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Lazy Sunday In Southampton by Paul Serellis
In a city that boasts over
230,00 residents, 50+ cafes, bars and pubs and well over 20 clubs and live
music venues Southampton has evolved into the centre of Southern England.
|Two Universities help contribute
to create one of the biggest populations of 20 - 24 year olds in the South
with over 27,000 and growing. Built upon hundreds of years of heritage
dating back as early as 1150 when Southampton Castle, aka The Bargate was
erected or in 1938 when the spitfire called the Solent her home Southampton
is a bustling metropolis creating a future while respecting its past.
are, if you are among the 20 - 24 year olds living in Southampton you are
a student, but whether you are a poor 20 something or a more experienced
40 something the City has something for everyone.
The best way to start the
day is to recharge the batteries and rekindle home cooking with a classic
Sunday Roast. Surrounded by friends, with all the trimmings a roast can
summon memories of when life never used to be this complicated.
Yates Wine Lodge, aka Yates
to you and I offers just the treat at an affordable price. Sitting in the
centre of Southampton, on Above Bar Street the urbanised pub continues
the trend of walk-in meals, no booking, no fuss.
On the menu, from Noon until
9pm is Chicken or Lamb with all the trimmings, a vegetarian option also
is very popular. Priced at £6.45, with a free desert from the sultry
desert menu you are following your mum's wishes, having one good meal a
Like something from a Jane
Austin Novel, weather permitting Southampton's Park network presents a
refreshing avenue through the city. Consisting of three main parks, Houndwell,
Palmerston, and Andrews they offer a respite from the bustle. If you're
lucky, this time of year the gentle breeze flows through the trees as glimpses
of sunlight are stolen by the clouds and the branches. The parks, full
of history can educate, if not amaze as you reach the Queens Peace fountain
at the end of the avenue. The summer brings both people and flowers out
to add colour to an already wondrous feat of nature. The rose gardens in
summer are a must.
The next piece in the puzzle
fits elegantly as it is a stone's throw away from the park. Southampton
City Art Gallery is a perfect way to immures yourself in culture and observe,
if only for awhile some truly beautiful artworks. The open plan gallery
boasts free admission and helpful staff. With art works changing every
three months there is always something new. You don't have to be an art
student to appreciate the ever constant Persious Exhibit in the Baring
room or the religious art work in Room 5. New exhibits promise Chinese
Artistry (18th April - 22 June) and landscapes from pastoral masters, Samuel
Palmer to the Ruralists (18th April - 22 June).
From a morning of ease comes
something more eventful. To welcome in the coming week a pub, club medley
ensures Monday comes that little bit later.
Getting into the spirit The
Royal Oak on Houndwell place is just the venue. Receiving Best Bar None
Silver award in 2007 is well deserved for a pub that has entertaining punters
for years. Every other Sunday of the month welcomes a DJ set by residents
Chris and Rich or Karaoke on the other Sundays brings everyone together.
A Loyalty card for £1 gives exclusive offers on a Sunday, 10% of
Magners Cider or £13 for a bucket of beer. Pool, Darts and Wide Screen
TV's makes this the relaxing local with a twist.
Finally to add some alcohol
induced Funky House, Electro or R&B into your fast elusive Sunday head
over to Junk on London Road. Sponsored by Sputnik Vodka which entails copious
amounts of vodka at low prices Sunday night becomes Vodka City. The night
brings two rooms playing the best mix of R&B, Party classics, Nu-Rave
and much more lasting right through to the early morning. Junk, one of
the sexiest clubs in Southampton offers comfortable sofas and two large
dance floors with the mood lighting showing of its interior design. £1.50
Sputnik Vodka Mixers and £2.00 on other selected drinks means whether
you're on budget or splashing out everyone can have fun. Craig David, Kano
and Callum Best have all showed a face. Will your night be a night to remember?
About the Author -
Paul Serellis - CityLocal
Southampton Southampton Southampton Business Directory Southampton News
Airport: a cheap gateway to the UK?
