Famous locals reveal their favourite places in Glasgow

  • The List
  • 9 July 2014
My Favourite Place in Glasgow

credit: Alexander Jackson

Featuring Mark Nelson, Peter Ross, Kirsty Logan, Lauren Mayberry and Tracyanne Campbell

Mark Nelson, Comedian

‘My favourite place in Glasgow is the Barrowlands Ballroom. For the bouncy floor and the roof that sweats and the fact you can buy 16 cans of Tennent’s off a guy at a desk. For the fact that every single important band has played there and it is simply the best music venue in the entire world.’

Peter Ross, Author, Daunderlust: Dispatches from Unreported Scotland (Sandstone)

‘Unchanged in decor and spirit since the 1960s, The Laurieston is a proper pub. Clipped obits on the walls offer a memento mori, but the spirits of drouthy aesthetes lift at the sight of the vintage pie-warmer and a cheery word from the avuncular landlord.’

Kirsty Logan, Author, The Rental Heart and Other Fairytales (Salt)

‘There’s something fairytale-like about The Mitchell Library: from its lofty location above a tangle of busy streets, to its copper-domed roof, to its monochrome tiled floors and psychedelic carpets, to the most magical thing of all – thousands and thousands of books, available for free to any reader looking for a moment of calm in the middle of a hectic city.’

Lauren Mayberry, Musician, CHVRCHES

‘Whenever we get off tour, my first stop is Mother India’s Cafe for tapas-style Indian food. Everything is fresh and cooked to order with lots of great vegetarian options (the saag paneer is one of the finest I have ever eaten).’

Tracyanne Campbell, Musician, Camera Obscura

‘I live in the west end of Glasgow but I’m actually a Govanite. Sometimes when I venture south of the river to my old hood to visit family or friends I take in a visit of Govan Old Church. I’m not religious but the church interestingly is the oldest place of worship in Glasgow and boasts a unique collection of medieval stones from the 11th century.’