The lifestyle in Reading is full of fantastic options for shopping, culture and outdoor activities – and once people have exhausted all their options in Reading, London is less than an hour away.

Shopping in Reading

Those living in Reading will be spoilt for choice when it comes to shopping experiences. Broad Street, a pedestrianised thoroughfare in the centre of Reading, is a primary shopping spot for residents, and has a mix of independent and well-known retail stores, including Marks and Spencer and John Lewis. 

The nearby Harris Arcade has a unique collection of stores and independent boutiques. Again, London is a short train journey away, for those in need of a serious retail fix. 

Arts and culture in Reading

Expats will find plenty to keep themselves entertained in Reading. Those who enjoy the theatre can catch performances at the Hexagon and 21 South Street, both of which host a range of music and theatre shows. The Museum of Reading provides insight into local culture, traditions and art and holds a fascinating collection of Roman artefacts. There are also a handful of galleries, including The Lemongrove Gallery and The Castle Galleries, which display some interesting contemporary art pieces.

Just a short train ride away, London is home to the West End theatre district – an internationally renowned creative hub for musical theatre in particular, rivalled only by Broadway in New York City. Here, visitors can see the latest productions and may even spot a celeb or two showing off their acting chops in person.

Sports and outdoor activities in Reading

Those that enjoy being outdoors will find there’s a lot on offer in and around Reading. Expats can visit Basildon Park to see an example of a beautifully preserved stately home and enjoy a summer picnic on the grounds. Caversham Court Gardens is another great spot to spend a summer’s day along the Thames.

There are also plenty of hiking trails in the countryside surrounding Reading, notably in the Chilterns, an Area of Outstanding National Beauty. Cyclists can explore the local area and take in some of the pretty Thames-side villages, and stop off at one of the many village pubs. Those who enjoy watching sport can catch Reading FC and London Irish Rugby Club playing home games in the Madejski Stadium. 

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