Southampton () is a city in Hampshire, South East England, approximately 70 miles (110 km) south-west of London and 15 miles (24 km) west of Portsmouth. A major port, and close to the New Forest, it lies at the northernmost point of Southampton Water, at the confluence of the River Test and Itchen, with the River Hamble joining to the south. The unitary authority area of Southampton had a population of 253,651 at the 2011 census. Southampton forms part of the South Hampshire conurbation.
Significant employers in the city include Southampton City Council, the University of Southampton, Solent University, Southampton Airport, Ordnance Survey, BBC South, the NHS, Associated British Ports (ABP) and Carnival UK. Southampton is noted for its association with the RMS Titanic, the Spitfire, as one of the departure points for D-Day, and as the home port of some of the largest cruise ships in the world. Southampton also has a large shopping centre and retail park, Westquay.