Large clean and bright, well presented B listed Alexander 'Greek' Thompson apartment, one of Glasgow's leading architects of his time. within walking distance of all the main city centre and south side hot spots. Powerful rain shower, wonderful linens, towels and feather pillows and quilts for the best nights sleep after a busy day about town...
Free parking and a quick 15-20 min walk into Glasgows city centre.
Not the prettiest of Glasgow's streets but the location makes up for that!
An entire large 2 bedroom, newly double glazed apartment at your disposal, within walking distance from the main city centre of glasgow, can sleep 6 comfortably...with the addition of two day beds in the front bedroom so could sleep 8 (or 10 at a push, please ask in advance, as the extra two persons would be sleep on a mattress on the floor in the front room(see last pictures on profile), if that's acceptable?).
If you are close friends...and you don't all mind sharing the one bath/shower room? It makes a great as a stop over or a crash pad while taking in the city.
Please let me know what beds you would like prior to check in so that I can prepare them for you.
There is a double room with a king sized Victorian brass bed, a large twin room, with a cast iron brass topped bed and a double sofa bed, that can sleep 4, and then in the front room you can turn it into a sleeping space for one, two or four, so essentially a family room or if two couples are traveling with four children it could be turned into a children's room come night. (As well as the two singles I have a double mattress for the floor that can be used in this room too ), please bare in mind if it is set up this way there is no communal front room/sofas. (I can always leave the bedding in bags for you to adjust yourself?, just ask, as always happy to help).
This front room has two day beds that can turn into single beds come the evening, (and the double mattress, if needed...).
It is clean and comfortable with a fully functioning kitchen should you wish to cook. We have supplied all those extra wee staples like oils and herbs etc, with ample pots and pans that will make cooking for 6 (or even 8 and 10) a breeze should you wish to! (10 if asked in advance, there is an additional table and chairs to accommodate larger parties).
Ideal for a short stay. Perfect for longer in smaller groups, for your comfort.
They is a larger dining table that can happily seat 6, 8 at a pinch. If you require more tabled seating please ask and I'll bring an additional table over.
Easy access to the hub of Glasgow's centre or to Hampden stadium for concerts only a short cab ride away and a 5 minute walk away is Carling Academy, or convienitely situated for a quick cab ride to Glasgow's HYDRO or SECC, as its situated on the main artery into the southside. Just outside the main city centre.
A few minutes walk to Bridge street or West street SubWay and a bus stop just 1 minute walk down the Road..
Super easy to hail a cab from directly outside the door. Or ask me and I'll give you the private hire company's number.
Baby cot available.
Fully equipped kitchen and cosy dining area with a large sitting room.
Washing and drying and Ironing facilities provided as well as a dishwasher.
* AN EXTREMELY COMFORTABLE & CONVENIENT FIRST FLOOR FLAT
* 5-10 MINUTES FROM GLASGOW'S CITY CENTRE TOURIST & SHOPPING ATTRACTIONS
* CLOSE LINKS TO PUBLIC TRANSPORT
*VERY CLEAN & WELL EQUIPT
* 2 BEDROOM 1 BATHROOM (SHOWER & BATH)
* FREE FAST WIFI
* FREE PARKING
*TOILETRIES, LINENS AND TOWELS PROVIDED
* EXCELLENT SERVICE
This apartment is so well situated. It is however on a main road, in an odd little cosmopolitan pocket, not the prettiest of streets, as its the main artery into the centre, so if you don't mind the aesthetic, you are only a 15 minute walk into the actual centre itself!
It also boasts original victorian beautiful wooden shutters that are far more efficient than curtains at cutting out light and sound.
**It's in a very quirky multicultural part of town, on the main artery into and out of the south side and although near to all the hotspots, isn't the most attractive or touristic of locations but walk 10-15 minutes in either direction and it's all there for you! Please remember when planning to book and consider it when reviewing the property as we want to be as transparent as possible.**
This area is SUPER safe and the locals very friendly.
If I can assist further, just ask, always happy to make your stay a more than perfect one!
The West End might shout louder and jangle its designer bracelets more ostentatiously, but for its many residents, the gigantic, sprawling mass of the South Side is the true heart of Glasgow. As many local historians and geographers have observed, defining its boundaries is tricky. ‘South Side’ can really refer to anything south of the Clyde, from the modern façades of the Citizens Theatre Citizens Theatre and Pacific Quay, just a bridge away from the city centre, to areas as far flung as Newton Mearns and Rutherglen. However, at the risk of making exactly the sort of pretentious statement to get me kicked back across the river with a flea in my ear, the places where you find the spirit of the South Side, as opposed to just ‘South Glasgow’, are the places where a very particular set of cultures have been brought together and mixed (not always easily), to form something new.
