Southend On Sea
Originally the south end of the village of Prittlewell, Southend became a seaside resort during the Georgian era. Proximity to London and access by train meant the economy has been based on tourism ever since. Southend Pier is the world’s longest pleasure pier at 1.34 miles (2158m). It has suffered fires and ship collisions but the basic pier structure has been repaired each time.
It is a village of contrasts, with prominent naval factories near the pier, and slums to the west, where the workers live in squalid conditions.
In this melting pot of people, we encounter a rarity in these parts, a free – man, a chinaman, Len “Bamboo” Chang who is the local contact of note. If you need something done – for the most part on the up-and-up – Bamboo is the man to see.
He owns a restaurant, Chang’s, just down the road from Finch & Lark’s and wishes to meet you away from the hustle and bustle of his establishment.