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Published by Go Southampton Magazine, 2019-04-24 10:24:59






Welcome to our first edition of SO WHAT?

T his magazine is all about team that work on delivering By connecting us to work
connecting you to some of initiatives and events throughout experiences like this, Solent
the undiscovered and exciting Southampton all with the same University has enabled us to
events, places and people in vision to improve the overall city develop professional skills that
Southampton. Journey through this experience and to develop stronger are tailored to industry needs
magazine and uncover some of business. The BID is funded by local and prepares us for graduate life.
the cultures, places and goings-on businesses and always has the focus In turn we have been able to
that might just inspire you go out of maximising the city‘s potential research topics that interest you and
and explore the city this summer. and promoting what Southampton we hope you enjoy this magazine
has to offer to residents and visitors. as much as we have creating it.
Brought to you by GO! Southampton,
the Business Improvement District, Working with a team of student This magazine sits hand in hand
and written entirely by students writers has meant this magazine with the new website, Visit
from Solent University, this first takes a fresh perspective through Southampton, which has even more
Spring/Summer edition focuses some exciting articles and stylish information on our beautiful city.
on the theme of hidden gems. pictures, led and written solely Head to www.visitsouthampton.
by them. A passionate team of 9 for more blogs and articles
As a student of Solent University I writers has created the articles and and see what else you can discover.
have had the pleasure to be a part the wonderful graphic designer
of this wonderful project with GO! Tereza was able to work alongside Kick back, relax and enjoy the read…
Southampton who are a dedicated me to make the words come to life. Flo Bevis - Editor

Photo: leftTereza Dolezalova, right Flo Bevis
Credit: Gabriela Moise




Cover Cover image: 4bz Credit: Rachael Sanchious See & Do

38 Don’t stop the hip hop! 07 Expect the unexpected
Daniela discovers the things you never knew
Uncovering the city’s growing hip hop scene you could do in the city
34 12 Dive, Shoot, Escape
from past to present Activities for the thrill-seeker in all of us
14 Family Fun in the Sun
09 How about a SOcation? A taste of some of the things you can do with
the whole family this summer
A whistle stop tour of a weekend staycation

in Southampton

Sizzling summer events

From music to food to sport, check out some

of the city’s summer events you can‘t afford

to miss



Experiences Inspiration

33 Gig around the city 40 Walking on sunshine!

Looking for a music fix? Check out Stay fit, clear your head and explore the

these different venues for live music gigs city on foot

36 Feeling hot hot hot! 42 Lets get physical!

A different style of yoga in Southampton that Bored of the gym? Check out these fun

is guaranteed to get you in a sweat activities to keep you fit this summer

44 Lets get quizzical

Take this quiz and discover your ideal

Southampton spot



eat & drink Shopping

18 Food for thought 26 Can you kick it?
Fancy dinner somewhere a bit different? Big on brands? Explore the shops that will
Follow our guide. guarantee you your fashion fix
22 The night is yours... 28 Must-have summer reads
Every issue we show you some of the local Because there is nothing better than kicking
businesses which light up after dark back and diving into a good book!
24 Keep it British 29 Father‘s Day Unwrapped
Sweet or savoury: Afternoon teas to satisfy Treat your dad this June with some of
every palette our gift ideas
30 Around the world
50 Get the ingredients you need to cook
international at home
32 Fashion trends

39 Editor

Your city Flo Bevis

46 Skating in the Square Graphic Designer
Come rain or shine the skate culture in
Southampton is stronger than ever Tereza Dolezalova
47 Sustainable Soton
Follow our local businesses in their bid to Content Writers
help save the planet
49 Strike a pose! Tommy Carlito
Three insta-worthy spots for the perfect selfie Ryan Cook
50 Meet the neighbour Tait ap Ellis
Get to know the friendly faces behind some Joe Madge
of Southampton’s bustling businesses Daniela Costa
Ryan Hitchiner
Steven cabral
Robert Anderson
Brunette B Kumalo



Photo: Active Nation’s Outdoor Sports Centre




by Daniela Costa

Looking to do something 1. Learn how!
different this summer?
Here are five different The Outdoor Sports Centre,
activities that you might Thornhill Rd, SO16 7AY
not expect to find in
Southampton. D espite having no snowy peaks
or glistening pistes, skiing in
Southampton is possible! Active
Nation’s Outdoor Sports Centre,
located in Thornhill Road, boasts an
artificial surface which is the ideal
venue for a fun day out. Trained
instructors can host a whole range
of skiing and snowboarding lessons
from beginner to advanced and the
centre even caters for parties and
children. Lessons start from £13.00
per person or you can dive into a
donut session for £12.80!

Photo: Parkafe minigolf
Credit: Lucia Fernandes



2. golf! your moves off with your group. 5. Play..unlimited board
Afterwards why not stay for games!
1 E Park Terrace, SO14 0DA some Cuban tapas? Olé! Every
Wednesday 6pm, from £5. 38-40 Onslow Rd, SO14 0JG
T he Flying Aubergine Café
in East Park, right in the city 4. Dance while you… S ituated in Onslow Road, this
centre, offers access to their 18-hole roller skate! café is part of a  not-for-profit
mini golf course from only £3 per project and offers an unique concept
round a per person, including the West Quay Road Industrial Estate, for game lovers. Pay £3 for the first
equipment. This is an ideal activity Unit K, SO15 1GZ 3 hours (£1 for each additional
for a group of friends or family on hour) and you can play as many
a  hot summer‘s afternoon; and as B ored of the same old thing board games as your heart desires.
a bonus, you can stop for some ice every weekend? Well why not With over 600 games on offer,
cream or even some lunch in the try The Big Saturday Night Roller there will certainly be games you’re
cafe. Disco at The Engine Rooms? A huge familiar with, and numerous others
wooden floor combined with a live waiting to be discovered.
3. Learn how to..Salsa! DJ, Mo’Roller is the perfect setting to
roller skate the night away. There is
123 Above Bar St, SO14 7FJ also a fully licensed bar so you can
grab a drink whilst you have a rest.
A t Revolution de Cuba you can From £10 per person (including skate
learn how to Salsa.Whether hire) get your skates on!
you are a  beginner or a  pro this
class is for everyone. With an
instructor on hand to teach you
a few basic steps, you get to show

Photo: Revolución de Cuba





by Robert Anderson

Summer time is nearly upon us and the city is
bursting with different things to see and do from
music to sports and even a beach! Here are a few of
the many events to discover in the city:

ICC Cricket World Cup at
the Ageas Bowl

5-24th June

T he summer of 2019 sees the
ICC Cricket World Cup land in
England and Wales for the first time
in 20 years and the Hampshire Bowl
is in on the action, hosting five huge

June - South Africa Vs India

10th June - South Africa Vs West Indies

14th June - England Vs West Indies

22nd June - India Vs Afghanistan

24th June - Bangladesh Vs Afghanistan

Race for Life

22-23rd June

This year, for the first time,
Cancer Research UK is inviting
everyone in the Southampton area,
women, men and children - to join
the Race for Life in Southampton at
the Common.

