Arts & culture

The Gallivant

Places to be, people to see 

Gleneagles Townhouse

 The ‘riveria in the Highlands’ will bring a taste of countryside luxury to the Scottish capital with their new, much-anticipated hotel, restaurant and members’ club, set to open in spring 2022. Housed in the former Bank of Scotland building on St Andrew Square, the townhouse’s pièce de résistance is rooftop bar Lamplighters, with prime views across Edinburgh.

The X by Glenmorangie Terrace


Edinburgh’s St James Quarter hasn’t been short of curious queues since it opened, with the addition of the chic and sleek Alchemist being no exception. The restaurant and cocktail bar has now added a stunning terrace to its repertoire in collaboration with new ‘made to mix’ scotch, X by Glenmorangie, and you can get your sip on there until April 2022.

Beat 6

If you like your dining with a whole helping of social enterprise – and who wouldn’t – then it’s time you made a reservation at Beat 6, the charitable restaurant from the group behind Six by Nico. The Dennistoun venue is donating 100% of its profits to Beatson Cancer Charity, with a rotating menu that celebrates some of Six by Nico’s most popular dishes.

Michael Clark: Cosmic Dancer

Michael Clark in Because We Must, 1987. Photograph by Richard Haughton

 If you didn’t catch it at the Barbican, now’s your chance to head to V&A Dundee and immerse yourself in the unique and fantastically radical world of the Scottish choreographer and dancer. Born in Aberdeen, Clark took contemporary dance to new levels, bringing together his classical ballet training with London’s punk, fashion and club culture.

London Calling


The capital isn’t short on members’ clubs, but the effervescent name on revellers’ whisky-tinged lips seems to be the unpretentiously debaucherous Christabel’s in Fitzrovia. Fans so far include Jonathan Kane and Lottie Moss, with live performance taking centre stage in an alluring rouge (or should we say rogue?) space.

Pride & Prejudice, Sort Of

It’s Mr Darcy and Miss Bennet, but not as we’ve known it in the West End…  The atmospheric Criterion Theatre plays host to this all-female cast, with a show written by Scot Isobel McArthur that’s a riot of feminist joy from start to finish.