November will see Glasgow play host to the UN Climate Summit. With the arrival of some of the most important figureheads in global politics, the event also brings with it a whole range of questions about the future of climate change.
The UK Government has pledged to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050. The fast approaching deadline is not without its complications – and will be a hot topic of discussion when the big name delegates start to arrive in the city.
Also up for debate is whether enough has been achieved since 2015’s landmark Paris climate agreement as well as heatwaves, droughts and flooding that devastated countries across the world this summer.
COP26 will take place at the Scottish Events Campus from 1-12 November, with the summit expected to attract 120 heads of state, including US President Joe Biden and even the Queen.
Leaders from 196 countries and around 20,000 accredited delegates are due to attend the major summit. But where will the big name delegates be resting up ahead of these important discussions?
We’ve rounded up to the city’s top hotels that are likely to play host to the world’s biggest names come November.
One Devonshire Gardens
David Beckham and David Bowie are among the stars who have checked in to this west end hotel over the years and we predict One Devonshire Gardens at The Hotel du Vin will be a popular choice among the delegates. The boutique hotel boasts a cigar shack, whisky room, wine cellar and each of the 49-bedrooms comes with a plasma screen, as well as Egyptian cotton sheets and ‘monsoon’ shower heads.
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Blythswood Square Hotel
Pop star Ariana Grande, actor Richard Gere and comedian Billy Connelly have all checked in at the Blythswood Square hotel before and the hotel has long been favoured by A-listers for it’s plush but private rooms. Located in the heart of the city, the swanky hotel is set in a prime location, not far from Scottish Events Campus where the COP26 summit will be held.
And after a long day talking climate change, world leaders can enjoy winding down in the award-winning 5-star spa – if they have time.
Grand Central Hotel
When it comes to name-dropping, though, Grand Central Hotel has the longest history with starlets. Everyone from JFK and Winston Churchill to Gene Kelly have stayed here. It was also a favourite among musicians back in the day and The Beatles and The Rolling Stones have all taken a kip at the popular hotel.
The location, practically inside the Central Station, is second to none. And eco-conscious lodgers can get the train straight to the Exhibition Centre.
Mar Hall the Scottish National team’s pre-match base for home fixtures and Real Madrid, AC Milan and Arsenal have all stayed here too. It is also the preferred base for singing superstar Beyonce when she comes to stay in Glasgow. If it is good enough for Queen B…
For when a hotel in Glasgow’s centre just won’t cut it, there’s always a private estate. When Brad Pitt was filming World War Z in 2011, he and then partner Angelia Jolie headed to the Carnell Estate in Ayrshire with their kids.
The spectacular 16th century manor had more than enough room for Brangie and their babies – the sprawling mansion has two dining rooms, ten bedrooms and can sleep up to 18 people.
When Madonna played the Hydro, she reportedly spent the night at the Marriot Hotel – and we can see why. Tucked away at the end of Argyle Street, The Marriot offers another great central location for those needing a place to stay during the summit. But they would need a bank account as big as her Madgesty to stay here – the Marriott booking website was advertising between £4046 and £4500 a night for a room in November.
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