Photo: Race for Life warm



St. James’ Park will be filled with everything from Southampton Pride
Summer Festival sporting activities, amazing cultural
performances and bespoke one-off 26th August
6th July events that are not to be missed.
R eturning to the city on the
S t James’ Parks biggest event of Gung-Ho! 26th of August, Southampton
the year is their summer festival Pride will unite all communities
and one you won’t want to miss. 20th July into one family friendly event with
This huge event, located in Shirley, a wide range of food and drink,
has two stages with music and E ver felt like running across 5km live music, local acts, fringe events
performances all day long. Not only of inflatable obstacles? Well and entertainment. It kicks off with
that, but there are a ton of stalls to now you can. Gung-Ho! - is coming a morning parade with events from
check out. These include a tombola to the Common, which entails 5km midday until late.
and a Disney tent - where you meet of huge inflatable obstacles and
the well-known characters! Plus, a  whole heap of fun! Whether
there‘s a BBQ and plenty of other you‘re a veteran athlete or a  first-
food stalls for the hungry. time 5k runner, you‘ll find plenty
of opportunity to show just how
Let’s Rock Gung-Ho! you really are.
6th July
12-14 August 2019
L et’s  Rock Southampton! - is
returning to Southampton C heck out Nuffield Southampton
Common for the fourth year running. Theatre for a  brilliantly
With a  fabulous line-up of artists staged version of David Walliams’
to bring you the very best of the heartwarming and funny story from
80s, and an action-packed day of the award-winning Chickenshed
general 80s madness, there is plenty Theatre Company in association
to do for everyone at this family with Sam Bradshaw Productions.
friendly festival! A brilliant summer production that
will entertain you and the kids
Seaside in the Square without fail. Packed with a  host of
original musical numbers, you’ll
19th July - 11th August laugh, you’ll cry but you might want
to hold your nose!
S easide in the Square is an
urban beach concept that is
open to everyone. This FREE event
in the heart of Southampton has
something for all. So, whether
you are looking for an activity to
entertain the kids during the summer
holidays or you are looking for
a cool venue to head out for summer
drinks, Seaside in the Square has it
all to offer. This year’s  programme



Photo: Southampton Pride 2018
Credit: Danny Langrish-Beard




by Tait ap Ellis

Let your hair down Skydive Southampton from the age of 11 can play and
with your friends and starting at £10 this is the perfect
enjoy the many hidden way to let off some steam. Grab your
gems Southampton has buddies and get shooting.
for adults looking for E ver wanted to reach up to
something a bit different. 120mph without a  car? Well The Art House Café
now you can experience an
Otherworld Escapes exhilarating skydive at 15,000 feet 178 Above Bar, SO14 7DW
or even a static line parachute jump
22 East Street, SO14 3HG right here in Hampshire. Skydive F or those who prefer life in
Southampton is BPA approved, the slower, more cultural
S tep into the fully immersive located near the New Forest, and lane, take a trip to the Art House
world of Indiana Jones as you offer group discounts so you and Café. Not your regular cafe, this
and your friends are sealed in your friends can all take a  leap of not-for-profit art space, located on
a room with only an hour to escape. faith together. Above Bar Street, caters for those
Find the clues to help unravel this of an artistic nature. With regular
Mayan mystery as you put your Ambush Paintball language events, poetry groups
skills as a  friendship group to the and live music this is a great place
test. Found on East Street, 2-8 Raglington Farm,Botley Rd, SO32 2HL to catch a breather in the city, meet
adventurers can take part for £19 someone new and tap into your
per person, making it great for T his fast-paced, action packed creativity.
birthdays and team bonding events day will see you and your
friends fighting for dominance in
many different war games, using
the well maintained equipment to
splatter your opponents. Anyone

Photo: Other World Escapes



Photo: Art House Cafe
Credit: Tereza Dolezalova

Photo: Ambush Activities





by Tait ap Ellis and Brunette B Kumalo

If you’re looking for something out of the ordinary
for you and your family to do this summer then look
no further. Whether your kids are the active type
or prefer something more indoors, Southampton
and its environs has plenty to keep them, and you

TeamSport Indoor Bega,you will be provided with
Go Karting a board and safety equipment.
The lessons take place outside
Barton Park, Chicken Hall Ln, Guildhall, the unofficial skate centre
Eastleigh SO50 6RR of Southampton, so it’s a great place
to make some new friends.
M ake your kids‘ dreams of being
a racing car driver come true Marwell Zoo
at the Eastleigh Indoor Go Karting
track. With no experience necessary Thompson‘s Ln, Colden Common,
and prices starting from £20pp, this Winchester SO21 1JH
fun for all the family promises to
leave you with memories to cherish T he 140-acre wildlife park is
and smiles all round. The Family home to hundreds of animals
Karting Madness option gives you from exotic and endangered Amur
three 15 minute sessions to tear up tigers, snow leopards and white
the road. rhinos to giraffes, hippos and
penguins. Children will have the
Skate Southampton chance to feed the animals, explore
5 adventure playgrounds and
140 Above Bar St, SO14 hop on and off the train that runs
through around the zoo.
S outhampton has a lively skate
scene and now with Skate
Southampton offering lessons for
those 5+, whether it’s  your first,
second or one-hundredth time
skateboarding, there’s  never been
a  better time to pick up a  board.
For £8 a lesson, led by trainer Steve



Go Ape

Itchen Valley Country Park, Allington
Ln, SO30 3HQ

R elease your inner Tarzan and
swing through the trees at Go
Ape! Located near the airport, this
adventure is perfect for kids (10+)
with a  lot of energy, and a  lot of
bravery, as they will explore the
canopies and conquer the zipwire.
For £18, the kids can take part in the
Tree Top Junior- with a 100m zipwire
and highest platform of 7.8m. For
£25 (£33 for 16+) comes the Tree Top
Adventure with a  whopping 180m
zipwire and a 12m high platform -
this isn’t for the faint-hearted.

