Top places to live in Berkshire Caversham
A little bit of country, a little bit of rock 'n' roll. Caversham offers plenty of urban and outdoorsy fun, plus a super-speedy London commute. Part of our Top 200 Places to Live series.
Not everyone hankers for country living, but Caversham gives die-hard urbanites the best of all worlds with good proximity to London and yet surrounded by countryside with a river meandering through for good measure. Voted one of the best places to live in the UK, Caversham is a sought-after hub for young professionals and families who long for an easy commute (Hello Crossrail in Autumn 2021), community vibe and abundance of indie shops and restaurants.
For those Shoreditch vibes, head to The Last Crumb, a newly refurbished hipster pub serving dirty burgers and pizzas with an ever-changing list of craft beers. On Church Street, you’ll find the deliciously cool cafe The Collective and we’d also recommend vegan restaurant Vegivores. Over the river into Reading, sample the Mediterranean tapas at the Thames Lido, street food and cocktails at Market House (think London’s Dinerama but smaller) and we’re big fans of The Corn Stores for cocktails and steak.
Church Street has a good selection of indie retailers, leaving the high street giants to Reading town centre. The Collective – a brand new Scandi-inspired lifestyle shop and café is a must-visit, as is stylish furniture and interiors store Griggs & Mackay. Waft around bespoke perfumer maker Humos before rummaging through Caversham Emporium – an Aladdin’s cave of vintage treasures. There’s also a bakery, butchers, local brewery, and a Waitrose.
Reading Festival for starters – Liam Gallagher, Stormzy and Rage Against The Machine were due to perform at this year’s cancelled event. Reading Fringe Festival has a seriously good rep and is going online this year. Plus The Hexagon Theatre attracts the glitterati of the comedy circuit and many West End productions too. Need to take it down a notch? Head to the cool, quirky Thames Lido. An oasis of fabulous in the urban jungle. Eat, swim, spa, repeat will be your new mantra. Caversham Court Gardens, the Abbey Ruins and river towpath are all good for a wander.
AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE
Berkshire’s proximity to London inflates house prices, but the average for Caversham is a slightly more reasonable £457,618. The majority of sales in the last year were semi-detached, costing £472,310 on average. Detached properties cost £665,106, with terraced homes fetching a more affordable £348,606. Tap up local agents Farmer & Dyer and Bridges to get your search started.
Right on your doorstep you have impressive girls’ school Queen Anne’s and Caversham Prep. Head into town and there are two grammars Reading School and Kendrick, plus more independents like impressive Reading Blue Coat and The Abbey and progressive Leighton Park.
BEST KEPT SECRET
Before they had thousands of screaming fans fainting at their feet, John Lennon and Paul McCartney performed in the Fox and Hounds in Caversham. Not as The Beatles, but The Nerks.
A whopping 384 trains a day head into London (that’s one every 5-10mins) with the fastest reaching Paddington in 27 minutes. A season train ticket starts at £4,736. Driving to London takes about an hour. When Crossrail opens next year, you can fly into Tottenham Court Road in just 30 minutes.
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