Old to some but new to others, Bedford Place is filled with independent bars, restaurants, shops and beauty spots as well as a few of your favourite well-known names. This boutique area of Southampton sits in between the cultural quarter and Southampton common just a few minutes drive or a short walk from the city centre.
Bedford Place has a number of different shops for you to wander around and make a purchase for yourself or grab a present for someone special.
Find hidden gems along the street like boutique clothes shop Devernois or why not visit All Beauty and treat yourself a new perfume.
Bedford Place isn't shy of family-run independent businesses either. Visit bespoke picture framing shop, Bridge Gallery and shoe shop W.J. French & Son who has been trading in Southampton since 1803!
When it comes to taking care of yourself, the area boasts a number of health and beauty businesses along Bedford Place and Carlton Place for you to enjoy.
Relax and get pampered with a facial, treatment, blowdry or manicure whilst visiting the area - or get a gift voucher for a family member or friend, perfect for Christmas!
A new pilot scheme has been launched in the Bedford Place area for an initial six months, as part of the Southampton Inside Out initiative which aims to create more outdoor dining space in the city centre.
Three areas of road on Bedford Place/Carlton Place and Lower Banister Street have been pedestrianised and outdoor seating has been installed. By opening up these areas it supports local businesses, helps to facilitate social distancing measures and hopefully improves your experience when visiting the area.
Why not head down and support your local businesses by grabbing a bite to eat or something drink outside? You can find out more about the initiative, including planned pilot schemes, here.
To support the outdoor dining pilot scheme, a number of bollards were installed into the area as a safety measure. Solent Showcase Gallery, Solent University and GO! Southampton have bought to life these bollards by commissioning a number of local artists to get creative and give them a makeover.
There are sevens sets of bollards around the area - next time you are visiting try and find them all and take a look at their unique designs.