St Leonards-on-sea

St Leonards on Sea is a seaside town in the borough of Hastings, located on the South Coast of England to the west of Hastings. Known for being vibrant and quirky, this town is popular for its unique shops and eateries in addition to the elegant houses and beautiful public gardens.

The history

St Leonards-on-Sea is so close to Hastings you can hardly see where one ends and the other begins! However, the towns are quite distinctive, each with its own history and culture. 

The land that is now St Leonards was once owned by the Levett family, an ancient Sussex name of Norman origin. In the 1820s, James Burton, a successful property developer who had developed large areas of Bloomsbury and Regent’s Park in London, purchased the coastal land with the idea of building a seaside resort here. In 1850, his son Decimus Burton began the second phase of the building, acquiring more land and extending the development westwards. St Leonards had become a fashionable seaside town. 

Today, with its great-value property, attractive regency architecture and urban vibe, it’s no wonder this East Sussex town is so popular with former Londoners.

Local amenities

St Leonards is a vibrant community with a unique range of independent shops and an array of art galleries, particularly within the renowned Artists’ Quarter. But if you’re looking for a bigger shopping centre, head to nearby Hastings or Eastbourne. 

Love eating out? You’ll find a wide variety of restaurants, cafes, bars and coffee shops across the area. Whether you’re looking for a romantic meal, a quick coffee, a sandwich lunch or a glass of wine on the seafront as you watch the sunset, there really is something for everyone.

Free time

Throughout the year, there are a number of events including the much anticipated St Leonards Festival in the heart of town, offering performing arts, music, a carnival and more. 

The long seafront promenade is fantastic place to enjoy a stroll; alternatively, for something a little greener there are many beautiful gardens within the residential areas.

Well connected

Hastings has great transport links. Hop on a train from London’s Charing Cross and be in Hastings within 90 minutes. There are also direct rail services to Brighton, London Victoria and Gatwick Airport, as well as to Ashford International and the Eurostar.

If you’re coming by road, Hastings is well connected thanks to the A27, meaning you can reach Brighton in less than an hour, while the A21 takes you to London’s M25. Travelling in the opposite direction, you can be at Ashford in 50 minutes and the ferry port at Dover in just over an hour.

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St Leonards on Sea is a seaside town in the borough of Hastings, located on the South Coast of England to the west of Hastings. Known for being vibrant and quicky, this town is popular for its unique shops and eateries in addition to the elegant houses and beautiful public gardens.