The West End: Glasgow
Famous for its stunning Victorian architecture and thriving cultural scene, Glasgow’s West End, named “the hippest place in the UK” by The Times and as one of the “top ten coolest neighbourhoods in Europe” by The Independent, is a hotspot for young and mature professionals working in the city and students attending Glasgow University.
In the heart of Glasgow’s creative scene, nature is a key attraction of the West End. Kelvingrove Park is a relaxing Victorian park featuring tennis courts, a skatepark and a restored Kelvingrove Bandstand, home to the Summer Nights mini music festival that brings open-air music back to the park.
Over 26,000 students attend University of Glasgow for its prestigious education. Designed by George Gilbert Style, the Gothic revival architecture of the main building is a stunning architectural masterpiece. Described as the real-life Hogwarts, the University of Glasgow has been featured in productions including Cloud Atlas and Outlander.
The West End offers a vibrant cultural scene, stimulating many professionals, families and students to live in the area and effectively has encouraged businesses to operate here. The top attractions include Kelvingrove Art Gallery, Riverside Museum and Clydeside Distillery.
The performing arts reigns supreme in the district boasting Kings Theatre showing productions including The Rocky Horror Show, the Scottish Ballet Company and the majestic Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.
As the bohemian district of Glasgow, the West End is home to some of the city’s most innovative spaces, cool events, creative people and prettiest streets. To complement this, the variety of unique bars are within easy reach. Brel, voted best beer garden of Glasgow in 2016 and The Parlour, home of the quirky cocktail are among the top favourites of the local community.
Known for its trendy cuisine, the West End offers a host of innovative eateries. From The 78, a dog-friendly vegan bar to Michelin Bib Gourmand awarded Ox and Finch. Taking fine dining to a new level of service, Six by Nico is one of Glasgow’s hotspot restaurants. Every six weeks, the restaurant changes its menu to a completely new theme, comprising of six delicious courses. Additionally, the dessert eaters will be well catered to at Tantrum Doughnuts with amazing hand-made doughnuts.
Living up to its reputation as a cultural beacon of Scotland, the West End hosts several events including the annual West End Festival in June celebrating the local community and Glasgow Mela Festival, where visitors can experience Scottish music and dance in Kelvingrove Park, which always attracts lots of top performers from around the world alongside some mouth-watering food stalls too.
A Final Note
As the second largest economy in the UK, Glasgow is a thriving city set to benefit from over £16 billion of regeneration to strength the life sciences and transport industries. Proving to be a powerhouse outside of London, the West End’s bohemian reputation makes it’s a beacon for investment opportunities of residential, commercial and student properties.