A historically industrial town, Slough is home to the largest number of global headquarters in the UK outside of London. Residents in the town work hard and play harder, making the lifestyle in Slough exciting despite its small size.

New arrivals to Slough will be welcomed by a vibrant and diverse town that boasts proximity to picturesque riverside villages and natural surroundings.

Shopping in Slough 

Shopping centre in the UK by Jonny Gios

The Queensmere Observatory Shopping Centre looks tired and neglected, but it offers an extensive range of shops and eateries, including favourites such as Primark, TK Max, Greggs and KFC.

Independent shops rule the streets of Slough’s shopping districts, making it easy to find unique pieces. New arrivals seeking more luxury and mainstream shopping experiences may head to nearby Windsor or Eton High Street or take the short train journey to London. Thanks to the new Elizabeth Line, London's Oxford Street is less than an hour away, and Ealing Broadway is a 30-minute trip.,

Eating out in Slough 

Thanks to Slough’s diverse population, the town offers a wide range of cuisine. Newcomers are sure to quickly find a favourite restaurant, with everything from Italian and Belgian to Indian, Caribbean, and Pakistani food on offer.  

Those looking for a more refined dining experience usually head to nearby Windsor, where a good selection of restaurants is available. 

For restaurant reviews see: www.thefork.co.uk

Arts and culture in Slough 

With a newly constructed library and cultural centre, Slough’s arts and culture scene is undergoing a revitalisation. Art lovers can attend a theatre show, view an exhibition, or check out a comedy show at the Curve Venue, which is also home to the Slough Museum.

The Slough Museum is the best way for new arrivals to acquaint themselves with the town. Newcomers can explore the town's history, from its days as an industrial hub to its current reputation as the set for the hit British television series The Office and the home of several international companies' headquarters.  

History and architecture buffs are in for a treat at the nearby Windsor Castle, which has been home to 39 monarchs, including King Charles III. New arrivals can explore the State Apartments, Semi-State Rooms and St George’s Chapel in the winter. 

The History on Wheels Museum is an excellent way for petrolheads and their families to learn about the history and development of motor vehicles throughout the 1900s.

Sports and outdoor activities in Slough 

View of a park by Mike Bird

Nature-loving newcomers and fitness enthusiasts moving to Slough will have plenty to keep them entertained. For water sports, Liquid Leisure is the place to be. This aqua park is home to a large freshwater lake where new arrivals can wakeboard, swim and paddleboard. There are also water slides, monkey bars and floating trampolines for children six years and older to enjoy.  

The world-famous Olympic Eton Dorney is also just a few minutes from Slough. During the winter, ice skating and ice karting are available at Absolutely Ice and Alexandra Park, which is scenically located on the banks of the River Thames.  

Families looking to enjoy a leisurely picnic or stroll around the park can also visit Alexandra Park's amusement park, playgrounds, or golf courses. Langley Country Park is perfect for those who want to take in Slough’s breathtaking natural surroundings. The park features woodlands, grasslands and heathlands, with a children’s playground, picnic spots and a café to boot.  

Sports lovers can enjoy horse racing at the nearby Royal Windsor Racecourse. The newly built Arbour Park Stadium is the home ground for Slough’s semi-professional football team, Slough Town FC. New arrivals can watch their new hometown team battle it out with local rivals or book the pitch for a game themselves.  

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