Arlington Ballroom Office Closure: 24th December - 7th January 2019

Hi everyone,

Please note our office is closed from 24th December this year until Monday 7th January 2019. If you’d like to enquire about a booking, please email info@thearlingtonballroom.co.uk or phone 01702 711 350 and leave a message. Our team will get back to you from 7th January.

Best wishes for Christmas and the New Year,

The Arlington Ballroom team

Arlington Ballroom Christmas 2019 Opening Hours

LGBT Weddings for Essex at The Arlington Ballroom, Southend-on-Sea

You’ve just got engaged. Congratulations! Now you’ve got to start planning a wedding… At the Arlington Ballroom, we do a lot of weddings, from huge parties to intimate ceremonies, for a diverse range of couples. We know your wedding is one of the most special days of your life, and our team works hard to ensure everything runs smoothly and to your plan. So why hold your wedding at The Arlington?

Hold Your Wedding Ceremony & Evening Reception Under One Roof

We’re fully licensed, so you can hold your civil ceremony and your evening reception here! No faffing about with cars or moving your guests and less stress for you and your guests!

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Fabulous Art Deco Wedding Venue in the Heart of Southend

Completely renovated in 2012, our Art Deco ballroom is an elegant, sophisticated venue perfect for the discerning couple! It fits between 80-250 people and we can arrange a live band, a DJ, sweet carts, a dance floor and literally roll out a red carpet! We offer buffets and sit-down meals, and have two bars - so you can allocate one as a cocktail, Champagne or gin bar! We can also help organise professional cocktail demonstrations - just ask.

Small Weddings & Midweek Weddings Welcome

We know that not everyone wants a blowout Gatsby-style wedding (although we can do those!). Our venue has a maximum capacity of 250 people, so your day will be intimate. We also offer midweek weddings, as we’re mindful that many couples plan a wedding on a budget or would prefer a quiet ceremony.

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Interested in looking around our ballroom to discuss wedding options? Give us a call on 01702 711 350 (10am-4pm), or email info@thearlingtonballroom.co.uk. Learn more about our wedding packages on our Weddings page.

The Arlington Ballroom Salsa Club: Dance Classes in Southend-on-Sea

Salsa is back at The Arlington! Come along to learn to dance and have a good time! Classes are £8 each and run from 7:45pm to 11pm. No need to book, just turn up on the day!

Upcoming Dates

  • Tuesday 4th December 2018

  • Tuesday Tuesday 8th December 2018

  • Tuesday 8th January 2019

  • Tuesday 15th January 2019

Arlington Ballroom Salsa Club

Getting To and From The Arlington Ballroom

The Arlington Ballroom is at 905 London Road, Leigh-on-Sea - we’re just past the Chalkwell Park traffic lights! We want our guests to have the best possible experience when visiting our ballroom, so we always advise that you take a taxi to and from The Arlington.

Why - well, there is parking on the streets nearby, but we don’t like to take advantage of our lovely neighbours. We also want to ensure you have a safe, enjoyable evening and get home in one piece: so absolutely no driving if you’re planning to have a drink!

So how should you get here? Well, we recommend AC Radio Cab Taxis. Give them a call on 01702 33 44 55 and they’ll get you to and from The Arlington in comfort.

We’re also on the bus route, located between Darlinghurst Grove bus stop (which serves no. 1, no. 3, no. 27 and no.28 buses) and Chalkwell Schools bus stop (which serves no. 1, no. 27, no. 27A and no. 28 buses).

Our nearest train station is Chalkwell Station, on the C2C Fenchurch St. line.

So there you have it: getting to and from The Arlington Ballroom is easy and comfortable - so don’t drink and drive this Christmas.


Available Fridays & Saturdays January & February in 2019 for a Birthday Party, Wedding or Anniversary in Southend-on-Sea

2019 is creeping up and our weekends are booking up fast! If you’ve got a big birthday, anniversary or wedding planned for January or February 2019 and haven’t found a venue, why not give us a call? We also love holding charity galas, annual dinners and dinner and dances - so if you’re planning any of the above, give us a call on 01702 711 350 (10am-4pm) or email info@thearlingtonballroom.co.uk. Please note we will remove the dates from this list as they are booked - so don’t delay getting in touch!


