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Our aim with The Southampton Guest Guide is to provide you with a wealth of information, including the hidden secrets that will make your stay truly memorable. Located on the beautiful south coast of England, Southampton is a city of growing international renown. Regarded as the cruise capital of Northern Europe, Southampton plays host to over 4 million visitors a year and offers a vibrant, cultural experience for all who stay. With over £800m of investment underway, the city boasts the exciting mix of dynamic business developments, a diverse range of cultural venues, events and outstanding historical features. Superb retreats, retail therapy and medieval town walls all add up to a unique environment just waiting to be enjoyed. 2012 is set to be a big year in Southampton with the opening of a new Sea City Museum, the Titanic Centenary, 175 years of P&O and of course The Olympic Games. We hope that you will join us again and experience what Southampton has to offer. Whether you are in the city for an overnight stay, few days or a weekend short break, we hope that you emerge from your stay enlightened and reinvigorated. We look forward to welcoming you again, very soon!
PAGE A Pilgrim’s Progress 4 6 Southampton’s Old Town 7 Tudor House & Garden 8 Old Town New Discoveries 9 What’s Coming to Southampton 10 Art & Theatre 12 Theatre & Dining 14 WestQuay Southampton 16 Bedford Place Boutique 18 Vintage Chic 19 John Lewis: All Under One Roof 20 Feast of Flavours 21 Grand Café: Affordable Luxury 22 The Ideal Collection 24 The Heart of the City 25 Interview with Shelley Jory-Leigh 26 Southampton the Cruise Capital 28 City of Sport: Hope for 2012 30 Suggested Itineraries 32 Great Days Out 34 Up and Coming Events
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Southampton Guest Guide: History
Ghost Walks If you want to meet some of Southampton’s more gruesome residents, why not join the Sarah Siddons Fan Club theatre company on their infamous ghost walks at Halloween and Christmas? October 31st and November 1st at 7pm and 9pm, departing from Holy Rood Church, High Street, Southampton ‘Harry Houdini’s Horrible Halloween’. On October 31st 1911 Harry Houdini unveiled his famous water torture act in Southampton, a hundred years
later he is back to see how the town has changed and uncover stories of
outhampton has welcomed tourists for nearly
mass in Holy Rood Church and was entertained in the town
torture and watery deaths!
a thousand years, its popularity began as
for three days before travelling to Winchester Cathedral
Tickets £5 from Southampton Visitor
a place of pilgrimage in the twelfth century
to marry Mary Tudor. He exhorted his followers to take up
Centre call 023 8033 3333
being on the route to Canterbury. After the
English customs and to illustrate what he meant drank a
The Christmas Ghost Walks also
murder of Thomas Becket, (Archbishop of
cup of beer. It may have been an omen but it rained for the
depart from Holy Rood Church
Canterbury) in 1170, King Henry II travelled
full three days of the king’s visit. In St Michael’s church can
at 7.30pm on the 12th, 14th and
from his lands in France and landed at Southampton, where
be found Philip of Spain’s chest. It was not left by the king
16th December ‘From the horses
he had a castle. From there he journeyed onto Canterbury
but was placed in the church some thirty four years later. In
mouth’ takes an unexpected look at
to make his own pilgrimage as atonement for his role in
1588 England and Spain were at war and a mighty armada
Southampton’s dark underbelly!!
Becket’s death. Pilgrims wanting to follow the route the
was launched against Mary’s sister, Queen Elizabeth I.
king had taken started to flood into Southampton. Along
Southampton provided a ship called The Angel as part of the
the route hospices sprung up to serve the needs of these
defence fleet. The Spanish fleet was repelled off the Isle of
travellers. In Southampton the Maison Dieu or God’s House
Wight and their tight formation was finally broken when Sir
was built by the wealthy merchant and
Francis Drake sent in fire ships, ships that
port reeve, Gervaise Le Riche, once a
had been set ablaze and floated into the
large complex on Winkle Street there
midst of the wooden Spanish ships whilst
are still almshouses and a chapel
they were at anchor. The Spanish had to
dedicated to St Julien, the patron saint
cut their anchors and flee. One of the fire
of travellers. Henry’s castle survived till
ships was The Angel. After the victory,
the seventeenth century and the castle
returning soldiers and sailors, many sick
mound can be seen at Castle Way, its
and injured, were off loaded in ports around
outer bailey wall still stands as does the
the country and left to make their own way
magnificent castle vault and the remains
home. Admiral Hawkins was so shocked
of castle hall. For those truly wishing to
he set up a chest in Chatham to collect
experience the act of pilgrimage, the first
alms for them and many churches around
leg of the route would have been a day’s
the country did likewise. The boxes were
walk to Winchester, where you can still stop at the hospital of
ironically called, Philip of Spain’s chests. Holy Rood church
St Cross and ask for wayfarer’s dole to fortify you for the rest
was bombed during World War II and now remains as a
of your journey.
memorial to the merchant navy, St Michael’s is the only one
Royal Weddings always attract visitors and in 1554 the port
of Southampton’s original medieval churches still being used
of Southampton was full of ships bringing a royal bridegroom
as church and can be visited most days.
to marry the Queen of England. Philip of Spain, the most eligible bachelor in Europe, landed on the 20th July. He took 4
Southampton Guest Guide: History
outhampton’s links to maritime history are
Walk the Walk...
world famous and continue to fascinate
The QE2 Mile is one of a number of distinctive walks you
tourists and residents alike. One of the best
may take through Southampton. Four of Southampton’s
ways to explore on foot is by following the
walking Heritage Trails begin from the QE2 Mile:
newly named QE2 Mile. This pedestrian route
The Jane Austen Trail
runs through the heart of both the historic
The Titanic Trail
and contemporary city centre. Linking the Cultural Quarter,
The Parks Trail
three parks and three shopping centres, the route runs
The Old Town Walk –
from the area around the Cenotaph, known as Above Bar,
new for Summer 2011
through to the Old Town area, known as Below Bar.
For further information,
Continuing further on brings you to Southampton’s
visit Southampton’s Tourist
waterfront and docks.
Information Centre on Civic
Highlights en route include outstanding historical features,
such as the Titanic memorial in East Park, a magnificent granite memorial dedicated to the heroic engineering staff,
Anchored in Southampton’s Old Town
and Southampton’s remarkable Bargate, part of the original
The world renowned shipping company Cunard Line donated
city wall which date back to 1260 AD.
the QE2 anchor to Southampton, which is newly placed
The QE2 Mile was officially named in 2009, following
alongside the refurbished Holy Rood Church, along the QE2
consultation with local residents and businesses.
Mile. The sheer size of the anchor is impressive, requiring
Southampton was home to the famous RMS Queen Elizabeth II between 1967 and 2008. Residents voted
outhampton will be opening the doors to
century as well as Tudor Lord Chief Justice, Sir Richard
the spectacular Tudor House and Garden
Lyster and Victorian milliner, Eliza Simmons each with
once again this summer and is an attraction
their personal insight to the period in which they lived.
not to be missed during your stay.
Display panels with striking visual graphics and illustrations
Tudor House is arguably Southampton’s
by artist Andy Gammon, show how the house might
most important historic building,
have looked during the different periods. Each room
encompassing over 800 years of history on one site.
within Tudor House is set in a different historical context,
The impressive timber framed house facing St Michael’s
allowing the story of the house to develop as you walk
extensive ground work prior to placement.
Square was built at the end of the 15th century.
through the building. Each room displays objects from
Holyrood Church itself has a fascinating past. Rebuilt in
In 1911, the corporation purchased the house and gardens,
various collections both on cases and on open display
overwhelmingly to celebrate the 40 year relationship with the
1320, having previously been located in the city centre,
renovating them and opening them to the public in 1912, as
with some carefully selected objects available to handle.
QE2 and saluted the cruise liner by naming the mile after her.
it became a target for German bombers during the Second
the first municipal museum in Southampton. Now almost 100
After a tour of the house, enjoy a cream tea in the cafe whilst
Eleven pairs of plaques have been laid from the Bargate
World War and in 1940 was left in ruins. The church was
years later, Tudor House and Garden is set to open again
looking over the garden which has been carefully renewed
down to the waterside, marking key events in the city’s
restored in 1957 and dedicated as a memorial to
and replanted, with guidance from the original designer,
history. The plaques
Merchant Navy seafarers, with the church scheduled
Both the house and Westgate Hall, formerly known as
Dr Sylvia Landsberg.
as an ancient monument.
