27 November 2015

WEEKEND IN GLASGOW

A few weekends ago I flew up to Glasgow with a handful of lovely bloggers for the annual Scottish Style Awards. We arrived Saturday morning and were staying at the cool, minimal Citizen M hotel in the city centre where we dropped our bags and wandered out to explore. First things first, brunch.

Glasgow city weekend break - UK travel, lifestyle and fashion blog

Housed in a beautiful Grade A-listed building with tall orange ceilings, ornate details and chandeliers, Hutchesons offers a bubbles and brunch menu with croissants and fresh orange juice to start and a brunch dish of your choice, along with a few glasses of prosecco. It was voted Scotland's Best New Restaurant and Most Stylish Scottish Restaurant this year, the food was great, the attentive waiters kept topping up our glasses and I loved the "because brunch without alcohol is just a sad, late breakfast" quote in the menu. My kind of place.

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Brunch at Hutchesons - Glasgow city weekend break - UK travel, lifestyle and fashion blog

Brunch at Hutchesons, Glasgow city weekend break - UK travel, lifestyle and fashion blog

Hutchesons, Glasgow city weekend break - UK travel, lifestyle and fashion blog

After a couple of hours of eating, drinking and getting to know the girls, we wandered over the road to The Italian Centre to meet the city's finest milliner, William Chambers, and browse the beautiful handmade designs in his studio. With clients all over the country and stockists like Harrods and Fenwick, if you're looking for a stylish wedding hat, bespoke bridal or races headpiece, William's your man.

Glasgow architecture - UK city weekend break - travel, lifestyle and fashion blog

Beautiful Scottish architecture - Glasgow city weekend break - UK travel, lifestyle and fashion blog William Chambers hats - Glasgow city weekend break - UK travel, lifestyle and fashion blog

William Chambers milliner, Glasgow city weekend break - UK travel, lifestyle and fashion blog

We were booked in for a blow dry at the Rainbow Room salon on George Square, where the lovely stylist turned my messy wavy hair into big glossy curls before we hopped in taxis back to the hotel to get ready. I wore a beautiful grosgrain red dress from Phase Eight to the awards ceremony, but more on that later.

Glasgow city weekend break - UK travel, lifestyle and fashion blog

Glasgow School of Art walking tour - UK city break - travel blog Glasgow city break - UK travel blogger Emma Louise Layla

Glasgow buildings, city weekend break - UK travel, lifestyle and fashion blog

The next day we had a buffet breakfast at CanteenM with a couple of rounds of barista-brewed coffee and pastries before walking up to the Glasgow School of Art for a walking tour. The GSA architects developed their own radical style at a time of huge growth and change for the industrial city. We were shown an eclectic mix of key buildings from the Victorian greats to Charles Rennie Mackintosh's work and his contemporaries in the Glasgow Style of Art Nouveau, including the Mackintosh-designed Willow Tearooms, the central train station and, my favourite, the Venetian-inspired Ca' D'Oro Building at the corner of Union Street and Gordon Street (pictured at the top). 

Cambridge Satchel Company in Glasgow - city weekend break - UK travel, lifestyle and fashion blog

Glasgow shabby chic walls - city weekend break - UK travel, lifestyle and fashion blog

Coffee break, Glasgow city weekend break - UK travel, lifestyle and fashion blog

Glasgow street art - city weekend break - UK travel, lifestyle and fashion blog

We warmed up in the Cambridge Satchel Company store to see some of the exclusive tartan designs and were kindly given a luggage tag personalised at the in-store embossing machine. After a coffee stop and quick taxi ride to the West End, we visited the Trakke studio housed in the hipster non-profit, multi-disciplinary arts space and warehouse SWG3. Trakke is an awesome outdoors accessories brand founded in 2010 by ex-GSA student Alec Farmer. Made in the studio using British materials from waxed cotton to Harris tweed and leather finishings, the bags are simple, understated and functional for the everyday adventurer. I love brands which manufacture in the UK so it was great to meet the founder, see where the products are made and hear about their story so far.

Trakke studio - Glasgow city weekend break - UK travel, lifestyle and fashion blog

Trakke outdoor bags, Glasgow city weekend break - UK travel, lifestyle and fashion blog

Trakke vintage travel posters - Glasgow city weekend break - UK travel, lifestyle and fashion blog
love these vintage travel poster-inspired illustrations

Trakke studios, Glasgow city weekend break - UK travel, lifestyle and fashion blog
the Scout Findo rucksack (perfect for cycling) and my mum's matching vintage blazer

Our final stop of our weekend was a Champagne lunch at The Gannet, a restaurant in a 108 year old Grade II listed building which offers simple fine dining, sustainable ingredients and delicious seasonal food.  It's been awarded AA Scottish restaurant of the year, a Michelin Bib Gourmand and two thumbs up from me.

Lunch at The Gannet - Glasgow city weekend break - UK travel, lifestyle and fashion blog

Lunch at The Gannet - Glasgow city weekend break - UK travel, lifestyle and fashion blog


Lunch at The Gannet, Glasgow city weekend break - UK travel, lifestyle and fashion blog

Lunch at The Gannet - Glasgow city weekend break - UK travel, lifestyle and fashion blog

It was the first time I'd stayed in a Citizen M hotel but I'd definitely recommend it for affordable luxury.  There are 198 rooms in the Glasgow one - they're small and basic but with king sized comfy beds, modern decor, ambient lighting and wall-to-wall windows, plus it's in a great location in the heart of the city. Thanks for having me Glasgow, haste ye back!

Citizen M hotel, Glasgow city weekend break - UK travel, lifestyle and fashion blog

Citizen M hotel, Glasgow city weekend break - UK travel, lifestyle and fashion blog

Citizen M hotel, Glasgow city weekend break - UK travel, lifestyle and fashion blog

Citizen M hotel, Glasgow city weekend break - UK travel, lifestyle and fashion blog
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The Style Rawr said...

Ah, can we do it all again please? ;) I had the best weekend, just looking at these photos makes me want to book another trip to Glasgow!

Tara x

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