Back at the end of last year I was asked by Paul Trainer of The Glasgowist what my best of Glasgow was.  A few people have mentioned it recently so I thought I would share the article with you.

Photographer Lesley Williamson recently released the Glasgow Banter range, a collection of local greeting cards, coasters, prints, posters and other quirky pieces inspired by her love of interior design, photography and local humour.

You’ll spot her collection in shops and galleries around the town and she hopes to open her own Glasgow studio soon. When she is not taking shots of the city through aged filters she is hanging out with her fiancé Donald in her favourite places.

Here’s Lesley’s hometown heroes, with a few images from the Glasgow Banter Collection.

What do you like best about Glasgow?

The people. Glaswegians are the most down to earth, friendly, welcoming people with the best sense of humour. And the architecture, I spend a lot of time looking up when I’m out and about.

Best view?

I love the Lighthouse down Mitchell Lane. You get a 360 degree view of Glasgow from the top of the tower and although it’s a bit tight up there, it’s rarely busy. It’s a great spot to watch the city go by from.

Best restaurant right now?

Hanoi Bike Shop.



Fry Up
My own version of a cooked Scottish breakfast.
‘Pure dead brilliant’

Best pub?

I’m not sure which is the best ‘traditional’ pub in the city but The Admiral is good for a no frills drink.

Where do you like to pick up ingredients for cooking?

I’m handy for both Byres Road and Great Western Road and like popping in to the various delis and fruit and veg places.

Where would you meet us for a coffee?

Cafezique is one of my favourite haunts. It has a great atmosphere with a rustic flavour and a bustling kitchen. It’s usually stowed on the weekend with folk enjoying their legendary breakfasts. Failing that, it would be Jellyhill to sit in the window and people watch with a huge scone.

Where do you shop for clothes?

I like shopping in independent places when I can, but for clothes it has to be Buchanan Street. I’m not a big fan of places like Braehead. I like to be outside and Glasgow’s style mile has a great mix of shops with one of my favourites being Urban Outfitters. When I was wee my mum would take me to Frasers, especially around Christmas time and I still love going in there to this day. Buchanan Street has some fantastic buildings.

Etsy IMG_8364


Glasgow needs more?

Scope for small independant businesses to start out and flourish.

Glasgow needs less?

Big chain stores and supermarkets.

Favourite Glasgow building?

I’ve always loved Glasgow University. It occupies such a great position high above the West End. Truth be told, I’m a wee bit jealous of the students that go there.

Your Glasgow music?

I recently saw Belle and Sebastian at the Hydro for a charity gig to raise funds for Syrian child refugees. They were so at home on the stage and got everyone up dancing. I wasn’t a big fan before but there’s something about seeing a band live that changes your opinion. I love them now. I also went to my first Sofar gig in September and saw Admiral Fallow who were amazing live.

Favourite Glasgow neighbourhood?

I’m a West End gal. I’ve lived there for 5 years now and I’m really struggling to see myself living anywhere else. It’s home to some of the most stunning period houses in amongst quiet leafy streets but still so close to the city centre. Small enough to stroll around and shop and grab a bite to eat without ever being more than 10 minutes walk from my flat.

Your Glasgow hero?

Charles Rennie Mackintosh

When you are with friends in Glasgow, what do you like to do?

Find somewhere cosy for a bite to eat and a drink to have a good catch up and then maybe a bar with live music or an open mic night.

Lesley Tweets @lesleywphoto and you can see more of her photographs here.

Vintage Train
A Scotrail train on a bridge in Glasgow.
‘Whit’s fur ye’ll no go by ye’

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