Fora Recommends: What to do after work in Reading

October 2019


You work hard, so make sure you play hard too. Get that work-life balance right and enjoy some of the many things that Reading has to offer when the day is done. We’ve put together some of our favourite things to do when five o’clock hits.


South Street Arts Centre

For a bit of everything, check out South Street Arts Centre. You’ll find comedians, artists, live music and theatre performances on the line up. Plus, there’s a bar for a pre-show drink. Check the varying line up online to discover something new each week, but make sure you book in advance for big names.

Reading Museum

Just a two-minute walk from our Thames Toweroffice, you’ll find the cultural treasure trove of Reading Museum. Hidden in the Victorian Town Hall – an architectural marvel in itself – it holds all sorts of finds, from Roman archaeology to the Victorian copy of the Bayeux Tapestry. You’ll have to go during the day as it closes at 4pm, but it’s a great way to make the most of any early finishes.

Time Trap Escape Rooms

Challenge yourself at Reading’s immersive clue-solving game. You can go back to the Great Fire of London, Bletchley Train Station and the inside of Lewis Carroll’s brain. We love the Pudding Lane puzzle for a fun and pretty realistic step back in time. It’s the closest escape room to Thames Towerand Reading Station.

Reading Winter on Ice

Near Christmas time, you can go ice-skating in Reading’s own winter wonderland. It’s open until 10pm and there’s a bar and food stalls, so you can stay all evening. Wrap up warm and book tickets in advance if you’re visiting to celebrate on a certain day. Just a five-minute walk from Reading Station, you can easily catch your train home afterwards.

Reading Abbey Ruins

Throughout the year, this historic setting hosts events, from live music to immersive theatre. Keep your eyes peeled for tickets, as its regular events are popular and often sell out. It’s also worth considering if you’re after a unique place to hold an event of your own, close to Reading Station. The Chapter House, where the monks once met, is now a large open-air space surrounded by ancient walls.


If you’re looking for more ideas, pop into our Thames Tower office space. Get inspired over a cup of our freshly brewed coffee.