5 of the Best Coffee Shops in Reading

By / 14th March, 2018 / Food & Drink / Off

Recent research is good news for coffee drinkers. It seems that coffee drinkers may enjoy more health benefits than people who don’t drink the brew!
For those of you that are coffee drinkers we put together 5 of the Best coffee shops in Reading. We have some recommendations for you when you visit Reading and enjoying your stay at Hillingdon Prince. All of these coffee shops are located in the town centre, making them easy to get to. In no particular order …

Coffee Shops in Reading Town Centre

1. Workhouse Coffee

A popular independent coffee shop located in Reading town centre. Serving some tasty cappuccinos, decaf coffees and famous specialty blends. They also sell bags of specialty coffee for you to take home. They started off with the ideal, ‘lets make really nice coffee.’ And that is exactly what they have achieved.

2. Nisby’s

If you are gluten intolerant you must visit Nibsy’s coffee shop. It is Reading’s first coffee shop that provides exclusively gluten-free cakes. Gluten free sandwiches, quiche and other treats. The coffee they use is roasted in Winchester. All of the food is handmade, so you know it is fresh. This cafe is great to visit even if you are not gluten-free.

3. Artigiano

Artigiano serves good coffee in the day and becomes a wine bar at night. With great designs by their baristas on their hot drinks. They serve speciality coffees, their own house blends, iced coffee, frappes with espresso or without! The Artigiano Espresso blends are directly traded with the Origin Coffee roasters and are based on the seasons.

Artigiano has a relaxed atmosphere, and is definitely worth a visit if you are staying in Reading and fancy a cup of coffee in style!

4. Patisserie Valerie

In the heart of Reading town centre. With modern large light and bright corner cafe. Serving handmade cakes, afternoon teas. A range of speciality teas, coffees, real fruit smoothies and light meals. They are also known for their fancy pastries and cakes!

5. C.U.P

Abbreviation for Coffee Under Pressure. Award-winning independent coffee shop. Great tasting coffee on offer and a selection of loose tea. A quaint little coffee shop, with frappes and freddos that you only find in Greece! Enjoy your coffee in a laid- back cosmopolitan atmosphere.

There are many more coffee shops worth a visit if you are staying at our Budget Hotel Reading.

Zed Adventures The Mall in Reading

By / 9th March, 2018 / Entertainment / Off

What is airsoft?

There are various reasons why people come to Reading and stay at our hotel. There have been groups of guests that have stayed at the hotel. They have booked into Zed Adventures. Which is a short distance from Hillingdon Prince Hotel Reading.

So what is Zed Adventures all about? Zed Adventures offer award winning airsoft game events. Ever heard of airsoft? Airsoft is a modern combat sport in which participants eliminate their opponents by hitting them with spherical non-metallic pellets launched from a compressed air-gun. (Wiktionary)

Imagine the setting, you have your gun, a face mask, ammo you are wearing your vest and have grenades! Let the games begin! Zed Adventures is based in a derelict shopping mall, formerly known as Friars Walk Shoppin Centre, which closed down in 2004.

Feeling excited?

Let’s have a look at the packages they offer:

Open days which are events that run every Sunday and Thursday.

Walk on, players bring their own equipment.

Basic Hire Package which includes:

  • AEG gun
  • 1x hi-capacity magazine
  • Face mask
  • 2,000 rounds ammo

Fully Loaded’ Hire package, suitable for over 18- year-olds and over. Which includes:

  • AEG gun
  • 2 x hi-capacity magazines
  • Face mask
  • Assault Vest
  • 2,000 rounds ammo
  • 5 x Thunderflash Grenades

Book your event
If you would like to book your place at an event. Or would like to know more have a look at their website www.zedadventures.co.uk or like their Facebook page www.facebook.com/ZedAdventures

Team Building
A great team building activity. Playing the games together offers a great opportunity for your staff to spend some quality time together. The games will be challenging and you will need to use your skills. You are guaranteed to have lots of fun!

Special Offer for our Guests
We are offering guests that have booked a game at Zed Adventures a discount when they book their stay at Hillingdon Prince Hotel. Email us: mail@hillingdonprince.co.uk for your discounted accommodation in Reading.

Royal Wedding Date 19th May 2018 in Berkshire

By / 19th February, 2018 / Royal Wedding / Off

Royal Wedding Harry and Meghan

All eyes have been focused on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle since they announced their engagement at the end of November. The royal engagement news was announced by the palace.

When is the Royal Wedding 2018

Recently the palace issued a new statement to say, ‘His Royal Highness Prince of Wales and Ms. Meghan Markle will marry on 19th May 2018.’

