The Hampshire town of Basingstoke lies on the river Loddon, 45 miles south-west of London. Basingstoke is handy for the M3 and M4. Basingstoke is 45 minutes from London Waterloo by train, making it a popular choice for commuters. Around 152,000 people live in the town.
Novelist Jane Austen was born at nearby Steventon in 1775 and clothing manufacturer Thomas Burberry also lived in the Basingstoke area.
Basingstoke's Festival Place shopping centre offers a wide selection of national brands and more than 20 restaurants. Other local amenities include a Sports Centre and the Willis and Milestones museums. There's drama at the Haymarket Theatre and music events at The Anvil. Basingstoke's Aquadrome boasts an ice rink, a swimming pool, a bowling alley and a 10-screen cinema.
The local economy is dominated by the retail, electronics, pharmaceuticals and insurance sectors.