The friendly faces you see in Glasgow…
Admittedly winter blahs make me feel blue. But I manage to shake it all off with a shot of Indigo – a wonderful boutique hotel in the city-centre.
Fluffy bathrobe bliss
Indigo’s vibrant surroundings instantly pick-me-up and their friendly, welcoming staff make the entire experience that much more perfect. But sometimes it’s the little things that impress the most – and the slippers and fluffy bathrobes awaiting us in our room are quite simply divine.
Changing my surroundings (even slightly) works wonders – particularly if those walls are decked out in the most beautiful wallpaper and that room just happens to have a stocked complimentary mini-bar.
Be my blue valentine
And Indigo obviously like a romantic because their V-day (£149) deal includes champagne on arrival in your room and a three-course meal in their Limelight Bar & Grill, conveniently located downstairs.
Winter is cold. Nights are long. So go on, banish those blues and treat yourself!
Admittedly running is not my favourite pastime. I do it – reluctantly – to offset my cake obsession.
So, on Sunday 9 December, together with 2400 others, I’ll be taking part in the 5K ‘Santa Dash’.
And ho, ho, hold on there. You can too! Why, because frankly why wouldn’t you? Even if, like me, you mostly detest running, there’s something quite appealing about dashing through the city-centre with a mass of other jovial red-suited folk.
Entry is only £15 (adults) and a fiver for the kids. And yes, the Santa suit is included. Bonus – especially as tis the season to be jolly. And what does Santa love even more than sweets and dashing through the…city? Skating of course. So, after the run have a free whirl on the ice rink in George Square.
Get on the nice list
Do it for charity, do it for the Christmas cheer or do it so you can happily indulge in an abundance of guilt-free sugar plums over the festive season. And enjoy!
See you at the finish line for cake.
If the High Street twinkling back at me from every shop window is anything to go on, the festive party season is already upon us. Shiny frocks aside, it’s also the time of year I attempt to catch up with pals of all varieties.
If, like me, you have an assortment of special friends of varying and sometimes competing tastes, then here’s a few recommendations that will hopefully keep you going and in their good books.
If it’s a good natter you’re after without the toil of yelling over booming music in an overcrowded dingy space, then look no further than the elegant Malmaison .
Tucked away down the spiral staircase, the Malbar on West George Street is an oasis of calm – and has a rather impressive collection of cool cocktails like the irresistible Gingerbread Man. Dessert in a glass.
North Street merriment
For the more fun-loving, the Berkley Suite’s cosy red-hued upstairs bar is a nod to the era of art deco and their anything-goes downstairs is an interesting mix of music, ages and eccentricities.
And since you’re already in the neighbourhood – North Street’s Chinaski’s and the Black Sparrow are great places to people watch and have tipple or two. They also serve food. And if by some stroke of luck it’s not raining or happens to be warm winter night, pop round the back for a little outdoor stargazing and general banter in their gardens.
If you’re looking for the perfect combo of dinner, drinks and dancing, then the Brunswick Hotel’s Brutti Ma Buoni is a must. Fantastic staff, social crowd and you can eat, drink and then conveniently go down stairs for a bit more celebrating and dancing.
Wherever you find yourself – be festive fabulous and enjoy!