I Found The Hidden Lane – and You Can, Too!

the hidden lane

When people ask me what my favourite thing about Glasgow is (and it happens frequently!), I always say this: Glasgow is never boring. There’s always something exciting and unique, just waiting to be discovered – and, last weekend, I found that The Hidden Lane is the perfect example of that.

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If you’ve never heard of The Hidden Lane, let me bring you up to speed! Tucked behind the main streets of Finnieston, this hub of creativity is home to over 100 (!) independent businesses. Artists, shops, cafes, workshops and more occupy the brightly coloured buildings and quirky studio spaces.

But when there’s so much happening in the one place, where do you even begin? You call in the experts! For us, that was Mhairi, the fabulous ladyboss behind Bonnie Bling, who very kindly invited us along for a tour of the lane.

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We started with hot drinks and festive themed treats at The Hidden Lane Tearoom (the chocolate ganache was to die for!) before hitting the cobbles and checking out the curiosities and treasures at Tart’s antique store. They had a VINTAGE DISNEY POSTER in Spanish, you guys. We left and headed over to the super adorable Uptown Squirrel designs just in time – and my bank balance remained intact.

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As well as visiting some awesome stores (such as Decadent Riot, Cloud Nine Candles and Studio Number One), we also got a peek into some of the studios where the design magic happens. No room was off-limits! It was almost like an episode of Cribs – in fact, the only thing missing was Mariah Carey working out in a pair of ridiculous heels…

ANYWAY.

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Seeing the Bonnie Bling HQ with pieces of iconic Scottish jewellery coming hot off the laser cutter was a huge highlight (you know my love for the Bling goes way back!), as was getting a decorative bauble demo from Libby Walker in her bright studio.

the hidden lane

Visiting Vanilla Ink’s metal workshop space was a lot of fun, and I even had a go at making my own keyring! Gary took a sharp breath and stepped back when I was handed the hammer – and I think he was as surprised as me to see that I managed to come away with one keyring and zero injuries. Maybe I’m good with a hammer? Am I Thor now?

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After a few more visits, we finished up the tour at New Hellfire Club record store, before hitting Lean Factory for some lunch and fruit smoothies. Lean Factory is a fairly new addition to The Hidden Lane, and their pastel coloured cafe is the perfect place for a pit stop!

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Fancy exploring The Hidden Lane yourself? Get your diary ready…

On Saturday 25th November, The Hidden Lane are throwing a festive daytime event to launch their Hidden Christmas shopping extravaganza. There’ll be over 20 open shops and studios to explore, competitions, sweet treats, pop-ups, live music and you can even have a go at making your own keyring at Vanilla Ink.

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The fun starts at 12pm – though if you want to go along a little early to get a cuppa at the Hidden Lane Tearoom I fully support that plan!

Over the course of December, The Hidden Lane’s retailers will also be revealing special offers on their social media advent calendar – so keep your eyes peeled to @hiddenlanefinnieston on Instagram for more details…

Whether you fancy getting a start on your Christmas shopping, or want to discover some amazing local businesses and creatives, The Hidden Lane is the perfect place to start!

Skipping Straight to Dessert at Loop & Scoop

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If you’re familiar with my food reviews, you will know by now that I’m most certainly a Dessert Person. It’s the part of the menu my eyes tend to wander to first when friends suggest restaurants and I’ve been known to have more than one pudding in one sitting (#SORRYNOTSORRY).

So, when I first noticed the bright COMING SOON signage outside Loop & Scoop at the start of the summer, the prospect of a dessert-only cafe immediately appealed to me!

Loop & Scoop are the UK’s first Ice Cream and Churro bar and they recently opened their doors on Great Western Road with a bang (only instead of confetti, picture rainbow sprinkles raining down!), much to the delight of Glasgow’s sweet-toothed foodies.

I couldn’t wait to go and get acquainted – so, when a media invite popped into my inbox last month, I was excited to head along to their official launch party and try some of their sweet treats!

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Spread over two floors, the cafe makes the most of its bright (and 100% customised!) space – little windows into the kitchen, plenty of tables and even some classic words from Willy Wonka on the walls make Loop & Scoop a pleasure to sit in. And that’s before you even start eating…

By focusing on gelato, churros and milkshakes, Loop & Scoop know where their talents lie and don’t mess around with other menu items. Besides, when there are so many sweet options to choose from, you really don’t wonder where the non-dessert food is (or at least, I don’t!). All of the gelato is made in-house from an artisan family recipe and the team also plan to switch up the flavours and include seasonal specials. When I visited, it was close to Halloween so ‘Poison Apple’ was the flavour of the week (yes, I tried it and yes, it was delicious!).

