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13 Reasons to Visit Glasgow Instead of London

Picture of Tasnim Nazeer
Freelance Journalist
Updated: 16 December 2017
There are many reasons why you should visit Glasgow but if you are stuck between a visit to the vibrant cities of London and Glasgow, it can be difficult deciding which one to go to. If you are looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of London, then here are our 13 reasons why you should go with your instinct and choose team Glasgow.

Street Art

The street art scene in Glasgow offers something truly unique to anyone who views them. From depictions of St Mungo to hip-hop characters, Glasgow has a plethora of massive murals for you to enjoy. In addition, you can view some of the most renowned street artists like Rogue One, Smug and Klingatron and their masterpieces, which range from the World’s Most Economical Taxi, a taxi drifting off into the sky by a handful of balloons, or Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, a gargantuan girl with a magnifying glass looking to pick up people from the street. If art is your thing, you definitely have to pay a visit to Glasgow. You can also check out the city centre mural trail, which enables you to get a tour of all the street art in the city!


Whilst London does have its fair share of architecture, nothing compares to some of the finest, intricately designed ancient buildings in Glasgow. Some of the buildings look as though they have come out of a Harry Potter movie, including the University of Glasgow.

University of Glasgow | © Hugo Cadavez/Flickr


Glasgow is a vibrant city, home to media outlets such as the BBC and STV, and the city centre itself is a thriving place to visit. You will catch just how captivating the place is once you visit and experience it first-hand. There is always someone who will talk to you, whether it is just a simple hello or goodbye or asking how you are.

Eclectic Food

Glasgow is a diverse city with a range of eclectic food. From Indian to Chinese, there is something for everyone. You will be spoilt by the selection of Glasgow’s finest range of restaurants. If you are a seafood lover, you won’t be disappointed as this city boasts some of the finest fish restaurants.

Commute to Scenic Scotland

Glasgow is an easy commute to some of the most scenic areas of Scotland and is half an hour’s drive away from Loch Lomond. You can enjoy a boat ride on the Loch or take in some of the beautiful scenery amid the array of little shopping outlets.


There is nothing quite like some of Glasgow’s major festivals. You may want to come for Hogmanay or watch Scottish bagpipers in the heart of the city. Glasgow is home to a film festival, comedy festival, book festivals and everything in between.


Glasgow has a variety of music; from the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow where you can enjoy your favourite acts to the theatre, there is something for everyone to enjoy. You may even enjoy classical Scottish folk music or prefer to watch your favourite musician at some of Glasgow’s finest arenas.

Glasgow Film Theatre

If you’re looking for something different than the conventional cinema, then you may want to take a visit to the Glasgow Film Theatre and check out what is on offer there. A very different experience to the cinemas you get in London.

The Weather

If you enjoy the cold weather and like watching the draping of snow across the city, then you should definitely visit Glasgow. The city is well known for its cold weather, and you are more likely to see snow here than you are in London.

The Friendly People

As a proud Londoner myself, what I first noticed when I moved to Glasgow a few years ago is just how friendly the people are. You no longer have to have a silent commute, whether you are on the train or bus. People here actually speak to you and have conversations with a smile, and that is something I love about the city – just how friendly people are.

The Works of Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Renowned Glaswegian designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh was a pioneering architect, and his designs can be seen all around the UK. What would be better than to see his architecture in design in his hometown of Glasgow?

The Mackintosh Building, Glasgow | © Richard P J Lambert /Flickr

Diverse Neighbourhoods

Glasgow is home to a diverse range of neighbourhoods to explore, each with its own personality and distinct charm. You may want to take a bike ride around the southside of Glasgow and then move on to more picturesque side.

Picturesque Parks

Glasgow is home to some of the most scenic and peaceful parks such as Pollok Country Park. Grab a coffee and relax whilst exploring some of Glasgow’s finest parks.