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Leamington Spa on the rivers Leam and Avon is perhaps the most elegant and handsome town in Warwickshire, with its classical squares and carefully laid-out parks. Leamington Spa today is adjoined to the county town of Warwick on the western side and is grouped in with Kenilworth and Warwick for the purposes of governance and administration.

Despite this, the town retains its own character and charm. Suburbs of Leamington include Heathcote, Whitnash, and Sydenham, and the surrounding towns and villages include Stratford-upon-Avon to the south-west, Coventry to the north, and Offchurch and Radford Semele to the immediate west.

Leamington is very close to the M40 motorway that runs to London or connects with the M42 and heads towards Birmingham in the opposite direction. Junction 13 of the M40 is just to the south of the town. Leamington railway station is just to the west of the centre of the town and trains to the centre of Birmingham take around half an hour, and to London Marylebone take an hour and 15 minutes. There are also services running to Coventry, Reading, Oxford and Manchester.

The centre of the town around Clarendon Avenue, Regent Street, and the Parade is home to leading retail stores and the Royal Priors Shopping Centre. Leamington is also frequently referred to as ‘Silicon Spa’ on account of number of digital media and computer programming and gaming companies to be found operating. These include Codemasters and Supersonic Software.

Leamington is also well-stocked with sports clubs and teams. The tennis club played a significant role in the codification of the game of lawn tennis in the 19th century. There is also a Real Tennis club, football club, golf course, canoeing, hockey, and cricket club.

Leamington was little more than a minor settlement dwarfed by Warwick until the end of the 18th century. In 1784 the discovery of spa waters led to the growth of the town as a destination for wealthy convalescents. There followed a period of building that resulted in Leamington emerging during the Regency as one of the most stylish and handsome towns in England, favoured by high society.

The areas of Lansdowne Crescent, Clarendon Square, and the Royal Pump House and Baths are excellent examples of Greek Revival architecture. Jephson Gardens in the town centre feature a classical temple. Amongst the past residents of the town at this time were the American author Nathaniel Hawthorne and the future Napoleon III of France.


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