Tudor Merchants Hall, have been renovated thanks
The cafe, garden and
from the early Roman
Since 2004 considerable refurbishment work has been
to a £3.5million grant from the Heritage Lottery
function room may be
settlement in the city,
undertaken, with funding made available by the Heritage
Fund and a further £1.8million from the Council.
booked for weddings
are available at
to the opening of
Lottery Fund and the Merchant Navy Association. Holyrood
Discover interactive displays and exhibits revealing the
and business events.
on 023 8083 3333
now stands strong, with glorious photographic displays and
finer details of the past and the lives of the those whose
or online at
superb lighting ensuring that it remains a central feature of
who lived and worked in Tudor House. A vivid sound and
the city by day or night.
light show in the Banqueting Hall will introduce you to
For further information on Holyrood Church contact
Further details on Tudor House and Garden
the house and to some of the characters such as John Dawtrey, who built Tudor House and William Spranger, who saved it from demolition at the end of the 19th 6
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Southampton Guest Guide: Future
As well as being steeped in history Southampton’s Old Town has a rich choice of cafés restaurants and bistros, particularly around Holyrood Place and along East Street.
Southampton has exciting plans for a fantastic new shopping
Southampton’s Cultural Quarter is becoming an area alive
and visitor experience called Watermark WestQuay. The plan
with arts, heritage, entertainment, events, music, colour and
is to create new public plaza on the old Pirelli site with the
dramatic architecture. Located at the top of the QE2 Mile, the
impressive historic walls forming a spectacular backdrop for a
Cultural Quarter is wrapped around by the Victorian Grade II
new restaurant quarter and high quality shopping experience.
listed parks and has the new Guildhall Square at its heart, the
The proposals feature a luxury multiplex cinema, a range of
setting for an array of major open air events.
new cafes and restaurants, public open
The Cultural Quarter contains the
space and pocket park, a new retail
Mayflower Theatre, one of the most
offer for the city, a hotel with up to 150
successful theatres outside London,
bedrooms and a landmark residential
Southampton’s Guildhall which is one
building, including approximately
of the South’s largest multi-purpose
200 apartments. Initial plans for the
entertainment venues hosts some of the
development have been agreed and it is
biggest names in music and comedy.
hoped that the development will get the
The City Art Gallery has a collection of over
go ahead soon.
3800 works which are officially recognised
f you wish to combine your historical visit with historical
became a fashionable centre for those who came to take the
for their national importance.
places to eat or drink, there are two pubs vying for the
waters. With many famous guests including Queen Victoria,
In April 2012 the Sea City visitor
title of the oldest in the city. The Red Lion on the High
Lord Admiral Nelson and Jane Austen. Miss Austen lived in
attraction will open. This multimillion
Street has the longest history as a
Southampton between 1806-1809 and
pub dating back to the 12th century
during this time the winter assemblies
Magistrates’ Court building includes a stunning contemporary
but the Duke of Wellington on Bugle
were being held at the Dolphin Hotel. It
pavilion which will hold two permanent exhibitions telling
Street, although built in the 13th century,
was at one of these functions that Jane
Southampton’s 2000 year history as a gateway to the world
has vaults and a cellar dating back to
Austen scornfully commented that she
and Southampton’s Titanic Story and the hidden history
the 12th century. Both are worth a visit,
regretted, “That so many young women
of RMS Titanic’s crew. The new pavilion will attract touring
where you may sit by the log fire and
were without partners, and each of them
imagine visitors gone by doing the same.
with two ugly naked shoulders.”
At the southern end of the High Street,
The hotel also claims to have been
Town Quay has a range of eateries in
visited by Shakespeare and company,
historic buildings overlooking the water.
who are said to have performed in
Kuti’s Thai restaurant is now in what
was once the gatehouse to the Royal
There are a variety of speciality and
pound conversion of the Grade II former
For further information on Southampton’s Tourist Information Centre on 023 8083 3333 or online at www.visit-southampton.co.uk
arts and heritage exhibitions and the first exhibition will also commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Titanic disaster. In 2012 work is set to start on Southampton’s New Arts Complex, set to launch in 2015. This will enliven the Guildhall Square and will bring a new contemporary art gallery, community video and film production and performing arts centre with two new auditoria and café bar. It will
Pier. The Old Town is also home to the recently refurbished
independent shops around the Bargate extending down East
also provide space on the ground floor for up to six new
Dolphin Hotel, a famous coaching inn since the 17th century.
Street and the High Street into the Old Town. Stay a little
restaurants, cafés and bars to spill out onto Guildhall Square.
During Southampton’s Spa-town period of 1750 - 1820, it
longer and enjoy a different side of Southampton.
Southampton Guest Guide: Cultural Tourist
The Nuffield Theatre University of Southampton Highfield, SO17 1BJ Telephone: 023 8067 1771 www.nuffieldtheatre.co.uk
Venue details: John Hansard Gallery University of Southampton Highfield, SO17 1BJ Telephone: 023 8059 2158 email@example.com www.handsardgallery.org.uk
AuTumN 2011 THeATRe SeASON
t the John Hansard
and Louise Wilson, whose haunting,
Gallery you can
large-scale photographs of the
Chernobyl disaster, twenty five years
on, open in July. And in the autumn the
just fifteen minutes
Gallery welcomes a host of emerging
artists from Europe in the exhibition
city centre. Based on the University
‘Manufacture’, exploring the idea of
of Southampton’s picturesque Highfield
production in 21st century art.
takes place not just on stage, in the
international touring companies,
campus for over thirty years, the Gallery
Throughout the year you can also take
street, in schools, but in the head and
as well as offering opportunities for
is free and presents five different
part in a range of events and activities,
in the heart, and is characterised by
adults and children to participate
exhibitions each year, featuring today’s
including artist talks, and workshops
variety, inventiveness, imagination and
in theatre activities that enrich,
most innovative artists.
for children, young people and families,
skill. The company produces, tours,
educate and simply entertain.
The best contemporary art allows you
and a programme of seminars and
collaborates, commissions, presents
A varied programme of events offers
to see, experience and think about the
The Gallery is situated on the west side
visiting companies, and plays a leading
something for everyone, and the
world differently. The John Hansard
The John Hansard Gallery also leads
of the University Campus, just a few
role in Southampton’s cultural life.
autumn 2011 season is no exception.
he Nuffield is
winning productions which frequently
tour internationally. The Company’s
focus as a centre of creativity in
Southampton remains its highest
on the University
priority, and alongside its own
Campus in Highfield.
productions, The Nuffield Theatre
The Nuffield’s work
presents the best national and
14 – 17 Sept
Othello – The Nuffield Theatre Company and Yellowtale Theatre
20 – 22 Sept
macbeth – Platform 4
23 – 24 Sept
Those Magnificent Men – New Perspectives Theatre Company
Sid Lester’s Big Night In – Written and performed by Sue macLaine
27 Sept– 1 Oct
Bang Bang Bang – Out of Joint
4 – 8 Oct
Speechless Shared experience
11 – 15 Oct
Dick Turpin’s Last Ride A Theatre Royal Bury St edmunds Production
17 – 19 Oct
external – GeTINTHeBACKOFTHeVAN
20 – 29 Oct
Scrapyard – A New Play by maggie Nevill The Nuffield Theatre Company
451 Apples and Snakes’ bi-monthly poetry night
1 - 2 Nov
The Death Song – You Need me
3 – 5 Nov
Gandini Juggling: motet, in collaboration with Circo Aereo
8 – 10 Nov
memoirs of a Biscuit Tin – maison Foo
11 – 12 Nov
A Clockwork Orange Volcano Theatre Company
a range of community
minutes walk from the Nuffield Theatre
In 1964, with support from the
As well as a busy season of top
this by showcasing
initiatives and off-site
and Turner Sims Concert Hall. Getting
Nuffield Foundation, the University
quality theatre in the main house
there is simple by public transport. From
of Southampton built a theatre
and studio (see listings), The Nuffield
Southampton City Centre catch the
on its campus for the people of
Theatre offer Saturday morning
At the Gallery
Uni-link U1 bus to Highfield
Southampton. Nearly twenty years
children’s theatre and regular stand-
you’ll find a friendly
Interchange. The journey takes just
later on 1 November 1982, The Nuffield
up comedy gigs starring some of
14 – 16 Nov
World of Wrong – The Two Wrongies
welcome, free tea
twenty minutes, with up to six buses
became an independent producing
the best comedians on the circuit,
17 – 19 Nov
Pedestrian – Theatre Bristol
and coffee, plus all
leaving each hour.
theatre funded by the Arts Council
including Tom Stade, Craig Campbell,
21 – 23 Nov
the latest art books,
England, Southampton City Council,
Andy Parsons and Miles Jupp.
Zanzibar Cats Poems by Heathcote Williams performed by Roy Hutchins
magazines and gifts
the University of Southampton and
The Cafe Bar at the Nuffield Theatre
in the shop. Admission
Hampshire County Council. Over the
provides a wonderful setting for a
451 Apples and Snakes’ bi-monthly poetry night
is free, and the Gallery
next 25 years, The Nuffield came to
pre-show drink or dinner. Please
24 Nov – 7 Jan
The Nuffield’s Christmas Show
a rich variety of work, from new talent to major international figures, and from painting and sculpture to film,
The best contemporary art allows you to see, experience and think about the world differently.
