Booking a hotel in Reading can be the ideal place if you want to explore the county of Berkshire, home to the Queen, as well as the Thames Valley area. Not to be overlooked as a UK city break destination, the borough of Reading has plenty on offer to attract visitors and tourists. Best Western has one hotel in Reading, Calcot Hotel on Bath Road. It is located close to the town centre and provides easy access to the town's attractions as well as the surrounding countryside.
Dating back to at least the 8th century, Reading holds an important position on the confluence of two rivers, the Kennet and the Thames. To the north, the district of Caversham opens up on to the Chiltern Hills which run into Oxfordshire. A chalky escarpment of this range has been designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty. The store-lined central streets Minster Street and Broad Street run through the heart of Reading city centre. The inner-city banks of the River Kennet offer a refined location for a number of chic restaurants and bars. To the west, suburbs of Reading such as Tilehurst, sit in the foothills of the Berkshire Downs. To the east, the high-tech business-oriented Thames Valley Park hosts a highly-popular annual rowing regatta, so book your Reading hotel in advance if your visit coincides with this event, a guaranteed day out of fun and frolicking.
Shopping in Reading
Shopping is one reason many people select a UK city break destination. With a range of retail facilities, there is no reason to overlook Reading as a shopper's haven. High-street brands are all under one roof at Friars Walk mall, while The Oracle, a large indoor shopping and leisure centre that lies near to the Kennet, goes up market with Hobbs and Reiss. It houses over ninety shops and several large department stores. It was opened in 2000 and was subsequently named as the best new centre by the British Council of Shopping Centres - quite an accolade! Wander from your hotel in Reading centre to the independent boutiques on Union Street, a roadway dotted with sweet, little outdoor cafes in which to relax after browsing. Built in 1930, Reading's Harris Arcade is home to a plethora of independent retailers selling anything from vintage clothing to souvenirs. This is the place to come to find something different and interesting. Surprise your family by taking them something unique and fun back to your Reading hotel.
Eating and drinking in Reading
Booking a Reading hotel will give you access to a host of wonderful eating and drinking experiences. The award-winning Rasa chain of restaurants brings a taste of authentic Indian cuisine to the town. For some posh, traditional food go to some of the Kennet riverfront restaurants like London Street Brasserie (an ex-toll house), or for some delicious seafood, check out Loch Fyne Reading.
Culture and nightlife in Reading
Culturally, Reading has a lot to offer visitors looking to enjoy their UK city break. There is an annual Reading Real Ale and Jazz festival in the town as well as an Arts Week, held in June, so it is advisable to flick through your calendar before booking your Reading hotel. The Hexagon, a popular and intimate performance venue, plays host to number of comedians that would impress the best, including Reading-born Ricky Gervais. Every summer 80,000 visitors descend on the outskirts of the town for Reading Festival. Year round, the town has a wide variety of nightclubs and bars that will suit all musical tastes. Or, if you prefer something quieter, try one of the town's pubs or bars such as Po Na Na or Ivory Lounge instead. Book a Best Western hotel in Reading, the perfect setting for a short UK break.
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