Away On Business: Glasgow

View over the City of Glasgow, Scotland, from the University grounds looking towards Kelvingrove.

Buzzing nightlife, great restaurants and a unique history – Glasgow has it all. Scotland’s largest city is teeming with world-class museums and galleries, spectacular architecture, quaint parks and hip independent retailers, not to mention its legendary nightlife and emerging foodie scene.

The city’s architecture is an obvious selling point here and there’s plenty of well-preserved Victorian, Art Nouveau and Gothic examples to admire. Glasgow’s reputation as a hub for great design is thanks, in part, to legendary architect and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh, still known to this day as the father of Glasgow style.

Glasgow, UK – March 5, 2013: Visitors stroll and sit outside the Riverside Museum in Glasgow. Designed by architect Zaha Hadid, the museum opened on June 21, 2011 and houses the collection from the city’s old Museum of Transport. Reflected in the glass facade are the masts of the Victorian tall ship Glenlee.

And if it’s style you’re after, why not opt to stay at an Edwardian building formerly home to the Anchor Line Shipping Company’s headquarters at Native Glasgow? This art deco building provides business travellers the perfect home away from home, offering guests a uniquely special space to unwind while in Glasgow. And just a stone’s throw from many of the city’s major attractions, it’s also the perfect spot to use as your base to explore Glasgow.

“The Cloisters” – actually an “undercroft” – below the Bute Hall in Glasgow University. Constructed by George Gilbert Scott in Gothic style in the 1870s.

A great way to explore the city centre is to follow the Glasgow Mural Trail. Download the handy Mural Trail map and explore quirky and diverse displays of urban art all within walking distance in a city with a proud tradition of supporting its local artists.

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If retail therapy is a major focus, you’re in for a treat. The ‘Style Mile’ around Buchanan Street, Argyle Street and Merchant City is a paradise for shoppers, while the West End has vintage options offering a more bohemian flavour. When it comes to watering holes, Glasgow is chock-full of great options full of atmosphere and charm. Check out the literary giant Charles Bukowski-themed Chinaski’s for libations and music; experience an outdoor oasis at one the best beer gardens in the city at Brel; or grab some hearty pub-grub at West End music venue, Òran Mór. There’s also a cracking comedy circuit to delve into. An institution and a favourite amongst established and up-and-coming stand-ups alike, you can’t go wrong with a night out at the Rotunda Comedy Club near the River Clyde.

Evening view along the River Clyde from the city towards the Finnieston Bridge with Pacific Quay beyond.

Food for thought

Glasgow is currently enjoying a food renaissance and a trip here wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Dockyard Social near the uber-cool neighbourhood of Finnieston. Sample an array of gastronomic delights amidst a cacophony of aromas as carefully selected, ethically sourced food vendors provide the best flavours from around the world. There are plenty of fine dining experiences to opt for too. Seafood fans should make a beeline for Gamba, home to sustainable and seasonal fish created under the watchful eye of chef patron Derek Marshall. Or step into a meat lover’s dream at The Spanish Butcher, where an expertly curated steak line-up showcases Galician beef to the fullest.

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