Forthcoming exhibitions in 2011 include
is open Tuesday to Friday, 11am - 5pm
be recognised as a major
pre-book your table to avoid
Turner Prize-nominated artists Jane
and Saturday 11am-4pm.
force in British theatre.
disappointment, by calling the
Today The Nuffield creates award
Box Office on 023 8067 1771.
Southampton Guest Guide: Cultural Tourist
© Annabel Moeller
he Mayflower Theatre is the most prominent
The No.1 Greatest Musical, Grease, is back from 5th July
theatre along the South coast, bringing the
for just two weeks only! Danny Bayne (winner of ITV’s
West End experience to Southampton. The
Grease Is The Word, Hairspray) returns as Danny with Carina
theatre has a long standing history of hosting
Gillespie (Grease, Buddy) as Sandy and Ice Champion Robin
major West End plays and spectacular touring
Cousins guest stars as Teen Angel. Dust off your leather
musicals. Ballet, opera and comedy all find a
jackets, pull on your bobby-socks and get ready for the
home on the boards and with the recent investment of £1.6
most fun-filled, high octane Rock’n’Roll party of the year.
million, guaranteeing access to large stage structures, the
Shaun the Sheep makes his stage debut in Shaun’s Big
physical presence of the touring companies is enormous.
Show from 10 – 13 August. Join Shaun and his friends in
West End productions brought to Southampton
their very own live show. All your favourite characters from
include Les Misérables, Miss Saigon and Phantom
the hit BBC show will be here including Bitzer, Shirley,
of the Opera. Audiences enjoy the space of the
Timmy and the rest of the flock in this magical, fully
auditorium and facilities, which may sometimes be
choreographed music and dance extravaganza. Featuring
lacking in the smaller London venues. However, the
pigs in tutus, and a flock of unruly sheep, introduce this
theatre is designed to create a cosseted atmosphere,
ideal show to your little ones. Adults will enjoy the fun too.
ensuring a feeling of comfort during your stay.
SLASK The Polish Song and Dance Ensemble
Ovation is the aptly named restaurant on site, featuring
introduce their popular show from 29 – 31 August.
mouth watering menus which are heavily influenced by the
Slask has been described as one of the grandest
best seasonal and fresh produce. The first class service
and most dazzling spectacles in the world.
rounds off your meal, leaving you ready to enjoy a show
Finally, as the last hurrah before the kids go back to school,
or return home, having enjoyed a wonderful evening.
we bring the world’s
Originally an Art Deco styled theatre, opening in 1928 as
first Scratch and Sniff
the Southampton Empire, the theatre changed its name to
musical, Mr. Stink, to
the Gaumont in 1950, finally becoming The Mayflower in
the stage between
The Mayflower Theatre
1987. The Mayflower stage has been graced over the years
1 – 3 September.
by the great stars of the 1930’s, including Laurel and Hardy,
With productions such
Gracie Fields and glorious ballet dancer Anna Pavlova.
as Sister Act, Dirty
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Famous musical acts in recent years include hit makers of
Dancing and Oliver!
pop The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Queen and Elton John.
arriving in 2012, why not
The forthcoming season will see The Mayflower
take note of the best in
play host to world class entertainment for all.
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Buon Gusto Restorante I taliano Contact: 023 8033 1543 Address: I Commercial Road, Southampton, SO15 1GF
Buon Gusto promises you truly authentic Italian cuisine in contemporary, elegant surroundings, right in the heart of Southampton. The restaurant has been delighting diners for over 20 years. Your culinary journey will take you through beautifully crafted menus, all of which are available to view online. The emphasis is on fresh, locally sourced produce, ensuring that you only taste the catch of the day. Buon Gusto is known for hosting special occasions and beautifully situated and chic private rooms are available for hire. Bookings are taken online and by phone. Located opposite The Mayflower Theatre and near to WestQuay Shopping Centre. The restaurant is open Monday to Saturday, 12pm until 11.30pm and on Sundays, 2pm until 10pm.
To review customer testimonials, photos and menus visit www.buongusto-southampton.co.uk
Welcome to Contact: 023 8023 8181 Address: Frobisher House Nelson Gate, Southampton, SO15 1GX
Caffexpresso is a modern continental bar & bistro in the heart of Southampton, a great setting in which to relax and unwind. Only a two minute walk from The Mayflower Theatre and Southampton Central Train Station, Caffexpresso is perfect for pre theatre dining. The menu includes fresh seasonal dishes, all day breakfasts, gorgeous homemade cakes and of course, high quality coffee. Complimentary nibbles are served with drinks after 5pm and the bistro is fully licensed. Day out? start with a good breakfast: company do, stag do, day out from Southampton Central station. Caffexpresso is a great meeting point! Open Monday to Friday from 6am, Saturday from 7am, closed Sunday. What do you say... of times and “Have dined at Caffexpresso a couple sions. The occa had an excellent experience on both nitely Defi s. food is superb and the service first clas May 2011. recommend a visit.” reviewed on 10th
To browse through the menus and testimonials, visit www.cafexpresso.co.uk TM
Southampton Guest Guide: Shop to your heart’s content
WestQuay, located in the heart of Southampton city centre, boasts over 90 stores spread over three shopping levels. With a host of big name brands, action-packed events, fantastic fashion and more, it’s easy to see why WestQuay has become the south coast’s premier shopping destination. Serious Shopping
WestQuay is the ultimate destination for stylish shoppers
Providing the perfect backdrop to your shopping trip,
heading for a day out in Southampton. If you’re struggling to
WestQuay’s exciting calendar of events throughout the year
choose from the array of fashion on offer, pay a visit to John
are guaranteed to provide you with a great day out. Helping
Lewis, Next or GAP, where the stores’ personal shoppers
to keep the kids happy during the holidays will be WestQuay’s
are ready to provide that extra special personal service,
summer event, with a host of great entertainment for young
helping you put together the perfect outfit. Beauty advisors at
shoppers – and the young at heart! – in early August.
John Lewis and The Body Shop are also on hand to provide
The very latest trends for autumn and winter will be
individual advice on skincare and cosmetics for that final
showcased live on stage at WestQuay’s autumn style event
later in the year, a must-visit for any stylish shopper taking
Big name Brands
place on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th October. Fashion fans
Boasting the biggest line up of top brands in the region,
will be treated to live catwalk shows and bespoke workshops
WestQuay brings together fashion, beauty, homeware and
where you’ll be given up-to-the-minute colour, style and
much more all under one roof. Anchor stores John Lewis
beauty advice – all for free!
and Marks & Spencer are joined by leading fashion retailers
As the year draws to an end, WestQuay will be filled with
such as French Connection, Coast, Karen Millen, Zara and
festive fun to help really get you in the Christmas spirit!
River Island, making WestQuay a must-visit destination for
The dazzling display of Christmas lights will be officially
all fashion fans. Adding to the line up are other iconic brands
switched on as part of an afternoon of family entertainment
including Apple, Pandora, Swatch, Hollister and GAP.
on Thursday 17th November, with the seasonal treats
continuing from 17th until
After all that retail therapy, WestQuay’s Food Terrace if the
24th December. Young
perfect place to relax and re-energise. Choose from Nando’s,
shoppers should keep
For further information
the home of the famous Portuguese Peri-Peri chicken, Café
an eye out for Father
about WestQuay, its retailers,
Giardino, YO! Sushi, and a host of other delicious food
Christmas himself! And
events and much, much
retailers. Those in search of a lighter bite or a simple cup
of course, WestQuay is
more please visit
of coffee can pay a visit to a number of cosy cafés located
packed with perfect gift
around the centre, including Costa Coffee, Prêt A Manger and
ideas to suit every style,
or find us on
the popular John Lewis Café.
taste and budget.
Facebook and Twitter.
Southampton Guest Guide: Shop to your heart’s content
Arcana is one of Southampton’s most established salons. With stylishly modern decor and a relaxing ambiance, Arcana offers the ultimate hair and beauty experience. www.arcanauk.com 46 Bedford Place Tel: 023 8063 1292
Bedford Place offers a fascinating selection of small independent shops and stylish boutiques. This part of the city is also filled with bars and bistros all within easy reach of the city centre and parks.
