Lynsay Loves Spaces: Champagne Central, Glasgow

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As a self-confessed interiors nut, it really makes my heart sing when I come across a space that has unique or striking design elements. Looking through my camera roll is a pretty accurate reflection of this too – with hundreds of photos dedicated to floors, walls, ceilings and furniture from when I’ve been out and about!

I love sharing personal decor ideas of course, along with how we’ve styled things around the flat, but I also want to let you guys see the other places that happen to catch my eye. Hopefully, if these places are local to you, you might be inspired to pay them a visit – or maybe they’ll give you a few ideas for your own interior projects.

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To start things off, here are a few photos from my recent visit to Champagne Central, a stylish speakeasy within Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow that serves afternoon tea, gourmet bites, cocktails and more. I’ve mentioned the hotel before but, when I went along to last year’s relaunch of Champagne Central, I was blown away with the transformation!

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There is more than a hint of the Grand Budapest Hotel in this space – with soft pink and blue velvet furniture, paperback books and gold hardware adorning the bar. Antique-style bird cages, fern motifs and typewriters also lend a hip, quirky feel.

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Even though the place is newly-renovated, Champagne Central already feels classic and comfortable. I can see myself happily spending an afternoon or two here (plus, it makes a great spot to wait for your train as the hotel overlooks Central Station!).

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If you’re in Glasgow and have time to spare, be sure to check out this stylish little slice of Wes Anderson in the centre of town. Let me know where I should check out next, too!

3 Glasgow Museums to Visit When the Weather Outside is Frightful

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At this time of year, one of the things most people (myself included!) look forward to most is having a bit of downtime. Whether it’s a few days, a week or even a fortnight to recharge, having  some time off to enjoy ourselves is a very welcome treat!

As much as I love to hibernate (and work my way through as many holiday films as I can), I also try to balance that with getting out and about – though, when the weather is less than inviting, it can be hard to figure out what to do, right?

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Recently, I’ve been spending some time at my favourite Glasgow Museums, which make an ideal activity when you don’t want to be outside much. I’d love to share some highlights with you guys today, in case you haven’t been before or fancy re-visiting this season.

Here are 3 Glasgow Museums to visit when the weather outside is frightful…

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Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Kelvingrove and I go way back – heck, we even used to be neighbours! I’ve featured the museum  here many times before, sometimes due to an awesome exhibition we’ve popped along to and other times the building itself has been a dramatic backdrop to style shoots.

It has a solid place in my heart and I really enjoyed seeing it again this month. Kelvingrove consists of three stunning floors with several galleries and exhibition spaces, each with fascinating collections to take in. From the artifacts of Ancient Egypt, to the immersive Life in the Rainforest object cinema and stories of Scotland old and new, there’s something for everyone to discover.

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It’s hard to pick a favourite in such a historic, vast and varied space, but Sophie Cave’s Floating Heads are a must-see and don’t forget to say hello to Sir Roger before you leave (he’s one of Kelvingrove’s most popular residents…).

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Gallery of Modern Art

Of all the Glasgow Museums, GoMA is the most-visited and easiest to access given its place in the middle of the city centre just a hop, skip and jump from George Square and the Style Mile. This contemporary art gallery showcases the work of artists from around the globe and its exhibitions are refreshed regularly.

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At the moment, you can catch Aaron Angell’s exhibition in Gallery One on the ground floor of GoMA. I loved checking it out last week and taking in the eclectic range of pieces which included inflatables, ceramic sculpture, a giant cabbage (!) and a fully conserved Victorian fern case to name a few.

Every time I visit GoMA, I leave feeling inspired and looking at the world a little differently than when I walked in – whether it’s a quick lunchtime trip or a few hours spent wandering the floors.

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The Riverside Museum

As Scotland’s museum of transport and travel, Riverside certainly has a more consistent theme than some of its counterparts, but you better believe that there is just as much to see!

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The Riverside Museum boasts over 150 separate displays and over 3000 objects, telling the story of how our transport and technology has developed over the years.

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One of the most memorable parts of our recent trip to Riverside was taking a stroll down the cobbled streets of  ‘old Glasgow’ and seeing how our city’s iconic Subway system was first created.

