THE GREAT STAYCATION: Luxury in Southend-on-Sea

BBC London & BBC Two

Summer 2019, before Covid-19 restrictions, first-time hoteliers Clare and Javed spent £5 million opening Southend’s 'first luxury boutique hotel'.


With some of the most expensive rooms along the coast, it counts the likes of Tyson Fury and Rod Stewart amongst its guests. As the biggest weekend of the year approaches, can the Seven Hotel pull off their first successful bank holiday?


Fully booked, short on staff and with a heatwave looming, temperatures are rising in this family-run operation. But will the staycationers love it or loathe it?

Narrated by Mathew Baynton