Nestled between the Thames and Kennet rivers in the South of England, Reading in Berkshire is a hugely underrated location. At its centre an eclectic mix of independent shops, fancy boutiques, upmarket restaurants and smart little coffee shops offers up plenty for locals and visitors alike. Its picturesque riverside is ideal for drinks after work in the sun or impromptu meetings and lunches alfresco. The historic marketplace is also popular – yet more recent developments including The Oracle shopping centre make it one of the most prolific regional retail centres outside of London. Various attractions await including Reading Abbey and Forbury Gardens, plus further out of town Dinton Pastures Country Park.
Reading is in fact a Minster town – dominated by the beautiful Reading Minster and St Laurence’s Church. The town is particularly well-known for Reading festival – one of the UK’s most popular musical events attracting revellers nation and worldwide. Reading FC also draws football fans from across the UK – taking up residence at the newly built Madejski Stadium.
Reading is well-connected via the M4 motorway and Great Western Mainline – less than 40 miles from London. If you’re looking for the perfect place to hold a swanky soiree, charity ball, launch party or exhibition, we’ve partnered with over forty fantastic venues in and around Reading to ensure there’s one to suit your specific needs. Try Quirky Matchbox for parties and launches, The Pavilion for concerts and shows or The Royal Berkshire Conference Centre for meet-ups with the wow factor.