London is an enormous cosmopolitan city, with all the cultural and gastronomic attractions you’d expect from a world capital. Stretching for more than 30 miles on either side of the River Thames, it is Europe’s largest city, with a diverse population of about eight million.
Southampton is one of several port cities and a gateway to London. Southampton is a premier passenger-ship port that dates back to the golden days of transatlantic passage. It’s also one of the UK’s top 10 retail destinations, with the West Quay Shopping Complex, approximately two miles from the pier.