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40 miles from London and just a 20 minute drive from the M25, pick up the keys to your hire car in Southend-on-Sea and you’re ready to explore the best of the Essex coastline. With no waiting around for connections or buses, and no limit as to where you can go, you can tailor-make your trip to suit your needs. Head into the bright lights of the city or see a different sort of wildlife when you drive along the coast to the Blackwater Estuary National Nature Reserve.
A short drive from Southend-on-Sea's centre and into Essex’s favourite seaside resort, you’ll find the thrill and spills of the fair at Adventure Island. The Sea Life Centre gives a fascinating glimpse into life under the waves, while you can travel back in time to walk in the footsteps of medieval monks at Prittlewell Priory.
For many people arriving in Southend-on-Sea, visiting the sights of London will be high on their list of priorities. With excellent road links into the city it’s easy to explore all that London has to offer. Drive along Pall Mall, past Buckingham Palace, or over Westminster Bridge in the Shadow of Big Ben. Take a trip down to Wimbledon to watch some tennis, or motor over to the Royal Observatory at Greenwich. When you hire a car you can pack in all the famous sights you want, and with plenty of parking across the city, it’s easy and convenient, too.