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Thames Lido Reading Berkshire infinity pool swimmer in red cap

Thames Lido

Muddy says: An urban retreat with cool, Scandi vibes. Dive in and enjoy the infinity pool, restaurant and bar – it's like no other spa you've been to.

Casual dining

Sweet Marie's Party and gift shop Cookham Berkshire

Sweet Marie’s Party Shop

Muddy says: A stylish party shop in Cookham with everything you need to host an Insta-fabulous bash that'll give Beyoncé and Kimmy K a run for their money.

cake

The Jam Jar Cocktail Club

Muddy says: Cocktails ahoy! A stylish pop up bar perfect for parties, weddings and corporate dos, The Jam Jar Cocktail Club is cool, quirky and super-slick. Book up.

Bars

Grape smith wine shop Barrs Yard Hungerford Berkshire logo on background of grapes

GrapeSmith Hungerford

Muddy says: Drinks o'clock? This independent wine merchant in Hungerford offers an exceptional range of wines to quaff, savour or cellar as well as local craft beers, ciders and boutique spirits.

Fine Wine

Gilded Hair Wokinhgam cool hair salon logo

Gilded Hair, Wokingham

Muddy says: Owner Jo is the creative genius and green goddess behind Gilded Hair in Wokingham. A cool salon combining technique with TLC.

Hair & Make-up

Literarti and Light candle Jazz Age black candle jar and brass lid

Literati and Light

Muddy says: These luxury, handmade scented soy candles inspired by classic and modernist literature, look gorgeous, smell amazing and improve intelligence (sort of).

Beauty

Braywood House Estate Berkshire victorian rectory flint and bath stone gravel drive and flowers

Braywood House, Winkfield

Muddy says: Cool, quirky and totally luxurious, Braywood House is the holiday home of dreams, offering flexible stays with loads to do. You won’t want to leave.

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Old Butcher's Wine Cellar Cookham Berkshire 4 bottle os wine in an old wine crate on pitch wine table and chairs by window

Old Butcher’s Wine Cellar, Cookham

Muddy says: A 15th century wine shop and bar with a modern rustic apartment for rent, The Old Butcher's Wine Cellar is proof food, drink and quality zzz go hand in hand.

Bars

Malmaison Reading bedrooms with graffitti wall and comfy beds

Malmaison Reading

We love this boutique hotel in Reading for its central location and its grande dame exterior that segues into cool, Insta-fabulous interiors.

Bars

Hello Tuck Tuck alternative wedding car orange three wheel tuck tuck

Hello Tuk Tuk

Muddy says: Fun, funky, photogenic and oozing style, Hello Tuk Tuk deserves an invite to every party and can be hired as wedding transport or a photo booth.

Parties

Draco Floristry shop Parkways Newbury black sign floral hoop display

Draco Floristry, Newbury

Muddy says: Attention all bouquet lovers and brides who hate toeing the line – Draco Floristry is a florist and wine specialist with an edge. It’s only rock’n’roll, but I like it.

Fine wines

Shredquarters gym Reading

The Shredquarters

Muddy says: Ready to commit to get fit? Us too (sort of!). The Shredquarters in Reading is a gym specialising in fast fat burning, instensive workouts, no expensive joining fees or contracts, simply turn up.

Exercise Classes

Hurley House Hotel Berkshire historic inn painted brick illuminated at night

Hurley House Hotel

Muddy says: An elegant country bolthole, this boutique Berkshire hotel offers 10 super-stylish rooms, a stonking restaurant that's a foodie destination in its own right and a laidback vibe.

Bars

Women in grey calvin klein sports bra and pants balancing on one hand stretching

My Fit Zone

Muddy says: A brilliant online fitness and nutrition hub for real people with busy lives that you can do anytime, anywhere when you have 5 or 60mins spare.

Exercise Classes

Bootcamp Pilates Windsor

Muddy says: A state-of-the-art reformer pilates-speciality gym in Windsor offering everything from Barre and Power Flow yoga and fun classes for kids.

Fitness

Warbrook House Hotel, Eversley

Muddy says: This Georgian mansion is located on the Hampshire/Berkshire border and offers relaxing luxury rooms and a brand new boutique spa on its 121 acres.

Gym

Bel and the dragon Reading former biscuit factory next to canal

Bel and the Dragon Reading

Muddy says: The Bel & the Dragon Reading takes industrial style to the next level. Enjoy the cool, urban vibes on the canal, great food and a unique spot to sleepover.

Bars

Antique Jewellery Boutique cluster of vintage sapphire and diamond rings

Antique Jewellery Boutique

Muddy says: Magpies, prepare to be dazzled. If you like to make an entrance in jewels that stand out from the crowd, shop online at Antique Jewellery Boutique. You're gonna want it all.

