Seafront, Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
Southend-On-Sea Seafront Reviews
Southend-On-Sea's The Place To Be May 21, 2008
Southend-On-Sea in Essex has for a hundred years been a popular tourist location, espiecally for Londoners. It is located 40 miles east of London on the Northern side of the Thames and boasts the longest pleasure pier in the world. There is much to do in Southend and is usually packed on hot summers days.
In the Victorian times southend was used by all different classes as an escape from London, now it seems not much has changed. People enjoy the sandy beaches, the Adventure Island theme park arcades and the Kursaal bowling. An annual free airshow occurs usually every last weekend of May on the bank holiday.
The Kursaal was once the first theme park in europe, but since was demolished and turned into a less than attractive housing estate but the main entrance and tower building remains standing and is a popular bowling attraction.
The arcades like many UK seaside towns offers short lasting, expensive and out of date computer games at an extortionate price...if thats your thing.
The Adventure Island that stands either side of the infamous pier was extended in the 90's and with it so have the price of tickets, however it is still possible to buy single tickets without an entry fee, but in all honesty if you think you will be there for any amount of time it would probably work out cheaper just to buy a wristband for around £18 for the day. They do quite often do reduced prices on certain dates.
Like most popular seafronts there is many pubs and restaurants that you can visit, but personally unless you are buying hot donuts i would stay clear of the huts which charge fatal prices (£1 per can of drink anyone?)
The beaches are OK. The locals wouldnt suggest you try and swim in it though, if you are visiting for the sea then id suggest you drive along the seafront for another 5 minutes and visit Shoeburyness, the 'east beach' there is much cleaner but you still need to watch out as there is rubble dumped along the eastbeach which can sometimes be painful and dangerous for children.
Clubs are plentyful in southend, Lucy Road which runs just behind the arcades boasts Talk the most well known club (formerly known as Tots in the 80's.) In the main high street there is also a new club called Mayhem, which im sure anyone you ask will be able to give you directions too. Along the seafront there is a pub called chinerys which often has live band acts in the evenings and over the years have had some famous performances, its quite cheap and during the week its only 16+.
If you like moddified cars and like to show off your car you can always come on a saturday evening when the weathers ok and there is always alot of cruisers.
The thing southend is famous for, I.E the pier is ok, but as pleasure piers go its not very pleasurable. Theres not really much to see at the end so unless you fancy a walk theres not much point of going there, although they do in the summer quite often have old sail ships moored up which is worth a look.
All in all its not a bad place to visit and is as good as brighton, although do watch your money as things do get expensive as they do in any tourist area. Watch yourself at night along the seafront and around the clubs as it can sometimes get nasty. Stay away from a road called York Road and the Kursaal estate too as it is renowned as the drug area.
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