Leigh-on-Sea is a beautiful old fishing port on the London side of Southend on the south coast of Essex. Visitor venues in Leigh can be divided into three zones. The two key points for visitors are firstly The Old Town, by the sea, with it’s pubs, eateries and a very small beach. Secondly The Broadway – the high street at the top of the hill, with independent shops, bars and restaurants.

Annual events in Leigh typically revolve around one or both of these hubs.

Lastly, you have The London Road, less glamorous, but home to a few popular pubs, bars and restaurants, including one in The Michelin Guide.

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Sunset over Canvey Island

Twice voted the Happiest Place to Live in Great Britain in Rightmove’s “Happy at Home Index” 2016 and 2018, the town boasts a vibrant shopping hub, bars, restaurants, heritage, and a variety of open spaces from parks to nature reserves.

Visitors flock to the old town in the summer to enjoy the long and barmy summer evenings with a pint and some seafood, watching the sun set over Canvey Island. The tide goes out for miles (hence the need for neighbouring Southend’s record breaking pleasure pier.

Leigh-on-Sea railway station

From London Fenchurch Street (London’s most hidden away terminus), take the c2c train to Leigh-on-Sea. It’s about 45-50 minutes, so long as you take the direct train (via Basildon). Tilbury Loop trains take about 20 minutes more, and are best avoided.

Alternatively, pick up the c2c train from West Ham, which is on the Jubilee line, District Line and Docklands Light Rail, or from Barking or Upminster, both on the District Line.

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