As an area, it moves to its own beat, and that beat, right now, is more often bhangra, rising up from street corners and halal shops all over Shawlands and Pollokshaws. A vibrant community of Scots Asians generates much of the economic power and cultural buzz in the area. They live alongside a new generation of economic migrants: young homebuyers taking refuge from the still-ridiculous house prices in the West End, who have come to expect a certain kind of chi-chi café culture from their city: witness the success of the super-cool Mulberry Street Bar, bustling cultural hubs springing up at areas such as Battlefield, or increasingly chic boutiques such as Butterfly Kisses. There’s a vast, vital interplay of cultures here, creating, as South Side Happenings blogger Allistair Burt puts it, ‘a mix of traditional Glaswegian values and exciting new ideas which is unique in the city’.
Perhaps all this is most obvious in the case of the Govanhill Baths, saved from closure by community action. A sit-in protest involving hundreds of local residents and, eventually, riot police ensued when the council tried to close the swimming pool down – it had the only women-only space in the city, making it important to local Muslim communities. It’s now run by the whole community as a health centre and arts trust, maintained by a volunteer-run charity shop.
All these factors make the South Side one of the most rich and interesting areas of the city. The food is no exception to this rule, with much-loved Glasgow institutions, Tapa Coffeehouse, Balbir and VIP Taste keeping locals well-fed. There’s also a rich seam of culture running through this side of the city that many of the residents take, if not for granted, then at least as the norm: witness young families clambering over the contemporary sculpture of Tramway’s Hidden Gardens, the pervasive community influence of the Citz, the many, many parks and green spaces studded with strange and wonderful attractions such as the Burrell Collection and the Rennie Mackintosh-designed House for an Art Lover. Finally, don’t miss the chance to slow dance with an old cowboy at the Grand Ole Opry, that enduring remnant of Glasgow’s love affair with country music.
25 Albert Drive, behind Tramway, open Tue–Sun.
Tucked in behind Tramway, Hidden Gardens are a unique, beautiful oasis of calm. It’s all been specifically designed by artist group NVA to examine questions of religion and landscape, features integrated art works by Gerry Loose and Stephen Skyrnka, among others, and offers poetic audio tours of the various flora and fauna.
The Scottish Football Museum
Hampden Park, Letherby Drive, Mount Florida,
Located at Hampden, Scotland’s national stadium, two miles due south of the city centre, the museum’s memorabilia includes a ticket from the 1872 England-Scotland international and the world’s first national trophy, 1873’s SFA Challenge Cup.
Perhaps the best-loved of all of the South Side’s dear green places, the park is reigned over by the stately Glasshouses and the Battlefield Monument (marking the spot of Mary, Queen of Scots’ last stand). It’s home to some friendly ducks as well as splendid inner-city fest the Wee Chill (Sat 26 Sep). Some of the city’s best ice-cream is served at the Queen’s Café.
It’s always nice when you can inject a wee bit of culture into your weekend jaunt and opportunities abound in this pretty park, whether it’s wandering into the House for an Art Lover, or checking out the array of walking, cycling and orienteering routes. Green-fingered visitors should make a beeline for the walled garden and check out the breathtaking views of the city.
Dumbreck Road, Glasgow,
The Burrell Collection
Boasting over 9000 artworks, this purpose-built building features reconstructions of rooms from Sir William Burrell’s home, alongside medieval art, tapestries and alabasters, as well as works by Degas and Cezanne plus a treasure trove of artefacts from ancient China, Egypt, Greece and Rome.
Pollok Country Park, 2060 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow,
Pollok Country Park
The Burrell Collection may get a hefty load of the attention, but its home, Pollok Country Park, is worthy of attention itself for its many walks and extensive wildlife. It’s Glasgow’s largest park and the only country park within reach of the city and can be reached by train from Central Station to either Shawlands or Pollokshaws West.
Pollok Country Park, 2060 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow.
Eating & Drinking: South Side
Gusto & Relish
729–731 Pollokshaws Road.
This cosy café has a wonderfully laidback atmosphere. Wide windows throw light on a bright dining space, while a deli counter filled with delicacies and shelves stacked with quality pastas, jams and sauces ensure there’s something for all. A large wall clock dominates, but no-one bothers with the time as they chat and enjoy the food.
Cherry & Heather Fine Food
7 North Gower Street.
A tiny takeaway and deli opposite Cessnock subway. The wholesome whimsy of the name extends to the menu, which alliteratively encompasses home-made soups, stew, sandwiches and sushi in imaginative combinations of fresh, high-quality ingredients. It’s not only cheaper than chips, but a site healthier and far better tasting to boot.
16 Busby Road, Clarkston.
Getting a table at this upmarket deli isn’t always easy, which is a reassuring sign. But get one and you won’t want to move for the rest of the day. Savoury or sweet, the menu options and deli selections are always well-sourced and high quality, with a particularly eye-catching choice of fresh and unusual cakes to get that sweet tooth tingling.
