Searching for a luxurious seaside retreat? Check into Seven Hotel. Designed by award-winning studio Adam Tibbatts, the seaside-inspired interior features iridescent metallic hues, marble and touches of serene sea green. Each of the 37 rooms has a unique design, while more than half of them have sweeping views over Southend’s famous pier. The on-site restaurant, Arum, is one of the area’s premier dining destinations, with mains cooked over a Mibrasa charcoal grill. After dinner, head to the gin-centric bar, which boasts more than 30 different gins.