Chichester, United Kingdom
Helen, 45
Geek, ecologist & wordsmith. Fond of llamas.
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Do’s and don’ts in Chichester (Ex: Tipping: yes/no, touching strangers: yes/no, safety tips etc.):

We're British so we have that weird thing where we say sorry when you bump into us and stuff. We don't really touch strangers as a rule in Britain. But we do love to chat in Chichester so feel free to strike up a conversation - particularly if you're not sure about something, we'll be glad to help. Generally? Tipping is recommended in restaurants and in pubs (when you have table service - not at the bar) - 10% is nice. You should give a little extra to your taxi/cab driver too. Chichester is one of the safest places on the planet so just relax and enjoy yourself. Just be kind and you'll get along just fine.

What are the Chichester spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

1: Chichester Cross (get your bearings) 2: The cathedral (peregrines, please), 3) Kingley Vale, 4) The theatre, 5) Pallant House, 6: Purchases, 7: Goodwood, 8: West Wittering.

Which Chichester shops do you hit up when you’re itching for something new?

Stephen Lawrence, Thru the Looking Glass, Jigsaw, Mint Velvet, Top Shop, River Island, The White Company, Pure Cashmere, SpaceNK, Hotel Chocolat or Montezumas (new chocolate counts, right?), Jack Wills, John Lewis at Home (slightly out of town that one)

Your all-time favorite musicians:

Nina Fitzgerald, The Gorillaz, Adele, Primal Scream, Moby, Britney Spears, Hans Zimmer, Ella Goulding, Snow Patrol, Santana, Blondie, Edie Brickell, Dolly Parton, St Etienne, Dido, The Cardigans, Pitch Perfect (hah!), Sia, Jess Glynne, P!nk, Groove Armada, Kylie Minogue, Lady Gaga, Paramore, Empire of the Sun, MIA, Mika, Deadmau5, Freemasons, The Script, Goldfrapp, The Orb, Maroon 5, The Beloved, Muse, Amy Winehouse, Lorde, Astræa.

What do you do and why do you do it?

I help people do tech (life) better and I love doing stuff better.

What’s the area in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

South, south street

Heartbreak playlist - top 3 songs:

1: The Only Exception, Paramore, 2: Speechless: Lady Gaga, 3: Somewhere Only We Know: Keane

What’s the one place in Chichester you think is underrated?

Field and Fork

Where would you take a date for a romantic night out?

Purchases

If you had unlimited resources and one weekend in Chichester, what would you do?

Friday helicopter to The Goodwood Hotel, supper at Farmer, Butcher, Chef. Morning transfer to West Wittering for walk. Pick up shells and hear the ocean, smell the ozone. Fox Goes Free counting butterflies and soaking up the South Down rays. Afternoon cruising the shops and the cathedral, watch the peregrine falcons protect their nest. Pre-theatre dinner at Purchases in the garden. A show! Drinks in the bar. Bed time. Up to Kingley Vale to to see an amazing butterfly show and an astounding view. Back to Goodwood for some spa treatments and then maybe a Sunday Roast at Blacksmiths before your helicopter whizzes you back to wherever you came...

Drunk and hungry - where do you go in Chichester?

It's pretty classy in Chichester. We don't do kebab vans and stuff. Go anywhere. But if it's late, go home and see what you've got in the fridge or what room service can do for you. Or wait until the morning and soak up the booze with a f*** off breakfast (plenty places can help with that).

It's freeeeezing out - what should a visitor do?

1: Seek out a fire (St Martin's tea rooms, George and Dragon) - there are plenty around, 2: DO NOT GO OUT - order wine. Or go to an art gallery or theatre. Or get a bunch of spa treatments. Seriously, though, Chichester rarely gets really cold - we are having one of our coldest spells right now - it's about -1 degrees c and we're just all staying indoors apart from the odd trip out for food.

Where do you take your guest when you want to impress?

Kingley Vale for views, West Wittering for amazebeach. We celebrating? Cocktails at Purchases it is.

You’ve been working hard and wanna treat yourself to something nice in Chichester - what do you do?

It's a chain but my addiction is The White Company.

Your go-to brunch spots:

Fenwicks in Priory Park (if pizza sounds like a good idea for brunch this serves some of the best I've had IN THE WORLD (including Italy and NYC), Bills (big chain now but we have a great one in the old Butter Market). We also just got a Boston Tea Party which is fun and a particular favourite with The Vegans. As an adult, I do also like an icecream for breakfast - you can't do better than independently run Baileys by market cross up at the cathedral. I can recommend: strawberries and cream, rose and pistachio, rum and raisin, tiramisu, bittersweet orange sorbet, cherry delight - basically every flavour I've had in there ever.

Your perfect night out in Chichester includes:

Cocktail at The Rocking Horse, film at the cinema (either one) and tandoori prawns and cauliflower bhaji at India Gate.

Which local creators do you admire?

Robert Olliver-Jones, Isabel Ashdown, Gabrielle Kimm, Jane Rusbridge, Karen Swann.

Special views that mainstream tourists don't know about:

Every time you approach Chichester you can see the spire of the cathedral and the copper roofs...

Best place for a cheap bite on-the-go:

Marks and Spencer

Tomorrow’s your last day in Chichester. How do you spend it?

At the cathedral with binoculars to watch for the peregrine falcons and a pork-pie picnic from Marks and Spencer with Matt and our parents and friends

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