Board in the City: This tabletop gaming cafe is a community interest charity so you can feel good while gaming. They organise events and have coffee, food, and alcohol available as well.

Forbidden Planet Megastore: Part of the famous chain, here to supply your comic, game, book, toy, and accessory needs

The Hobbit Pub: Home of The Fellowship drink challenge.

Musketballs 1812: War gaming and miniatures store.

Piecaramba: Comics-themed pie shop.

The Retro Hut Game Exchange: Little shop of retro and vintage games, toys and other random stuff. The full-size dalek outside is a dead giveaway as to what to expect.

Warhammer Southampton: Games Workshop shop on East Street.

Nerd-friendly and nerd-adjacent;

The Alex Pub: Retro gaming, Star Wars pinball, quiz night, cult movie decor… this pub also does live music and live sports, but is definitely on the nerd spectrum.

Disney Store: Ground floor in the Marlands shopping center.

GAME: Southampton location for the video game retail chain.

Hollywood Just for Fun: Mainstream costume shop, but still handy for those last minute cosplay accessories.

Robin’s Nest Emporium: Warehouse full of antiques, crafts, and collectibles including several toys, pop culture collectibles, and nerdy crafts. Two locations; Millbrook and Below Bar.

Rockbottom Toystore: Slightly confusing store of off-brand/remaindered toys plus a costume section. Upstairs in the Marlands.

So Make It: Southampton Maker Space

Waterstones West Quay: The large Waterstones in the West Quay has a nice SF section, plus games and YA. Plus it has a cafe and is near the new Showcase Cinema.

Escape Rooms

Elusion: Purveyor of adventures.

Exciting Escapes: Spy-themed rooms on the Shirley high street.

Houdini’s: Based on the Japanese online game ‘Takagism’, Titanic or Alcatraz themes.

Locked in a Room: Large scale escape room experience.

Other World Escapes: Southampton and Bournemouth escape rooms.

Sneaky Dog Escapes: VR escape rooms in Woolston.