The nation is excited to welcome Meghan Markle to the Royal Family. Meghan is a famous American actress who starred in Suits. They started dating in 2016, they kept their relationship a secret. Harry seems to be a romantic, he got down on one knee and proposed to Meghan whilst they were making roast chicken! We have all seen the pictures of them together, they both look really happy together and are in love!

We are all really looking forward to a grand Royal wedding in Berkshire. As expected hotels in Windsor are cashing in on the the Royal wedding. Hotels in Windsor are tripling the cost of a single room throughout May. We are not tripling our prices as we want the all the public to be able to enjoy the Royal wedding, you can book our single rooms, double rooms, family rooms, club rooms, studio flats. Please see our accommodation guide for more detailed information.

It is a great time to plan your trip to Windsor to take part in the celebrations over the weekend of the Royal Wedding. Hillingdon Prince Hotel is situated in Royal Berkshire making it an ideal place to stay for the weekend of royal celebrations. Our budget hotel Reading is close to the train station and to the motorway, we are just a short drive from Windsor. You too can line the streets and send the special couple your best wishes, you and your family can be a part of British history.

Royal Wedding Date 19th May 2018

Book Your Affordable Accommodation with Hillingdon Prince

Best Hotel Beds for Builders in Reading

By / 26th January, 2018 / Contractors / Off

Book Trade Rooms

Reading lies in the centre of UK’s Silicon Valley and has attracted high-tech businesses. Digital tech businesses are powering the economic growth of Reading. An ideal location, for road and rail links. It’s a 20 minute train journey from London. Stay at the best hotel beds for builders Reading, we have best prices and ideal location for all major building works in Reading, ample free parking and quiet areas of hotel.

Reading has had some great developments over the years. The future for Reading is bright and more growth.

£40 million in the refurbishment and redevelopment of the library by Reading University. More individual study space, more energy efficient and a make-over! The work will finish in 2019. We are looking forward to the completion as members of the public can access the library.

Other developments penned are £500 million development around Readings FC’s football ground. The plans include 600 homes, a convention centre and an ice rink. The development will also restaurants and leisure facilities.

The once eye sore Kings Point building with the graffiti eyes sprayed on the windows which is on Kings Road. It finally got demolished and the new building works is progressing well. When completed will stand a 17 storey building. Offering flats on the upper floors and retail uses and car parking on the ground floor below.

Further developments in Reading are happening. So if you are a builder or contractor we offer discounted rooms in Reading when you book on our website.

Budget hotel Reading is close to:

With ample free parking available and a good choice of accommodation for contractors. We have on offer 3 bedroom flats with 3 separate bedrooms, a kitchen, bathroom and a washing machine.

3 bed flat contractors accommodation

All the rooms come with a microwave and a fridge. Convenient if you want to warm up your own food and not go out to eat after a hard days work and also saving you money.

So all you builders and contractors working on projects in Reading. Let us know what you’re working on in the town, we love to know about the latest exciting projects in our town.

Valentines Day 2018 Berkshire

By / 15th January, 2018 / Entertainment, Food & Drink / Off

Valentine’s Day is a traditional celebration of love, couples share their love with each other. Through gifts, make it extra special this year by going away for the weekend and spending quality time together.

If you want to stay in Reading over the Valentines weekend break 2018, we have a Valentines weekend packages promotion which is available throughout the weekend of the 10th of February and throughout the weekend of the 17th of February 2018. The prices are from £47 per room you can also use your priority discount card to reduce the price further. Make it extra special – Upgrade to a new club room for just £5 per room. Click on our book now button, to reserve your room.

Valentines Weekend Break 2018

History of Valentine

Valentine’s Day is also known as Saint Valentine’s Day – so who is Saint Valentine? There seems to be some mystery around the Saint. What we do know is that February is known as the month of romance and Saint Valentine’s day has some Christian and ancient Roman roots.

The question is how is Saint Valentine linked to this ancient rite? There are various stories being told about Saint Valentine, we will only mention one here. (The most romantic one of course!) It’s been told that Saint Valentine may have been killed as he was helping Christians escape Roman prisons.

Saint Valentine sent the first ever valentine greeting as he fell in love with his jailer’s daughter who used to visit him in prison, he wrote a letter signed ‘from your valentine’. It’s clear that there are varying stories around this legend however it is also clear that he was a hero, sympathetic and of course he was romantic.

By the middle ages Valentine actually became one of the most popular saints in France and England. And now Valentine’s Day is celebrated around the world.

Ways to spend Valentine’s Day

Here are a few ideas of how you can spend Valentine’s day with your loved one.

  • Go away for the weekend
  • Spend some quality time together, you can explore Berkshire when you stay with us at Budget Hotel Reading
  • Enjoy our full English Breakfast
  • Visit Reading town centre and do some shopping at the Oracle
  • Have a romantic meal together, have a look at our restaurants in Reading guide:

Wishing everyone a Happy Valentine’s Day.