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South Essex businesses closed for Queen’s funeral

Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral will take place on Monday September 19 and will be marked as a national holiday.

The day will see many popular businesses in South Essex close, either for part of the day or all day, as a sign of respect for the longest-reigning monarch.

Here is a roundup of the main businesses in the region that have announced their closures:

Hotels, restaurants and pubs

Roslin Beach Hotel

The Roslin Beach Hotel in Thorpe Bay has announced it will close until 1pm to allow guests and staff to pay their respects to the “passing of our late monarch and to commemorate her unwavering service to our nation”.

Wetherspoons and Greene King have told customers their Essex pubs will open later today after the funeral.

McDonald’s has decided that all of its UK sites will be closed on Monday from midnight to 5 p.m.


Echo: Underwater AdventureSealife Adventure

Adventure Island and Sealife Adventure in Southend will both open at 1pm after the funeral to allow guests and staff to pay their respects.

Southend Pier will open from 1pm to 8pm, with last entry at 7pm.


Sainsbury’s Local small shops and petrol stations will be open after the funeral from 5pm to 10pm.

Tesco Express and Asda will also open after the funeral at 5 p.m.

Waitrose and Aldi are closing all UK stores for the day.

Cinemas and theaters

Echo: Cliff PavilionCliff Pavilion

Southend’s theaters, the Cliffs Pavilion and the Palace Theatre, will be closed all day Monday as a mark of respect.

The Towngate Theater box office and cafe bar in Basildon will also be closed all day.

Odeon in Southend and Cineworld in Basildon will be closed for the day.

Vue at Lakeside in Thurrock will be open to broadcast the state funeral, but the show is now sold out.