The shops not only serve the local community but a much wider area with a range of independent high quality outlets. Just 10 minutes walk from Leigh Station, the "Leigh Triangle" where Leigh Broadway and Leigh Broadway West meet Rectory Grove is a bustling and cosmopolitan blend of elegant shops, boutiques, galleries, bistros and bars. Here you can buy the latest fashion, a work of art, some truly unique jewellery or furniture. Throughout the year, Leigh-on-Sea also hosts a number of shopping events and specialist fairs.
There is a regular monthly Farmers Market in the Leigh Community Centre on Elm Road with regular stall holders selling everything from bread and cheese to dog treats and skin care products. The 2015 market dates can be found here; www.leighonseatowncouncil.gov.uk
In Leigh-on-Sea, parking can be found generally on a majority of the main streets for 2 hours at a time or alternatively, a couple of smaller paid car parks can be located; directions are given once in the area.
Places of worship
Leigh-on-Sea and the surrounding area is home to many places of worship including churches, synagogues, mosques and temples. There are numerous churches around the borough catering to different Christian denominations.
There are also two synagogues; one for orthodox Jews, in Westcliff, and a reform synagogue in Chalkwell. Three mosques provide for the Muslim population; one run by the Bangladeshi community, where the sermon is given in Bengali as well as English and the mandatory Arabic. The others, both run by the Pakistani community, provide sermons in Urdu and Arabic, and English and Arabic.
Within Leigh itself, there are numerous churches, a number of which are listed below;
Highlands Methodist Church - Sutherland Boulevard, SS9 3PT 01702 483827
New Road Methodist Church - New Road, SS9 2EA
Leigh Wesley Methodist Church Elm Road, SS9 1SJ, 01702 711851
St Clements Church, Church of England - The Rectory, 80 Leigh Hill, SS9 1AR 01702 475967
Saint Margaret of Antioch, Church of England – Lime Avenue Leigh, SS9 3PA 01702 471773
The Church of St James the Great, Church of England - Elmsleigh Drive, 01702 471786
Leigh Elim Pentecostal Church - 143-145 Glendale Gardens, SS9 2BE 01702 477624
Leigh Road Baptist Church - Marguerite Drive, SS9 1NN 01702 478698
West Leigh Baptist Church- 1150 London Road, SS9 2AJ 01702 471171
Christ Church, Free Church - 37 Pall Mall, SS9 1RH or call 0208 675 0180
Our Lady of Lourdes and St Joseph’s Catholic Church - 161 Leigh Road, SS9 1NG 01702 478078
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