There are probably two reasons why you will have heard of Slough – one is because of the famous John Betjemen poem which derided the industrialisation of the countryside, the other is because of “The Office”. The BBC comedy show was set in Slough and painted it as an utterly depressing place to live. Things may not be as bleak as the show portrays but neither is Slough the most vibrant town in the area.
Luckily, Slough is just 20 miles outside of London and has great transport links to the capital by rail and bus. The town is also home to Europe’s largest industrial Estate.
Activities and Sights
Black Park Country Park is a beautiful area of parkland featuring a lake, café and playground. It is ideal for dog-walking or mountain-biking and you can even take a guided Segway tour around the area.
For those looking for a little more excitement there is Racehut. Ideal for Stag groups, cooperate events or somewhere to take your car mad children, Racehut is an unbelievably realistic race car simulator. It also has its own fully licensed bar and café. http://www.theracehut.com/
The ice rink in Slough is great for children and families but even hosts late night skating disco events which hen parties are fond of. They also hold events with specially adapted go karts for racing on ice. http://www.absolutely-ice.co.uk/
If Go Karting is your thing then Slough has you covered again. For events, training and parties you can race up to 40mph on a 450m long track. http://www.f1k.co.uk/tracks/west-london/
For anything else you will likely want to stray a little further from the town itself. Windsor is only 2 miles away so you can take a trip to visit Windsor Castle or Legoland. Then of course there are the great many attractions of London itself.
Where to go out
Dukes Head http://dukesheadpub.co.uk/ Great food, traditional English pub, with live entertainment.
Kai’s - http://www.kaisrestaurant.co.uk/ A Chinese restaurant which is a favourite among locals.
Imperium Bar & Restaurant, Slough’s hottest night spot.