Basingstoke used to be an old market town, which has now transformed into a cool and modern location full to the brim with lively entertainment and activities. Many London commuters base themselves in Basingstoke as it is a mere 40 minute train journey into the centre of London, quicker than it takes for some Londoners to cross the City! In the other direction you can be at one of England’s glorious South Coast beaches in a similar amount of time. Basingstoke boasts a large shopping centre called Festival Place filled with the top high street designers, restaurants, bars and a multiplex cinema for those who love to shop and be entertained. If you want to escape your busy working life, take a stroll along River Loddon in the countryside which is right on Basingstoke’s door step.