Whistles neighbourhood: Glasgow
Follow our insider’s guide to this vibrant Scottish city.
Glasgow Film Theatre
This independent cinema and art centre is a must-visit for film enthusiasts. The all-encompassing schedule offers a plethora of cinema gold, from new art house releases and independent documentaries to cult classics. Don’t miss the late night screenings of enduring masterpieces. True cinephiles should check out the in-house learning programme, which delves deeper into the art of the moving image.
12 Rose Street, G3 6RB
Glasgow School of Art
This reputable art school proves just as fascinating to members of the public as it does to students. The original building, designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh in the late 19th century, is now celebrated as one of the city’s greatest feats and was canopied by an ultra-contemporary building designed by US architect Steven Holl earlier this year. Once you’ve taken in the reimagined exterior, visit the in-house shop to pick up original design by staff, students and alumni or discover more about Mackintosh and join the award-winning tour.
167 Renfrew Street, G3 6RQ
Find your monthly assemblage of literature at this airy bookshop. The plywood shelves are replete with hundreds of self and independently published magazines, zines, essays, comics and newspapers gathered from around the globe. Don’t forget to scan the events programme before leaving with your stash – artist residencies, talks and other events happen regularly beneath the store’s beautiful arched ceiling.
12 Kings Court, G1 5RB
The Hyndland Fox
This informal brasserie serves up fresh and delicious dishes for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. The simple and contemporary menu is seconded by the uncluttered, modern décor; all sleek wooden booths and enamel crockery. Enjoy a memorable start to the day with a full cooked Scottish breakfast, washed down with some of the best coffee Glasgow has to offer. For a light lunch, the Arran blue cheese salad is a divine choice. Come evening, there are special gathering offers from Monday-Friday; Tuesdays Duck Shepherd’s Pie Night is especially popular.
43 Clarence Drive, Hyndland, G12 9QN
Sample the best local seafood at this sleek eatery. Situated in Finnieston, an emerging corner of the city, Crabshakk offers a daily lunch and dinner menu, devised according to the proverbial catch of the day. Imaginative dishes such as octopus and asparagus a la plancha with aioli and squid ink mayonnaise, breaded brill burgers and rare rump of beef with shellfish oil are best enjoyed with a chilled glass of Chablis.
1114 Argyle Street, G3 8TD
Niche Optical Tailor
This high-end eyewear store maintains a true commitment to bespoke service. The shop was founded over 25 years ago by self-confessed optical provocateur Brenda Connelly. Since then, contemporary frames by lesser-known brands including Mika, Persol and Woow have been matched to their rightful owner on a daily basis. Local spectacle wearers and celebrities alike swear by the expert service. Stop by on a Sunday to shop a selection of 1950s-1980s vintage frames.
119 Candleriggs, G1 1NP
Blythswood Square Hotel
This five star spa hotel is guaranteed to serve as an opulent retreat during your stay. Gloriously positioned on Blythswood Square, a welcome green interval within the city, the grandiose confines have been lovingly restored to surpass their former glory. The hotel’s communal areas retain a neoclassical style while the rooms, ranging from intimate doubles to the breathtaking Penthouse suite, are steeped in contemporary elegance. During your stay, we recommend dedicating an afternoon to revival and wellbeing. Begin with the complimentary thermal experience before indulging in a restorative ishga facial.
11 Blythswood Square, G2 4AD
Glasgow Botanic Gardens
Eschew the hustle and bustle of the city streets and earmark an entire afternoon for getting lost within this sprawling oasis. Stroll through the grounds or enjoy the peace and slow pace within Kibble Palace. The Victorian arboretum has been dismantled, restored, moved and resurrected countless times, though its current proximity and state may be its most impressive yet. Complete your visit in the newly refurbished tearoom, with a steaming cup of chamomile.
730 Great Western Road, G12 0UE
Gallery of Modern Art
Arguably Glasgow’s most popular gallery, GoMA is a must-see while in town. Primarily, the building itself is a sight to behold. The classical Corinthian columns of the exterior serve as a prelude to the magnificent interior. Modern art works created by both local and global artists are given further emphasis thanks to the sky-high ceilings and ornate floors and staircases. If you find yourself nearby on a Sunday, we urge you to take part in one of the free adult art afternoons. Who knows what hidden talents you may unearth…
Royal Exchange Square, G1 3AH
Roots, Fruits and Flowers
A one-stop shop for lovers of all things organic, this independent store lies in the heart of Kelvinbridge, formerly known as Glasgow’s bohemian quarter. Since Garth Gulland opened the store over 40 years ago, the grocer and florist has gained a loyal following of both local foodies and chefs from the city’s finest restaurants. The store owes its handsome interior to its history; the mansion block previously operated as a hotel and train station. Additional seating has recently been added to the deli space – the perfect excuse to head in out of the rain for a slice of homemade cake and a pot of herbal tea.
451-457 Great Western Road, G12 8HH
Your local store
You can find our stand alone Whistles store on 20-21 Princes Square, 48 Buchanan Street, G1 3JN. We are open seven days a week and hold a wide collection of womens pieces as well as the addition of Whistles menswear from September 2014.