Glasgow was influential in the temperance movement back in the 1820s. Currently home to almost 500 pubs, and famous for its club culture, lively bars, and pounding live-music scene, a visitor may find this hard to believe. Whisky lovers might like to try the Ben Nevis (thebennevis.co.uk) on Argyle Street where you can choose from more than 180 varieties of the iconic local tipple and enjoy live music at weekends.
Charles Macintosh, inventor of that essential UK item of clothing, the raincoat (aka Mac), lived and worked in Glasgow where, in 1824, he was responsible for the first commercial manufacture of the waterproof material. Another famous ‘Mackintosh’ is Scotland's best known architect, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, hailed one of the principal founders of European Art Nouveau. His style adorns many of the city’s buildings, including the Willow Tearooms, Sauchiehall Street, where you can take tea in style.
Glasgow has super-league shopping status, being consistently named the best place to shop in the UK outside London, and the second biggest retail destination in the UK. Buchanan, Argyle, Sauchiehall, and Ingram Streets form the main shopping area, with Buchanan Street named the finest shopping street in Britain.
In 1939, Glasgow had 114 picture houses, seating over 175,000; more cinema seats per head than any other city in the world. The average Glaswegian would go to see a film an incredible 51 times per year. Nowadays Glasgow offers a fine repertoire of theatre and cinema as well as ballet opera and all kinds of music. The Clyde Auditorium, designed by award-winning architects Foster and Partners, and familiarly known as 'The Armadillo', is an iconic concert venue and is the place where Susan Boyle was discovered.
Easy Jet flies to Glasgow from Stansted, London.