Photo: Marwell Zoo

Photo: Go Ape



Hollywood Bowl theme park area. It has 9 Peppa- Tudor House and Garden
themed rides, a  large indoor
Westquay, Harbour Parade, SO15 1DE Playzone and even “Muddy Puddles“ Bugle St, Southampton SO14 2AD
to jump and play in. Children will
A   fun for all the family classic, experience the Lost Kingdom, B uilt in the late 15th century,
Hollywood Bowl is located a unique Jurassic land that is home to discover and explore over 800
in Westquay and so is a  perfect the mighty “Flight of the Pterosaur“ years of history on one site at the
accompaniment to any of the many suspended roller coaster, the Tudor House.The museum gives
restaurants the complex has to offer. thrilling Velociraptor coaster, lifelike a  unique and atmospheric insight
With a  games arcade to keep the moving dinosaurs and much more. into the lives and times of both its
kids (and adults) busy while you There is an amazing variety of residents through the years, and of
wait, Hollywood Bowl offers family things to see and do including; Southampton itself. Explore the fun
sessions and even birthday party big rides, small rides, play areas, hands on activities from the history
events. Book online before you strike entertainment and an astonishing of the house, talks, tours, audio
out. collection of animals and guides and family rooms for children
birds, all set within 140 acres of and parents.
Paultons Park beautiful parkland in the north of
Southampton in the length of time
Ower, Romsey SO51 6AL to drive there.

T he UK’s  number one family
theme park with 70 rides.
Paultons is home to the UK exclusive
and world’s  first Peppa Pig World

Photo: Paultons Park



Photo: Tudor house and Garden




by Tommy Carlito

Southampton‘s Maritime Smugglers Piecaramba
Quarter is home to the
more traditional, higher 16 Carlton Pl, SO15 2DY 30A Carlton Pl, SO15 2DX
end restaurants and bars.
However, what if you’re S mugglers, located on Carlton D rawing on the well-known
seeking an experience that Place between London catchphrase coined by Matt
is as far from traditional Road and Bedford Place, is an Groening’s  timeless series, The
as possible? Fortunately, Americanised Caribbean and Simpsons, Piecaramba is a  pie
Southampton can offer South American eating spot that shop with a difference. Located in
the fastest and freshest puts its own twist on international Southampton’s  youthful Bedford
food, in settings where the delicacies. Its  warm and friendly Place area, its fictional charm
owners have paid the atmosphere relaxes the senses, provides ample enjoyment for
most intricate attention to whilst an abundance of jerk, spice couples and families alike.
detail. If you are looking and tasty fries keeps the dance on Play Top Trumps or cards while
to feast somewhere that your taste buds alive. Lots of veggie you wait or compete against other
carries a theme, this city can and vegan options too! diners with controllers attached to
cater for your cravings. a console and television at the head
Pitcher and Piano of the room.

Southampton SO14 3JB

B ased in the pitcher-esque
Ocean Village, Pitcher and
Piano overlooks the luxurious
harbour. If you manage to catch
happy hour, make the most of
their enticing range of cocktails!
If drinking isn’t your thing, an
indulgent roast dinner is on offer
every Sunday so make the most of
Pitcher’s  homely environment and
creature comforts.



Photo: Piecaramba





Lakaz Maman Oxford brasserie

22 Bedford Pl, SO15 2DB 33-34 Oxford St, SO14 3DS

Have you ever craved Mauritian Situated on Oxford Street, the
cuisine? Or even considered Brasserie was named ‘Best
branching out to try the Restaurant of the Year 2017’ at
island’s  delicacy? Well, Bedford the British Restaurant Awards for
Place is home to Lakaz Maman – their variety of fine wine, fresh
a  Mauritian Street Kitchen serving ingredients and international cuisine.
up everything from seafood Perhaps one of the more luxurious
to fruit-glazed chicken dishes. spots on this list, you can expect your
The tropically tantalising options important date to be of the highest
available are sure to satisfy calibre possible.
your cravings; catering for most
intolerances and vegetable- Belgium and Blues
based preferences. There is even
a breakfast menu! 184 Above Bar St, SO14 7DW

Gusto Lounge O ne for the craft ale aficionados
amongst us, Belgium and
1 Commercial Rd, SO15 1GF Blues is comprised of a beer cellar,
a  gin bar and a  smokehouse. They
G usto Lounge is a  quirky bar host live music every Friday, cover
and bistro, that curates and lives sports events and have weekly
presents daily specials offering food and drink offer meaning a night
something other than their delicious out will never be lazy.
Italian menu. If you’re looking for
a  date different to the norm, pop
by on Tuesday to partake in the
weekly quiz night or for students
on a  budget - 50% off food on
a Wednesday night. Alternatively,
swing by on the last Friday of every
month when a  live DJ hosts Gusto
Got Soul to finish your meal off
with a 2-4-1 cocktail and a boogie!
Follow them on social media to keep
up with latest summer events.

Photo: Gusto Lounge
Credit: Flo Bevis





by Tait ap Ellis

Southampton has an Orange Rooms password (given on reservation).
u n d e n i a b l y buzzing Bring a couple of bottles of spirits
nightlife, and with new 1-2 Vernon Walk, SO152EJ with you and for £19, expert
bars opening up this year mixologists will use an assortment
there’s plenty of places G rab your friends and get of fresh fruits, spices, syrups
to soak up the sun with a your groove on at one of the and jams to make any variety of
cocktail or two. This is a hottest bars in town this weekend. cocktail you would like. Secure
handy guide to some of Whether you want to light up the your place now!
what the city has to offer dance floor or kick back and make
at night. the most of happy hour (4-9) in The Hobbit Pub
one of the many different themed
booths, there are a variety of 134 Bevois Valley Rd, SO14 0JZ
different spaces to fit your mood.

Found just tucked away from London I f you’re looking for something
Road it’s thankfully just a short a little more alternative, then
walk to many hotels. An active live head on down to The Hobbit.
music scene with legends such as This Lord of the Rings themed bar
Grandmaster Flash and De La Soul is a haven for those interested
previously gracing the stage and in fantasy or rock, with regular
the many random orange bikes live music events featuring local
sets a retro vibe quite apart from bands shaking the house until
anything else. the early hours of the morning.

Bring and Mix While this bar is popular with
students (for its many offers), it isn’t
36 Upper Bannister St, SO15 2EF just a studenty bar as various charity
events are held here alongside local
R eserve your place at the activism and live entertainment
table for Southampton‘s most every night of the week. With
exclusive and worst kept secret. a range of different drinking
Bring and Mix is a quaint bespoke challenges, multiple levels and a
cocktail experience that transports garden the size of a small football
you and your friends to the Roaring pitch, this is the perfect place to let
Twenties where Jazz and prohibition off some steam and get noisy with
laws rule the streets, meaning your friends.
you can only enter with the right



Photo: Orange Rooms




by Brunette B Kumalo

Afternoon tea is simply quintessentially British, and Southampton offers
some of the finest place to enjoy a spot of tea and cake with your friends
and family. Here our a few of our favourite places. Booking is essential.

