The Reading branch of Malmaison occupies a building that it claims is the world’s oldest station hotel. Whether or not its 1844 opening actually makes it a record breaker, the train line to London remains but metres away and the journey to Paddington is just 25 minutes. Once you’re inside, larger groups can make exclusive use of the brasserie. More intimate gatherings can be arranged in the Mallard room. Set up for product launches, networking events, teambuilding and training, Malmaison Reading’s meeting rooms have brisk Wi-Fi, projection walls and lots of daylight. There’s a Starbucks on site, or the hotel bar for something more potent.