A great place to work and play, day or night, whatever you need, it’s here. Reading has everything. Prosperous, with a strong sense of community and a diverse population, plus a superb range of amenities, Reading offers an excellent quality of life and is a place where more and more people are happy to call home.
Balance your work-life with healthy living and some dedicated spa time. There are warm towels , green teas, alternative therapists, and top-tier gyms all over town waiting to support you on your mission. Into sport? Whether you play of prefer to watch, there are a number of world-class sports facilities and clubs in the area – including Reading Football Club and rugby’s London Irish.
Feeling hungry or thirsty? Reading boasts a wide range of restaurants, bars, cafes and brasseries to suit every occasion. For daytime refuelling, whether it’s just a coffee on the run or your favourite lunch stop, all the grab-n-go options are on your doorstep. For linger-longer lunches or those special occasions, Jamie’s Italian, Carluccio’s, the award-winning London Street Brasserie or the ever reliable noodle-fest at Wagamama, as well as numerous other bars and restaurants on the Oracle Riverside, are just a few minutes from Abbey Gardens.
For a more refined dining experience take a table at Forbury’s, L’Ortolan or the French Horn at Sonning on the outskirts of town. There must be well over a hundred places to find a drink in town. Lunchtime lagers, cocktail catch ups and Friday night pub crawls are alive and well in Reading. There are casual tables all over town where you can meet up with friends, colleagues or both. Then you just need to decide whether it’s the end of the day or the start of the night.
Reading enjoys a rich and varied arts programme. Concerts, shows, films, exhibitions, and the world famous Reading Festival every August allows you to get your art and culture fix at a number of impressive venues across town. Or just opt from some retail therapy instead.
One of the UK’s top retail destinations, Reading offers a rich mix of shops and markets to satisfy event he most enthusiastic of shoppers. At the heart of it all, The Oracle combines chic boutiques with department stores such as Debenhams and House of Fraser. All the other familiar high street names are present too, such as John Lewis and Marks and Spencer. Reading also supports a thriving street market, with French and Italian street markets featuring regularly at the Oracle Riverside.