6 reasons to go to West End this weekend

The sun's out and the West End Festival has just begun. It looks like we have a perfect summer's weekend ahead of us, so what's happening in West End that you simply cannot miss?

Pop up gin bar
Cup Tea Room (311 Byres Road) normally has us drooling over cupcakes and other baked goodies, but as of Friday 3rd June you can also enjoy "The Little Gin 71",  a pop up gin bar with a new menu for each week. The bar is open Wednesday through Sunday from 6pm, serving delicious juniper infused drinks to the West Enders.

Glasgow Chamber Orchestra's 60th birthday concert
Founded in 1956, the Glasgow Chamber Orchestra is returning to the festival with a special birthday concert in Bute Hall featuring Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto with prize-winning soloist Gongbo Giang. The concert is held on Saturday 4th June, with tickets available through Eventbrite. The orchestra has invited friends and former members to help them celebrate their diamond jubilee, promising a spectacular evening in Bute Hall.

Festival Sunday Street Party
Instead of Parade Day, businesses on Vinicombe Street and Ashton and Ruthven Lane are putting on a fun street party for the whole family. Starting at 12noon on Sunday 5th June, come along for live music, dancing, BBQs, face painting, children's crafts and much much more. Visit West End is supporting this by providing children's entertainment in the lanes.

The Ideal Hut Show/Tea Green Market
A touring exhibition that is part of A Festival of Architecture has now reached Glasgow. Eighteen garden sheds have been transformed by leading architects, artists and designers from Scotland and abroad. The exhibition is free and held in the Botanic Gardens. If you're visiting the Gardens on Sunday, don't forget to pop into Kibble Palace to enjoy the Tea Green market, open from 10am-5pm.

Take a guided walk
Friends of Glasgow West are hosting guided historical walks throughout the festival. If you've still got time to make it this evening, 'The Quirky West End' begins at 7pm, with tickets sold in Barrett's on 263 Byres Road. Find out about this and other walks on the festival's website.

Test your whisky knowledge
Glasgow Malt Whisky Company are offering malt whisky tasting sessions throughout the festival, beginning this Saturday at 7.30pm in the Glasgow University Union. It's a relaxed evening that allows you to explore Scottish Single Malt from different parts of the country while discussing the different tastes, colours, aromas and finishes. For more information, visit the Glasgow Malt Whisky Company's website.