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A Quick Guide to Living in Glasgow

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FDM’s Glasgow based training academy has now been open for four years and has so far launched the careers of over 600 people.

Our handy guide offers the inside scoop on the best places to explore in this bustling city.

After the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, the expression ‘People Make Glasgow’ became world famous. The people of Glasgow are known for their friendly nature and the strong community in the city will soon make you feel welcome.

Food Glorious Food

Glasgow offers a wide variety of restaurants, bars, and cafes. Whether you’re looking for somewhere with a great atmosphere or somewhere to try new foods, this city definitely has a lot to offer.

For a taste of tapas, Chaakoo Bombay Café cannot be missed; if pizza is more to your liking then top-rated pizzerias Pizza Punks and Paesano Pizza are the ideal hangouts for your carb fix. Or maybe you’re after a taste of Greece, in which case Halloumi offers a range of delicacies to hit the spot.

Wherever you choose, Glasgow’s food culture is second to none.

Rise and Shine

Despite not being as busy as cities such as London, Glasgow still has an early morning hustle and bustle which will definitely wake you up. Gordon Street Coffee is the perfect spot if you are commuting to and from Glasgow Central Station, it’s only a five-minute walk to the FDM Glasgow Academy and is a  great way to kick-start your day.

From summer mornings, where you can enjoy watching the sunrise on your journey to work, to winter mornings where you’re warm and cosy seeing the glistening frost on the pavements, every morning is different. Some of the best views can be seen from the Tradeston Bridge, which links the Southside to the Centre. Pause there for a moment to soak up the summer sunrises or the frosty winter sunsets.

Cultural Delights

Glasgow has a busy events calendar throughout the year so there’s always something to get involved in.

If you’re a lover of music, summer has a fantastic range of events on the schedule. Head down to the banks of the Clyde for the Glasgow’s Riverside Festival in May and see the TRSNMT Festival taking over the East End in July.

King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut is a famous music destination like no other. It has an intimate atmosphere with a variety of artists, with something to suit everyone’s musical passions. The live experience is amazing.

For the shopaholics, take your pick from Buchanan Street’s retail shops, mixed in with entertainment from street artists and buskers.

When the winter nights draw in, the Christmas markets in George Square are not one to miss. Snap up a Baileys or hot chocolate, which will be sure to warm you up, as you soak up the live music; the perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit.

No matter the time of year, if you’re looking for a place to go out for drinks with a quirky atmosphere, then Slouch is a great place to go. Missoula offers half-price cocktails during the week and The Social has the most beautifully presented cocktails with great music and the chance to sit outside in the sunshine.

Finally, if you really want to soak up your surroundings – explore the city and discover some of the beautiful architecture which Glasgow is known for.

The city is often referred to as ‘The City of Light’ due to the way the lights focus on the buildings at night-time, which captures the striking architecture in a different tone compared to during the day.

The Lighthouse gives you an insight into the famous history of Glasgow; take a deep breath and climb to the very top floor. It’s a steep climb but worth it for the panoramic view of the city.

Glasgow has many beautiful parks including Kelvingrove Park and Botanic Gardens which are the perfect places to soak up the sun on a summer’s day.

There’s also plenty of spots for the historians; a world-famous tourist attraction is the Glasgow Cathedral and Glasgow Necropolis, a place steeped in history and a great place to learn something new about the city to Kelvingrove Art Gallery Museum and the Glasgow Transport Museum along the River Clyde which are both free to enter, a fantastic way to spend your weekend.

Wherever you end up discovering in Glasgow, you’ll never be short of activities and sights as a tourist, or even as you become a local.

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