It’s been rather fun working alongside American Express to help discover the most inspiring hidden places in Glasgow and also to help inspire people to fall in love with Glasgow again. Glasgow is a wonderful city and at times, we all take it for granted. With the Commonwealth Games just finishing, the spotlight is on Glasgow at the moment and it’s the perfect time to discover new surroundings or reacquaint yourself with your old favourite spots.
Some of my favourite gems in Glasgow & the surrounding areas are Duck Bay Marina in Loch Lomond, a corner on Sauchiehall Street listening to some of the wonderful buskers Glasgow have to offer (and the occasional superstar!), sitting on the steps outside GoMA with coffee, the fairy lights twinkling and people watch.
After my endless social media hunt, I managed to get some great suggestions from you all including Baird in the Botanics, Sixty Steps, Necropolis, Zen Garden, Mansfield Park Farmer’s Market and Cathkin Braes. I had never heard of a lot of these locations so it was a rather educational experience for me. One that is sadly coming to an end after all of these months.
This wasn’t just a campaign in Glasgow, bloggers in London, Manchester , Leeds and Birmingham all took part to help discover their own hidden gems which were created to reconnect people with their home cities and discover new places of inspiration.
In total, 50 of the UK’s best hidden gems were added to a guide by American Express. From all of the locations that were submitted, a former custard factory, a unique 15th century garden space in Glasgow, a brutalist concrete tower block and a Birmingham bog feature alongside famous beauty spots Kensington Gardens and the Royal Observatory in the list. Familiar names in the guide include Isabella Plantations in Richmond Park, Little Venice in West London and Glasgow’s Royal Exchange Square, with Salford’s media city a new arrival on a list that also includes many historic hidden gems from Manchester, Birmingham and Leeds.
The digital interactive maps are alive over on Pinterest. I’d recommend you check it out (you can click on the widget below too for all you lazy bums!), especially if you’re planning on exploring a city, just like I am with London. The map has been a welcome addition to the plans I’m making. So far, they are mostly food, coffee and museums…. but I aim to add some more culture into my life!