Every city has them. Not somewhere you'll find in any tourist guy and not necessarily "the next big thing." It's the venues in cities that locals love. The ones that whenever someone brings any of the venues up is coupled with excited fervent agreement. Every city has them. When Links of London invited me and some other bloggers to The Finnieston for dinner and drinks I knew it was time for me to discover one of my own cities hidden gems.
Shirt - Vintage
Skirt - River Island
Tights - Primark
Bag - H! by Henry Holland for Debenhams
Shoes - Faith
For locals, the Finnieston is pretty much a staple of West End dining. It's literally round the corner from the Hidden Lane Tea Room (one of my personal favourites) so I really had no excuse. I tried oysters for the first time (not terrible but I maybe need to go a little lighter on the Tabasco next time) and drank a fair bit of Gin and Absinthe cocktails (it was called the Corpse Reviver, how could I not?) and generally fell in love with the place. I love finding out new places in my city and sharing my haunts with friends, family and out of towners, which is why the Links Hidden Gem campaign is so brilliant.
Links of London have teamed up Stylist magazine to find your Hidden Gems with the chance to win £1000 to spend at Links of London as well as a trip to 2 to a hidden gem. All you have to do it take a picture of your favourite place to go in your city and load up to instagram or twitter tagging @linksoflondon (insta) or @links_of_london (twitter) with #linkshiddengems. Simple right? It's also a great way to find out about other peoples top hot spots. Thanks to the campaign I'm itching to get to Manchester to hit up From Dusk till Pawn - a prohibition style bar styled like a pawn shop. It's a great way to discover new places, share your favourites as well as explore a brand that is most definitely not all sweetie bracelets (I've completely fallen for their line of friendship bracelets, already dying to get mine engraved.)
What are your cities hidden gems?