"Southend-on-sea is a seaside resort/town in Essex.It is on the north coast of the Thames estuary, in the outskirst of London.
In the 19th centry, the arrival of the railway and some royal connections made it a popular destination.
It was around that time that the longest pleasure pier in the world was first constructed to allow the enjoyment of the sea to Victorian visitors. Since then, and as one would expect, the pier has being refurbished a number of times, the last one, quite recently, saw the arrival of the Royal Pavilion.
The pier , which extends over 2 kilometres into the Thames Estuary and allows visitors a 360 degree view of its surroundings, is full of charm.
Following an international design competition, White arkitekter's design was selected to become a draw to both locals as well as visitors into the Essex seaside town. The Pavilion, which can be reached by foot or by train, is located at the end of the pier.
Despite its very modern appearance, in contrast with the Grade II listed pier, it sits comfortably in its surrounding and in true spirit of Victorian pier architecture it has brought new life to the promenade and become the backdrop to many of Southend's cultural activities.
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