Why Move To Portsmouth
Portsmouth, or ‘Pompey’ as it is fondly known by locals, is the second largest city in Hampshire, sporting a waterfront café culture and proud naval history. It is Ideally situated on the south coast of England, mainly on Portsea Island, making it the UK’s only island city and lies just 64 miles south west of London and 19 miles south east of Southampton, which are in commutable distances.
Famed for its maritime past, Portsmouth is home to a world-class collection of iconic ships, from the Mary Rose to Nelson’s HMS Victory. The harbour itself has undergone a dramatic transformation in the past decade as part of a regeneration scheme to reinvigorate the local economy. The Spinnaker Tower, erected in 2005, typifies this injection of new life and contains a viewing platform offering magnificent views over the harbour, adrenaline fuelled activities and splendorous eateries.
Things To Do
There is so much to see and do in and around the city and tourism thrives across the beaches, piers, amusements and seaside parks. Gunwharf Quays also has one of the South’s biggest and best discount shopping centres with over 90 designer outlet stores and 30 bars, restaurants and coffee shops to choose from. As a university city there is also a thriving nightlife with lots of old school watering holes. Albert Road is the Indian curry strip equivalent of London’s Brick lane and offers an extravagant number of late night dining options.
For a trip further afield, regular ferries depart daily for France and Spain, making the rest of Europe accessible via a short journey over the Channel. The only scheduled hovercraft operator in the world takes passengers to the Isle of Wight in a few minutes where there are two major festivals (Isle of Wight and Bestival) held during the summer attracting the best names in music.
On the downside, Portsmouth is quite staggeringly even more densely populated than London, which can lead to high traffic congestion on the island. It is however a great deal cheaper in terms of property prices and the cost of living and the plethora of good quality schooling options is well worth taking into considering when weighing up your move.