Basingstoke // is a large town in northeast Hampshire, in south central England. It lies across a valley at the source of the River Loddon. It is located 30 miles (48 km) northeast of Southampton, 16 miles (26 km) southeast of Reading, 48 miles (77 km) southwest of London, and 19 miles (31 km) northeast of the county town, Winchester. In 2012 it had an estimated population of 84,275, however, this does not include Chineham, Lychpit or Old Basing which are considered by most now as suburbs. It is part of the borough of Basingstoke and Deane and part of the parliamentary constituency of Basingstoke. Basingstoke is often nicknamed "Doughnut City" or "Roundabout City" because of the number of large roundabouts.