HarBar on 6th

5 Maritime Walk, Ocean
Village,SO14 3QT

Ha r B a r o n 6 T H o f fe r s
an afternoon tea with
a  view. Enjoy a  selection of
sandwiches, savouries and
sweet treats whilst overlooking
the stunning views of the Ocean
Village Marina. Served 3-5pm
daily, from £17.95 per person or
enjoy some fizz for £25.95 - Go on
push the boat out!

SO:Cake The Grand Café.

78 West Marlands Road, SO14 7FW South Western House, Terminus
Terrace, SO14 3AS
N ewly opened in the city, this
vibrant and bold tea room T he Grand Café pride themselves
offers a unique setting to have your on bespoke, high quality food.
afternoon tea. Think pink leather Making your sandwiches, scones,
sofas, vintage tea plates and cupcakes and petit fours freshly
teapots, floral bunting, and there‘s on the morning oWf your visit - you
even a homage to the queen of know you will be served something
cakes herself Mary Berry. Catering of a  delight. From £17.95 each, an
to all dietary requirements, this unlimited amount of tea or coffee
place is for the sweetest of tooths will accompany your food or you can
who like all things pink! pay that bit extra to add some fizz.



The Dolphin Hotel includes cheese scones, pork pies of sandwiches such as smoked
and sausage rolls! What’s more they salmon and roast beef, some rather
34-35 High St, SO14 2HN cater for the kids as well with their decadent macarons alongside the
Little VIPS Afternoon Tea from £9.95. classic scones and cakes. Why not
E njoy an afternoon tea in Served everyday between 12 - 5pm . upgrade and get a glass of Bottega
a  relaxing environment in Prosecco each? Served 1 - 5pm
the Dolphin Hotel‘s Signature Grand Harbour Hotel everyday.
Restaurant. The special thing
about their afternoon teas is the W Quay Rd, SO15 1AG
3-step menu choice which really
does cater for everyone. For £17.95 I ndulge in a  more sophisticated
you can enjoy a  classic Dolphin afternoon tea at Marco Pierre
Afternoon Tea, a  Vegan Friendly White‘s famous Steakhouse at
Afternoon Tea and they even offer the Grand Harbour Hotel. Pay
a Gentleman‘s Afternoon Tea which £27.95 for 2 and receive a selection

Photo: The Dolphin Hotel





by Tommy Carlito

Southampton’s  street culture is from the most exclusive trainer to the
one of the many diverse aspects of most intricate accessory. What sets
this city, and is evolving at a rate of street-culture apart from regular
knots. There are a variety of stores high street shopping is brand focus;
to feed the craving of the everyday something the following shops have
street-fashion enthusiast, ranging to offer:

size? the latest pair that would sell out to cater for everyone and even
in minutes. So, keep an eye open a  vintage section. A  factor that
12-14 Above Bar St, SO14 7DQ for @size_so14_southampton on makes Urban Outfitters stand
Instagram, to see if anything take out, is its stocking of own brand,
S ize? is a  trainer-enthusiasts your fancy! affordable essentials as well as
first point of call in the city, high-focus brands like Stussy,
despite holding a name that seems Urban Outfitters Carhartt and Fila. Another accolade
somewhat uncertain in itself. This for UO to tuck under their proverbial
store has hosted a handful of ‘hyped’ 54 Above Bar St, SO14 7DS belt, is the ability to stock homeware
releases, otherwise known as ‘rare’ amongst the apparel already on
or ‘limited edition’ pairs. You may T aking a small step away from offer. Fancy a  cactus to pair with
occasionally see large groups of trainers, Urban Outfitters store your new Calvins for Instagram?
customers queuing outside of the is not one to be forgotten.Spread Urban Outfitters is the one for you!
store, hoping to get their hands on over three floors, there’s  clothing

Photo: size?
Credit: Tommy Carlito



Route One Nike Zoom Janoskis and a  vast Photo: size?
array of bright socks to match the Credit: Tommy Carlito
34, The Marlands Centre, SO14 7SJ new season apparel.The shopping
centre is a  short walk away from Photo: size?
W hat’s a city without a store that Guildhall Square – a  hotspot for Credit: Tommy Carlito
caters for the ever-youthful Southampton’s skating community.
skateboarding community?Route 27
One is located in the Marlands Office
shopping centre.You can visit mid-
afternoon with no intentions of West Quay Shopping Centre, Level 1
making a purchase, to leaving store SO15 1QD
with a brand-new skateboard setup,
Lastly, and most certainly not
least - Southampton’s  main
supplier of branded women’s trainers;
stocking a wide range of footwear
from sportswear giants Nike, Adidas
and Converse, to Office own-brand
heels and everyday leisure-wear.



by Robert Anderson

R’ ead more books’ is an all-time top new than the British summer.As unpredictable as it can
year’s resolution, but how are you getting on as be, you could be cosy at home while it pours it down
we approach the mid-way point of the year? Whether on a Saturday afternoon, or simply chilling in a local
you’ve given up completely or are still clambering park while you catch some rays. So, here are some
to grab hold of that best seller, there couldn’t be perfect books to check out that might just rekindle your
a  better time to reinvigorate a  passion for pages, inner bookworm.

Credit: Prasanna Kumar

The Silent Patient Manual for Survival Surprise Me
by Alex Michaelides by Kate Brown by Sophie Kinsella

Alicia B erenson’s  life is Those interested in the S ophie Kinsella is an author that
seemingly perfect, until her consequences of nuclear fallout continues to take the market by
husband returns home and she won’t want to miss this one. A jaw- storm, and her recent novel Surprise
shoots him five times in the face. dropping historical detective story, Me doesn’t disappoint. This down-
Alicia’s  public notoriety for her Manual for Survival makes clear the to-earth tale of love explores the
actions attracts Theo Faber, irreversible dangers and impact of nuance of good and bad when it
a  criminal psychotherapist who is nuclear energy on every single living comes to love, trust and family.
determined to get her to talk and thing. Not just from Chernobyl, but
explain why she did it. This New from eight decades of radioactive
York Times best seller won’t fail to fallout in weapon development.
capture your attention.





by Robert Anderson

16th June

Check out some of our top
picks for those who want
to treat their fathers to
more that just a pair of
socks this year.

