SHOPPING IN SOUTHEND

SHOPPING IN SOUTHEND TOWN CENTRE

Southend Town Centre is a unique shopping destination  – if you love to shop, you’ll love Southend.

Here we have two main shopping centres that anchor each end of the bustling High Street, where you'll find all kinds of great independent boutiques to the usual big name high street retailers. 

The range of shops include WH Smiths, River Island, H&M, JD Sports, The Works and many more. You can stop for a cake in Patisserie Valerie, or Lemon Witch, or go for more fast-food options at McDonalds, Burger King or KFC. 

On Southend is an initiative set up by the Town Centre businesses, and their website provides loads of top offers and VIP treatment at a range of shops, restaurants and businesses. 

TOWN CENTRE MARKETS

Southend's markets are the place to shop! Cook up a feast with the very best of produce direct from the grower. Find local specialities and fresh food at Farmers' Markets held twice monthly in Southend's bustling Town Centre.

Southend High Street Market is held every Thursday. Market stalls will line the pedestrianised High Street (outside Nat West Bank) selling a variety of goods such as:-

Ladies Fashions, Children’s wear, Luggage and handbags, Footwear, Haberdashery and linens, Household goods, Fruit and Vegetables, Confectionary, Toys, Plants, and much more.

Southend High Street Market really caters for customers looking for both the unusual and more traditional items. So make sure you pop along to the market regularly to see what’s on offer.

MARKET TRADER ENQUIRIES

Any trader interested in hiring a pitch at the market should complete the downloadable application form or contact the Town Centre Management team on 01702 212052. It is also important for any trader to read the Rules & Regulations here before submitting an application form for consideration.

Pitches are available in 3 metre x 3 metre at a cost of £30 each (incudes power). All traders will be subject to an initial interview.

THE ROYALS SHOPPING CENTRE

The Royals Shopping centre is found at the bottom of the High Street, right by the seafront, and offers a fantastic range of shops, including Primark, TK Maxx, Debenhams, Pandora and many more.

It isn't all shop, shop, shop. The Royals has an impressive range of food outlets so why not work up an appetite at the shops before rewarding yourself with a relaxing and satisfying meal from Debenhams, Costa Coffee or Utopia? 

They also host a number of great events throughout the year, including their Little Royalty Kids Club, which lets your little ones get some VIP treatment as well as free entry to events.  

THE VICTORIA SHOPPING CENTRE

THe Victoria is home to some of the best stores you will find in Southend. There are over forty stores and cafés – and more arriving all the time thanks to a £24 million refurbishment that has transformed The Victoria into a stunning contemporary shopping experience.

Their range of stores include Next, New Look, The Only Way is Essex owned Lucy's Boutique, Argos and Poundland, so there's something for everyone and every budget.

With shopping out the way, why not stop for a bite to eat in the Birdwood Bakery, or maybe a delicious milkshake from Shakeaway, which offers dozens of fantastic flavours! 

SHOPPING IN THORPE BAY BROADWAY

Ask anyone what Thorpe Bay Broadway is and they will immediately tell you that it’s a very pleasant row of shops in the heart of Thorpe Bay.

In truth “The Broadway” in Thorpe Bay is a long road that begins at Thorpe Bay railway station and runs in a straight line to the sea front.
However, the row of shops in The Broadway has managed to create its own brand over time; Thorpe Bay Broadway.

Their beloved Thorpe Bay Broadway has managed to buck the seemingly unstoppable trend of retail decline thanks to the local residents who continue to support it, and of course the many unsung heroes tirelessly working for the community in their shops and businesses, supplying us with the products and services we need and want.

The range of shops include Hallmark, Leigh Lighting, Quinns of Thorpe Bay and many more. Pick up some flowers from Nekta florist, or some fresh fruit and veg from Broadway Fruits. Top all that off with a meal in Cafe Masala or some traditional fish and chips from Perrys. Thorpe Bay Broadway really does have it all.  

SHOPPING IN HAMLET COURT ROAD

Hamlet Court Road in Westcliff-on-Sea has a whole host of various traders that allows a mixed shopping experience.

Public transport serves the shopping centre extremely well, book-ended by a bus terminal to the north at the London Road junction; with Westcliff-on-Sea rail station on the C2C line to the south.

Hamlet Court Road is laden with independent businesses, thriving restaurants and a rich heritage. All making a truly unique offer for residents and visitors alike.

Hamlet Court Road Shopping Centre can't be mentioned without reference to two of its longest residents Havens and Fields.

  • Havens is possibly one of the longest serving independent department stores in Essex; a family run emporium of delight which has a cocktail of everything a discerning shopper would want from china to jewellery to ladies fashions and so much more.
  • Fields, a gent's outfitter, lives in the south section of the road and can be classed as the largest independent store of this kind probably in the country. Nurtured and cared for by the Fields family and responsible for dressing many gentlemen for any occasion. 

 

SHOPPING IN LEIGH-ON-SEA

It is without a doubt, that if you love ‘to shop’, then Leigh-on-Sea is the place to come. The Broadway, Broadway West & Leigh Road really is a shopper's paradise.

Lining the streets of this funky, retro town, are a variety of independent, quirky fashion boutiques, with dedicated antqiue and homeware stores elegantly placed in-between. Throughout the year, Leigh-on-Sea proudly hosts a number of shopping events and Fayres, presenting the opportunity for shoppers to bag themselves that vintage bag, a gem of an antique or something made locally. See our event listing for any up and coming events.

In addition to wondrous fashion and homeware shops in Leigh-on-Sea, you will find autonomous, dedicated shops, covering the health, wellness & beauty sector, travel, a variety of commercial businesses and many other delights.Just to add to the temptation of Leigh-on-sea’s appeal, just 10 minutes away in Southend-on-Sea, you are able to find all the big named stores in one street.

In Leigh-on-Sea, parking can be found generally on a majority of the main streets for 2 hours at a time or alternatively, a couple of smaller paid car parks can be located; directions are given once in the area. Leigh-on-Sea is just a 40 minute train journey from London Fenchurch Street.

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