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Looks like a good place for a nice bleak wintry walk by the sea, yeah?
you should go there.
although it skips a fine line between doing that hip shabby-vintage-retro thing, and actually just being full of old manky chesterfields with the arms falling off that are horrible to sit on.
but yeah, it's easily the best pub in town.
with too much interest in football.
Dry humping on the mini-golf course, play fighting in the sea front arcades.
The walk up the pier and back is very bracing.
I'll have some of that.
Leigh is alright, bit wanky now but better than anything in Southend.
I wouldn't recommend it unless you really have to come here
only venture into Leigh if you don't mind getting knocked off the pavement by the yummy-mummy patrols and lunching-lady light brigades.
but, yeah. s'nice.
But always found the sheer bleakness of Shoebury East Beach fascinating. Last stop on the line, the beach is a 5 minute walk away. Windy, open and you can out to see where wind farms and old forts are. Used to be a little cafe too.
If you're feeling brave there are nice walks by the military base on Foulness, Wakering stairs, the creeks and the new coastal path open by The Garrison.
Leigh / Hadleigh are probably more easily accessible though and varied. Southend front itself is just a haven for bored teenagers.
Get off at Leigh and there are some good pubs down at Old Leigh. From there you can walk all along the seafront. There's not a great deal in Southend town. Shoebury East beach is the nicest beach area.
Southend is kind of like if Brighton took a less trendy turn about 40 years ago.
There's a few ok bars round the backstreets near the Royals Shopping Centre...Sun rooms, and a couple of others - all pretty decent, and the occasional gig.
Chinnerys has the odd good gig (The bronx playing soon)
Fashoda Crisis - if you like Mclusky/FOTL/Pixies - if they're playing, go see - they put on the occasional good gig too - usually somewhere like Sax Underground.
The £1 bowling in the arcade on the seafront is EPIC.
nearby - old Leigh-on-sea is cool - nice little fishing area - have a stroll, pop in the crooked billet pub, eat some cockles. Loverrrrrly.
Oh, and you could go to Rayleigh - The Pink Toothbrush club and go see Lee Scratch Perry if the date conincides with your visit.
Pretty much everything else? I can't say I miss much else...