History in Structure

Labworth Cafe

A Grade II Listed Building in Canvey Island, Essex

We don't have any photos of this building yet. Why don't you be the first to send us one?

Upload Photo »

Approximate Location Map
Large Map »


Latitude: 51.5118 / 51°30'42"N

Longitude: 0.5946 / 0°35'40"E

OS Eastings: 580142

OS Northings: 182398

OS Grid: TQ801823

Mapcode National: GBR QPR.159

Mapcode Global: VHJL9.886D

Plus Code: 9F32GH6V+PV

Entry Name: Labworth Cafe

Listing Date: 16 April 1996

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1268484

English Heritage Legacy ID: 461758

ID on this website: 101268484

Location: Castle Point, Essex, SS8

County: Essex

District: Castle Point

Civil Parish: Canvey Island

Built-Up Area: Canvey Island

Traditional County: Essex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Essex

Church of England Parish: Canvey Island St Nicholas

Church of England Diocese: Chelmsford

Tagged with: Coffeehouse Building International Style

Find accommodation in


Labworth Cafe

1658-/4/10002 II

Cafe with integral shelters. Built by Ove Arup, Christiani and Nielsen 1932-33. Functional International Moderne style. Built of reinforced concrete with flat roof. Circular drum of cafe on first floor level supported on piles (now concealed by rise in land level) with two arms extending from this enclosing shelters with steel piers on the seaward side. Hardwood windows extend the full diameter of the circle with some top opening lights. Entrance by doorcase in splayed bay facing sea supported on 4 metal columns. Staircase to cafe which has circular columns supporting ring beam and original shallow cone-shaped light fittings. Doors lead on to roofs of shelters which originally had thin steel columns supporting canopies. A pioneering building of the Modern Movement which predates the Gorilla House at London Zoo by Lubetkin and Tecton's Penguin House, and one of the only architectural designs by Ove Arup.

Listing NGR: TQ8014282398

External Links

External links are from the relevant listing authority and, where applicable, Wikidata. Wikidata IDs may be related buildings as well as this specific building. If you want to add or update a link, you will need to do so by editing the Wikidata entry.

Recommended Books

BritishListedBuildings.co.uk is an independent online resource and is not associated with any government department. All government data published here is used under licence. Please do not contact BritishListedBuildings.co.uk for any queries related to any individual listed building, planning permission related to listed buildings or the listing process itself.

British Listed Buildings is a Good Stuff website.