W. J. French & Son is an independent family run business specialising in the fitting of high quality branded shoes for all the family, trusted and trading in Southampton since 1803. www.wjfrenchandson.co.uk 40 Bedford Place Tel: 023 8022 6542
Cloud Wine is an independent old fashioned wine, spirit and beer shop. Interesting and unusual! 45 Bedford Place, Tel: 023 8022 8015
At Hepwright’s you will find wonderful hand picked vintage clothes, accessories, homewares, textiles and collectibles. www.hepwrights.com 34 Bedford Place, Tel: 07733 766 746 16
Rupert Sanderson Juicy Couture
Scarpini specialises in designer shoes, boots, exclusive jewellery and luxurious accessories. As well as stores in Botley & Bedford Place, Scarpini also caters for the internet shopper where customers may browse and order shoes online. www.scarpini.co.uk 48 Bedford Place Tel: 023 8022 5466
Naturally Healthy - The Independent Health Store. Organic Health Foods and Drinks, Shampoo, Body Lotion and Gifts Including: Solgar, Quest, Vogel, Higher Nature, Bach Nature Remed, Australian Bush Flowers, New Nordic and more. 30b Bedford Place Tel: 023 8033 0585
The Lounge is a unique Craft Cafe Bar offering home-made food and creative sewing workshops. www.loungecafe.co.uk 31 Bedford Place Tel: 023 8023 6616
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Sam Edelman Bourne
Pretty Ballerinas 48 Bedford Place Southampton SO15 2DG 1a High Street Botley Hampshire SO30 2EA w w w. s c a r pin i.c o.u k
A beautiful selection of womens wear from French Brand Devernois.. Cleverly created to co-ordinate outfits for all occasions. www.devernois.fr 47 Bedford Place, Southampton, SO15 2DG. Tel: 023 8023 7501 10am till 5pm. Mon to Sat.
Southampton Guest Guide: Shop to your heart’s content
Reserve your appointment for any of these services at John Lewis, WestQuay, 1970s Stripe Sunglasses £25 1960s Lizard Handbag £55
1940s Green Blouse £18
1980s Metal Flower Brooch £12 1980s Apricot Day Dress £38
1980s Gold Hoop Earrings £18
1950s Pink Party Dress £120
by contacting 023 8021 6400 or see a member of staff
John Lewis Southampton, situated at the heart of WestQuay, is designed to leave you feeling delighted with your retail experience.
There was a time when vintage
but the shops are independently
shops had a reputation for
run by people with a passion for
being jam-packed, untidy
fashion. We’ve got everything
and even a bit smelly.
from 1910 cotton tea dresses,
But all that has changed and
1950s party frocks, beaded
With four floors of the best
Brown and Liz Earle. Take
freshly baked pastries and
vintage expert Catherine Wright
gowns from the 1980’s and
fashion, home and technology,
advantage of the excellent
omelettes cooked to order. Sit
of Hepwright’s in Bedford Place,
everything in between. I love it
and over 350,000 possible
cosmetics customer service,
with your choice of coffee, tea
Southampton says that shops like
when we can help style customers
purchases, why not take up
which enables you to try
or even a glass of wine and
hers are the new face of vintage.
for big events like Goodwood
the free services and individual
all products before you
watch the cruise liners sailing
“I hope visitors find my shop is
Revival or a Christmas Ball.”
consultations on offer to make
commit to your purchase. For
in and out of Southampton
as bright and welcoming as a
But you don’t have to dress top
your visit even more enjoyable.
those who prefer dedicated
water. The stunning views
designer boutique. We don’t pack
to toe in vintage fashion to get
The celebrated fashion
pampering, a visit to the
from your seat are an added
the rails so it is easy to browse.
the look. A pretty silk scarf or
and beauty floor is newly
Elemis and Decleor treatment
bonus to your meal.
Stock changes all the time and
a brooch added to your high
refurbished. Located on the
rooms is a must. Visit the
Our free ‘Click and Collect’ is
we try to offer as much for the
street outfit can transform it
Upper Ground floor, you’ll be
top floor to find a haven of
also very popular. Simply place
mainstream fashion shopper as
into you own unique look.
amazed by the top brands that
tranquillity and an abundance
your order online at johnlewis.
well as the vintage collector. We
Hepwright’s has always
are exclusive to John Lewis
of aromas in the Clarins Spa.
com by 7pm, and we’ll deliver
sell clothes and accessories that
specialised in clothes for women,
in the area. Fashions include
The nursery advice service
it to your chosen shop for you
real women can wear every day.”
but Catherine is launching a
Lauren by Ralph Lauren, Reiss
will not only help your young
to collect after 2pm the next
All the clothes and accessories at
men’s collection in Autumn 2011
and Rene Derhy with Mango,
ones get off to the best start
day. This service is available
Hepwright’s are bought locally by
including jackets, bags and suits.
Ghost, Hugo Boss Black and
in life but also help make your
from all John Lewis shops,
Catherine and she can often tell you “There is such a demand for good
Bastyan joining us in autumn
pregnancy and first years of
and in an increasing number
the story of who used to own them.
quality clothing from the chaps. We
2011. Truly a paradise for
parenting more comfortable.
of Waitrose branches.
“I always say I’m running an
can’t leave them out any longer!”
fashion aficionados and with
Timeless furniture, adorable
‘Never Knowingly Undersold’,
adoption agency for clothes. The
Once you find Hepwright’s, it’s
fashion advice from experts
clothing and nursery necessities
is our lifelong commitment
previous owners entrust their
only a short walk to another
who know our collections
are all available here.
to providing customers with
beautiful garments to me – and
Southampton vintage shop
inside out, they’ll ensure you
The bespoke, in-store Home
the best value through great
they tell me they are pleased
The Beatnik Emporium. Right
always find the clothes you love
Design Service ensures that
products, at great prices,
they are going to be bought by
opposite the Cenotaph in Watts
at a price that’s right for you.
you’ll receive the very best
supported by great service.
someone who will love them
Park, you can’t miss its colourful
Many women in the UK
advice from the moment your
We have always matched
just as much they did.”
hand painted sign and windows
reportedly wear the wrong
appointment starts and is
prices on a like for like basis
Vintage clothing has moved
full of vintage curiosities.
size bra, but our lingerie fitting
tailored to your individual
including comparable terms
34 Bedford Place,
into the mainstream and is
Open Tuesday to Saturday 10am to
service is here to help. They’re
needs. The expert advisors
and conditions. In September
Southampton. SO15 2DG.
no longer the preserve of the
5pm. Occasional late nights during
able to measure your bust size
have the product knowledge
last year we deepened our
Tel: 07733 766 746
young and trendy or flamboyant
the week & Sunday afternoons
accurately and help you choose
and practical experience to
price-match promise to our
individuals who like to dress-up.
- see the website for details.
the right bra to enhance your
inspire you in turning your home
customers by extending it to
Open Tuesday to Saturday
“If you want something a little
Private appointments. Hire options
shape and ensure your comfort.
interior dreams into a reality.
including online competitors
10am to 5pm. Other times
bit different, vintage shops are
available. Alterations service.
Luxury beauty ranges include
Located on the top floor, you’ll
who also have a high street
the ideal place to go. Not only
Vintage dressing up parties.
Crème de la Mer, Aveda,
find the Place to Eat, serving
presence, so do ask in-store
are the clothes more individual,
Styling service. Gift vouchers.
Laura Mercier, Rituals, Bobbi
sumptuous goodies, including
if you have any questions.
1980s Suede Trousers £65
1970s Spotty Coat Dress £24
1970s French Knickers £14
Looking for something different? Take a walk on Southampton’s alternative side
Southampton Guest Guide: Fork and Cork
Steeped in history and located within a Grade II listed building, South Western House, the Grand Café was once Southampton’s grandest hotel used by first class passengers of the Titanic, with a history dating back to 1865. outhampton offers a gastronomic experience
of the city, with an
with influences from the diverse local
extensive Greek menu
population, location and the availability
that stays true to the
of fresh, locally grown produce.
culture of beautifully
Across the many restaurants,
fresh food, transporting
bistros, pubs and cafes you will find
you straight to one
oday, former Wedgewood
are elaborately framed, fronted with
Ballroom is home to a
balconies and ornate ironwork. The roofs
quirky and wonderfully
have slated double pitches, mansard
unique Bar, Bistro
fashion with attic dormer windows. The
complicated roofline was a characteristic
Just a moment from
of the designer John Norton’s style.
Two very notable guests include
excellent food and drink always on the menu.
of the islands.
Oxford Street, and centrally located to
The grandeur reflected the wealth of the
Sir Winston Churchill and American
The heady mix of fresh, local and exotic produce with
With such a huge
the City’s Docks and Shopping Centres,
shipping industry at that time and public
President Dwight Eisenhower. During the
new food tastes
influence coming from
Grand Café is the perfect place to
areas were particularly beautiful, with
Second World War these prominent men
all come together
the Polish community,
enjoy light lunches, afternoon tea and
a great deal of marble and elaborate
planned the D-Day invasion, in privacy
a number of Polish
early dinners in a informal bistro. The
ironwork on the passenger lift shafts
on the first floor. Photographic evidence
in a celebration of
Grand Café Restaurant is bursting with
and the staircases. In fact the main
shows that the Queen Elizabeth, the
dishes and wines
gained national recognition for their quality and presentation.
an eclectic mix of classic British styles
staircase was the prototype for the
Queen Mother also visited the Hotel and
and whatever your
Top of the list is undoubtedly Stacja PL, located in Onslow
and elaborate flamboyance offering an
grand staircase on the Titanic. The mural danced in the Wedgwood Ballroom.
personal taste, you’ll
Road. Off the beaten track for many, but well worth a visit,
exciting dining area.
by A Scott-Moncrieff on
The Grand Café offers a relaxed
be sure to find what
with an incredible insight into the delicacies of Polish cuisine.
