24 Mar Shop Til You Drop in Glasgow
Shop Til You Drop: Glasgow’s Style Mile!
Let’s be honest. The Glasgow climate can be a bit unpredictable more often than not. But the one great pastime that’s sure to cajole us out to the city centre in any conditions, is an opportunity to shop along the famous Style Mile. We hold our hands up – we’re shop-a-holics. If you, like us, love to browse the fashion aisles then watch as your newest find is lovingly swathed in gift wrap (even though its obviously a gift to yourself – we won’t tell if you don’t!), then read on to be in the know about which of our top locations to visit, on the Mile when you’re next in town.
Princes Square Mall
This ritzy-looking venue isn’t your typical mall. It houses luxury high-street brands like French Connection, Ted Baker and Le Creuset, you’ll also be spoiled with a designer selection from the likes of Vivienne Westwood. Plus, their dining options are first-class. Independent and chain restaurants are situated either in the basement – where a central open space plays host to regular markets, fairs and concerts – or on the top level of the mall, where the glass roof gives diners lots of natural light.
Looking for the perfect ring to present as a special question is popped? then Argyll Arcade is the place to go. This 19th century shopping space’s architecture has stayed largely untouched and is a favourite haunt for watch and jewellery connoisseurs. You can find the big brands of course, like Mappin & Webb, Ernest Jones and Omega, where you can opt for a wow-factor watch or necklace to mark an occasion. Smaller jewellers aren’t to be dismissed though, such as ROX Diamonds and Thrills and Laings of Glasgow definitely make their presence known, boasting specialists of the highest standard in their field – really helpful for advice prior to a large purchase.
For department stores such as John Lewis and a huge Boots, you’ll discover it all under one roof at Buchanan Galleries. If you’ve walked from the beginning of the Mile – St Enoch Square – it’s probably going to be coffee o’clock, so have a sit down and relax at Starbucks, Costa, or John Lewis’ very own café. The kids will be pulling you along to play at the Lego store, or you can treat yourself to something pretty at Boux Avenue. Remember to explore the bottom floor before you go. to pick up a Krispy Kreme donut, tasty pretzel from Mr Cinnamon or even bubble tea at MooBoo.
After a fabulous shopping spree, your tired feet will have earned a much deserved rest back at the hotel. Check out our regular blog to keep posted on our latest deals for the Albion Hotel and enjoy the Style Mile in, well, style!