Glasgow University

Boden Nancy dress

Glass house at Glasgow Botanic Gardens

Glasgow Botanic Garden

If you live in the UK, you already know that Wednesday was tipped to be “the hottest day of the year, OMG!”, and if you know me, you already know I never miss an opportunity to spend some time in the sunshine. Well, you have to grab these opportunities while you can, you know?

The heart of a city might seem like a strange choice for such a sunny day, but Glasgow was where the weather was supposed to be nicest (We had planned to go to the coast, but they were getting rain there – boo!), and you know me – wherever the sun goes, I’ll go too. And if the sun decides to jump off a cliff, I will follow it. We’ve been spending quite a bit of time in Glasgow lately (purely because that’s where the best of the weather has been!), and it’s been a lot of fun. I realised recently that although I’ve been visiting Glasgow on a regular basis for most of my life (as a teenager, it was where I went to spend all my money!), I’ve always pretty much stuck to the city centre – i.e. the shops. This summer, though, we’ve been exploring a bit further afield, and have been pleasantly surprised: I think a lot of people, when they think of Glasgow, think of its industrial past, and not much more than that, but it’s really quite a beautiful city, so it’s been nice to see a bit more of it.

Most of these photos were taken at the Botanic Gardens, where we started our walk (and ended it, actually, by having some lunch at the café there): from there we walked through the city to Glasgow University, via the picturesque Ashton Lane, which was looking particularly nice in the sunshine:

Ashton Lane, Glasgow

Ashton Lane, Glasgow

Ashton Lane, Glasgow

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At the University we had a quick look around the Hunterian Museum (it’s another one we’ll have to go back to when it’s not quite so nice outside) before heading over to the Mackintosh House, which is a pretty amazing recreation of the home of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his wife, Margaret. There’s no photography allowed inside the house, unfortunately, so you’ll just have to imagine that one (or check out the website, obviously), but the thing I was most interested in was the all-white decor in a couple of rooms, which obviously met with my approval, but which would’ve been really unusual in a house in Glasgow 100 years ago.

I mean, I know the reactions we got when we did our bedroom a few weeks ago, so now I can’t help but imagine poor CRM going around saying, “No, I don’t think it needs a pop of colour, actually,” and “No, really, it’s easier than you’d think to keep it clean!” Preach it, Charlie. It looked fantastic anyway, and is well worth a visit if you’re interested in design – the house has been rebuilt as an art installation, basically, but the interiors are exact, and most of the furniture is original, so if you like the Rennie Mackintosh style, it’s a good chance to see some of the pieces up close.

Be sure to stop by the Botanic Gardens, too – there are buttercups there, and you all know how much I love a field of butercups…

Boden Nancy dress

WEARING: Boden ‘Nancy’ dress; Next flats; Miu Miu sunglasses (c/o)

6 Comments
  1. I love CRM! He straddles the line between Arts & Crafts and Art Nouveau, (art nouveau with edge, really) and the synthesis is so much easier to live with than either “pure” style. (Sorry, I’m a design geek.) The all-white rooms may have been the first hint he was leaving architecture for art (he became a landscape painter before he died–I forget where–but it was bound to be someplace with more light than Glasgow). Speaking of landscapes (seascapes?), I am mad for the print on that dress.

  2. I love Glasgow, especially the West End, and can walk there from where my boyfriend is. The Botanics is a gem for me seeing as the London equivalent, Kew Gardens, now charges a whopping amount for entry (worth it though).

    There are some great bits of greenery in Glasgow that my other half has taken me to such as Rouken Glen south of the city. It’s a good opportunity to pop into one of my favourite cafes while we’re there, the Glad Cafe in Shawlands 🙂

  3. I like seeing this dress because it reminds me of how much I love my bargain Asda skirt that isn’t all that dissimilar 😉 I really want to see Glasgow some time – I feel like everyone I know except me has been! Some of those photos above are so pretty… Shame it’s such a long train ride or flight (hate flying) to get there from here!

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