Amazon Echo Show
(2nd Gen)

Argos 76-178 High St, SO14 2BY

T here’s the regular magic of the
Echo, but this device can now
‘show’ you things on a crystal clear
10-inch HD screen, and boasts an
incredible premium sound system
from Dolby. £219.99

Motion Control Drone Dancing Man Joe Wicks’ Veggie Lean
Brewery Tour in 15: 15-minute Veggie
MenKind Westquay, SO15 1QB Meals with Workouts
Town Quay, SO14 2AR
S ome drones are surprisingly Waterstones, Westquay, SO15 1QE
inexpensive to purchase now, O ozing charm and charisma,
and this motion control model the Dancing Man Brewery is W icks’ latest book is a great
from MenKind is sure to keep dads the ideal place to take your father gift for the fathers looking
occupied. £34.99 to spend some quality time with to get fit this summer. Not only are
him. The 90 minute tour includes a the recipes veggie or vegan, but the
Food Gift Card walk around of the historical and book also comes along with plenty
stunning brewery along with a of exhilarating workouts. £11.99
The Restaurant Choice detailed explanation of the brewing
process. Not only that, you will then
S pend some quality time with have a tasting of six of the beers. £15
your loved ones and treat them
to a meal voucher. With an option
for every pocket and every palate,
you’ll be spoiled for choice. £20 +




by Joe Madge

C hinese cuisine has become up the ingredients from Yau Bros &
one of the most popular Co - the largest authentic, oriental
takeaway choices for the UK, supermarket on Princes Steet,
however ordering these regularly (SO14 5RP). This store holds all the
can be detrimental to both your ingredients needed for your oriental
health and your bank account! So recipes and below, and one recipe
why not widen your cooking skills to get you started is a  sweet and
and impress your guests with some sour pork stir-fry.
authentic Chinese recipes, picking

30 Photo:Yau Bros & Co


Sweet and Sour Pork Stir-Fry
糖醋里脊 炒

Ingredients Credit: Tereza Dolezalova

- 2 tbsp soy sauce 5. Meanwhile, in a  bowl, whisk
- 1 tbsp sake or dry sherry together the sugar, vinegar,
- 2½ tbsp cornflour 170ml/6fl oz water, the remaining
- 500g/1lb 2oz pork fillet, cornflour and a  pinch of salt. Add
- 2 tbsp groundnut oil to the pan and bring to the boil,
- 3 garlic cloves, crushed then reduce the heat slightly and
- 1 onion, finely sliced simmer, stirring frequently, for 5
- 1 green pepper, seeds removed, finely sliced minutes until thickened. Remove
- 1 carrot, finely sliced from the heat and stir in the
- 4cm/1½in piece fresh root ginger, peeled and cut into matchsticks cooked pork. Season to taste with
- 3 tbsp soft brown sugar salt and pepper and set aside.
- 6 tbsp rice vinegar or white wine vinegar
- 2 spring onions, finely sliced
- ½ fresh red chilli, seeds removed, finely sliced
- sea salt and black pepper

For the egg-fried rice

- 225g/8oz jasmine rice
- 2 tbsp groundnut oil
- 2 free-range eggs, beaten with ½ tsp sea salt

Directions 3. Heat one tablespoon of the oil 6. For the rice, heat the oil in a wok
in a  frying pan over a  medium– or large non-stick pan over a high
1. In a  large bowl, combine the high heat, add the pork and heat. Add the cooled rice and
soy sauce, sake (or dry sherry) stir-fry for 5–7 minutes until beaten eggs and stir-fry for 4–6
and a  tablespoon of the cornflour. golden-brown. Remove the pork minutes until some of the rice begins
Add the pork and stir to coat. from the pan and set aside. to colour and the egg is cooked.
Leave to stand for 10 minutes.
4. Return the pan to the heat and 7. Spoon the rice onto a  serving
2. For the egg-fried rice, cook add another tablespoon of oil. Add plate and top with the pork and
the rice according to the the garlic, onion, green pepper, vegetables. Garnish with the sliced
packet instructions. Drain, then carrot and ginger and stir fry over spring onions and red chilli.
spread out on a  plate to cool. a medium–high heat for 2 minutes



by Steven Cabral

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River Island Tommy Hilfiger Topman
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itself to be a huge hit, this season Queensway
saw the trend on the runways of £65
Balmain, Versace and Balenciaga.
Shop at your local favourite high
street brands and pair the trend with
a white skinny fit t-shirt for a simple
casual look.

Denim bag
John Lewis, Westquay

Malibu trainers Slip-on shoes
Westquay Office, Westquay
£21.70 £57

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top £6
bottom £4

Playsuit T ie-dye makes a huge comeback TIE - DYE
New Look this season, from Prada to Stella
Westquay McCartney prepare yourselves for
£ 9.99 the tie dye revival. Last season, the
designers turned it into a catwalk
32 trend and the high street is already
making copies. Tie-dye is back.



by Daniela Costa

Photo:John Hansard Gallery Southampton is a  city A nother gem is Mettricks
singer: Ricky Tart with a huge amount of Coffee House. This
choice when it comes
Credit:Lauren Collins to watching live music. café is known for hosting several
Cafes, pubs, restaurants, music-related events like Solent
Photo:John Hansard Gallery galleries; this is the city SU Presents: Live Music, Music In
singer: Kitty O’Neal of music. Going out The City and Acoustic Night. You
to explore some of the can never go wrong with Mettricks.
Credit:Lauren Collins greatest local bands All their sessions make the perfect
and artists in the most environment to relax at the end
unexpected places of a busy day, and perhaps enjoy
makes the experience a great cup of coffee.
even more fun. Here are
a few of my hidden gems: I f you are more of a nighttime owl,
there is always Mango Thai
J ohn Hansard Gallery is Tapas Bar. The bar hosts different
decorated simply but it gives you
a warm welcome, almost as if you music gigs every week, including
are at home. From time to time, the open mic nights, who have an in
Gallery hosts free music sessions house band that will play anything
which are about supporting and the performers requests from jazz
promoting local bands/musicians. to pop to rock. The environment is
With music for every taste, the friendly and welcoming and their
chilled environment combined with ‘Island Cocktails’ are sublime.
the beat of every instrument will So, if you’re a music lover and want
make you want to come back… over to march to the beat of a different
and over again. tune, then grab your friends, or
go it solo, and discover some of
Southampton‘s  many live music




by Tait ap Ellis

Southampton may get its fair share of cruise tourists
and football fans, but this coastal city has plenty to
offer those looking for a  quick bit of me-time that
won’t break your wallet. This guide is for locals as
much as visitors, so get out there and discover what
Southampton has to offer.

