Everything You Need To Know

Everything You Need To Know…

If you’re from out of town, it can be tricky knowing what activities are available in a new city. Those who are natives of this great city will recommend the West End every single time to tourists. With its historical, sandstone tenement buildings, picturesque tree-lined River Kelvin and the statuesque University of Glasgow turrets, the locale is steeped in history but offers a contemporary vibe. Both professionals and students casually go about their business and you’ll discover park yoga, unconventional dance classes and book groups, as well as a few good clubs and a plethora of award-winning restaurants. It’s a cultured setting, with a strong slant on education and enjoying life to the full. Continue reading to find out our favourite West End hang-outs and things to do when you get there.

Alternative Movement at In the Moment
Just touching upon the threshold of the West End, In the Moment is a movement and dance centre with a twist. Tai Chi, Somatic Movement, Qigong, Five Rhythms, Self Love Club and many more are on the timetable. If you’re asking yourself what half of those are, take a gander at their website for full class descriptions and try some new health and well-being pursuits. We promise you’ll come out feeling uplifted and serene.

Botanic Gardens
We love this place and it’s located just a few minutes’ walk from our door. It’s a sight to behold with luscious glasshouses displaying a variety of unusual and wonderful plants from around the planet. GlasGLOW is a magical event running from 27th Oct 2018 to 11th Nov 2018 at the Gardens! This light and sound Halloween spectacle features Spielberg and Disney themes set to 80’s music. An event for all the family, you will find hot drinks stalls (including hot toddies), gourmet food and special fire spots for toasting marshmallows. Go along along enjoy the show!

Byres Road and Ruthven Lane
We’ve mentioned these two together because the word on the street is – vintage shopping! From bookshops (old and new from Waterstones and a surprisingly well-stocked Oxfam bookshop across the road) to vintage vinyl, trendy ensembles from bygone eras and high street front runners like Fat Face and Oliver Bonas. Vintage heaven we reckon!

Great Food
While you’re taking a walk along the River Kelvin or browsing the charity shops, you’re going to get peckish so why not indulge in some culinary delights from one of the umpteen restaurants and cafés the West End has to offer. The University Café is a charming remnant of the 1930s and still has a lot of the authentic period features for you to marvel in. Their home made ice-cream is superb – made from an old family recipe. Also 2018 sees their centenary year. Experience Japan via Glasgow at Bar Soba, which offers up fresh ramen all day, or try the celebrated nouveau cuisine at Ubiquitous Chip