The city of Southampton can be found in the county of Hampshire on the south coast of England. The city has a student population of over 41,000, which accounts for the thriving nightlife. The Joiners is a popular live music venue on St Mary Street and is a great place to catch up-and-coming bands- Coldplay, Radiohead and Oasis all played at The Joiners before they made it famous. There are a number of small clubs and late bars dotted throughout the city centre all catering for different tastes. Reflex is a nightclub known for playing cheesy chart classics and offers cheap drinks.
Culture vultures should check out the Mayflower Theatre, the largest theatre in southern England. The theatre has recently undergone a refurbishment and showcases a varied mix of performances from ballet and musicals to comedy and opera. City Art Gallery can be found in the centre of Southampton and boasts an impressive collection of over 3,500 works of art. The gallery takes visitors through six centuries of European culture including Italian Renaissance and French Impressionism.
Southampton is the perfect destination to indulge in a spot of retail therapy. The city offers a great mix of shopping centres, markets and retail spaces. WestQuay is a shopping centre located in the heart of the city centre and includes over 90 shops. Major stores at WestQuay include French Connection, Coast, Zara and River Island. The centre also includes a comfortable food terrace with a range of eateries from Nandos to Pret A Manger. Bargate Market can be found every Friday and Saturday in the city centre. The market has over 50 stalls and is a great place to save money on your weekly shop. Fruit and veg at the market can be a lot cheaper than the supermarkets so it’s worth a look. Offerings range from various fruit, veg and cheeses to make up, accessories and handbags.