LNOF Guide to Southampton
Hampshire’s loveable old port is a lush green, richly historical city - full of cracking little cafes, smart restaurants and proper pubs and clubs. Just down the M3 from London, Southampton offers hen weekends of substance and quality, allowing all who dock here the chance to sample a bit of unique culture. And, you’ll be visiting a city which launched both the Titanic and Craig David… We’ll leave it up to you to decide which of these proved the most tragic.
Whether you want to spend your days in the shops, galleries, exhibitions, parks, or perhaps engaged in some light-hearted form of activity to break any lingering group ice - you can look forward to an evening bar crawl in a unique mixture of watering holes that swing from ancient and famous to ultra-modern and swanky. With a warmer climate than in most parts of the UK, and a thriving student body to keep the city on its toes – Southampton is buzzing, 24/7.
It’s said that, wherever you are in Southampton, if you turn 360 degrees you will see some form of park or common, and if you add to this the fact that the city’s medieval wall has only York to rival it, you get an idea of what aesthetic delights await you. There is also a whopping art gallery, the famous Zoo, the occasional luxury liner and a busy High Street of smart bars and chic shops to accommodate the requirements of some quarter of a million Sotonians.
For your evening entertainment, we would expect you to frequent one or two establishments on Bedford Place at some point - having a double here and there en route to a club, and an impromptu assault on some unsuspecting dancefloor, whilst the number of understated eateries and hen-friendly restaurants scattered throughout the heart of the city, should make your dining selections. Oh, and if you get time to visit the amazingly beautiful New Forest, you’ll be glad you did. To say it’s breathtaking would be an understatement.