Population: 186.179

Southend-on-Sea lies on the north side of the Thames Estuary, 40 miles (64 km) east of central London.

The Pier

is a major landmark and is the world's longest pleasure pier, built in 1830 and stretching some 1.34 miles (2.16 km) from shore. The pier railway runs the length of Southend Pier, providing public passenger transport from the shore to the pierhead. It operates every day on which the pier is open, providing a quarter or half-hourly service. The pier played a role through both of the world wars, such as during World War I when ships housing German prisoners of war were moored off the pierhead. In the Second World War, the pier was taken over by the Royal Navy.


is one of the warmest and driest places in the UK and its sweeping coastline is home to a variety of beautiful beaches. All seven of Southend’s beaches have earned ‘Seaside Awards’ with Thorpe Bay, and Shoebury East Beach all sporting prestigious Blue Flags too. So whether you’re after a bit of bucket and spade fun in the sand, hunting for crabs or just dipping your feet in the water you can be at Southend’s beaches in less than one hour from London by train.

The Last Post

was built in the years leading up to World War I. The large Wetherspoon's pub in a Victorian post office building was built in 1896. Up to seven real ales and up to three real ciders are available split across two bars. Accommodation is available and there is a pleasant outside seating area and conservatory. Beers can often be found from local George's brewery in addition to national and regional ones. Breakfast is available from 7am everyday and food served until 10pm.