Shopping in Reading

Reading is one of the few places outside Oxford Street that you find the UK’s top four retailers in one place

In fact they are closer together in Reading than in London – you can walk between Debenhams, House of Fraser, John Lewis and Marks & Spencer within a few minutes. It’s not surprising then that Reading is one of the top ten retail destinations in the UK – and its success is set to continue with even more high street names waiting to find suitable city centre space.

The arrival of the Oracle Shopping and Leisure Complex brought 90 new stores to Reading – including niche brands such as Karen Millen, Zara, Mango, Disney Store and Mama and PapasJohn Cook Bridge at The Oracle
You will find all your favorite high street brand names around Reading – either on Broad Street (our main shopping thoroughfare), in The Oracle, or in the side roads between Friar Street and Broad Street.

In fact, shopping in Reading ranges from John Lewis – one of the country’s largest department stores – to the bustle of our street market (held Wednesday – Saturday on Hosier Street/St Mary’s Butts).

Gun Street, St Mary’s Butts, Bristol and West Arcade and Harris Arcade offer a mix of small specialist shops, while West Street offers two of the biggest names in discount shopping – Primark (clothing) and Fopp (music and video).


An artist's impression of the refurbished Broad Street MallOur other major shopping centre, Broad Street Mall, has been undergoing a major refurbishment and now offers even more shopping space, and a great range of top names – including bargain hunter’s paradise T.K. Maxx and Virgin megastore. At the other end of the city centre you can find Reading’s family-run department store Jackson’s, where you’ll enjoy a taste of traditional shopping.