Social Spotlight: Oxford Street, Southampton

At Town or Country we not only offer you that home from home experience but the chance to socialise and make the most of your stay. We take a look at what the south coast has to offer. This time we take a look into Oxford Street, historical, entertaining and very lively!


Oxford street is steeped in history, back as far as Henry II. In fact 61 Oxford Street was the home of Lucia Foster Welch (died March 1940). She was Southampton’s first Lady Mayor, councillor alderman and first sheriff. Southampton is the only town in England were the Mayor has the title of Admiral of The Port. So Lucia Foster Welch was England’s first Lady Admiral.

This cosmopolitan meeting point has a whole host of cafes, bars and restaurants to cater for the more curious pallets. With many of the buildings listed as high as grade II if the walls could talk there would be enough content to last you years! More notably is the White Star Tavern. This maritime gem has hundreds of years in experiencing amazing moments in time including the SS Titanic. Now with it’s modern day upgrade of WiFi, cuisine and accommodation this gastropub is well worth the visit.

If fresh and natural seasonal dishes are your thing then the Olive Tree restaurant is for you. All dishes are home made and the vast selection of wine will ensure your night will certainly be full of variety. From seafood Mediterranean dishes to lite lunch bites the friendly staff and atmosphere makes for a pleasurable experience. Its a great place for business meets or catching up with friends! Guests can secure a healthy money off offer with our exclusive Discount Card.

London cargo

With a whole host of restaurants including the infamous Kuti’s Indian Cuisine and Charlie Chan’s Oriental dining you will be spoiled for choice in just a short space! If a drink or two is more up your street this is the perfect place to settle down for the night. Cargo bar is a great place not only for its unique gastro menu (check out the fish finger sandwich and burger) but its decor. What looks like broken plaster and exposed walls sets the scene for a great night out.

If a traditional pub is more your scene the Grapes will be all you need. This public house is a mecca for history told by the regulars as well as fine live entertainment from one within the tavern. With its recent pedestrianisation street socialising gives it that big city feel, especially enjoyable in the summer months. Other watering holes include the Med Bar for that wine bar feel and The London Hotel a hang out for Southampton’s gay and lesbian community and offering a warm welcome to all, whatever gender or orientation.

And if you fancy something hearty the next morning Valentine’s Cafe/bar serve one of the best breakfast choices and lunches in town, also one of our Discount Card partners. There is so much on offer from pizza to tapas to the Oxford’s Brasserie you may need to stay for more than one night.

Oxford Street has so much to offer, especially no.60, something you will experience when you turn up at our office.

Ben Glover


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