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Parents might be interested to know Jane Austin attended a local school. Ofsted scores for the Reading area can be viewed HERE
At the time of the most recent (2011) census, Reading’s population stood at 218,705.
With the M4 running directly beside the town, Reading offer’s excellent transport links to Surrey and London as well as the South West and South Wales. It’s 38-minute drive to Heathrow Airport, while trains to London Paddington take as little as 24 minutes.
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There are so many reasons to love Berkshire’s largest town. But in case you’re a Reading newbie, here’s our rundown of the best the town has to offer;
This outstanding family-owned café serves stuffed wraps, doorstep sarnies, incredible cakes, salad boxes, loose-leaf teas, in a great, funky setting.
You can celebrate your move to Reading in style thanks to The Tasting House. Their mission is “To make wine fun” and we’re certainly not going to argue with that!
If you’re ready to give your new home a design makeover Hopo is the perfect start. Sleek, quality designs for every room and taste.
Stocking fine cheeses, craft beers, small batch spirits and an impressive range of gins, this is one shop you’ll want to get to know. “Did somebody say ‘Gin O’clock?’”
Reading is certainly no quiet backwater, in fact it’s a bit of a rabble rouser. Alfred the Great fought the Danes here, the town had two famous battles during the English Civil War and was the site of the only military action during the short-lived Revolution of 1688.
Today it is a bustling town with first rate travel links, a large, modern shopping centre with all the big high street names. In recent times it has been recognised as the UK’s top area for economic success and wellbeing and has a number of tech firms and insurance companies adding to the employment prospects for the local populace.
There are fast trains to London, attractive parks, good amenities, plenty of places to visit and a number of large sports teams. It also has artistic pedigree having produced a number of actors and writers, plus it was the location of the world’s first written song (‘Summer is Icumen’). And of course it’s literary fame is sealed with Oscar Wilde’s The Ballad of Reading Gaol.
There are three local golf courses, two theatres, three cinemas and numerous live entertainment venues. It hosts one of the UK’s largest music festivals and has an impressive events calendar throughout the year. If you’re looking to try something new there are all manner of clubs and societies covering a huge array of interests and activities. Foodies are also well catered for with artisan producers of everything from cheese and beer to sausages and breads. What more could you knead?
Reading isn’t considered a huge hotspot for London commuters, yet trains to London Paddington take just 24 minutes. The closest airport is the UK’s largest, Heathrow, which is just up the M4, 38 minutes by car. The motorway also gives access to London, Cardiff, South Wales and the South West. Nearby towns include; Slough, Oxford, Basingstoke, Guildford and Newbury.