The King’s Hall is an architectural gem, captivating visitors with its original Edwardian features and idyllic seafront views.
A tiny bandstand stood on the site before Mr Thomas Dence, in 1903, offered to build a new bandstand and small hall opposite his house. This building; the East Cliff Pavilion, became a concert hall for orchestras and military bands, and so, The King’s Hall was born.
The venue was officially opened on 10 July 1913, by Princess Henry of Battenberg; youngest daughter of Queen Victoria, who named the proud new concert hall the King Edward VII Memorial Hall after her late brother. With the name shortened to The King’s Hall, the building has been the centre of much of the town’s social life for over a century.
The bandstand on the roof became a popular arena for military band concerts, and one of the first seaside resorts in the south of England with military bands playing daily to huge audiences. In the late 1960s, the bandstand proved too expensive to maintain and was unfortunately demolished.