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About Reading

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Reading is a large minster town in Berkshire, England, of which it is now the county town. It is in the Thames Valley at the confluence of the River Thames and River Kennet, and on both the Great Western Main Line railway and the M4 motorway. Reading is 70 miles (110 km) east of Bristol, 24 miles (39 km) south of Oxford, 40 miles (64 km) west of London, 14 miles (23 km) north of Basingstoke, 12 miles (19 km) south-west of Maidenhead and 15 miles (24 km) east of Newbury as the crow flies.

Reading may date back to the Roman occupation of Britain, possibly as a trading port for Calleva Atrebatum. However, the first clear evidence for Reading as a settlement dates from the 8th century, when the town came to be known as Readingum. The name probably comes from the Readingas, an Anglo-Saxon tribe whose name means Reada's People in Old English, or less probably the Celtic Rhydd-Inge, meaning Ford over the River. In late 870, an army of Danes invaded the kingdom of Wessex and set up camp at Reading. On 4 January 871, in the first Battle of Reading, King Ethelred and his brother Alfred the Great attempted unsuccessfully to breach the Danes' defences. The battle is described in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, and that account provides the earliest known written record of the existence of Reading. The Danes remained in Reading until late in 871, when they retreated to their winter quarters in London.


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Reading Travel Links

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Reading was a major staging point on the old Bath Road (A4) from London to Avonmouth, near Bristol. This road still carries local traffic but has now been replaced for long distance traffic by the M4 motorway, which closely skirts the borough and serves it with three junctions, J10-J12. Other main roads serving Reading include the A33, A327, A329, A4074 and A4155. Within Reading there is the Inner Distribution Road (IDR), a ring road for local traffic. The IDR is linked with the M4 by the A33 relief road. National Express Coaches run out of Reading Coachway, at Junction 12 of the M4. The Thames is crossed by both Reading and Caversham road bridges, while several road bridges cross the Kennet, the oldest surviving one of which is High Bridge.

Reading is a major junction point of the National Rail system, and hence Reading station is an important transfer point and terminus. In a project that finished in 2015, Reading station was redeveloped at a cost of £850m, with grade separation of some conflicting traffic flows, and extra platforms, to relieve severe congestion at this station. Railway lines link Reading to both Paddington and Waterloo stations in London. Other stations in the Reading area are Reading West, Tilehurst and Earley. Green Park railway station is planned on the Reading to Basingstoke Line to serve Green Park Business Park.

There have been two airfields in or near Reading, one at Coley Park and one at Woodley but they have both closed. The nearest airport is London Heathrow, 25 miles (40 km) away by road. An express bus service named RailAir links Reading with Heathrow, or the airport can be accessed by rail by taking the Paddington train and changing to the Heathrow Connect rail service at Hayes and Harlington railway station.



Taxi Firms in Reading

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With so much to do within Reading and the neighbouring towns, as well as the beautiful surrounding countryside, it's worth renting a car or jumping in a taxi to see the local sights.

Reading is well served when it comes to getting a taxi as there are local firms such as Reading Taxis, Capital Cars and Yellow Cars.



Hotels and Guest Houses in Reading

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Hotel Ibis Reading Centre -
Set in a modern building, this simple budget hotel is 3 minutes' walk from Reading train station and 3 miles from Madejski Stadium.

Millennium Madejski Hotel Reading -
Set within the business district, the newly refurbished Millennium Madejski Hotel Reading occupies a wonderfully convenient location, right next to the Royal Berkshire Conference Centre and adjacent to Madejski Stadium, home of the Reading FC. The large, contemporary guest rooms, free parking and complimentary Wi-Fi make this the ideal accommodation for football supporters as well as visiting teams. The hotel is just 15 minutes from Reading University, making it perfect for visiting families, Graduation Weekend stays, and local events. The hotel also works with many local wedding venues to provide accommodation for guests and groups.

Malmaison Reading -
Style and decadence is what this Reading hotel is all about. Think luxe decor, roll-top baths, and gigantic, soft beds and you're on the right lines. Take your pick from 75 fabulous rooms and suites and settle in for the night. Enjoy a drink or two in the chic Chez Mal, one of the hottest cocktail bars in Reading. Take your pick from our world-class wine list or selection of ice-cold beers, and settle back in this stylish, ambient bar in the heart of the hotel.



Places to Get Married in Reading

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The Old Mill Reading -
Situated in one of the most picturesque locations in Royal Berkshire, The Old Mill has become one of the top locations for both wedding ceremonies and receptions in the UK. Whether you choose a church or civil ceremony, The Old Mill is a fairy-tale venue, complemented by the experience of husband and wife team - Robin and Diane Arlott - who, together with their dedicated staff will ensure that you and your guests are looked after from the moment you arrive until you toss the bouquet!

The Mill House Hotel Reading -
The Mill House is set amidst beautiful landscaped gardens sitting beside the river Loddon in the Berkshire countryside. Licensed for Civil Ceremonies a truly unique location to hold your wedding venue in Swallowfield, Reading, Berkshire. The character of the building dating back to 1823 adds charm to your wedding with inviting log fires and cosy corners to create a romantic warmth.