9 AM - Start the day off with 3 PM - From there, head north 6 PM - As the sun sets on your
a  healthy breakfast from the towards the Guildhall and you’ll day, don’t let it end your
recently opened Pere Waffle, enter the cultural quarter – a must night as Turtle Bay offers 2 for 1
found on Above Bar Street before see for creatives. If contemporary cocktails at Happy Hour, ensuring
you take the short stroll down art is your thing then grab a coffee you get enough bang for your
towards Westquay shopping at Café Momento then check out the buck. Located just a just 15 minutes
centre. Boasting 130 different shops John Hansard Gallery, or the Solent away is the luxurious 4 star Grand
there’s  something for everyone University Showcase/ Arthouse Harbour Hotel, that boasts exciting
including Lush, Victoria’s  Secret Café for the more local artwork. architecture to put a  modern spin
and a whopping 5 story John Lewis on a classic stay. If you want a more
meaning if you can’t find what you’re 4 PM - If by now you fancy a bit of historical atmosphere try The Pig
looking for then you’re not looking peace and quiet then take the In The Wall which is bursting with
hard enough. short walk towards Southampton heritage and a flutter of quirkiness
Common, found just north of town, throughout - a  true hidden gem!
1 PM - Once you’ve satisfied your and read a book by the lake as you
shopping crave, you can either soak up the sun and take the time This would be one jam packed day
grab a spot of lunch at one of the out to relax. On your return, take hopefully turning you into tourists
restaurants in Westquay South the route through Bedford Place of this beautiful city. Why not take
– Casa Brasil, Thaikun, Losteria and visit some of the independent it slower and spread this over 48
come highly recommended- or if shops which are full of character hours instead?! Have a weekend of
it’s a lovely day, take a stroll through such as W.J. French and Sons or discovery and enjoyment right here
the parks, grabbing something to even indulge yourself in a  beauty in your home city.
eat from one of the many outlets treatment at Eastern Arts Beauty.
that do takeaways.



Photo:Turle Bay

Photo:Westquay North





by Ryan Hitchiner

This magazine is all about trying Situated in a  studio in the Arena
new things in Southampton so Business Building on Threefield Lane,
when I  entered my first yoga class In Balance Hot Yoga isn’t the largest
as someone who is both unfit and business in the city, but it’s hall sees
inflexible, I  kept that in mind. a lot of action.

36 Photo: In Balance Hot Yoga

Credit: Nadja Litau


Photo: In Balance Hot Yoga
Credit: Nadja Litau

E ntering my first yoga class ever time, which I quite frankly couldn’t. certain if what I’d just done was
as someone who is both unfit The experience was difficult, and an overall positive experience,
and inflexible,I kept in mind that strenuous so it wasn’t doing wonders or if I’d just been assured into
trying new experiences can lead for my anxiety. However, as things believing it was by friendly words.
to something great. The supposed went on, I did find myself in a kind of
benefits of Hot Yoga are the rhythm. Not a confident one though, So the class ended, I got up, I left the
‘sweating out of toxins’, improved and although at one point one room to get changed, and I realised
blood-flow, and management of person stepped out, I stayed, and it the world outside that room felt like
anxiety. As a  diagnosed sufferer was worth it. a new place. By focusing so much on
of anxiety, this was of particular that one room, and not considering
importance to me, as studies I t turned around very pointedly. a single thing outside it, I’d separated
have actually supported it. So, As the session nears its end, the myself from all my usual causes of
I  attended In Balance Hot Yoga, stretches stop, and we are asked stress. After thanking the yogi and
to see if this stood up in my case. to simply lay comfortably on our heading out into the cool evening
backs, on the mats. And then, air, I  realised I  was smiling at
The hot part really isn’t an with the lights down and more nothing for once. I recommend hot
exaggeration. The room is heated incense lit, the yogi Benedita yoga, and In Balance Hot Yoga in
between 32-34C, and you feel Sousa quietly went around the particular, to anyone willing to put
it the moment you walk into the room, describing a  series of very some effort into improving their
room. It can be a  little stifling at gentle motions, while engaging flexibility, core strength, and state
first, between the heat and the the group in guided meditation. of mind. Bring a mat (or a pound to
burning incense, but you become borrow one), take a few minutes to
acclimatised after a while; that’s one The Yogi ensured that each member look up what the poses are called
of the reasons you’re advised to of the group was at ease, aware to make sure you can keep up, and
arrive ten minutes early. The studio entirely of their own body, and get ready to feel better. I know I do.
was full when I  visited, and other allowing our post-workout selves
people were more prepared than to loosen up. This was easily miles In Balance Hot Yoga can be found
I was, but I was still able to borrow more effective than any normal at www.inbalancehotyoga.
a  mat. For a  beginner’s  session cooldown exercise I’ve ever engaged A huge thank you to the
it’s  surprisingly vigorous, as the in and brought everything together. Yog, B enedita Sousa, who was
course goes on, you’re expected to But as nice as that part was, I still welcoming and made the whole
transition from pose to pose over had mixed feelings about it. I wasn’t experience worthwhile.



Photo: 4bz Photo: Vinilo Records
Credit: Rachael Sanchious Credit: Tommy Corlito


by Tommy Carlito

Hip-hop and grime are at every given opportunity,
lesser celebrated cultural who should you be looking
aspects of growing cities out for and where?
and Southampton is Here’s a breakdown of the
writhing with talent and past, present and future
hip-hop heritage. With of Southampton’s hip-hop
venues spread from corner culture, celebrating the
to corner, and youth talent city in all its glory.
breaking into the limelight



Locations and spots delve deeper – enter Vinilo Record, metaphors entice the crowd,
Southampton’s independent record drawing in a passionate
S tarting in the city centre, shop. Vinilo acts as a  central hub audience that only wants more.
O2’s  Guildhall is not only for enthusiasts across the city,
a  historical landmark full of lining their shelves with ‘pre-loved’ He draws inspiration from the
architectural features, it also and ‘new releases’ – even giving old-skool, early 90’s  flow; infusing
provides an iconic stage for some of customers the opportunity to pre- positivity within his personal
the planet’s most well-known acts. order future albums. Don’t let the life and childhood memories.
As one of Southampton’s  largest connotation of records lead you to Gigging at Heartbreakers and
venues, other than St Mary‘s assume this spot only sells older The Loft he went on to support
Stadium of course, it is just five releases – everything from 6lack and Southampton-natives The Band
minutes from the train station and Billie Eilish, to Tribe Called Quest of Skulls in their upcoming tour!
is surrounded by a variety of bars, and 2Pac are available. So, why not
pubs and restaurants. But who has #SupportYourLocal? 4bz, is one of the standout names
performed here… surely no one of amongst Southampton’s  plethora
notable hip-hop mastery? You’d Artists of grime MCs, currently taking
be wrong! The venue has seen the south by storm. The artist‘s
Example, Snoop Dogg, and even has W hilst on the topic of re-branded as ‘Forbesuary’ to
Papa Roach on the cards for 2019. #Suppor tYourLocal, this celebrate four consecutive weeks
would be a good point to introduce of new music being released on
How about a far more hands-on, intimate two of Southampton’s  up-and- streaming platforms. 4bz headlined
experience? Where the performers coming hip-hop artists, currently alongside Defcon Lawless at the
are SO close, you feel every verse? gracing many of the local stages. Heartbreakers gig, helping put
Southampton’s independent hip-hop
Well, The Joiners has become Philadelphia’s  Defcon Lawless scene on the map in a  big way.
a favourite amongst budding grime has been around for a  few Watch this space...
artists. In 2018, they welcomed years, yet it’s  only recently
grassroots musician Slowthai to that he has decided to grab
the stage – after which an anti- opportunities with both hands.
governmental, anti-hierarchical His relaxed flow and charismatic
movement swept the venue.
However, to get a real feel for the
age-old hip-hop culture you have to

