Argyll Arcade

Photo: Alan Crumlish

John Baird


Category A Listed

Scotland’s earliest covered shopping arcade is, like those in Paris and Brussels, a historic gem. Its roofscape is elegantly engineered with timber trusses held within a cast-iron hammerbeam framework. This elegant setting is an appropriate location for the greatest concentration of specialist jewellery shops anywhere in Scotland. Above the shops are glazed offices and workshops, some occupied by craftsman jewellers, much as they would have been before Victoria ascended the throne. Amid the glittering jewels is the entrance to another Glasgow institution, the Edwardian Sloane’s Bar, whose faience, wood panelling and decorative glazing are well worth a detour.