The Royal Pavilion

Southend Pier is now home to The Royal Pavilion, which officially opened on 19July 2012.

The 350sq m building, which was designed by White Arkitekter working in partnership with London-based architects Sprunt, was constructed off-site at Tilbury Docks in Essex.

It was then lowered onto a barge at the docks on Wednesday 16th May 2012 and transported along the Thames to the Pier.

The Pavilion was officially named in a unique ceremony conducted by His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent, on Tuesday 16th July 2013.

It is the first structure to be added to the pier head since 2000 when a new RNLI lifeboat station was constructed.

Royal Pavilion is a unique events venue, it is capable of seating 185 people in its main hall and also houses a 40 sq m artists’ studio and Salt Café, a unique eatery which is open every day, and offers fantastic, unrivalled views over the Thames Estuary from its covered terrace. There is full disabled access and toilets with baby changing facilities can be found in the café.


Royal Pavilion is an Approved Premises to marry with a terrace offering amazing views over the Thames Estuary and is the perfect venue to hold  your wedding/civil partnership and reception.  Full details as to what we can offer you can be found on our Weddings-on-Sea Royal Pavilion webpage and for more information about holding your ceremony or corporate event in one of Southend’s excellent venues please view our corporate venues and ceremony guide


The Royal Pavilion will host a variety of events, concerts and exhibitions including music, theatre, art and photography. To find out what events are happening at the Royal Pavilion please see our Events Calendar or or see the Visit Southend website.

If you are interested in holding an event at the Royal Pavilion please see our Royal Pavilion Information Pack.

Opening Times

Please visit our Opening Times, Ticket Prices and Pier Train Information pages for full information.

Page last updated: 06/09/2019