Photo: Defcon Lawless
Credit: Rachael Sanchious



Photo: Bargate Southampton



by Joe Madge

In our busy lives, it can I’m the King of the Photo: Westgate Hall
be difficult to find the World!
time to get our daily the area with a  knowledgeable
dose of exercise in. It is O ne of Southampton‘s more well guide or independently, visiting
recommended to get known stories from history is all the different landmarks all the
30 minutes of physical around the Titanic setting sail on its while thinking there was definitely
activity in each day maiden voyage to New York in 1912, room for two on that door – budge
but when is that going so one fascinating and informative up, Rose.
to happen? As summer walk follows the Southampton Old
looms, it’s worth getting Town where there are many nods to
some fresh air so we’ve this event in history. This walk can
put together our top 5 be done as a guided tour exploring
walks around the city!



It’s Common Sense a beautifully scenic stroll alongside Coast to Coast
the river and into the park, where
O ne walk away from the you will be able to take in the boats D espite not being the English
stresses of the city centre is passing by whilst people walk their Riviera, Ocean Village will

a  trek into the Common, here you dogs. Be careful of the bikes passing still provide a  lovely coastal vibe

will discover a hidden parts to the by! to your walk. With plenty of bars

Common. With lots of different and benches around, you can truly

sections to discover, you‘ll find All Around The Walls appreciate living by the coast and
something new every time you make the most of the impressive
return. From Hawthorns Urban R oaming back into the city centre, boats that will make you green with
Wildlife Centre to Star Wars themed one of the more simplistically jealousy. Whether you take this route

graffiti, you’ll need the force in those attractive and historically significant first thing in the morning, in the

legs on this walk to take in all parts elements to Southampton is the Old midday sun or as a leisurely evening

of the Common. Town that surrounds the southern stroll, Ocean Village will never fail

n side of the city. Follow the signs to disappoint – it will even provide

Riverside, Lets Go! around and ‘Walk the Southampton a beautiful Instagram pic!
Walls’ from Westquay and Bargate
A way from the city centre you‘ll
find a hidden gem in Riverside down towards the docks and identify For more stories like this head to
all the different notable historic

Park. Over towards Bitterne, after buildings that surround the area.

discovering all the unique shops in

the surrounding area you can find

Photo: Riverside Park
Credit: Joe Madge





by Joe Madge

Yes, exercise can be hard work. The very thought of
it can make you want to take a nap, but who said it
can’t be fun? These are the top 5 ways to keep fit in
and around Southampton, making you forget that
you’re exercising!

Credit: Tereza Dolezalova Southampton Common society, YoBike have brought a smart
scheme to Southampton to help save
I f you didn’t know already, this the environment and get people fit,
beautiful area of Southampton one journey at a time. For the tech-
holds a large area of green space savvy among us, using a mobile app
perfect for numerous activities you can rent one of these bikes for
to keep fit. One fun, free and £1 an hour, £5 for the day or from
community-based activity held £29 for the entire year. The app
every Saturday morning is the itself encourages us to keep fit and
Southampton Common Parkrun, keep us environmentally conscious
where hundreds of people of all ages by allowing users to record calories
and abilities come together to run burned, time travelled, and carbon
a 5k which is tracked so you can spot emissions reduced!
your progress over the weeks! This
event runs entirely on the kindness Aqua Warrior
of volunteers, and the community
aspect really rallies people together. T his is staying active with
a twist. Whilst swimming is an
Bicycle Hire effective way to stay fit, The Quays
Swimming and Diving Complex in
H ave you ever wondered why the city centre offers a  variety of
there are so many of these activities for all the family. Aqua
bright yellow bikes around? In an Warrior runs every Saturday from
ever more environmentally friendly 2pm-4pm, with a  giant 14-piece
and carbon-footprint conscious pool inflatable to run and climb



Photo: Common Park

on. With no age restrictions or it is the ideal place to try out some on most days of the week. You
advanced booking required, this is skiing, snowboarding or even can even book a  free trial game
perfect for everyone to get involved donutting! With their experienced to see if this is right for you.
with, to get the blood pumping and and enthusiastic instructors, this
those endorphins released! venue is a guaranteed fun yet safe As well as the leagues, Goals also
way keep the body active and the provides services for corporate
Alpine Snowsports mind sharp. events and birthday parties for
all ages. You can play a  game of
C onsider yourself a  bit of an Goals Southampton popular bubble football or a  hire
adrenaline seeker? Then the pitch via a  Pay2Play service if
look no further! Whether you’re T his is the home of 5-a-side you just fancy a kickabout with a few
a  snow sports expert or just football. Just off the M27, mates. If you feel you have worked
looking to try something new, the Goals Southampton holds a diverse your socks off, then you can treat
Alpine Snowsports Centre is full range of football events including yourself in the bar after the game
of exciting sports to get involved competitive adult leagues for which even has live sports, so you
with. Boasting an artificial surface both men and women running don’t miss a  minute of the action.





by Ryan Hitchiner

1 Which word would you pick to describe yourself?
A Outdoorsy
B Curious

C Old-fashioned

D Loud

2 What kind of music do you like most?
A Folk
B Sea Shanties
C Classical
D Metal 3

What time interests you the most?

A The present
B The past
C The even-more-past

D The weekend

4 What animal is your favourite, out of these?

A Crested Newt
B Fish
C An Old Bloodhound
D Bats

5 What’s your favourite colour, out of these? 6 When are you most relaxed?

A Green A When I am with nature
B Blue B Being nearby the sea
C Black C Diving into a non-fiction book
D Orange D When I am socialising



If you mostly picked A, your Get a proper taste of the past
somewhere cosy, with authentic
place is Southampton Common! depictions of classic-era life,
Heading north of London Road, with none of the dust or disease!
you‘ll find an enormous natural
area, preserved for your relaxation If you picked D, check out the
and the health of the wildlife.
Take some time to relax and look Firehouse! A bar that hosts live
around, it‘s as close as a city can shows every friday and saturday,
get to being the New Forest proper. it‘s the place to go if you want to
see good, hard music, whether
If you mostly picked B, you‘re a drinker or not. It‘s open
all week except for sundays,
check out the Sea-City Museum! and the jukebox blasts classic
Learn a load about history, the metal when there isn‘t a show on!
sea and the city‘s maritime history
in general without having to leave If you picked one of each, well, then
the city centre area! Find out what you should take it as a sign to go
people‘s lives really used to be to all of them! Treat yourself, go
like, with real physical evidence. through a real variety of things.
Then after that, maybe head down Maybe even in one day. You‘ll sleep
south and take in the sea itself! well after.

