For the second year running Reading has made the top 10 of the Sunday Times Best Places to Live rankings for the South East.

The list, which will appear in the printed edition of the paper on March 26, shows Sevenoaks in Kent to be the top ranking place in the region with a further nine listed in no stated order.

In its description of Reading, the paper states: “It is the availability of jobs, relatively affordable house prices and a fantastically accessible location with trains that will take you to the centre of London faster than most Londoners can get there, that make Reading a right-on millennial favourite.”

REDA chief executive Nigel Horton-Baker, said: “It is increasingly the quality of life that Reading (on Thames) offers that attracts new young people to develop their careers here.

“The opening of the Elizabeth Line and a wave of new leisure investment including the Thames Lido, Reading Rep theatre and the Biscuit Factory independent cinema, as well as two new swimming pools opening in 2023 and a planned £20 million investment in the Hexagon Theatre and Central Library, that is adding to Reading’s growing reputation as a great lifestyle choice as well as business location.

“A city in all but name, in Reading you can live life well and carve out your career in one of the UK’s best places to work and do business, with leading businesses in sectors from security software to energy, financial services to mobile technology.

“And now, with 18 new film studios being built at Shinfield Studios, Reading is set to become a leading player in the UK creative sector.”

The full top 10 in the South East is:

Winner: Sevenoaks

Remainder in alphabetical order:


Cookham, Berkshire

Deal, Kent

Englefield Green, Surrey

Farnham, Surrey

Olney, Bucks


St Albans

Test Valley

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