Westcliff-on-Sea

Westcliff-on-Sea is located adjacent to Southend-on-Sea, in Essex approximately 35 miles east of London. There is a direct rail link into the area which takes approximately 1 hour.

There are two main shopping areas in Westcliff both of which have a large amount of independent shops that include boutiques, department stores, restaurants and takeaways. London Road (A13 ) is the main road out of Southend-on-Sea that passes through Westcliff and the popular Hamlet Court Road which is a short walk from the promenade and rail links.

Hamlet Court Road is where the department store Havens is located. Established in 1901, Havens is the oldest store on this high street. Hamlet Court Road was named after the manor house called the Hamlet Court.

Also based on Hamlet Court Road is Fields Menswear that have been supplying premium quality men’s clothing, shoes and accessories to their customers since the early 50’s. The families roots in the industry go back as far as 1912, the brand’s wealth of knowledge and expertise can be seen throughout each of the designer collections both in store and online.

On the promenade you will find the Western Esplanade that not only features a popular beach but also beautiful gardens and cliffs that provide excellent views of the Southend pier and the Thames Estuary.

No visit to Westcliff-on-Sea is complete without having a Rossi Ice Cream. With the main parlour located on the prom, Rossi’s have been producing award-winning ice cream in Essex since 1932.

Westcliff has a casino and two theaters, the Palace and the Cliffs Pavilion. The Cliffs has an art deco style frontage that is viewed from the Western Esplanade and originally dates back to the 1930s. The Cliffs has played host to acts like Paul McCartney, Blur, Oasis and the Prodigy.

Close by is the area of Chalkwell that has a park that is popular with dog walkers. The park has 2 playground areas, football and cricket grounds and very well kept gardens. Chalkwell Park has an annual carnival & fete that boasts a large funfair and amusements for all the family.

Just 10 minutes drive away from Westcliff is Leigh-on-Sea and Old Leigh. Many visitors to the area enjoy the promenade walk into Leigh via Westcliff and Chalkwell Beach. In the main town of Leigh you will find an array of independent retailers, fashion boutiques and restaurants.

Down in Old Leigh, which is on the coastline, you will come across the infamous Leigh Cockle Sheds owned by the Osborne Bros. The seafood cabin the Osborne Bros run is housed in the heart of the Old Town and is an 18th century stable mews which was used to house horses and carriages delivering ale to the local public house – The Crooked Billet.  The cockle sheds are located along Cockle Shed row, which remains largely unchanged since being built in the 19th century. Fresh shellfish on offer as well as cockles include mussels, whelks, shrimps and for the more adventurous, jellied eels.