There are non-dairy sorbets to try too, so vegan friends in your crew won’t miss out. Their classic churro recipe is also 100% vegan – yay!

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OK, while we are on the topic of churros – let’s talk about loops, baby! I only usually eat churros when I’m in a Disney park because the ones at the Glasgow Christmas markets just don’t do it for me. But now, having tried the freshly-made churros at Loop & Scoop, I can honestly say that I’m no longer resigning churros to a holiday snack.

Served filled, topped, with dips on the side and even ‘looped’ around a scoop of your favourite gelato flavour – there are lots of ways to try ’em! I just loved the dulce de leche filled ones, too good to share!

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I have a feeling that I’ll be skipping straight to dessert at Loop & Scoop again very soon and would love to know if you guys have paid them a visit yet? Let me know in the comments below or over on Twitter what your favourite flavour is!

Dinner, a Movie and an Avenger: Date Night at Cineworld VIP

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Earlier this year, Gary and I seen the trailer for Thor: Ragnarok and it got us REALLY excited. That soundtrack! Those snappy one-liners! JEFF GOLDBLUM IN BLUE EYELINER! What’s not to love?

We decided to start this week off with a little date night to see the latest instalment from the Marvel universe in style in the Cineworld VIP experience at Glasgow Renfield Street. If you follow my Instagram Stories, you’ll probably know by now that Gary and I go to the cinema a lot – at least once a week – and watch everything from the latest Disney releases, to horror films, foreign features and much more.

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For something we’re really looking forward to, or a fun date night, Cineworld VIP is perfect for kicking things up a notch and making it feel like more of an occasion! And does it get more special than a date with an Avenger (or at least, a date while watching an Avenger)?!

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In honour of Thor: Ragnarok‘s neon branding, I decided to wear my brightest tights and a sparkly jumper dress. I like to think of it as something Lisa Turtle might wear on a date at The Max…

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Once we got to the cinema, we picked up our tickets and zipped up to the sixth floor to find the private lounge area and buffet. We had about 45 minutes before heading into the screen, so we had some dinner and a few obligatory goes on the Coca-cola freestyle machine. I swear we’re like a pair of big kids – raspberry peach Sprite Zero, anyone?

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: my favourite part of the Cineworld VIP experience has to be the comfy surroundings inside the screen itself! The reclining Lazy Boy-style seats and plenty of space means that you can really relax and feel immersed in the film. Sometimes I forgot that there were other people there (sorry, Gary!) and if I could have taken one of those seats home with me, I would have given it my best shot!

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Before the trailers started, we picked up some popcorn and drinks and settled into our seats. If you’re anything like me and manage to finish your snacks before the movie starts, you can pop back out to the stand and replenish your stash – did I mention that unlimited treats are my second favourite part of going VIP? Halfway through the movie we decided to get some nachos – no lines meant we were back in a flash, too.

And the movie itself? Well, I don’t want to give too many spoilers but what I CAN say is that it’s one of the best Marvel movies to date! You know this gal is all about Iron Man (and Ant Man, of course!) and, even though there was no Tony Stark appearance this time around, the story, script and striking visuals more than make up for that. Also, Thor gets a haircut! I’m still shook, you guys!

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If you grew up watching movies like Masters of the Universe, then I think Thor: Ragnarok will hit you in all the right nostalgic places. Also, Goldblum rocks blue eyeliner better than I ever could (and I’m totally OK with that!).

The action scenes and swooping shots of Asgard were stunning and this is where seeing it on the big screen really makes a difference!

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We can’t wait to plan our next trip to Cineworld VIP, and there are a ton of films that we want to see this Autumn like Star Wars, Murder on the Orient Express and Justice League, so I’m sure we will be back really soon. You can book tickets to see Thor, with his fancy new haircut, AND see what else is showing in VIP here!

Have you seen Thor: Ragnarok yet? And who’s YOUR favourite Avenger?

 

 

 

This post was created in collaboration with Cineworld, though all experiences, thoughts and Tony Stark crushes are my own.