  • Friday 11th

  • Friday 18th (pm only!)

Looking for Spring, Summer or Autumn 2019 Dates?

Give us a call or drop us an email to see what’s available!


  • Friday 1st

  • Friday 22nd

  • Saturday 23rd

Party at The Arlington Ballroom, Southend-on-Sea

Club Classics with Martin Day on 9th November 2018

On Friday 9th November we held a Club Classics night with Heart FM DJ Martin Day. What a day!

Missed it? You can book our February, March, April and May 2019 Club Classics nights here. Tickets are £7 each/4 for £20 and bookings before 31st December will enjoy a free welcome drink on arrival!

You can see videos of the night on our Facebook page.

How to Add Hygge to Your Life (even when you're very, very busy)

The Danish word ‘hygge’ (pronounced ‘hoo-gah’) roughly translates as ‘cosiness’. The concept has taken off in western Europe and Essex in the last few years as the Danish are consistently rated as some of the happiest people in the world, despite their long winters and harsh weather. Basically, achieving hygge means taking time to try to be present to enjoy the little things.

Hygge doesn’t mean buying anything, eating a certain way or decorating your home in a certain style. It just means taking the time to enjoy life however you want to! We know how hard it can be to take time for yourself in the busy months leading up to Christmas, especially when you have a demanding job, young children and British weather to contend with - so we’ve put together a quick guide to adding some hygge to your life.

Smell the Roses (or the scented candles)

What’s your favourite scent? Can you find it in the form of a scented candle, incense stick or perfume? Filling your home, car and even your pockets with something that smells nice will boost your spirits on gloomy days. Even if you just buy the same shampoo you took on your holiday and use that in the winter months, you’ll be reminded of summer every time you wash your hair!

Put Your Phone Down

Just for five minutes. Social media is a fun way of keeping up with friends (and showing off a bit, let’s be honest) but research has shown that too much social media can lead to a decline in mental health including feelings of isolation and a drop in self esteem. So instead of spending five minutes Instagramming your gorgeous dinner, why not take five extra minutes to eat it slowly and savour every mouthful? When you’re out with the family, concentrate on what you’re doing instead of photographing what you’re doing. Your brain will remember the day without 10 accompanying photos, promise.

Spend Time With Friends

In person, not online! We know the run up to Christmas is hectic, and taking the time to meet up with friends can become more stressful than it is relaxing, especially if you have to organise childcare or travel long distances in iffy weather. So why not meet for a coffee during a lunchbreak instead of dinner at the weekend? How about a phone or Skype call or FaceTime while you’re both watching the same TV show? If you’d like to get together for a dinner party but can’t decide who should host, why not go out to a local party night? A good chat with a friend or a group of friends will lift your spirits by miles.

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Wedding Vow Renewals at The Arlington Ballroom in Southend-on-Sea

You’ve had the wedding, you’ve had a few anniversaries (quite a few!) and now you and your other half want to celebrate your love by renewing your vows. Why not hold your renewal at The Arlington Ballroom?

We can host 30-250 guests and our beautiful function suite has high ceilings, black granite mirrored pillars and a mezzanine level with a Grand Piano - everything you need for a party! What’s more, we’ve got two fully licensed bars and can recommend live bands, wedding singers or DJs. If you want to go big, we can add features including photo booths, a dance floor, sweet carts, chocolate fountains… the list goes on!

Live band at The Arlington Ballroom Southend

In terms of food, our excellent chef can create a bespoke menu, from 3 and 5-course meals to buffets. We can organise national cuisine, free-from, vegan and barbecue!

If you’d like to book a consultation to look round the ballroom, give us a call on 01702 711 350 or email info@thearlingtonballroom.co.uk. You can read more about our general wedding service here.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Wedding Renewal at The Arlington Ballroom Southend
Vow Renewal Service at The Arlington Ballroom Southend