A relatively tiny bit of central Glasgow, amounting to a square of a few streets, bounded by George Square in the north, Royal Exchange Square in the west, the Trongate to the south, and... well, it just sort of peters out to the east. Called the Merchant City because it used to be the commercial heart of Glasgow, dating back to the 18th century. The big business at the time was tobacco, and the whole area was warehouses for tobacco being shipped in from Virginia, and the mansions built by the men who became rich from it. Glasgow's role in the triangular slave trade is a vastly underreported part of its history, and the Merchant City was a big part of that. Now it's thoroughly gentrified, and also the closest thing to a gay area you'll find in a Scottish city. Three of Glasgow's largest gay bars sit next to one another on the same street, with another four in the area. Rather trendy, basking in the reflected consumer zeal of Buchanan Street.
DesperationQuest, 10/20. 24 minutes.