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Living in Southend


As one of the largest towns in Essex and the nearest seaside resort to London, Southend has a lot to offer. Traditional seaside attractions, seven miles of coastline and invigorating sea air blend seamlessly with art galleries, theatres and museums, superb shops and restaurants, glorious parks and gardens and music venues to form a lively, cosmopolitan town.

Housing in Southend is varied with accommodation to suit all pockets and lifestyles and the cost of living is favourable when compared to London and other parts of the South East.

We also have excellent road and rail links and a diverse range of schools to choose from.

With so much variety, Southend really does offer something to suit everyone.


Stretching from Shoeburyness to Leigh-on-Sea, Southend's magnificent coastline includes some of the finest beaches in the East of England. Whether you are looking for a relaxing stroll after work, or a picnic with friends or somewhere safe for the children to play, Southend has the perfect beach for you.

With considerable areas of environmental significance, such as Southend-on-Sea Local Nature Reserve and Leigh National Reserve, the foreshore fully deserves a closer look.

At the heart of Southend is the legendary pier, the longest pleasure pier in the world. Stretching for 1.33 miles into the Thames Estuary, the celebrated pier is a fusion of new and old and has many enduring features such as the pier trains.


When it comes to attractions and entertainment, Southend has an unrivalled selection.

There is Adventure Island, one of the biggest and best family fun parks in the South East, an action packed indoor entertainment centre called the Kursaal, not to mention the Sea Life Adventure where there are aquatic displays of marine life from seahorses and starfish to sharks, stingray and piranhas!

Southend boasts quality theatres that attract stunning musicals from touring West End shows, dramatic performances from distinguished theatre groups, stand-up comedians and music events to suit all tastes.

An inspirational change to Southend's skyline, Pier Hill has totally rejuvenated the seafront. It provides excellent access for all between the seafront and High Street, has continental style open spaces and garden walks and a spectacular lookout area.


Treat yourself with our superb selection of shops and restaurants.

Southend has an excellent reputation for providing some of the regions finest shopping facilities. In the town centre, you will find a mixture of household names and exclusive specialist stores along the modern, pedestrianised High Street. Other areas in the borough such as Leigh Broadway and Hamlet Court Road offer their own collection of unique shops and boutiques giving you the chance to purchase a special gift or hunt down a bargain.

For those who enjoy dining out, Southend is the natural choice with more than 300 places to eat. As a result the town attracts customers from across the region and is renowned for the diversity of its cuisine. Although it might be famous for its traditional seaside fayre, Southend boasts an extensive range of top locations for fine dining.


With a wealth of sport and leisure facilities to get you feeling fit and healthy, Southend caters for the full range of individual needs. From indoor tennis and athletics tracks to golf and lawn bowls, there is an activity for everyone and with five major leisure facilities across the borough you are never far away from the action.

Southend's prime position on the Thames Estuary makes it the perfect place for all types of water sport. The town has six sailing clubs with designated areas for launching and sailing so you can be sure of a relaxing trip. Those seeking something more thrilling can enjoy jet skiing, kite surfing and powerboat driving.