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07 March 2016

FSB Conference and Expo Guide to Glasgow

Next week FSB will be heading to Glasgow for our annual National Conference and Expo. For our many members making the trip to Scotland’s largest city we’ve created a guide to give you a taste of why it is one of National Geographic Traveller’s top 20 ‘Best of the World’ destinations for 2016 and hopefully give you plenty of inspiration for some activities to fit in around the packed conference schedule!


Glasgow Rooftops

The UK’s largest and most successful shopping destination outside London’s west end is Glasgow, with over 1,500 shops. You can find the biggest high street brands on the style mile which includes Buchanan Street, Princes Square and the St Enoch Centre. For designer names head to Merchant City where you’ll find Ralph Lauren and Mulberry as well as great tech like Bang & Olufsen. There’s also the famous Mr Ben’s vintage clothing store tucked away in a corner of Merchant City offering some of the city’s best vintage clothing. 


In 2014 Glasgow was host to the Commonwealth Games and with this the city got a bit of a sports themed spruce up. It is now home to world class sporting facilities that are open to the public. You can take a spin in the Chris Hoy Velodrome or go for a dip the Tollcross International Swimming Centre.  For the slightly less athletic you can visit Hillhead Book Club for a competitive game of Ping Pong over some pints or cocktails in one of the West End’s best bars.


Glasgow Riverside Museum and Tall ShipGlasgow’s vast array of museums includes the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and the Riverside Museum which are not only home to incredible collections but are two of Glasgow’s most architecturally impressive buildings. Further to these two gems is the world famous Burrell Collection in the South Side, GOMA in the city centre and the many different Mackintosh venues including The Lighthouse and the Scotland Street School Museum dotted across the city.

Food and Drink

Make sure you don’t miss out on Glasgow’s great food and drink whilst you’re here. Head to Finnieston, a 5 minute walk from the conference venue and sample some of the Kelvingrove Cafe’s cocktail or Lebowski’s burgers and White Russians, or you can nip into the Ben Nevis for a glass of whisky, to name just a few of this bustling and very cool area’s many bars. Glasgow’s West End, home to Glasgow University, is also awash with bars and restaurants. Try Vietnamese in The Hanoi Bike Shop or drop by the fairy-lit Ashton Lane and try one of its great restaurants such as Ubiquitous Chip for some fantastic food and make sure you try Nardini’s for some of top notch ice cream for dessert. In the city centre there’s Bath Street a full street of bars and restaurants and also home to the incredible Sarti’s Italian.

For some great tours of the city ranging from Landmarks to a music centred (Glasgow is one of five UNESCO Cities of Music in the world) tour, download the Walking Heads App for free. 


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