The sunny beaches of Southend are less than one hour by train from central London. Officially the warmest and driest part of the UK, it's an easy day trip from the city. From retro beach cafes serving up sugary doughnuts, salty chips and the sweetest candyfloss to historic arcades and its very own Adventure Island theme park, Southend is the perfect spot for a nostalgic outing to the seaside.
Where to go in Southend
Walk the longest pleasure pier in the world, see the sea from upside down on a rollercoaster, or enjoy some good old fashioned chips on a Blue Flag beach. Here are some of our top picks of places to go when you visit Southend.