Gillingham, located on the River Medway in Kent, has a population of roughly 100,000 people. Rail links offer frequent hour-long trains to London. Gillingham's business park is a popular location for companies to do business, and has helped rebuild the area's economy in recent decades after the decline of Gillingham's Chatham Dockyards.
Local attractions include Edwardian Gillingham Park and the Royal Engineers Museum. As with many places in Kent, Gillingham has a nearby Charles Dickens connection. Eastgate House, featured as the nuns' home in The Pickwick Papers is located in adjacent Rochester.
Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre, with its wide retail selection, is less than five miles from the town centre. Additionally, Gillingham hosts a street market two days per week that is the busiest in all of Medway.
Famous chef and restaurateur Gary Rhodes is from Gillingham.