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De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea

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The De La Warr Pavilion is a Grade One listed building, located on the seafront at Bexhill on Sea, East Sussex, on the south coast of England.The Art Deco and International Style building was designed by the architects Erich Mendelsohn and Serge Chermayeff and constructed in 1935. Although sometimes claimed to be the first major Modernist public building in Britain, it was in fact preceded by some months by the Dutch-influenced Hornsey Town Hall.HistoryThe new seafront building was the result of an architectural competition initiated by Herbrand Sackville, 9th Earl De La Warr, after whom the building was named.The 9th Earl, a committed socialist and Mayor of Bexhill, persuaded Bexhill council to develop the site as a public building. The competition was announced in the Architects' Journal in February 1934, with a programme that specified an entertainment hall to seat at least 1500 people; a 200-seat restaurant; a reading room; and a lounge. Initially, the budget for the project was limited to £50,000, although this was later raised to £80,000. Run by the Royal Institute of British Architects, this competition attracted over 230 entrants, many of them practicing in the Modernist style.
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  • Love it here , great views and always something going on. Real must go to place in summer months. Water fountains for children to play in lots of green area as well as the beach. Furthermore they some...  read more »
  • what an iconic place in sleepy bexhill , staff good service good view exceptional ! Lots of culture and interesting shows defiantly worth a visit 
  • I went to a concert at De La Warr - it was my first visit there. What a great spot for a concert. The sound was great. An "intimate" size which was brilliant. The staff were really friendly and I had ...  read more »
  • This is a nice venue to visit with the family. There are free art exhibitions and a pleasant café overlooking the beach. The gift shop sells some cool 'arty' books, toys and trinkets. There are bathrooms here. They have some big names playing in the concert hall and always worth checking out.
  • Love the theatre as there is plenty leg room and some of the exhibitions are fantastic. Food I the cafe is nice but pricey. Good variety of acts from comedy, music, shows and the arts. Can feel a little too snobbish but they do appear to be trying to change that.
  • Good coffee, tasty croissants and biscuits (gluten free). Lovely views
  • Love this building. Art deco in lovely situation. Recommend to deco fans.
  • A fine art and performance complex housed within a wonderful 1930s era pavilion. Well worth the trip from London.
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