Our trip to Glasgow was planned ages ago as we managed to get tickets for Royal Blood and Kasabian. It was a welcomed bit of me time between wedding season & Christmas madness. We have to make a weekend of it for trips like these with living so far North.
Here in the Highlands of Scotland getting anywhere central takes longer….the 2 hour drive to Inverness then 3.5 hour train journey to Glasgow. Yes i live in the sticks haha. To make the most of our time in Glasgow it meant leaving Wick at 5.15am….the middle of the night in freezing temperatures with me feeling like a zombie.
Arriving in Glasgow around 12.30pm meant plenty time to leg it to the Hotel, check in and get out to explore this cracking City. With the Royal Blood gig at the SSE Hydro not until later we had a wander around the city centre, grabbed a drink and of course i popped into House of Fraser to stop by The Ordinary stand to pick up a few bits, including their foundation to try. I really like their skincare so wanted to try their foundation. I will get a blog post up in New Year with my thoughts on it.
We stayed two nights at The Abode Hotel on Bath street. A stylish hotel with lots of beautiful old features still in place, the main one being the original cage lift from 1911. It is still in working order and is the focal point running taking you to each floor in wonderful vintage style. The lobbies on each floor also still have original golden lion rampants decorating the walls….it’s just beautiful! There is something about this hotel that i feel at home almost, it reminds me of Harry Potter in some ways. If you know me….i love HP!
Glasgow is full of so much history and amazing architecture that I love to find hotels like this that have kept original features, sometimes i think i was born in the wrong era!
Even the wetherspoons in George Square still has its fantastic features and i spent more time looking up than anything else. I love the way some companies try to preserve the beautiful old buildings. From the statues in the picture below you can see it used to be a bank. One of our favourite spots and for being a chain it’s a cracking place for a glass of vino, a warm up and some people watching.
With it being the Black Friday the shops were very busy but we were not interested in that if i am honest. Chill, drinks and food were the agenda. Back to hotel, quick change and get freshened up. We were both a bit boozy garry and I after our wee jaunt to the pub in the afternoon so how i pulled off half decent makeup for our night out i will never know haha. Glitter liner from Collection Makeup added some glitz to my Friday night.
Donning my Wig from Annabelles Wigs, vintage blouse, distressed denim and boots we were ready for the cold and dinner.
We booked into Revolucion de Cuba for dinner with a couple of drinks before the gig. The live mexican band was fab, food tasty and a cocktail in hand meant i was happy. Again a chain but we had vouchers for free cocktails and money off our food so saving a few quid in amongst an expensive weekend away was always going to be a winner. I do try to shop with independent shops/bars/restaurants at home and away but this friday night we decided to try somewhere we haven’t been before and save money for some real treats on the Saturday and Sunday. Blog posts to follow on these.
The Royal Blood gig was magic, for just two guys they can make cracking music. I love music but live especially and the Hydro is perfect to see and hear the band from wherever you are. We were up in the seating which meant we could have our drams, rest our feet from queuing and enjoy the music without being shoved about in the standing area.
Finishing off our night back in an Irish bar before heading back to the hotel and their bar, Pie and Brew, underneath in the cellar. Also a great wee place that served a bloody good G&T! A very long day and it was a relief to finally fall into a comfy bed at 2.30am!
Have you been to Glasgow?
Any favourite places to have a dram?
look out for the next parts of my Glasgow trip,