abbreviated Royal Leamington Spa, Leamington Spa or usually Leamington [lɛmɪŋtən], is a spa town in the heart of Warwickshire in England. Leamington Spa has 42,304 inhabitants (2001) and is named after the River Leam which flows through the city. Leamington Spa is the administrative headquarters of the District Warwick. Leamington is the most popular place in the southern half of Warwickshire (which is almost shared by Coventry, which is part of the new West Midlands county, in two parts) and provides better shopping than other cities of the same size. The city is growing fast, especially the south. Many residents commute from Leamington to Coventry (16 km north) and Birmingham (40 km northwest). Many students and employees of the University of Warwick in Coventry live in Leamington; Therefore, the city has a strong nightlife with a large number of restaurants and bars, from cheap to extravagant. Leamington is a thriving city with Georgian and early Victorian architecture. Especially the numerous Georgian townhouses give Leamington a significant appearance. As a result of the growing population of the city is bordered by now to the neighboring town of Warwick. By some residents the city is colloquially called Leam.