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Southend On Sea Day Trip

I am no stranger to travelling for the purpose of visiting specific cafes. So when I have found a cute restaurant in Southend on Sea on Saturday evening, Sunday trip to the seaside was a no brainer.


Southend On Sea is a resort seaside town in Essex, Southeast England. It is just an hour train ride away from London which makes it for the perfect last minute getaway from the city.

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If you are looking for a break from London with not too early start, then Southend on Sea is a perfect choice.


Places I have visited:

  • Thorpe Bay Beach Huts

  • Bobby Jo's Restaurant

  • Southend Pier

How to get to Southend On Sea


I have booked a return train ticket with c2c on their website a day before. Please note that your online pre-booked train tickets will be ready for collection 2 hours after the purchase was made.


There are regular connections between London Fenchurch Street and Southend Central with multiple stops along the way. The train journey from start to finish takes around one hour one way.


See the end of this post for a total cost breakdown.


1. Thorpe Bay Beach Huts


How to get there


I have arrived at Southend Central train station around midday and have taken Arriva bus number 9 to Leitrim Avenue bus stop. The bus route follows the coast so you will be able to see the huts from the bus.


You can also take Arriva bus number 7 to Caulfield Road bus stop and then walk for about 12 minutes to reach the huts


My first stop was Uncle Toms Cabin where I have treated myself to a scoop of candy floss and birthday cake ice cream.



The huts stretch from Uncle Toms Cabin (crossing of Thorpe Esplanade and Waterford Road) to the crossing of Thorpe Bay Lawn Tennis Club (Crossing of Thorpe Esplanade and The Broadway) which is approximately 1 mile / 1.6 km / 20 minute walk.



There are so many (566) huts and each has its own charm. They have front and back entrance. Some of the beach huts are so close to the water that the front entrance that faces the sea cannot be used during the high tide.