There is much history
canvas in the Summer
atmosphere where you can enjoy
you are looking for.
Undoubtedly the grandest experience in Thai food will be
attached to the site
Dining Room, of the
superbly cooked and presented
found at Kuti’s Royal Thai Pier, on the Royal Pier at Town
itself and of those
Pilgrim Fathers setting
natural food; specially hung beef
Quay. Watch the sunset over the water as you indulge
who visited it in the
sail to the new world
and lamb from local farms, fish
and located in
yourself in the finest Thai cuisine along the south coast.
past. Delicious Dining
can still be seen.
straight from local suppliers and
Guildhall Square, brings the secrets of Caribbean food
The Far East has a huge influence on restaurants in
Group who own
The exterior is still linked
fresh vegetables sourced daily.
to the city. The menu celebrates the traditional cuisine
Southampton but the true Japanese experience may be
eight of Hampshire’s
by a fine canopy of steel
found across the islands, including the marinades,
experienced in a modern, contemporary environment
to the original station
fresh fish and obviously an extensive cocktail menu!
right in the heart of Southampton at Below Bar:
and bars including
terminus building. Large
Special events at Turtle Bay include Limbo dancing and
Zen offers a truly incredible array of fresh fish and
The Grand Café
additions were made
steel band music; truly enhancing all your senses.
delicate delights at mouth-wateringly good prices.
have taken great care ensuring
in the 20th century as the liner trade
For those who prefer a meditereanean feel to dining, a
If a more European style takes your fancy, you’ll appreciate
that the conversion reflects the
reached its zenith. Serving as the main
visit to the Spanish La Esquina in Oxford Street is a must.
the menu at IKEA. Truly Swedish but at a fantastic
architectural status it holds and that
accommodation for travellers due to
An impressive menu includes not only vegetarian and
price and the largest restaurant in Southampton!
the local distinctiveness remains.
embark on a cruise, the extravagant
gluten free options but also allows you to travel through
The Coriander Lounge on the High Street aims to restore
The building began life as the South
architecture encapsulated the wealth
the many regions of Spain, at a leisurely pace. Italian food
the lost primordial authenticity of Indian cuisine that
Western Hotel, designed by John
and prestige of the port at that time.
reigns supreme at Buon Gusto, a truly authentic restaurant
shares the same traditional cooking techniques and
Norton, opening its doors in 1872. The
The Restaurant itself was originally
where the food is presented in a stylish fashion, to fit with
ingredients that make the dishes exceedingly delicious.
hotel served many passengers using the
the Wedgwood Ballroom, with a
the surroundings. Cafexpresso close the The Mayflower
Sometimes only a traditional roast will hit the spot and for
London & South Western Railway. The
traditional blue and white colour
Theatre is a modern continental bar and bistro with a
a quintessential English meal then your really should book a
long frontages along Canute Road and
scheme which may still be seen in
mouth-watering menu. With two Bella Italia restaurants in
table at the Duke of Wellington, located in Bugle Street.
Terminus Terrace were heavily influenced the plasterwork. Only a few of these
the city, delicious pizza and pasta dishes are easy to find.
It doesn’t get more atmospheric than this, with the history and
by the French Renaissance, and laid
examples remain today within the
The Fat Fig in Bedford Place is a surprising find in the heart
aromas surrounding you, a memorable evening is assured.
on with a heavy hand. The windows
United Kingdom, mostly in London.
Venue details: Grand Café South Western House SO14 3AS Telephone: 023 8033 9303 www.grand-cafe.co.uk
Southampton Guest Guide: Fork and Cork
White Star Example Menu Dining room • Rosary goat’s pannacotta, courgette flower tempura, rocket pesto, apple balsamic reduction
Guests have received an outstanding welcome from The ideal Collection’s venues since 1999. Truly unique and individual establishments have enabled the group to remainat the forefront of the Southampton’s developing hospitality scene. The White Star, 28 Oxford Street, SO14 3DJ
ingredients, all the food is prepared
can accommodate up to 12 guests.
And executive Chef Jim, explains the
and cooked on the premises to give
Alternatively, watch the boats go
importance of using the best local
Based in the thriving cosmopolitan
you an exciting range of authentic and
by from the terrace overlooking the
restaurant area of Southampton, The
inviting dishes. Open all day, every day,
river. Coffee, cake and free Wi-Fi also
Where do you start when compiling a menu?
White Star offers award-winning food
Cantina offers mouth-watering flavours
make it the perfect place to stop by
“When starting to write a new menu
and accommodation. The historic
and exceptional value,
building has been central to the City’s
so there’s something
maritime heritage for over a hundred
for everyone. With
years, and today still retains its unique
great lunch and early
charm and elegance as the city’s
evening offers, A la
top gastro pub with a vibrant and
carte dining, tasty
fashionable modern day twist. Food
cocktails plus market
is cooked with care and skill, using
tapas and light snacks
fresh, locally sourced ingredients to
served all day. You can
produce classic modern British dishes
even pop in for coffee
for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Proudly
and enjoy free Wi-
gaining 5 stars for the accommodation
Fi. The restaurant layout allows you
and 2 AA Rosettes for the cuisine.
There are so many amazing producers on our door step.
I first make a note of everything
an AA rosette for its
in season. I then piece it together
dining and an entry
trying to include as much great local
in Michelin’s Eating
produce as possible but not just using
Out in Pubs guide,
local for the sake of it being local. It
quality is assured.
has to be a great product. There are doorstep. We use Hampshire Fare
talks the Guest Guide
& New Forest marquee websites
through his business.
amongst other and use 50 mile radius of our sites as a good rule of thumb
to choose how you wish to dine,
Upstairs boasts 13 individually styled
with intimate booth seating, casual
Each outlet has been styled individually
As far as gaining accolades, I think
luxury guest rooms and a 3 bedroom
dining areas for drinks and nibbles,
to take into account the history of the
it is very important just to do your
serviced apartment. Each is named
to large tables for party bookings.
buildings and surroundings. We pride
own thing and believe in what you
when selecting producers. Farmers markets are also an essential element.
ourselves on providing premium quality
are putting on the plate. We cook
great liners or original J-class yachts
The Bugle, Hamble, SO31 4HA
at affordable prices. The Ideal Collection
for our customers not just our own
from the first America’s Cup, creating
Award winning food and a warm
is about the personal touches and we
egos! Whether an establishment has
a subtle yet cool maritime theme.
welcome are both central to this
are always willing to do that little bit
1, 2 or 3 rosettes, as long as your
waterside, Grade II listed gastro pub
more to leave a lasting impression.
customers love the food - that is what
Cantina Mexican, 2a-3a Bedford Place, SO15 2BY
in Hamble. Well-kept local real ales,
We welcome strangers into our
counts! The accolades will follow if you
and a first class wines list accompany
business and they leave as friends.
remain consistent with your delivery
Cantina sits in the bustling heart of
exceptional British dishes. The seasonal
Southampton’s popular Bedford Place
menu uses fresh, top quality ingredients,
district, and was the first restaurant
sourced locally, plus ever changing daily
What was the basis of your AA Rosettes award?
of its kind in Southampton. For more
specials, along with traditional roasts
We are very proud to receive and
than 10 years Cantina has focused on
at weekends and children’s portions.
retain 2 AA rosettes. These are
delivering fresh and authentic flavours
In addition to the bar and restaurant
awarded to ‘the best local restaurants,
of Mexico in a fun, friendly and lively
areas, private dining is available
offering higher standards and better
atmosphere. Using locally sourced
upstairs in ‘The Captain’s Table’ which
Treacle cured Hampshire trout ‘gravadlax’ pickled cucumber, crème fraîche sorbet
Seared cod cheeks, Cornish king’s, Lymington crab mayonnaise, borage leaves & flowers
Wood pigeon breast, new Forest lambs ‘tongue’ lettuce, bacon lardons, honey mustard
duck egg, iOW blue & chard tart, Pratt’s oil mash, garlic emulsion
Slow roast Hampshire pork belly, watercress champ potato cake, tarragon Cox apples, cider gravy
new season lamb, carrot purée, Rosary goat’s cheese mash, rosemary crumbed sweetbreads
Lymington rock samphire & Poole clams
Hampshire rump steak, Horseradish leaf béarnaise, slow roast tomato, hand cut fat chips.
so many amazing producers on our Owner, matthew Boyle
How do you differentiate your establishments from others?
after one of the famous White Star Line
and true to the seasons. But most important of all is flavour! Everything should delight your taste buds... “
Venue details: The White Star, Tel: 023 8082 1990 Cantina mexican, Tel: 023 8022 0500 The Bugle, Tel: 023 8045 3000 www.idealcollection.co.uk
Southampton Guest Guide: Fork and Cork
Southampton Guest Guide: Icon
ndoubtedly at the heart
owned by Queens College Oxford.
