London may be Britain's control center, but Reading, 60 km west of the capital, is its tech support. Some of the world's biggest IT and communications firmsŚincluding Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, Oracle and VodafoneŚhave set up shop in or around the city. So sooner or later, anybody who's anybody in the world of business or technology will find themselves paying a visit to Reading. And now they can lodge at the Forbury, a new luxury hotel aimed at the BlackBerry set. Owner Toby Hunter spent $10 million transforming the Edwardian county hall into a place where work meets play. The Forbury has...
To continue reading:
Want the full story?
Get TIME the way you want it
Week Digital Pass — $4.99
Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS — $2.99
Year ALL ACCESS — Just $30! Best Deal!
Print Magazine + Digital Edition +
Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com
Learn more about the benefits of being
a TIME subscriber
If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!