placed to explore the West End, which
has long been a fertile ground for art-
ists, writers and musicians due to its
close proximity to the university. Take
a wander along the bohemian Byres
Road, Great Western Road and Cress-
well Lane, where you will find unique
boutiques, vintage clothing outlets,
sleek homeware shops and an array of
jewellery and knick-knacks.

6pm Time for an early evening drink
in the cobble-stone mews of Ashton
Lane, a narrow alley packed with some
of the city’s best bars and restaurants,
with tables spilling onto the street it
has a really cosmopolitan vibe. If you
want to go no further then you can
dine at Ubiquitous Chip, a renowned
restaurant that has been around since
the seventies. There’s even a cute cin-
ema , The Grosvenor Cinema where
you can book a leather sofa and watch
your choice of film whilst sipping a
glass of wine!

7.30pm Head back into town to the
Arches theatre in the caverns beneath
Central station. This is one of the most
progressive and versatile cultural ven-
ues in Europe. Here you can watch
some innovative theatre, catch some
live music from an up-and-coming
band and dance till the early hours to
some of the city’s best DJs - the Arches
was recently voted one of the 50 best




               24 Hours in Glasgow
clubs in the world by 600 international
DJs. Also worth checking out is King
Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, which was voted
the seventh best place to visit in the
world by New York magazine - Radio-
head, Blur and the Strokes all played
here before they became household
names and Oasis signed its first record
deal here in 1993.

Midnight (if you’re lucky) You don’t
come to Glasgow to get an early night
and it will probably be the small hours
before you crawl your way back to the
hotel, still swaying to the music in your
ears, and fall over your bags of un-
packed shopping into bed.




                        24 Hours in Glasgow

								
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