Express, located further down Oxford
61 Oxford Street was the home of
Street, offers a vibrant, modern take
maritime history, Oxford
Lucia Foster Welch (died March 1940)
on Indian cuisine. An extensive,
Street has played host
who was Southampton’s first Lady
scintillating menu has something for
to a thousand years
Mayor, councillor alderman and first
every curry lover and the daily buffet
of international trade
When looking for an icon to capture the contrasts of Southampton, look no further than Shelley Jory-Leigh.
orn in the city, Shelley not only runs her
be undertaking the Powerboat Challenge, competing
hugely successful bridal company from
against Jo Dixie from boat show sponsors PSP, the BBC’s
Southampton but also uses it as her
Helena Harland and Tara Russell from the Southern Daily
base as British Powerboat Champion.
Echo. Whilst the other competitors could be forgiven for
Shelley is amongst the female boating elite of
going up against the World’s best, Shelley is herself slightly
Britain and proudly promotes boating on the
nervous of the course, as the far slower pace and emphasis
sheriff. Southampton is the only town in
offers incredible value for money.
and war. Both have left their mark in
England where the Mayor has the title
Located a short walk from Oxford Street
the form of historic architecture and a
of Admiral of The Port. So Lucia Foster
is the Grand Café. Originally used by
wonderfully cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Welch was England’s first Lady Admiral.
passengers of the Titanic, this Grade II
Oxford Street is home to a wide
On visiting Oxford Street today, you
listed building was once Southampton’s
range of unique artisan businesses.
are greeted by a charming spectacle,
grandest hotel. Now, the Wedgewood
In the footsteps of..
with a true cafe culture bringing the
Ballroom is a unique bar, bistro and
Ellen MacArthur and Dee Caffari. A Global
endurance skills, driving at 90 miles an hour.
Following Henry II pilgrimage to
shop fronts to life. For those seeking
restaurant, offering a truly remarkable
Circumnavigation record attempt takes
Her achievements are even more
Canterbury in 1174, Southampton had
history with their cream tea, step no
setting for your dining experience.
place later this year, in which Shelley and
impressive when you consider that
an influx of French arriving wanting to
further than the White Star Tavern,
For those in the know, Oxford Street
six male crewmates, including Skipper and
Shelley herself is prone to sea sickness!
walk to follow in his footsteps.
named after the famous White Star
is also home to the best Medi-Spa in
Director Alan Priddy, will attempt to smash
Life in the in the fast lane has presented
A very wealthy Norman by the name
shipping company. The White Star
Hampshire, namely Dr Xavier’s Medi-
the standing record of 63 days to a mere
Shelley Jory –Leigh with challenges, not
of Gervase Ia Riche felt sorry for
holds two coveted AA Rosettes
Spa Clinic. Visitors with limited time
50 days. With only sixteen hours ashore to
only in managing a successful business but
his fellow country man so much so
and even boasts a roof garden.
in the city can still benefit from wide
attend to boat maintenance, the luxuries
also that of operating in the male dominated
that he purchased the bottom end
Bistro dining is a key theme in Oxford
range of professional cosmetic medical
of life will mostly certainly be absent.
world of boat racing Physical and mental
of the city which included Oxford
Street, with a fabulous array of
and injectable treatments for lines,
However, Shelley more than makes
strength to one side, real passion and an
Street. He had almshouses built and
specialities including, but not limited
wrinkles, skin health and appearance.
up for the lack of glamour on board
impulsive streak are her keys to success.
a hospice called Maison Dieu (House
to, vegetarian and freshly baked
What better way to begin your holiday
by attending numerous events in her
of God, Gods House Tower). The
breads at The Olivetree Mediterranean
or to return home to your friends than
capacity as Business Southampton City Champion,
“a contrast between the dark, greasy world of men and
lawns laid to the old bowling green
Restaurant, which is ideal for a romantic
looking and feeling truly refreshed?
believing totally in what Southampton has to offer both
racing and the gloriously white and feminine world of bridal
(Britains oldest bowling green) and St.
dinner for two. Oxfords Bar and
business entrepreneurs and travellers alike. Talking about
wear”. What decided Shelley on marriage after years in the
Julian’s Church was built and named
Restaurant offers an extensive wine
The Oxford Street Arts and
her experience of Southampton she says “Southampton
after the patron saint of pilgrims.
list and regularly alters the daily menu
Design-led Craft Market is held on
is a hidden gem but I doubt it will remain hidden for much
“It’s quite simple. For
He left it to Richard the Lion Heart,
to make the most of freshly sourced
the 4th Sunday of every month,
longer, with the major investment that is taking place.
the 15 years that I’ve
For more information
who left it to his brother King John.
produce, especially fish and meat.
between 11am and 5pm, featuring
I’ve seen how my family business has prospered over the
been racing against
on Shelley’s up and coming
In 1343 Edward III gave it all to his
For entertainment, the London Hotel
true artisan qualities, including
last 35 years and I also know how successfully the city
men, my husband
wife Queen Phillipa to start her new
offers a great cabaret experience. A
fine art, vintage jewellery and
has played host to the cruise industry. Other cities are
was the only one to
school Queens College Oxford. Which
cosmopolitan atmosphere is on offer at
sculpture. A tour of the local area,
impressive but with modern offices, great transport links and
make me stop and way
or listen out for Shelley on her
is why we have Oxford Street, College
this predominantly gay pub, along with
a visit to the market and a pleasant
outstanding culture, who wouldn’t wish to be based here?”
anchor.” she said.
BBC Radio Solent programme,
Street, John Street and Queens
great real ales and the quintessential
lunch would be a great way to
In her capacity as City Champion, Shelley will be host for
Park. The bulk of that estate is still
Sunday roast. The Poppadom
spend your day in Southampton.
Ladies Day at this year’s Southampton Boatshow. She’ll
Solent, along with other inspirational figures, including Dame
on manovering around buoys will be very different to her
In her own words, Shelley sees her life as
Southampton Guest Guide: Cruise Capital
175 years of heritage As the largest destination in northern Europe for the cruise industry, Southampton is used to providing all the travel services and expertise that guests require, both prior to boarding and on return.
P&O Cruises have been perfecting the art of sea travel for many decades and are delighted that today, more British passengers choose to travel with us than any other cruise line. Our genuine love of sea travel, maritime knowledge and signature standards of service, fine dining, accommodation and entertainment have earned us the title of Britain’s favourite cruise line for four years running.
An online map and a detailed information guide for cruise passengers is available by visiting www.cruisesouthampton.com Concierge services, onward travel options and chauffeur services are all detailed for your convenience. For those wishing to view these stunning vessels or looking to book a future cruise, a complete list of cruise calls is also available on the Cruise Southampton website. Mayflower Park allows you to get up close to the liners with special events taking place throughout the year to celebrate the naming and arrival of new ships.
JOIN US FOR A GRAND EVENT For the first time ever the seven ships of the P&O Cruises fleet will be together in Southampton on 3rd July 2012 in celebration of a very special milestone – the 175th anniversary of the formation of the Peninsular Steam Navigation Company.
If you wish to join the ships on the water, you can pick up the Hythe Ferry to the waterside village of Hythe via the famous Victorian pier and the world’s oldest pier train. Blue Funnel Cruises offer a variety of day cruises from Ocean Village including Harbour Tours, River Cruises and Solent Cruises.
Find out more at www.pocruises.co.uk/175
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Southampton Guest Guide: City of Sport
Southampton enjoys a great relationship with sport and with the 2012 Olympic Games approaching fast, the light will be shining on the city!
provides an incredible ski slope to improve your snowboarding or skiing skills. The venue offers facilities for Ringo parties and holds a number of events throughout the year.
outhampton is home to Olympians
Bitterne leisure Centre holds a leisure pool and a
Active Nation also manages a number of parks and
Peter Waterfield, Max Brick and Rob
25 meter pool, a top-of-the range fitness suite and offers
open spaces with football, rugby and pétanque
Tobin and has produced outstanding
fitness classes, racket sports, martial arts, gymnastics
pitches, bowling greens and street sports facilities.
athletes over the years.
and children’s activities, to name but a few!
Active Nation welcomes you and thousands
Set in a stunning 150 acre site on the outskirts of the city,
On the road to London 2012
of people to its seven leisure centres
The Outdoor Sports Centre offers fabulous athletics facilities
In 2012 several local talented athletes, who are training
every day, and reinvests every penny it makes into the
with a newly refurbished eight lane international standard
in Active Nation’s sporting facilities, will compete at
centres offering residents and visitors to Southampton
athletic track hosting regional and national track and field
the London Olympics. Many of them have the potential
the best sporting facilities in the South East.
events. The centre also hosts 12 floodlit tennis courts, 5
to come back with a medal around their necks!
