Live Like A Local

Live Like A Local

A while ago, Glasgow was mostly known for its ship building industry, back-door boozers and dunking anything that was edible into a fryer. Now the city has undergone somewhat of a rebirth. As one of the most vibrant, dynamic cities in the UK, Glasgow boasts thousands of eateries, an event calendar to send folk living in other places green-eyed with envy, and a fabulously colourful multicultural environment. Housing stock is being snapped up quicker than ever in the Dear Green Place as the city builds on its 21st century makeover every year. 

We have a whole host of tourist attractions on offer, but this month we want to give you a glimpse of what it’s like to live here, with a run-down of activities and haunts frequented by locals. 

Hunt for the Next-Big-Thing in the Art World

Galleries are everywhere in Glasgow but if you’re not on the lookout for them, they can be easy to miss. Hidden among bustling shopping streets or at the top of Glasgow tenement buildings, if you’re not in the know, a lot them won’t be on your radar. We recommend checking out Mary Mary in the city centre and The Vacant Space on Argyle Street. Exhibiting wildly different works from one another, Mary Mary is known for attracting work by international artists, while the latter usually showcases pieces from artists working in Scotland. Both well worth a visit and, if you follow them on social media, you’re likely to spy an exhibition opening which attracts locals…and free booze!

Where to Stay?

The Albion Hotel, of course! Our residence is within walking distance of two subway stations (which is the preferred mode of transport for Glasgow natives in our area) and just a stone’s throw from the best of the West End, the city’s hippest neighbourhood. Even better, we’ve got a free breakfast deal running throughout January that’ll have your raring to go exploring during your visit. 

Like like a Local in Glasgow

Eating and Drinking with the Residents

Glasgow is so full-to-bursting with restaurants, it can be almost impossible to decide where to dine out. To get under the skin of the city we suggest going a little off the beaten track. For vegan eats try the Hug and Pint. Named one of Scotland’s best restaurants in 2016, expect contemporary, cruelty-free cuisine plus live entertainment 7 nights a week. For those who enjoy their meat and fish, options abound. Brewdog’s Doghouse in the Merchant City serve plenty of hot wings and smoky burgers, along with 25 lines of craft beer. For a laid-back atmosphere and vintage couches aplenty, head to the Butterfly and Pig on Bath Street – late opening hours make this the perfect spot to dine and drink all night. 

Fancy a Dance?

Finally, if you’re up for dancing, Glasgow has one of the best music and club night scenes north of London (well, we reckon so!). Subclub comes out on top for live DJs, Sanctuary scores points for top ten hits and One Up and Arta cater well to a (slightly!) older crowd.



TRNSMT Festival

TRNSMT Festival will return to Glasgow Green in 2020 from 10th – 12th July. Glasgow Green is only 10 minutes away from the Albion Hotel and if you are going to the festival or plan to, then be sure to stay with us! If you book directly with us then we guarantee the best possible rates.

COP26 Climate Change Conference

The conference has been described as the most important gathering on climate change since the Paris agreement was signed in 2015. Up to 30,000 delegates are expected to attend the event at Glasgow’s Scottish Events Campus (SEC) at the end of next year.

Playground Festival at Rouken Glen Park

Playground festival Tune In to Playground Of Sound, a unique new boutique festival for discerning, open-minded music lovers.
It takes place in Rouken Glen Park in East Renfrewshire, on the outskirts of Glasgow, between the 31st of July and 2nd of August 2020.