Known in Victorian times as 'The Gateway to the Empire', Southampton is a busy city of 240,000 residents and the port the Titanic sailed from on its doomed maiden voyage. It is the headquarters of Carnival Cruise Ships, the Ordnance Survey, and hosts the Ford Transit assembly line at Swaythling.
The Saints football team are the pride of Southampton, shock FA Cup winners in 1976 with a host of glittering former players including Matt LeTissier. The city also boasts 2 universities, the annual Southampton boat show, and fast motorway access to London and the nearby New Forest via the M3 and M27, as well as Portsmouth just down the road.
The out of town WestQuay shopping centre features major high street names and anchor tenants like John Lewis and M&S, with further development in this area planned. Famous modern Sotonians include singers Craig David and Matt Cardle.