The 20 best things to do in Reading

The best of Reading: things to do, places to go and areas to check out in Reading, Berkshire – all voted for by local experts.

Welcome to your guide to the very best of Reading. Explore Reading was founded to spotlight everything there is to love about our town and this list does just that. In it, you’ll find 20 of Reading’s best bars, restaurants, outdoor spots, shops, cultural spaces and more – all chosen by a panel of experts, organisers and community leaders. This list has been compiled from all their choices in order, so the number one slot received the most number of votes, and so on.

Who voted?

This list was nominated by the following Reading experts:

Art & culture: Sarah Hacker, Lead Councillor for Culture, Sport & Consumer Services; Claire Slobodian, Editor of Explore Reading; Zsuzsi Page, Reading Fringe Festival; John Luther, South Street Arts Centre; Andrew Ingle, Time Trap Escape Rooms

Community: Ian Caren, CEO of Launchpad; Reading Caribbean Cultural Group;  Reading on Thames; Jonjo Warrick, Reading Refugee Support Group; The Whitley Pump

Food & drink: Glen Dinning, Blue Collar Street Food;  Edible Reading; James Moore, Explore Reading; Anne-Marie Whitehouse, The Grumpy Goat; Enric Escriva, I Love Paella, Tim Hooper, Milk Bar; Laura Gonzalez, Nomad Bakery; Pete Hefferan & Lydia Owen, Shed

Music & nightlife: Sid Siddle, Club Velocity; Pete Wheeler, DJ and Promoter; Tyler Hallows, Explore Reading; Dave Maul, Heavy Pop Music

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