A night in Glasgow: Murals and Mackintosh

2nd April 2018

My urban Easter weekend started on Saturday afternoon when we checked into a gorgeous little apartment beneath a yoga studio near Glasgow’s West End, complete with a mosaic floor that is over one hundred years old. We spent the weekend searching for street art and live music rather than eggs; and apart from hasty packing issues, it was a brilliant trip from one city to the other!

The apartment was one of the comfiest Airbnbs I have ever stayed in and we had the friendliest hosts. On the dining table was a massive bowl of fruit and fresh flowers, and the heating was on for our arrival. Val left us glass bottles of milk, eggs, orange juice and butter in the fridge; and there was bread and cereal for the morning. I loved the blend of stone, brick, tile and mosaic throughout the studio.

After dropping off our things, we headed into the city for lunch and to find some of Glasgow’s giant murals. I’m a huge fan of street art, and Glasgow is full of it. Smug is one of the most prominent street artists in the city, and the this kilted mushroom picker was easily my favourite.

Photo of a mural showing a kilted giant picking up a mushroom

Ingram Street car park artwork by Smug, featuring Naveed in miniature.

Lunch was at The Dhabba in Merchant City which I highly recommend. We had Gol Gappa which were little spheres of puffed bread filled with spiced potato and chickpeas. They’re served with a jug of spicy water which you pour into each sphere before eating. Hot! Hot! Hot! It’s okay my eyes only streamed for a few minutes…The highlight for me was my Daal Makhani…sooo good.

We headed back to the West End to get ready for some bars, which is exactly the moment I realised my favourite black jeans were still in Edinburgh. A little meltdown ensued after realising my whole outfit was ruined and blah, blah, blah…but with a little coaxing and some whisky I made it out of the apartment in a good mood. We started on Ashton Lane, then had late-night food on Bath Street, but sadly our search for live music after 11pm wasn’t as successful. We’ll do better next time!

The next morning brought blue skies and sunshine, so we explored the Botanic Gardens and climbed the Mackintosh Tower in The Lighthouse – rumoured to be the city’s best rooftop viewing platform. I don’t disagree.

Photo of Glasgow's rooftops.

Being Scotland’s Centre for Design and Architecture, The Lighthouse is a brilliant place to learn about Charles Rennie Mackintosh. The building previously belonged to The Glasgow Herald and was the first public commission by the architect. It now houses the ‘Mack’ Centre where you can learn all about his work and style.

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