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With its cosy seaside pubs, cobbled streets and authentic cockle sheds - a trip to the fishing town of Leigh-on-Sea makes the perfect day out in Essex. Once you’re soaking up the views of sailboats bobbing on the water, or tucking into some fresh seafood at one of the top notch eateries on the boardwalk, you’ll barely believe that you’re only 45 minutes from London Fenchurch Street by train.

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Leigh-on-Sea places to go

The closest coastal town to London has a lot on offer. If you are a real ale buff, pubs like The Mayflower will quench your thirst, preferably alongside some classic fish and chips on the waterfront. For shopping, Leigh-on-Sea is full of independent stores, quirky fashion boutiques and antiques on The Broadway.