My Weekend: Lulu Whitmore

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Louise Whitmore
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Lulu Whitmore, 41, from Southsea is co-owner of Love Southsea and one of the organisers of The Southsea Show, which takes place on Southsea Common today and tomorrow, from 10am.

When did you last go away and where did you go?

I took the family to Broadstairs in Kent, a beach holiday in a nice beach house.

What was the last gig/concert/comedy show you went to?

I went to see Vampire Weekend at Portsmouth Guildhall. They were amazing! Since the Guildhall has increased its standing capacity to 2,500 (270 more than before), it just keeps getting bigger and bigger acts booked for Portsmouth.

What about the last theatre show you saw?

I went up to London and saw Jersey Boys. It’s well worth a trip up to the capital to see it.

The last book you read?

Gossip by Beth Gutcheon, a well-written book about four friends from childhood through to old age.

The last film you saw at the cinema or on DVD?

The Internship with Vince Vaughn and Luke Owen. It was okay , just your average easy watching. I giggled in parts. It was a bit cheesy and felt like one big advert for Google. But I like to have a laugh so I can’t complain.

What’s your favourite way to relax?

I love to walk my French Bulldog Dexter along the common and beach. I’m lucky to live in the heart of Southsea with easy access to the sea.

What do you watch on TV?

Loads! My fave shows are, Game of Thrones, Banshee, Arrested Development, The Walking Dead, Family Tree, and a bit of New Girl.

And which TV programmes do you avoid?

TOWIE and other such garbage.

Which celeb would you most like to spend a weekend with?

Jamie Oliver. I like the fact that he’s such a hard worker and I’m a big fan of his family ethics too.

Where do you shop?

At the Love Southsea Market, of course! But other favourites include independents like Preview in Marmion Road. It’s great for one-off pieces. I like Ted Baker and H&M too.

Where do you eat out?

Drift Bar (home of the Love Southsea Burger), The Jolly Sailor (great for steaks and right on the seafront) and Brewhouse & Kitchen in Guildhall Walk. Their food and drink is to die for.

What about pubs and bars? Where do you go?

It’s got to be the Wedgewood Rooms. The bar and the live music go perfectly together. I recently saw King Charles there. It was one of my favourite gigs there to date.

Where’s good for a day out locally?

I love the Bandstand. It always has great local bands and is a good place to catch up with friends. And not forgetting the all-new Southsea Show this weekend. It’ll blow you away!