Great House at Sonning -
Located in the beautiful riverside conservation village of Sonning-on-Thames (five miles from both Reading and Henley), The Great House makes the ideal venue for your Wedding Day. The friendly and experienced staff will cater for all of your individual requirements to make your day a unique celebration. The Head Chef and his brigade have created an exceptionally wide range of dishes to choose from and we are delighted to theme or design an individual menu especially for you. Anything from the most simple and straightforward option to the more elaborate creation can be catered for.


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Event Planning in Reading

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Complete your event in Reading with DarkStar Discos, the Reading marquee hire experts who offer the following services which can reduce your event planning stress. Bars - you don't need to spend too much time looking for the perfect drinks for your event, we have a team that can take care of that for you. Lights - no need to stress out in finding and setting up the lights for your event. DJ and Staffing - let our DJ take care of the music for your event. Our staff will also be the ones taking care of the needs of your guests. You might also want to consider asking us to arrange the following services for your event: Professional Photographer, Event Transportation and Event Catering. For all your event-planning needs, contact DarkStar Discos, the Reading marquee hire experts.



Top Restaurants in Reading

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L’Ortolan -
Introducing L'Ortolan: The Only Michelin Star Restaurant in Reading. Relax in the luxurious, unique and timeless setting offered by one of the best restaurants Reading has to offer – L'Ortolan. It is the only Michelin star restaurant near Reading, and in addition to fine dining, it also offers biodynamic wines, corporate events and cooking experiences.

The L'Ortolan occupies a beautiful, Grade II listed building in the quaint village of Shinfield, just a short drive from Junction 11 of the M4. The restaurant has been operated by a series of Michelin-starred chefs since opening in 1984, and Tom Clarke is the current – and very talented – head chef. When you walk through the grand Gothic front doors, you’ll be greeted by warm, welcoming staff, and your taste buds will get an unforgettable treat.


Miller & Carter Reading -
At Miller & Carter they know a thing or two about steak. In fact, they could say that they're one of the best steakhouses in Reading. But they'd rather leave that to your judgement. Because once you've tasted the hand-cut, 30-day aged British & Irish steaks you'll soon appreciate the care of their farmers, the exacting standards of their butchers and the passion of their chefs. Don't just take their word for it; book a table and decide for yourself. You'll find them on the riverside at Reading's Oracle complex, right next door to the Vue cinema.


Côte Brasserie Reading -
Delicious and authentic regional cooking awaits you in this cosy brasserie in Reading, where you will enjoy comfortable surroundings, attentive service and a real taste of France. Conveniently nestled in the Oracle shopping centre – the beating heart of Reading’s social life – you can combine stylish shopping or a trip to the cinema with a mouth-watering meal in our atmospheric bistro.



Top Things to do in Reading

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Beale Park -
Beale Wildlife Park and Gardens is situated by the River Thames, between the villages of Pangbourne and Lower Basildon in Berkshire, England. It has three main areas of attraction: collections of small exotic animals, farm animals and birds; landscaped gardens and woodlands; and children's play areas. It’s a great way to spend some time outdoors and is always a firm favourite with children.


The Forbury Gardens Reading -
Forbury Gardens is a delightful Victorian town garden, created at the height of the urban parks’ movement. The gardens have recently undergone major restoration. They are located between the town centre and the ruins of the 11th century abbey, not far from Reading Station. The ornamental gardens have a wall around which provides a peaceful and tranquil retreat. There is a bandstand, and bands play every weekend in the summer. The Forbury Gardens is home to the famous Maiwand Lion statue. Although there are no formal children's facilities, the gardens are wonderful for play, and the kiosk serves coffee, ice-creams and light lunches. The gardens have been entered for three national competitions and have so far won a Green Flag Award every year since re-opening, along with annual accreditation as a Green Heritage Site, the BALI award and Best Regional Park in the Britain in Bloom competition.


Reading Museum -
Reading Museum is based in the Victorian Town Hall right in the centre of town. Discover the Huntley & Palmers biscuit tin collection, archaeology from Roman Silchester and Reading Abbey, the famous Victorian copy of the Bayeux Tapestry, the natural history of Reading - and much more! While a short walk away through the Abbey Quarter is the Riverside Museum at Blake's Lock. Reading is on the Great West Way touring route, so is an ideal base to explore all of its amazing attractions whether you’re travelling by bus, bike, car or train.

Reading Museum has provided award-winning opportunities for learning, inspiration and enjoyment since 1883. From their earliest days they have collected archaeology, art, natural history, and ethnography, and objects relating to Reading to foster innovative engagement with collections through learning, community and volunteering.



Reading Today

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Today, Reading is a major commercial centre, with involvement in information technology and insurance, and, despite its proximity to London, has a net inward commuter flow. It is ranked the UK's top economic area for economic success and wellbeing, according to factors such as employment, health, income and skills. Reading is also a major regional retail centre serving a large area of the Thames Valley, and is home to the University of Reading. Every year it hosts the Reading Festival, one of England's biggest music festivals. Sporting teams based in Reading include Reading Football Club and over 15,000 runners annually compete in the Reading Half Marathon.

In the 2011 census, the urban area around Reading had an estimated population of 318,014, making it one of the largest towns in the UK without city status. The Borough of Reading has a population of 163,100 (mid-2017 est.). It is represented in Parliament by two members and has been continuously represented there since 1295. For ceremonial purposes the town is in the county of Berkshire and has served as its county town since 1867, previously sharing this status with Abingdon-on-Thames.

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