Whether you are signing up for a commitment to get fit,
cricket pitches, 2 synthetic and 5 grass football pitches
The Quays Swimming and Diving Complex have an enviable
tone-up, lose weight or just looking for
and a bowling green. Many other activities
track record for developing world class divers. Currently
some fun with your family or relaxation
are available including a new cyclo-cross
home to many senior Team GB members, including Peter
with friends, Southampton has it all!
track, outdoor fitness facilities, hockey,
Waterfield, Max Brick, Chris Mears and Stacie Powell, who will
netball and crazy golf. This unique venue
all be going for gold at individual and synchronised events.
is the perfect place for serious sports
All eyes will also be on two very young and upcoming athletes
fanatics or recreational athletes alike.
training at The Outdoor Sport Centre: Freya Jones in Javelin
For water babies, the Southampton Water
and Millie Clifford in the 400 and 800 meter hurdle events.
Activities Centre (SWAC) is located in the
The London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay is a defining moment
heart of Southampton’s historic waterfront
for each Olympic Games. It will involve 8,000 inspiring
area offering thrilling water sports and
people carrying the Olympic Flame – one of the enduring
The Quays Swimming & Diving Complex
outdoor activities for all the adrenalin-
symbols of the Olympic Games – around the UK for 70
offers world class diving facilities,
junkies out there. This is the perfect place
days. The aim is to spread the Olympic spirit as well as the
Get Active in Southampton! Active Nation offers a wide range of activities for people of all ages, abilities and levels. Paddle or sail all day long on the river Solent or enrol for diving lessons - there is something for everyone.
Southampton encourages a more active and healthy lifestyle
a state-of-the-art gym and two amazing fitness studios
for sailing and power boating or to get a professional
message of peace and friendship, and to start the Olympic
For further information
as well as a leisure pool with whirlpool and jets and a 25
qualification in First Aid, Sea Survival and Navigation.
celebrations both here in the UK and around the world.
on facilities, timetables
meter swimming pool for the real swimming enthusiast.
Woodmill Outdoor Activities Centre is a multi-activity centre
The Olympic Flame will arrive in the UK from Greece on
and events, please visit
Chamberlayne Leisure Centre provides a wide range
in the heart of Southampton. It has one of the largest
Friday 18 May 2012 and will pass through Southampton
of sports including indoor football, trampolining,
kayaking and canoeing fleets in the South of England
on Saturday 14th July 2012 as it travels from Bournemouth
and click on the
badminton, table tennis, fitness classes and many
and offers a wide range of exciting land based activities
to Guernsey and back to neighbouring city, Portsmouth
‘Your Venue’ section.
children’s activities. The venue has an Inclusive
including high rope, climbing, archery and much more!
as part of the rely before entering the Olympic Stadium
Fitness Initiative (IFI) accredited and modern fitness
Southampton Snow Sports Centre, the only one of its kind in
to light the cauldron in the Opening Ceremony and
suite catering for the needs of disabled people.
the South East, is located at The Outdoor Sports Centre, and
formally start the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Southampton Guest Guide: Itineraries
Time waits for no man, or woman come to that. With your free moments being so precious, The Southampton Guest Guide has produced some suggested itineraries for your visit to Southampton.
The Romantic Getaway
The Duke of Wellington. For those who
opportunity for parents to part with
The Business Stopover
The Cruise Stop off
If you are looking for the best in top
Surprisingly, Southampton has all
crave romance on a grand scale, The
their money! Southampton boasts
When your working day is done,
You’ve arrived in Southampton and
brands and an exclusive shopping
the perfect ingredients for a fantastic
Grand Cafe is your dinner destination.
3 great shopping centres, namely
you’ll want to make the most of your
your holiday starts here! The city has
service, which is second to none,
romantic weekend. Many hotels,
The magnificent Wedgewood ballroom,
Bargate, The Marlands and WestQuay,
time in Southampton. WestQuay
so much to offer cruising enthusiasts,
then John Lewis at WestQuay will
including the newly refurbished Dolphin
frequented by first class passengers for
the largest shopping arena along the
Shopping Centre is open late Monday
including the wonderful maritime history
delight you. Cosmetics from decleor,
Hotel and White Star Hotel, boast
the Titanic, is now home to a superb
south coast. Lunch options include
to Saturday, giving you access to
which makes it so famous. The Sea
the Clarins day spa and the unique
beautiful, character features including
bar, bistro and restaurant. Original
Yo! Sushi, Nando’s and Pizza Hut.
fabulous stores including John Lewis.
City Museum opens in the Summer of
shopping environment will leave
log fires, luxurious furnishings and
features and the sheer spectacular
Families seeking sporting activities
When you are ready to head out for
2012 but in the meantime, why not take
you feeling truly pampered.
grand settings. As the greenest city
scale of your surroundings will
will be delighted with the facilities at
the evening, Oxford Street provides
a walk along the QE2 Mile, discovering
Dining opportunities in Southampton
on the South Coast, Southampton
guarantee you the ‘wow!’ factor.
Woodmill Centre, where you can try
a fabulous range of chic bars and
the extent of Southampton’s
are extensive but prior to the grand
your hand at a number of water sports,
restaurants. Oxfords Bar and Restaurant
connections to the sea, including the
dining onboard ship you may prefer
has 12 lush green parks and a number of city trails to explore. Stop for a
The Family Break
including kayaking. For younger children
offers you a great wine selection, along
QE2’s anchor, donated by Cunard
a quieter, more intimate meal at La
coffee and cake at one of the many
Families of all ages will find a huge
and keen swimmers, The Quays is a
with fresh fish and local produce. If
and located by Holyrood Church,
Esquina Spanish tapas restaurant
cafes enroute, including the wonderful
amount to do in Southampton.
great mix of family fun pools and Olympic
you are looking for a venue to entertain
which is dedicated to lost seafarers.
or The Olivetree Restaurant, both
Caffexpresso on Nelson Gate.
Whatever your children’s ages, all will
standard diving facilities. Located
business guests, Kuti’s Royal Thai
Carrying on the maritime theme, stop
located in Oxford Street.
You may be looking for a memento of
be captivated by the newly restored
near to WestQuay Shopping Centre,
Pier at Town Quay and The Grand
off at the White Star Hotel and soak
your time together and what better than
Tudor House and Garden. A walk around this centre will provide hours of fun.
Café are both magnificent options.
up the ambiance of the White Star
For more ideas and suggestions for
a piece of vintage jewellery, furniture or
the Old Town and along the Old Town
Dinner options for those with children
If you have extra time on your
Lines, famous for launching the Titanic.
days out in Southampton, ask your
clothing? Vintage fans rate Hepwright’s
Trail will bring your family into touch
are extensive but for traditional family
hands, why not take a stroll along
Boutique shopping is a wonderful way
establishment for The Southampton
Vintage Boutique at 34 Bedford Place
with Southampton’s historical secrets,
food in contemporary surroundings,
one of the city’s walks, including
of creating your cruise wardrobe, with
Pocket Guide; a comprehensive visitor
extremely highly. For those looking for a
dating back to medieval times.
head for Italian restaurant, Buon
the Jane Austen Trail. Alternatively,
unique pieces available from Devernois
publication detailing attractions,
funkier twist on their clothing collection,
For those who like a hands on
Gusto on Commercial Road. Located
take a short taxi ride to the Nuffield
at 47 Bedford Place. Scarpini at 48
accommodation venues, places to
the Beatnik Emporium at 202 Above
approach to art, the John Hansard
opposite The Mayflower Theatre,
Theatre and enjoy contemporary
Bedford Place is home to the finest
eat and drink including discount
Bar Street is truly special. Evenings in
Gallery is ideal. Modern, touring
why not head there for a pre-theatre
theatre productions at their best.
footwear, including boots, evening and
vouchers for some of the most popular
Southampton offer something for every
collections alongside tactile exhibits
show, before taking the family to see
day footwear. Hair and beauty is vital
eateries and a useful city map.
taste. You may wish to stroll through the
ensure that children of all ages engage
a West End production, including
and a visit to the Vintage Hair Lounge
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Grease.
at 118 High Street will leave your
Old Town and stop for a drink and dinner with the themes around them. at one of the public houses in England, 30
Retail therapy is also a great
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Southampton Guest Guide: Out and About
For more information and details of events visit www.beaulieu.co.uk or contact 01590 612345
On April 8th 1952 the Montagu family
that have become world famous.