55 Battlefield Road.
This charming former tram terminus is easy to spot with its graceful olde-worlde charm. Interiors are styled to exploit the original fittings, complete with cream drapes and elegant ceiling paintings. The menu takes a diverse view of Italian preparation with a list that includes crepes and chicken in coconut milk along with the usual pizzas and pastas. Delicious.
The Pakistani Café
607 Pollokshaws Road.
Jimshaed Sharif’s distinctive café has long been a prominent part of the South Side community. It may be closed for the next week or so, but we look forward to seeing its return and enjoying its engaging home-style cooking at great prices. Low-fat, halal, Fairtrade and natural ingredients add an extra level of satisfaction to the eating experience here.
Mise en Place
122–124 Nithsdale Road.
A popular neighbourhood deli and café by day, this place becomes an informal bistro four evenings a week, serving simple, well-cooked Mediterranean-style dishes including daily-changing pasta dishes and tarts alongside excellent veggie risottos and classy deserts. A warm, understated interior and personable service add to its charms.
Start with a stroll down Allison Street to gawp at the vast selection of spices and other foodstuffs for sale, finishing up with something sweet (and Halal) from the marvellous Glasgow Sweet Centre. Not enough of a sugar hit? Check out Shawlands newcomer Candy Love, stocking both old-fashioned sweeties and new local bespoke brands such as Kschocolat. Those with rarified tastes may prefer to browse the mouth-watering selections of good Scots produce at the 1901 Deli on Skirving Street, or take a wander round the Queen’s Park Farmers’ Market on the second Saturday of every month.
If you’re browsing for clothes, try vintage treasure-troves Hayes and Raw Vintage or designer boutiques Butterfly Kisses and Glitz and Glamour. Raw Vintage also stocks jewellery and clothes by local artists and designers, and they’ll design to order if you can’t find what you’re looking for. Meanwhile, Urban Beauty on Pollokshaws Road caters to anyone in need of some emergency skincare in an attractive, off-beat setting.
Alternatively, you could set your compass towards the three gloriously haphazard Cosgrove Care charity shops on Skirving Street, to RW Stevens, a fine old tailor and kilt maker which is now well into its seventh decade, or to Moon Guitars, a proper old institution for rockers both Scottish and international.
The easiest (and laziest) way is to use to Hop on the City Sightseeing bus for a comprehensive tour around Glasgow’s main attractions. It’s a hop on-hop off tour bus and is a great option if you only have limited time in the city. Main stop is George square and it will take you to all the main attractions.
Glasgow is all about its music – you can even do tours with Glasgow City Music Tours to visit some of its iconic venues and stages. Try their Merchant City Music Tour in May!
Tours of the City Chambers are free of charge.
The Friends of Glasgow Cathedral offer tours of the beautiful cathedral just east of city centre.
After the cathedral tour, visit the St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art and Glasgow’s oldest building, Provand’s Lordship across the road. Both are free to enter – like many other activities & museums in Glasgow!
Behind the cathedral lies the Necropolis – a rather morbid sightseeing recommendation. While the Victorian graveyard is an eye-catcher in itself, it is the view from its hilltop that really puts this spot on your to do list.
My favourite view of the city, however, is from the top of the tower of The Lighthouse, an architecture and design centre in the city centre. Entrance is free, but you have to climb the stairs up the tower yourself.
You might have heard about the famous Duke of Wellington statue, sporting a traffic cone on its head since the 1980s. Behind it is the Glasgow Museum of Modern Art, GoMA which is always worth a visit.
As you might have guessed, Glasgow is a very green city. You are based right next to Glasgow Green! Glasgows iconic park Established in the 15th century, it is the oldest park in the city. There are parks everywhere. Kelvingrove Park south of the University campus is one of its finest, and the Art Gallery is as impressive from the inside as on the outside. Pollok park, Queen's Park, Dawsholm park, mugdock country park to name but a few that's worth a visit!
When it comes to cafes, restaurants and bars you have definitely come to the right city!
So many to choose from, but here's a little list I comprised for you...and most on your doorstep!
The Trans Europe cafe is a must. A glasgow institution and just around the corner from the apartment. Gandolphi is another fabulous brunch and dining venue, then there's Singl-end Cafe and Bakehouse always getting rave reviews or if you'd prefer a curry don't stray too far from finniston where you will find a string of mother indias which never fail to delight...in fact Finniston is at the very hub of where it's at if you are looking for an excellent dining experience, The Finniston, Porter and Rye, the Ox and Finch, Nico's and the stunning Alchelmela, (which you will need to book for) after that a stroll up to Glasgows west end and you'll probably have a little more space by then to enjoy a small libation at one of Glasgows brilliant westend pubs like Stravaigan, Jintys, the Bell or Oran mor...for a cheeky wee late night dance perhaps?
Trip adviser is worth a look. So many to choose from!
If we can help in any other way to make your stay more than perfect. Please ask as I am always happy to help!
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