Fare of the Month Glasgow & London

Published on July 1st, 2019 | by Jack Cheng

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See, Taste and Tour Glasgow & London with Air Canada

See two of Britain’s most culturally robust cities with one airfare. For the month of July, we’ve partnered with Air Canada to bring you this exclusive multi-city flight deal. Start your journey from Glasgow, Scotland’s most populous city and return home from London, the capital of England on an open jaw ticket. Travel from September 25 to October 9 to enjoy the UK’s many autumn festivities.

Here are some suggested attractions you can check out during this travel period:

Glasgow

Glasgow city centre

See

The Necropolis

Inspired by Paris’ Père Lachaise garden cemetery, Glasgow’s Necropolis is a haunting collection of Victorian-era monuments, sculptures and mausoleums clustered around a 37-acre plot. The final resting place for over 50,000 dead, the Necropolis features over 3,500 Gothic structures and elaborate stone craft. Walking tours are offered by volunteer historians on-site, where you can follow them through the maze-like Necropolis and learn about some of the most turbulent chapters in the city’s history.

Taste

Whisky Distilleries

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Stop for a wee dram at Glasgow’s many city area distilleries. Start with a chocolate and whisky pairing lesson at Clydeside, Glasgow’s first dedicated malt whisky distiller by the Queen’s Dock. Then, head to household name distilleries like Dewar’s and Bowmore in the West End for more scotch sampling. Extend your trip by heading out to the Scottish Highlands and visit iconic whisky makers including Glenmorangie, Glengoyne, and the Isle of Arran, nestled between starkly beautiful mountain landscapes.

Tour

Street Art

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Whimsical, thought-provoking, and often requiring a second glance, Glasgow’s many towering downtown murals are quirky storytelling devices that tap into the local psyche. Since 2008, the city has commissioned scores of street art to cover weather-beaten and dilapidated buildings left abandoned by the city’s struggling economy. Now, many downtown blocks have become ever-growing canvases that showcase Glasgow’s playful and creative side. You can follow the street art trail with an app or sign up for a guided tour to gain insight behind each mural’s meaning.

Popular Stopover

Liverpool

Liverpool

Make a musical pilgrimage to Liverpool, the birthplace of The Beatles. Join the National Trust on a walking tour of John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s childhood homes. Visit both 20 Forthlin Road and 251 Menlove Avenue to see where the band wrote, composed, and rehearsed their earliest songs. The houses are restored to their 1950s appearance and look as if the band still practices there.

London

See

Leadenhall Market

Tucked away between low-rise office buildings, Leadenhall Market is easily missed by pedestrians on their way to the Financial District. First established in the 14th century, this Victorian-style covered market is housed beneath a lavish framework of steel and glass atrium. The market, lined with colourful storefronts, columns, and cobbled walkways, was used as the filming location for both Diagon Alley and the Leaky Cauldron in the Harry Potter movie franchise. Many Londoners frequent the market for classic English pub grub, to browse local goods, and to window shop unique boutique stores.

Taste

London Restaurant Festival (October 1 – 31)

The London Restaurant Festival celebrates the city’s diverse food scene with a month of artfully crafted dishes offered at 400 plus venues. Hop between authentic ethnic eateries and Michelin-star restaurants for original entrees created specifically for the festival. The event also hosts several tasting tours around the city, including opportunities to discover different spectrums of London’s haute cuisine and culinary industry.

Tour

Leighton House Museum

The former house and studio of painter Frederic Leighton is an extravagant palace of art that underwent several transformations over a three-decade period. Built in 1866 by architect and designer, George Aitchison, the manor exhibits an elaborate Orientalist interior. During his time, Leighton had spared no expense at making his house a spectacle befitting his wealth and social status. Today, you can view his vast art collection up close in his private studio and walk beneath the golden dome of the Arab Hall surrounded by walls covered in spellbindingly ornate Islamic tiles.  

Popular Stopovers

Nottingham

Nottingham architecture

For the month of October, Nottingham becomes UK’s festival city and hosts 15 major events. Among them, the Robin Hood Beer & Cider Festival returns this year with more than a thousand casks of ale, craft beer, and cider selections offered alongside outdoor food stalls. Guests are invited to enjoy an afternoon of live music performances and sample offerings from some of the region’s best breweries.

Brighton

Brighton Ferris Wheel

Duck out of London for a romantic getaway in the picturesque seaside town of Brighton. The weather along England’s southern coast is breezy and balmy during late September to early October. Brighton, named UK’s “hippest city”, bustles with lively markets, quaint shops, and fish and chips eateries along rows of pastel-coloured terraced houses. The town is also known for its thriving LGBTQ scene, carnival style arcades along the pier, and many unusual cultural landmarks.

 

No more stiff upper lip when booking travel! Contact one of our Expert Travellers today for this limited time in-store only flight deal. Ask them about July’s Fare of the Month and let them design your ideal itinerary.

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About the Author

Jack is a Toronto-based writer and journalist with a background in print, digital content, and broadcast. Combining his passion and interest in writing and travelling, he has joined Flight Centre to write about adventures and off-the-beaten-path excursions, some based off of his own misadventures abroad.



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