The museum also holds regular events and at the moment it’s celebrating comic book culture with movie showings, collectibles and even the 1960s Batmobile!

Glasgow Museums

In Glasgow we are really lucky to have so many free museums and galleries on our doorstep (though donations are gratefully received to help support them). Whether you’ve lived in the city your whole life, or are just visiting during the Christmas break, wandering around these Glasgow Museums is one of my favourite ways to spend a cold, wet day.

Will you be visiting (or re-visiting) any of these museums soon? What are some of your favourite ways to spend time off at this time of year?

The Glasgow Veggie Diaries: Tempus at Grand Central Hotel

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New to The Glasgow Veggie Diaries? This series is where you’ll find me sharing the most awesome meat-free food options around town, so whether you or a member of your posse are vegetarian, feel free to use this as your official guide to who is doing it right!

You can also catch up with all of my previous Glasgow Veggie Diaries entries here

One of my favourite things about Christmas time is the food! I love the extra indulgence that comes with the season, whether it’s from snacking on a chocolate Santa or sitting down with friends and enjoying a festive feast.

Recently, I did the latter (though there has been the odd chocolate Santa, too!) at Tempus, the restaurant at Grand Central Hotel in the city centre, after Laura suggested that a few of us should get together for Christmas dinner.

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The Restaurant 

Grand Central Hotel has been in Glasgow since the 19th century and has welcomed the likes of Frank Sinatra when they’ve visited the city. And if it’s good enough for ol’ blue eyes then it’s good enough for me! Tempus, their in-house restaurant, strives to show-off fresh, locally-sourced food to give visitors a taste of Scotland.

Like our very own blogging Rat Pack, myself and the other girls arrived on a cold, dark evening at Grand Central Hotel, which looks extra luxurious when it’s all dressed up for Christmas (don’t we all?!)!

The Menu

The three-course festive dinner menu at Tempus has around five options per course, two of which are vegetarian. The team were very helpful when checking for dietary requirements and made sure that everyone in our group was catered for.

It was really encouraging to see a set menu with more than one meat-free option for each course, especially at this time of year when you half-expect nut roasts on every menu!

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What I Ate 

I was very tempted to order the butternut squash soup as a starter (is there anything better on a winter’s night?) but decided to go with the goat’s cheese instead – and boy, am I glad that I did. Presented beautifully with a generous amount of soft and firm cheese, this was a lovely start to the meal. I’m not ashamed to say that I used a piece of cheese as a ‘cracker’ and topped it with soft cheese – like I said, ’tis the season to indulge! #cheeseoncheese

For my main, I picked out the woodland mushroom and spinach strudel which was served with crushed buttery potatoes and truffle cream. I loved the way this dish tasted (I mean, TRUFFLE CREAM!) but it would have been even better if the pastry was a little more exciting to look at – when I read strudel, I was expecting some fancy latticing or similar. Regardless, it was cooked to perfection and I would definitely order it again!

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When it came to desserts, things got a lot more difficult for our group! Everything. Looked. So. Good. Even our waitress was laughing as we struggled to decide what to order, and kept changing our minds every two minutes. How come I can make fairly adult decisions about mortgages and such but, throw some salted caramel and cheesecake into the mix, I get all Sophie’s Choice?

Eventually, I decided to order off-menu after we found out about a special dessert that wasn’t listed. A Taste of Winter sounded delightful – and it was! Brown sugar meringue, mascarpone and plum together with candied clementine and sorbet even smelled like the most perfect snow-capped scene. I could have happily eaten a plate of the meringues alone to be honest, they were divine!

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The aftermath…

Final Thoughts

There’s a certain feeling of ceremony when it comes to eating Christmas dinner in rather grand surroundings and it doesn’t come much grander than Grand Central Hotel at this time of year. A few hours of delicious food, nonsense chatter and good company with my own little blogging Rat Pack was a wonderful way to toast the season.

You can enjoy the festive set menu at Tempus with your own nearest and dearest until 30th December. Click here to find out more and book a table.

What are your thoughts on Christmas food? Do you love it? And which member of the Rat Pack would YOU be?