other attractions, and a wider choice
home, Palace House, opened to visitors
Originally displayed in the ‘Montagu
of leisure pastimes, Beaulieu continues
for the first time and Lord Montagu
Motor Museum’, in 1972 the collection
to rise to the challenge, offering a
promised his house guests champagne
was moved to its current home and
wide variety of tailored activities
with dinner if there were more than
renamed the National Motor Museum. It
throughout the year and a number of
100 visitors by 6pm. The 100th visitor
is now administered by a charitable trust
exciting exhibitions which currently
had arrived by 12.30pm, so they had
dedicated to preserving the collection
include the Secret Army Exhibition,
he beautiful county of Hampshire is
and boasts one of the largest Winter Gardens of its kind in
champagne with lunch! Beaulieu
for the nation and safeguarding its
Surrey Sculpture Trail, the James
synonymous with writers such as
Europe. The Gardens are also open all year round.
soon became and still is one of the
libraries, which are recognised as
Bond Experience, World of Top Gear
Jane Austen, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Southampton’s neighbouring city of Portsmouth, offers an
country’s leading tourist attractions.
being among the best in the world.
and the Flying Lady Exhibition.
and Charles Dickens, Hampshire
insight into the south’s links with maritime history. Experience
Beaulieu’s immediate success was
The birthplace of the ‘Autojumble’,
In celebration of Beaulieu’s diamond
is the inspiration and setting for
the oceans at the Blue Reef Aquarium or glide to the top of
attributed to Lord Montagu exhibiting
first held in 1967, Beaulieu now
anniversary, a major new exhibition
many timeless classics.
the Spinnaker Tower to see stunning views across the Solent.
a number of historic cars in the Front
holds a full calendar of wide-ranging
will be unveiled in the National Motor
The New Forest is a must for many visitors
Cross the water to Gosport and go on aboard HMS Alliance,
Hall of Palace House in a tribute to
motoring events (April to October)
Museum in January 2012, when
to the region, enjoying unparalleled natural beauty and an
a WW2 submarine at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum
his father, one of the great pioneers
and is a popular venue for weddings,
the museum will be celebrating
abundance of flora and fauna. Truffle hunting, pony trekking
or discover the fascinating history of Royal Marines
of British motoring. This was the
music concerts and corporate events.
its own 40th anniversary.
and a visit to Buckler’s Hard, where Admiral Lord Nelson’s
at the Royal Marines Museum in Southsea.
springboard for a collection of vehicles
Despite increasing competition from
fleet was created, should all take prime place on your to do
Visit Staunton Country Park near Havant and enjoy
list. Beaulieu is home to the National Motor Museum where
1000 acres of beautiful country park.
you can see over 250 vehicles, before exploring Palace
For families with younger children, a visit to Paultons Family
The isle of Wight makes a great day out if you’re staying in Southampton.
House, home of the Montagu family,
Theme Park at Ower on the edge of The
and the remains of Beaulieu Abbey.
New Forest National Park is a must.
Reached by ferry in just over 20 minutes
a fascinating insight into the life of the
and cruise ships travelling across the
Winchester is a spectacular cathedral
Paultons is home to over 60 family rides
the Island boasts a fantastic range of
Royal family, the stately home is fitted
city, where over 15 centuries of
and attractions including the world’s only
attractions as well as stunning unspoilt
with the original opulent furnishings and
If you fancy exploring beyond Cowes,
Christian faith is captured in glorious
Peppa Pig World theme park as well as a
scenery and fantastic blue flag beaches.
priceless artworks. The superb grounds
the Island offers plenty of family
architecture, both throughout the city
collection of exotic birds and animals.
Red Funnel, the Isle of Wight specialist
of the house are a joy to explore and
attractions including castles, wildlife
and within the Cathedral itself. Priceless
Older families and those with a head for
runs both Foot Passenger and Vehicle
award fantastic views across the Solent.
sanctuaries and theme parks whilst
treasures include the beautiful 19th
heights will be delighted by the new
Ferry services from Southampton to
West Cowes is famed as the birthplace
there are activities galore for adventure
century organ and the finest medieval
Go Ape site at Itchen Valley Country
East and West Cowes on the Isle of
of yacht racing and is home to fabulous
seekers of all ages. For lunch or dinner,
wall paintings in England. Families and
Park, near Southampton. Exploring the
Wight. Easy to explore on foot, both
boutique shops. Visitors can enjoy the
there are also no shortage of award
astronomers would enjoy the delights
dizzy heights of the tree tops is most
East and West
sights of yachts bobbing
winning restaurants and eateries serving
certainly not for the faint hearted.
Cowes are wonderful
in the marina, eat fresh fish
delicious local produce as well as cosy
Planetarium, located just outside of Winchester. Marwell
Explore the Isle of Wight from Southampton with Red Funnel
at nearby restaurants and
rural pubs, stocking the finest Island ales.
Wildlife Park is also nearby, where conservation and an
Ferries for great days out.
visitors plenty to
enjoy browsing designer
astounding range of wildlife may be seen at its best.
Whether you choose
do whatever the
and independent shops
Those seeking an insight in to the past of Hampshire may
to take a short break
To find out further
selling everything from
Red Funnel offer Isle of Wight
wish to venture out on the unique Watercress Railway Line,
or opt for a longer
information on these
local produce to vintage
ferry travel, accommodation,
taking a choice of either steam or a loco through the county’s
stay, you’ll find many
and numerous other
the former home
clothing and homeware.
event and attraction tickets
famous watercress beds and alighting at a number of
adventures awaiting you.
of the Intech Science Centre and
attractions, please visit
of Queen Victoria
The Isle of Wight is the
and much more.
character stations along route. Take a trip back to Victorian
and Prince Albert
sunniest place in Britain
times with a visit to Milestone’s Museum in Basingstoke.
is surrounded by
and if you’re lucky enough
or call 0844 844 9988.
At Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway, locomotives are
magnificent landscaped gardens and is
to travel on a warm day the beaches
combined with beautifully arranged gardens. The Sir Harold
only a short walk from the Red Funnel
at Cowes are ideal for swimming and
Hillier Gardens in Romsey is a 180 acre garden paradise
ferry terminals at East Cowes. Offering
relaxing with fantastic views of yachts
ENJOY A GREAT DAY OUT
Southampton Guest Guide: Out and About
From coast to countryside, whether your
showcase their skills. Events include
passion is heritage, culture, shopping
Hamble Week, the Hamble Winter &
or a fun-filled family day out, the world
Spring Series, the Bursledon Regatta
and national World
Valley has it all.
Located to the east
The essence of a sailing
of Southampton, this
lifestyle is captured
area of outstanding
natural beauty is quite
the marinas, chandleries,
literally at your feet.
Set alongside the
stunning River Hamble,
along the shoreline.
the Valley boasts
a variety of unique
For further information on
family attractions, quaint villages and
themselves to way anchor and
glorious days out on the
over 1500 acres of unspoilt countryside.
investigate the local vintage ales.
River Hamble or your personal
Hamble River events take place
Whether you are on a romantic short
journey through the
throughout the year, attracting world
break or visiting for the week with
Hamble Valley, visit
class yachtsmen and racing enthusiasts.
a young family, you’ll wish you had
Competition within the sailing world
discovered the Hamble Valley sooner.
is strong and many sailors come to
Hampshire Food Festival hampshirefare.co.uk
mela Festival artasia.org.uk
Hampshire Open Studios southampton.gov.uk/events
Cowes week cowesweek.co.uk
PSP Southampton Boat Show southamptonboatshow.com
Visit www.thesouthamptonguide.com for a more up to date list of what’s on in and around Southampton.
in 2012 Southampton is hosting a number of significant events, celebrations and remembrance. JANuARY 2012
Chinese New Year Celebrations
175 Years of P&O
The Olympic Games
200 Years of Charles Dickens
The Paralympic Games
Southampton Film Week southamptonfilmweek.com
Opening of the Sea City museum
Black History month southampton.gov.uk/events
60 Years of Beaulieu motor museum
PSP Southampton Boat Show
The Titanic Centenary
music in the City musicinthecitysouthampton.org
Southampton International Food Festival
The Queens Diamond Jubilee
Christmas in Southampton southampton.gov.uk/events
Destination Southampton is Southampton’s official conference and accommodation bureau offering assistance with events, conferences and short breaks. Visit www. destinationsouthampton.com for more information on hotels, events and venues.
National Motor Museum Palace House & Gardens Beaulieu Abbey James Bond Exhibition World of Top Gear
2011 major attractions to look forward to.
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The Isle of Wight It’s closer than you think.
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Visit www.redfunnel.co.uk Call 0844 844 9988 Enjoy the beautiful Isle of Wight in just 25 minutes from Southampton. The Isle of Wight is the perfect location for a day trip - packed with countless attractions and miles of beautiful countryside and stunning coastline. Explore spectacular royal residences and fairytale castles, see exotic creatures at the Island’s wildlife parks, enjoy more than 500 miles of footpaths and sample delicious, freshly cooked local produce. The Island has it all – and you could be there in 25 minutes on a Red Jet or under an hour with Red Funnel's Vehicle Ferries from Southampton.
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