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The Oak Tree vegan restaurant

Why Hold Your Wedding in Southend-on-Sea?

Southend-on-Sea is a seaside town nestled on the Thames Estaury in south Essex. The borough of Southend incorporates quite a large group of towns and villages, including Westcliff-on-Sea, Prittlewell, Leigh-on-Sea and Shoeburyness. Southend is known both as a quaint seaside town and as a commuter town - so why hold your wedding here?

Excellent Transport to London, Essex and the South East of England

With two train lines that take around an hour to reach the heart of London (the C2C Fenchurch St line and Abelio Greater Anglia Liverpool St line), Southend is brilliantly connected to London and the rest of the South East. Furthermore, we have our own airport: London Southend, which has direct flights to Europe (and to honeymoon destinations including Paris, Venice, Malta and Barcelona) and was the highest-rated London area airport in 2018. Your guests won’t have any excuse not to make your wedding with our brilliant transport links!

Brilliant Accommodation & Restaurants

Southend is peppered with fabulous hotels and eateries, perfect for guests and for pre-and-post wedding dinners. We recommend Gleneagles Guesthouse on Southend sea front to all our guests, which has gorgeous views of the Thames Estuary. Wonderful restaurants include Aurum, part of 7 Hotel. For traditional fish and chips, you can’t beat Oldham’s of Westcliff, which has been open since 1967. For vegans, there’s The Oak Tree on Leigh Road, while Grumpy’s Diner on Southchurch Road is a must-visit for anyone with a hankering for American milkshakes! For those of you who venture to Southend high street, try the Pipe of Port wine merchant and dining rooms, or Ravens bar and restaurant.

Stunning Views in a Historical Town

Southend is full of jaw-dropping views and natural landscapes, perfect for those beautiful wedding photos you’ve always wanted. Hadleigh Castle, an English Heritage site sat between Benfleet, Leigh and Hadleigh, dates back to 1215 and offers beautiful views of the Estuary. Southend is home to the longest pleasure pier in the world (1.34 miles long) which is a wonderful day out for any visitor.

Southend was originally the ‘south end’ of Prittlewell, a village that’s been populated for at least 10,000 years. In fact, the tomb of a Saxon king, compared to the Egyptian tomb of Tutankhamun, was found in Prittlewell in 2003. So why not visit one of Southend’s museums while you’re here?

Oh, and did we mention we have an opulent Art Deco ballroom snug in the heart of Leigh-on-Sea, perfect for intimate weddings? Give us a call on 01702 711 350 or email info@thearlingtonballroom.co.uk to have a look round…