If you mostly picked C, Photo: Tudor House and Garden

head down to EITHER: the
Medieval Merchant‘s House, or
the Tudor House and Garden!

Photo: Southampton Common Photo: Sea-City Museum





by Ryan Hitchiner

G uildhall Square is  full of One of those skaters, Paul, 18, sees
activities. There is  usually skating as a  part of his lifestyle.
something on there, and if not, It‘s his way of travelling, it‘s what he
there‘ll be events going on in the enjoys, and it‘s what he‘s good at.
venues around it. But, in the square,
one thing remains consistent: Skate They bring life and motion to the
culture. Every day, you can pass square, at any time of day, and
through and see skaters doing they certainly care about their
their thing, whether old pros or craft. On my visit, one of the people
just starting out. The Square‘s been I approached for their perspective
made into a  social centre by was there skating, the day after
and for these people, and if you they had got out of hospital, arm
live here, you‘ll have seen them. in a  sling. It‘s  an impassioned
culture, and you‘re welcome to be
a  part of it. Again, talking with
skaters, it became obvious that
not everyone knows each other.

You can just roll up and become
a  part with it, and I  didn‘t see
a  second glance given to obvious
beginners. Head to Route One in
the Marlands, pick up a board, and
give it a shot.

„ The best thing about
the city? How it’s
mixed with nature.
The parks and the

„common, places like

that make a big dif-

Photo: Paul - Guildhall Square
Credit: Ryan Hitchiner




by Ryan Cook

Sustainability is one of the most Recycling, reducing food waste,
important issues we have to face and eliminating single use plastics and
people all over the world are changing reducing electricity usage are just
their lives in ways that create a positive a few of the important ways businesses
impact on the planet. Businesses in have altered their practices.Here are
Southampton are no different and a  handful of the many businesses in
are changing the ways they operate Southampton who are doing their bit for
so that they can have a  more eco- the planet.
friendly and sustainable output.

Photo: Indigo Press

Indigo Press The Dolphin Hotel

The Southampton based finding more ecologically sound L ocated in the heart of the city
printing company has a alternatives. They use FSC standard centre The Dolphin Hotel is
strong focus on sustainabilty. ethical paper and they minimise passionate about being eco-friendly.
and recycle all materials they can. The hotel is a  part of the Planet
Andrew Surcouf, Indigo’s  Sales 21 initiative which is a huge effort
& Account Executive says,“ Over On top of this they have adopted an from hotels around the world
the past 10 years we have taken environmental management system to be more environmentally
substantial steps to reduce which monitors and improves their efficient in any ways they can.
our environmental impact,” impact on the environment as well
as generating action plans to help General Manager Dan Wilson,
Indigo Press has done this by any future progress in the area. highlighted just a few of the great
reducing the chemicals required Visit for things they do: “We have signed
for the printing process, or more information.



up to ‘Too Good to Go’ which The Stable “On top of this we try and recycle
enables us to reduce food waste by all of the goods we can for use
offering food at discounted prices.” S ituated just off Guildhall in other means. Specifically last
Square The Stable is a  pizza, Christmas around 90% of our
“We separate our food waste, general pie and cider restaurant with decorations were made from things
waste, recyclables and we are not a  passion for having a  green, such as old menus and candle wax.”
using plastic in the hotel at all.” eco-friendly business model.
As well as eliminating plastic
“All light bulbs we purchase are now Deputy Manager Alan Henley where they can, such as using
energy saving and we are looking at talked through some of the great paper straws, the company are
installing sensor-activated corridors things they do for sustainability. champions in helping out within the
to reduce electricity usage.” local community. Organising staff
“All of our food waste gets sent outings to litter pick in the nearby
off to generate electricity so parks and raising money for great
nothing useful gets thrown away.” causes such as Dorset and Solent
Mind, the mental health charity.

Join our local businesses in being
more eco-friendly by seeing what
you can do in every day life to aid
in sustainability!

Photo: The Stable
Credit: Johana Klementova





by Daniela Costa

Mayflower Park Southampton Walls East Park

T his is my number one place S outhampton Walls have a O ne of the most beautiful parks
to go to for pictures “nature‘s history behind them, so why not in Soton, in the heart of the
Instagram filter“. Located near use them in a picture? Built in the city, it’s ideal for a spring / summer
Westquay and Ocean Village, 14th century, the stone walls are picture. The flowers have grown,
the mayflower park is one of the very easy to get to and photographic and all the colours are magnificent.
most beautiful places in the city to all year round. Taking photos Be creative: there are lots of hidden
go, especially during the famous from a different vantage point will spots in the park that can create
“golden hour”. It will always depend provide fresh perspectives, even a beautiful backdrop for the flawless
on the weather, but the sun, the sea, when it comes to a  familiar place selfie.
the breeze, the cruises… it all makes or subject.
the perfect photo.

Credit:Daniela Costa Credit:Daniela Costa Credit:Daniela Costa

Make sure that wherever you go, you have a good quality camera with you (it
can still be your phone) and take them during the daylight: photos tend to be
a lot better with natural light. Now… don’t be afraid, take the risk, strike a pose
and most importantly, have fun! Tag us in your photos @visit_soton and use the




by Tait ap Ellis

In every issue of SO What? Why did you want to own
we will be getting to know your own bar?
the faces behind some of
the businesses within the G rowing up I loved music, so I
city. wanted to do something within
the music industry, unfortunately
Steve Lee I couldn’t play music so I got the
chance to promote some live bands
Bar owner of Belgium and Blues and that’s how I got into it.

What is Belgium What to do in the city in
and Blues? the summer:

B elgium and Blues is not T he (second) best independent
necessarily all about the beer, place to have an ale or
but about the feel of the place and cider in the city has got to be
the atmosphere. When you walk Bitter Virtue. They’re friends of
down into the cellar it looks cosy ours and have a huge range of
but also welcoming and inviting, beers and ciders to choose from.
it’s all about the vibe. The name We try and spend most of our
blues wasn’t necessarily all about summers in Belgium, but when we
blues music, it was about the feel, come back Harbour Lights is always
like the one you’d get in one of those a good experience.
60’s blues bars or late-night drinking
dens and that’s where the blues bit
came from.

Photo: Steve Lee - Belgium and Blues

Credit:Roma Cots


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