Southampton’s new leisure venue opens

Hammerson’s Westquay Watermark, its dedicated leisure-led development has celebrated the opening of its first restaurants. At 96 per cent pre-let, the £85m scheme which is adjacent to Hammerson’s jointly owned Westquay shopping centre, is set to completely transform Southampton’s leisure and dining offer, having attracted an all-new line-up of over 20 restaurants to the city, and the most digitally advanced cinema in Europe. Operators include Franco Manca, Cau, Byron and Red Dog Saloon, which makes its first move outside of London.

The restaurants and Hollywood Bowl opened in December, and the highly anticipated Showcase Cinema de Lux will open in February 2017.

Now the UK’s largest restaurant and leisure complex, the development is a key project for the continued growth of Southampton, making Westquay the region’s leading retail, dining and leisure destination on the south coast. Regenerating a previously underutilised area of the city, the scheme’s exceptional new city plaza, the Esplanade, will host over 100 events and activities throughout the year.

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