Lively and dynamic, Glasgow boasts a vibrant cultural scene, plenty of green spaces and the largest academic community outside London, with world leading research in life sciences, engineering and tech. It’s also known as a financial services centre – Barclays, JP Morgan and Credit Suisse are among the many multinational banks with a base in the city, writes Emma Allen
Name: Glasgow Science Centre
Address: Glasgow Science Centre, 50 Pacific Quay, G51 1EA
Tel: 0141 420 5008
Set on the banks of the River Clyde, the £75m Science Centre’s three titanium-clad buildings are amongst the most recognisable landmarks in the city and the venue makes an impressive backdrop for events. Inside, there is an IMAX 3D cinema, a Planetarium and conference suites of varying sizes. Its biggest space, the Atrium, can host up to 600.
Name: Clydeside Distillery
Address: The Old Pump House, Queen’s Dock, 100 Stobcross Rd, Glasgow G3 8QQ
Tel: 0141 212 1401
The multimillion-pound riverside Clydeside development opened in 2017 and is the city’s first single malt whisky distillery to open in more than 100 years. Inside, a private tasting room can seat up to 50, or receptions for up to 200 can be held in the Distillery complete with its large copper stills. Exclusive hire drinks packages are £65 per head, including a tour.
ON A SHOESTRING
Address: Thestudio Keynes, 67 Hope St, Glasgow G2 6AE
Tel: 0141 370 4500
Situated just a few minutes’ walk from Central Station’s main concourse, thestudio offers seven light-filled and brightly designed meeting rooms, each with outstanding views of the city’s rooftops to the hills beyond. An exclusiveuse space for up to 260 can be hired on the ninth floor for receptions. Day packages start from £27.50 per head.
SMALL BUT PERFECTLY FORMED
Name: The Ivy
Address: 106 Buchanan Street, Glasgow G1 2NB
Tel: 0141 378 1200
Scotland’s first outpost of the Ivy brasserie chain opened on Glasgow’s Buchanan Street this summer, and its elaborately decorated interior makes an elegant setting for parties and dinners. Aside from the main restaurant, there is a first floor bar that hosts live music at weekends and the private dining Morgan Room which can sit 20 guests on one long table or up to 40 standing.
Name: Kimpton Blythswood Square Hotel
Address: 11 Blysthwood Square, Glasgow G2 4AD
Tel: 0141 248 8888
This elegant Georgian townhouse hotel re-opened this year under the Kimpton brand following a multimillion-pound refit. Six luxury modern meeting rooms offer state of the art technology, with the Monte Carlo suite able to host up to 120 theatre-style. There's also a 40-seat screening room for hire.
OUT OF TOWN
Name: Hampden Park Stadium
Address: Hampden Park Stadium, Glasgow G42 9BA
Tel: 0141 620 4120
Hampden Park is the home venue to Scotland’s national football team, just three miles south of the city centre. Ideal for large events, there is 1,800m2 of exhibition space, an auditorium and more than 45 separate conference rooms available, with the largest, the Lomond and Nevis suites, both seating up to 500 theatre-style.
Glasgow offers excellent road, rail and air links. There are three international airports within easy reach and two major railway stations. More than 20 trains daily operate from London Euston with an average journey time of just over four hours.
Contact the Glasgow Convention Bureau for advice on venues, accommodation and conference bookings. Telephone 0141 566 0807 or email firstname.lastname@example.org