City Secrets: Winchester, UK

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Winchester in the United Kingdom is a peaceful Hampshire town, home to the famous Winchester Cathedral. Just an hour away from London, Sofar Winchester has been putting on shows for five years. Get to know the city and its music with City Leader Steve, who picks his favorite local hidden spots and some of Sofar Winchester's favorite alumni.

William Walker Pub
The Diving Room William Walker Pub

The Diving Room

“It's a fab little Victorian restaurant above the William Walker pub overlooking Winchester Cathedral. It's named after William who spent months underwater working in complete darkness shoring up the foundations of the cathedral so that it didn't collapse into the boggy ground.”

Winchester Hat Fair
Winchester Hat Fair Portland Gallery

Winchester Hat Fair

“It's the UK's longest running festival of outdoor arts, mixing street theatre, comedy and music. It takes place right across the city every year on the first weekend in July. I don't know why it's called the hat fair... Maybe it's because buskers traditionally collect donations in hats. Whatever its origins, it's brilliant!”

The Black Boy
The Black Boy @baldkarl1

The Black Boy

A quirky pub, right by the river. It's got a lovely walled garden that's a brilliant place to hang out in the summer. The decor is quite 'antique emporium' with all sorts of weird collectables. There are traditional wooden pub games too. The owner also runs a Michelin Star restaurant called The Black Rat, a wine bar called The Black Bottle and a hotel called The Black Hole.”

St Giles Hill
St Giles Hill @grace_1102

St Giles Hill

“A natural chalk hill at the bottom of town giving panoramic views of the city. It has a small, peaceful park and is a great place for picnics and watching the sun set. In the 11th century it was home to another famous Winchester fair 'The St Giles Fair', which went on for 16 days and was the largest in all of Europe. Why such a big festival? Winchester used to be the Capital of England before London was.”

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