Gifts

B The Lifestyle Shop Newbury Berkshire independent fashion and homeware scandi style boutique founder and owner Emma sat on a bench outside the shop window

B The Lifestyle Shop

Muddy says: Simple, stylish, Scandi-inspired boutique stocking cool women's, men's, home and gift products in Newbury. Wrap it up, we'll take the lot.

Fashion Accessories

Colline Bakes Berkshire cake maker logo

Colline Bakes

Muddy says: Freshly baked, perfectly iced, cleverly creative, these sweet treats are a cut-above your usual Victoria sponge. For birthdays, christenings, weddings – or just because.

cake

Rustic teepee wedding with wooden chair, trestle tables and hanging greenery – Birch Associates Events

Birch Associates Events

Muddy says: Planning a party? Raise a glass to the clever folk at Birch Associates Events. Their can-do attitude and bespoke service make for a fuss free, fun filled do.

Catering

Go Ape High rope and forest segway adventures logo

Go Ape

Muddy says: Aaaaarraaaagh! Tarzan incoming. Time to get high on life at Go Ape – a forest adventure for all the family that will test your balance, bravery and dignity. Wheeeee!

Activities

Grade 2 listed red brick barn Total Health West Berkshire complementary health clinic

Total Health West Berkshire

Muddy says: Looking to rebalance your body and mind? Boutique alternative healthcare centre, Total Health West Berkshire, offers therapies, micro escapes and retreats to focus on you.

Acupuncture

Flowers in buckets old pine dressers and cupboard at Willow and Blooms Newbury

Willow & Blooms Newbury

Muddy says: We love this creative Berkshire florist that uses the best seasonal blooms. If you're going to say it with flowers, make it these beauties.

florist

Stunning riverside location of the Swan at Streatley boutique hotel Berkshire with historic steamer boat

The Swan at Streatley

Muddy says: A riverside boutique hotel in Streatley with a grown-up vibe, fab gym and cracking coffee – respect! Dog-friendly rooms available too.

Accommodation

Bray restaurant Caldesi in Campagna Stunning white rendered double fronted Victorian house in Bray Berkshire – home to Caldesi in Campagna

Caldesi In Campagna, Bray

Muddy says: If Gucci did restaurants, it would look like this. Caldesi in Campagna is a stylish Italian restaurant serving sunshine on a plate.

Fun Finder

Uncommon Scents Janette Hammond perfume bottle

Uncommon Scents

Muddy says: Personalisation is taken to a new level with bespoke perfume. Sniff out Uncommon Scents workshops for a truly individual gift.

Beauty

The Vineyard Hotel Newbury Berkshire Wine Vault

The Vineyard Hotel, Stockcross

Muddy says: This exquisite 5-star hotel is the last word in luxury. Fine dining, a luxury overnighter or superlative spa? Please don't make us go home. Ever.

Fine wines

Bar 56 Wokingham white and grey exterior of Georgian pub

Bar Fifty Six, Wokingham

Muddy says: There are 56 reasons to love Bar Fifty Six in Wokingham and they start and finish with great wine. No Sade, no snobs, just a cool place to hang out.

Bars

Lego figures become art at Tinkers Gifts

Tinkers Gifts

Muddy says: Crafting's never looked so cool. Who needs flowers when you can say it with Lego Tinkers Gifts. Unique art for all occasions. Smiley faces all round.

Art

Group exercise class, form the shape of a heart at FastTrack Fit Camp bootcamp exercise classes in Berkshire

FastTrack Fit Camp

Muddy says: Bored of the gym? Join FastTrack Fit Camp and take it outside to reach your fitness and health goals.

Exercise Classes

Festival face with painted flowers framing the eyes

Sunny Faces

Muddy says: An explosion of glitter and greasepaint, Sunny Faces' stunning face and body art is fab for parties, festivals, weddings and corporate events.

Activities

Prosecco Colucci’s

Muddy says: Prosecco Colucci is a premium Italian sparkling wine that's giving the best Champagnes a run for their money – trust me, once you pop you can't stop.

Fine wines

Strange The Jewellers

Muddy says: If you're looking for jewellery that's cool, quirky and utterly fabulous – it's right here at Strange The Jewellers in Wokingham.

Fashion Accessories

Redcrest Events

Muddy says: Save your carpets and take your do outside. Redcrest Events provide beautiful marquees, handprinted linings and no-hassle organisation.

Catering

Ufton Court Weddings

Muddy says: Rustic and relaxed, Ufton Court is a unique venue to say 'I do' as your big day helps support an amazing cause.

exclusive use

Black and white, tudor cottage with leaded windows in Berkshire

The Corner Shop, Woolhampton

Muddy says: Sick of trawling the high street looking for a gorgeous gift for all ages and budgets? Then look no further because The Corner Shop in Woolhampton has it all.

Fashion Accessories

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