The Kursaal

The Kursaal has been an icon of Southend for over 100 years since it opened in 1901. It was one of the world’s first purpose-built amusement parks as well as the largest fairground in the south of England during its early years. The Kursaal is noted for its unique main building that features a distinctive dome designed by Campbell Sherin and is considered as the principal architectural monument to Southend’s Edwarian boom period. The venue’s name is German, which means ‘Cure Hall’ and appears to have been adapted to mean a place for healthy amusement.

During its heyday, The Kursaal was a popular venue for rock legend gigs and fun family days out. However, the venue faced a steady decline during the 1970s which led to the closure of its outdoor amusements in 1973 and main building in 1986. It was later reopened in 1998 with a bowling alley, a casino, and other amusements. Unfortunately the bowling alley closed permanently in 2019 and was followed by the permanent closure of Rendezvous casino in 2020. This currently leaves a Tesco Express store as the building’s last remaining occupant.

Inside The Kursaal

Tesco Express is the only occupant of The Kursaal left to date. The supermarket offers in-store shopping and is also accompanied by Tesco Cashpoint. The supermarket is located at The Kursaal, Southchurch Ave, Kursaal, Southend-on-Sea SS1 2ZG and is open from 7am to 11pm throughout the week. For inquiries, call +44 345 671 9498.

Medi Aid UK Ltd is a training provider located in Tesco Express, at The Kursaal Function Suite, First Floor, Eastern Esplanade, Southend-on-Sea, SS1 2ZG. For inquiries, call +44 800 634 8623.

Pubs and Restaurants near The Kursaal

Wilkies Shellfish Bar offers seafood specialties including fresh shellfish and jellied eels. The seafood restaurant is located at 57 Marine Parade, Southend-on-Sea SS1 2EN.

300 Degrees Bar is a bar and restaurant that offers sumptuous meals, including their signature dish, Steaks on Stones. The bar and restaurant is located at the Eastern Esplanade, Southend-on-Sea, SS1 2ER. For more information, visit http://www.300degrees.co.uk/.

Baileys Fry Inn offers a range of delicious fish & chips that’s perfect for a day out at the beach. The takeaway restaurant is located at 5 Eastern Esplanade, Southend-on-Sea SS1 2ER.

Bobby Jo’s Diner serves informal, American food including hamburgers, hotdogs, and shakes. The diner is located at 11-12 Eastern Esplanade, Southend-on-Sea SS1 2ER.

Pearl Dragon Express is a Chinese restaurant that serves innovative and classic Chinese cuisine. The restaurant is located at 20 Eastern Esplanade,  Southend-on-Sea SS1 2ER. For Chinese takeaway, call 01702 611090.

Atlantis Club is a traditional pub situated at the heart of Southend’s golden mile. The sports bar offers Greek and international cuisine and also presents live entertainment to its guests on a regular basis. The pub is located at 34 Eastern Esplanade, Southend-on-Sea SS1 2ES. For more information, visit https://www.atlantisclub.co.uk/.

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Places near The Kursaal

Southend Beach is a beach pavilion that offers plenty of fun rides, pubs and food kiosks that serve cotton candy and all other sorts of tasty fare. The beach is located at Eastern Esplanade, SS1 2EN.

Jubilee Beach is a perfect place to visit during the summer season, with plenty of pubs, public toilets, and ample parking provided. The beach is located next to Southend Beach at Eastern Esplanade SS1 2EN.

City Beach Fountains is a popular attraction for tourists at City Beach. It comprises state-of-the-art lighting columns that jet out water during the evening. Many kiosks, cafés, and pubs line the area. People are free to run in and out of the fountains – just be ready to get wet if the fountain water jets out while you’re in the middle of running across!  

Happidrome Arcades is a large amusement arcade offering a variety of games including Need for Speed and Dancing Stage EuroMix. The arcade is located across the City Beach Fountains and The Kursaal. You can find Happidrome Arcade at 52 Marine Parade, Southend-on-Sea SS1 2EN.

Sea Life Adventure is Southend’s aquarium attraction that features sharks in a walk-in tunnel, plus rays and other sea creatures. The aquarium also presents land animal and insect exhibits. You will find Sea Life Adventure at the Eastern Esplanade, Southend-on-Sea SS1 2ER.

Pangea Adventure (Dinosaurs and Butterfies) is an extension of Sea Life Adventure that offers a walk-through experience where guests can encounter dinosaurs, more fish, alligators, and butterflies. It is also the new home for Gizmo the dwarf Crocodile. The newest addition to Sea Life Adventure’s massive extension is located at 37 Eastern Esplanade, Southend-on-Sea SS1 2ES.

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