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Where to go for shopping?

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Where to go for shopping?

Hi. Tomorrow my husband is going to have a couple of hours to kill before catching a RailAir bus to Heathrow.

He was thinking about going shopping; where would you suggest him to go?

Well, I confess that it's more my idea than his, as I've asked him to buy some Cheddar, potatoes (which ones are the best for jacket potatoes?) and a book :-)

Consider that at the moment he's staying in a hotel in Reading but in the countryside and he's going to take a cab to reach downtown therefore he can ask the driver to drop him off where he wants. The most important thing is that afterwards it's easy to reach the railway station.

Thank you very much in advance.

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1. Re: Where to go for shopping?

There is a decent sized Sainsburys on the high street (King Street, the pedestrianised area) which is about 5 mins walk to the station. Here is a map of the root:

http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?saddr=Sainsbury%27s+Supermarkets+Ltd,+Friar+Street,+Reading&daddr=reading+train+station&hl=en&sll=51.457978,-0.967784&sspn=0.006645,0.01929&geocode=FRErEQMdDyLx_yETol1Q9p50Cg%3BFXUzEQMdqCXx_yGzauQKY1JYWA&oq=sainsburys+&dirflg=w&mra=ls&t=m&z=17

There is a MASSIVE Tesco Extra off of Napier Road, which is walkable to the train stations (15 mins approx) and the map to find the root is linked below:

http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?saddr=Napier+Road+reading&daddr=reading+train+station&hl=en&ll=51.458727,-0.967505&spn=0.006645,0.01929&sll=51.45862,-0.967105&sspn=0.006645,0.01929&geocode=FVc0EQMdClTx_ylTOSnBJJt2SDEuDLM6mA4GHw%3BFXUzEQMdqCXx_yGzauQKY1JYWA&dirflg=w&mra=ltm&t=m&z=16

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2. Re: Where to go for shopping?

The Oracle is a modern waterside mall which has high-end shops and restaurants. The other main mall is the older Broad Street Mall, which is now a bit down-at-heel in comparison and has lower-end chain shops. Both are an easy walk from the railway station. There is a typical British pedestrianised high street with all the usual shops for him to wander as well.

http://www.theoracle.com/

http://www.broadstreetmall.com/

Via the www.livingreading.com website I've also come across the Harris Arcade of which I was previously unaware http://www.harris-arcade.co.uk/

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3. Re: Where to go for shopping?

Thank you both for your help. Street view is so helpful. Right now my husband should be in central Reading looking for my Cheddar ;-)

Harris Arcade loooks great indeed.

It's just a pity that there's not a lugguage storage at the Railway Station.

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4. Re: Where to go for shopping?

Can I just pop in and ask is the oracle, broadstreet mall and the high street all close to each other?

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5. Re: Where to go for shopping?

>>> Can I just pop in and ask is the oracle, broadstreet mall and the high street all close to each other? <<<<

Yes, all in the Town Centre, which is compact.

The 'High Street' is actually called Broad Street. As mentioned, it is pedestrianised and has a traffic-free walkway to The Oracle.

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6. Re: Where to go for shopping?

Reading town center is very small. So yes you can walk from the Oracle to the Broad Street Mall in two minutes down Broad Street in five minutes. The station is two minutes away. I would suggest that you shop in the reverse ending up at the Oracle next to the river.

Please note that Friar Street has buses running both ways now so crossing that street is taking you life in your hands.

Take your time and explore and you will be surprise what you will find..

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