There is a real sense of pride in Portsmouth, the UK’s only island city. Whether it be the naval heritage (Home of the Royal Navy), the fact so many authors are identified with the place (Charles Dickens, H G Wells, Rudyard Kipling and Conan Doyle) or the devoted fans (possibly the loudest in the UK) who follow Portsmouth Football Club through thick and thin (Play up Pompey!) – people who live here quite simply love it.
Portsmouth benefits from a great variety of shops, including independent boutiques and larger national retailers, such as Asda, Waitrose and M&S food hall.
Gunwharf Quays is a popular shopping destination with top outlet stores and restaurants overlooking Portsmouth Harbour.
While Commercial Road offers the popular high street names, Palmerston Road precinct in Southsea holds popular markets and regular art markets at Handleys Corner.
Albert Road in Southsea is well known for its vintage shops, restaurants and bars and is a popular, bustling place to pick up a bargain and have a bite to eat.
The restaurants in Portsmouth are varied and you can quite literally eat your way around the world. Cuisines range from Japanese, Belgian and Mediterranean to good ol’ pub grub and traditional fish and chips.