The rise of the internet
seems to have brought many benefits, one of which has undoubtedly been
the increasing flexibility that we now have at our disposal when booking
This is particularly true
in the case of flights. Online flight price comparison websites ensure
that we can shop around to seek out the best deal from a variety of agents
People flying to and from
the United Kingdom have possibly benefited more than most. There seem to
be numerous budget airlines based in the UK, allowing easy access to Europe
at cheap prices. The new budget airlines have also brought benefits for
regional airports - the likes of Exeter, Bournemouth, Doncaster, Southampton
and Norwich have been growing a great deal.
Let's look at one of these
specifically Southampton Airport. This airport on the outskirts of the
Southern coastal city was relatively small until recently, specialising
in flights to the Channel Islands. The arrival of Flybe has meant that
much has changed. There are now flights in and out of Southampton from
beautiful cities like Geneva, Paris and Amsterdam. Not to mention the cheap
flights available to popular holiday resorts.
Despite this growth, Southampton
often seems to be overlooked as an arrival airport for travellers looking
to get to the UK on a budget. This is particularly strange given the close
proximity of Southampton Airport to London (it is, after all, barely an
hour by train from the airport's dedicated mainline railway station to
London Waterloo, in the heart of the capital city).
This short journey time means
that Southampton is barely further away from Central London than Stansted.
You'll also find that processing of your baggage at the airport tends to
be much faster than that found at more major airports, since there are
less incoming flights. Taking this into the equation, you may well find
that your journey time could even be reduced.
So next time you're looking
to visit London (or maybe looking for a cheap flight out of the UK) don't
forget to look at the offers available at Southampton Airport. You may
find that the prices will come as a pleasant surprise, while the journey
into Central London is so straightforward that you'll not lose any time
on your holiday.
This article was written
by Keith Barrett, who writes for the online publication Whatever
The Weather on a range of travel topics.
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Lodge - Guest house Southampton
This guesthouse is located
in Southampton. Grosvenor Square and Civic Centre are area attractions.
Additional attractions include Southampton Maritime Museum. Complimentary
wireless Internet access is available in public areas. Guest parking is
complimentary. This is a smoke-free property. Bathrooms feature hair dryers.
Wireless Internet access is complimentary. Televisions are available in
guestrooms. Rooms also include desks and irons/ironing boards. Guestrooms
are all non-smoking.
By Holiday Inn Southampton-West
ituated close to Docks,
Southampton Cruise Terminal and the New Forest, the Express by Holiday
Inn is just a short drive from WestQuay Shopping Centre and Isle of Wight
Ferry. The inn is only 3 kilometres from the train station and 5 kilometres
from the city centre. Tastefully decorated, the guestrooms are cosy,
pleasant and equipped with all the modern facilities that will ensure you
a comfortable and relaxing stay in Southampton. You can begin your
day with a delicious Continental breakfast served at the Great Room. Offering
a warm and friendly atmosphere, the bar is a perfect place for enjoying
a wide selection of draught beers, spirits, wines and soft drinks.
Inn Hotel Southampton
Located in the heart of
the city, overlooking the East Park, the Jurys Inn Southampton is placed
close to the Central Rail Station and is convenient for key attractions
such as the City Art Gallery and The Mayflower Theatre. Jurys Inn
Southampton provides spacious and comfortable rooms that are well-appointed
with an array of standard amenities to make your stay more delightful.
Specially adapted rooms are also available for the guests with physical
disabilities. Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of the more than one dining
options on-site that provide you with cuisines from round the globe.
Botley Park Hotel Golf & Country Club Southampton
The luxurious Macdonald
Botley Park Hotel Golf and Country Club's extensive leisure facilities
and services make this the perfect short break retreat. The hotel
is set at the heart of a 176 acre exclusive parkland golf course located
in the Southhampton centre by car. The spacious rooms give ample
room to stretch out and unwind. But it's also the detailed features that
make you feel immediately at home. Spend your evening in our AA Rosette
Award Winning restaurant which is memorable for the quality of food complemented
by excellent wines. The hotel has extensive leisure facilities including
18 hole par 70 golf course, indoor swimming pool and spa, steam rooms,
sauna, squash Courts, advanced fitness suite, golfing practice area.