The vibrant city of Reading has lots to offer from stylish restaurants and bars to the shopping hub of various designers and chic boutiques. Music, theatre and sporting venue, The Hexagon is a great all-round entertainment centre.
Reading began life as a Saxon settlement. Reading was originally called Reada ingas, which means the people of Reada. Reada was a Saxon leader who settled in the area with his tribe in the 6th century. Reading was well placed to transport goods to and from the Thames Valley and London by a river. Medieval Reading prospered because it was on the main road between London and the West of England. In those days the journey from London to Bristol and other western towns took several days and Reading was a convenient place to stay the night. In the early 16th century manufacturing cloth was the mainstay of Reading's economy.Into the 19th Century the cloth industry declined and Reading became known as the town of three Bs, bulbs, biscuits and breweries. As those industries themselves began to decline in the mid-20th Century, Reading benefited from some firms moving their headquarters to Reading in the 1970s as rents in London became very expensive.
Reading still remains a vitally important commuter town for those going to London. However that doesn’t mean that there is nothing to do there and many visitors are pleasantly surprised by the quality on offer there. Shoppers in Reading often flock to the Broad Street Mall to pick up all their fashion and accessory needs with many well known stores based there. Those who want to learn in depth about the history of the town would benefit from visiting the Reading Museum which has many perfectly preserved artifacts that are hundreds of years old. Those looking for the best culture tend to go the The Hexagon where everything from musicals to rock concerts can be watched in beautiful surroundings.
Parking with Q-Park in Reading provides a safe and secure facility for customers to leave their car in as they explore Reading from a central location.