Portsmouth is less than 65 miles from London but it is a city in its own right that deserves great attention. There is clearly a high level of desire to live in Portsmouth and the city, with a population of over 205,000, it has a higher population density than London itself. Portsmouth is the only city in the United Kingdom to hold that accolade. The history of Portsmouth owes a lot to its naval port and maritime leanings but modern day Portsmouth is a vibrant and entertaining city with plenty on offer and a number of major industries calling the city home.

One of the best (or worst depending on your point of view) things about the modern era is that it is really easy to find other people’s opinion about virtually any topic. A quick search about moving to Portsmouth will provide you with a wealth of voices and comments. You shouldn’t always treat online opinions as being the Gospel truth but when there is a majority of thoughts saying the same thing, you can be confident about what is being said. This is why there is a lot to be said for moving to the Southsea area of Portsmouth as this is the area that most people recommend.

Southsea’s location on the coast is very attractive but it is only a leisurely walk into the heart of the city, so you can enjoy the best of both worlds from the best base. Of course, with the wide range of facilities on offer in Southsea, you may find that you don’t always need to venture into the city or the Old Town.

There are also many tourist attractions to be found in Southsea, which can help when entertaining children or guests while allowing you the chance to take a proper break from the toll of the working week. The beach is mainly flint gravel based but at times of low tide, there are sandy areas.  There is an aquarium, mini golf courses, Southsea Model Village and two piers.

Southsea also has places of historical interest, such as the four large forts. These were built at a time when coastal attacks were a major concern but now they are a stylish part of the local area and a link to the past. With museums and theatres, there is a lot of culture on offer in Southsea, making it the perfect place to unwind in.

Southsea can be a great destination for commuters

While Southsea is a great place to live for people working in the heart of Portsmouth, it is also a manageable commute to the heart of London, if you really want to enjoy the best of both worlds. On the other scale of commuting and travel, there is a regular hovercraft service to the Isle of Wight, so if you have a lot of dealings on the isle or you are looking for a change of pace, Southsea is the ideal setting to make the most of your time.

Another strong point of life in Southsea has been the emergence of local and independent retailers. Seaside areas need to have an area of uniqueness to draw people to them and to prevent them from being labelled just any seaside town and this is something that has thrived in the area of late. The closeness to Portsmouth, and indeed London, helps because it draws creative people from these areas looking for a change of pace or style of life, and this means that there is a wider variety of independent stores in the area.