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Basingstoke is the largest town in the modern county of Hampshire. It is situated in south central England, and lies across a valley at the source of the River Loddon. It is located 30 miles northeast of Southampton, 48 miles southwest of London, and 19 miles northeast of the county town and former capital Winchester. Basingstoke is often nicknamed “Doughnut City” or “Roundabout City” because of the number of large roundabouts. Central Basingstoke has two shopping areas: The Malls and the Top of Town. The Malls is still home to several major retailers. While the Top of Town is the historic heart of Basingstoke, housing the Museum in the former Town Hall building (rebuilt 1832) as well as several locally run shops, the post office, and the market place. Festival Place, opened in October 2002, and gave a huge boost to the town centre whilst transforming the former The Walks Shopping Centre and the New Market Square. Aside from a wide range of shops, there is also a range of cafés and restaurants as well as a large multiscreen Vue cinema. In May 2002, a leisure park opened outside the town centre, which features Aquadrome swimming pool, an ice rink, bowling alley, Indoor sky-diving centre with ski and surf machines. With a combined experience of over 40 years, Mile5 have become the leading provider for airport transfers to Basingstoke and surrounding areas.