Close by to London, Woking is a town in Surrey. It is a built-up-town which features modern architecture and open woodland spaces such as Whitmoor Common, Hatchlands Parl, and Basingstoke Canal. This is where H. G. Wells’ famous book The War of the Worlds was written, and the area also features in the novel as the place where the Martians first invade. To commemorate this fact, there is a sculpture of a Wellesian Martian Tripod, designed by Michael Condron. Many famous faces come from Woking including former Doctor Who Pete Davison, chef Delia Smith, and comedian Harry Hill. 90s girl group The Spice Girls also have their origins in Woking, beginning their career in Knaphill Studio. Woking theatre encompasses many lauded venues, including the New Victoria Theatre, which opened in 1992. The theatre is the town’s first large capacity venue. Visit for plays and top West End touring shows in Woking.