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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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  • Great art deco architecture. Nice coffee shop with great views if sea. Usually something going on for free entertainment. Pay to park. Lots if quirky shops abd cafes below the pavillion out the back. 
  • This magnificent art deco building belies its age. It was built in 1935 and looks brand new inside and out. It is a multi use building, with a theatre, putting on top acts, exhibition spaces, meeting ...  more »
  • A lovely cafe overlooking the seafront. Interesting art exhibits and a very good shop with lots of information on the locality and arty stuff. Good disabled access except for steps which make wheelcha...  more »
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  • Beautifully curated exhibits and a great little theatre with a range of talent making use of it. The tea room has recently become much more accessible in terms of price and presentation and as a consequence is much more highly used. Excellent views and a great atmosphere. Well worth a visit!
  • This listed building, a Modernist icon, is a real feature of the coastline here and worth a visit if you're in the area or have an interest in architecture. The cafe serves good food and coffee and the views are wonderful on a sunny day. There's no shortage of space, with a range of different areas, and the building also hosts exhibitions and events. Due to the Modernist design the pavilion feels as if it could have been build yesterday, save for a bit of wear and tear.
  • This is an extraordinarily striking and iconic modernist public palace completed in 1935, a glory of futuristic thinking design applied to the entertainment and leisure of the masses. Always filled with exhibitions, shows in the auditorium, and jolly decent areas serving food and drink. Admission to the building and exhibitions is free. Recommended for everyone, and the upper levels are also fully accessible to people with limited mobility. If you're lucky and can find a place, the nearest on-street car parking is also free.
  • Fantastic building many good events and exhibitions. Great views from cafe on first floor.
  • Beautiful building. Great that it's being used but just a shame that the managing trust have become a tad self-regarding -failing to engage with their immediate hinterland