Stuck on a stopover at London Stansted Airport (STN) in England? The airport is the third-largest in London, and is located roughly 30 miles from downtown London, which makes the city an accessible destination for those on long stopovers. If you’re trying to determine whether you can leave the airport during your London stopover, click here for useful tips.
If you’re stuck inside the Stansted Airport during a London stopover, there’s plenty to do to keep you occupied during your wait. The airport has a number of shops, and places to eat. In addition, you can book an airport lounge (for the full list of Stansted airport lounges, click here), take a shower in the departure lounge or in international arrivals, or enjoy the view at Pret a Manger where you can watch planes take off and land.
If you’d like to drop your bags off while you explore, the London Stansted airport offer Left Luggage facilities during your stopover for a charge of £8.75 per 24 hours or part thereafter. It’s open 24 hours, and for more information, call +44 (0)1279 663 213 or +44 (0)1279 663 489.
If you arrive at night or are looking for a place to rest during your London stopover, there are many hotels of varying price points nearby the hotel in London. For a comprehensive list of London hotels, click here.
Layover Guide’s Suggestions Of Things To Do On A London Stopover:
The hop-on, hop-off bus gives a commentary of the sights as you pass them. Tickets can be purchased right on the bus or online. You can “hop on” at Paddington station, and “hop off” wherever you choose.
Tower of London
At The Tower of London, you’ll find torture exhibits as well as the famous Crown Jewels which including 530 carat Star at the Jewel House. Beefeaters, who are the walking tour guides, lead the hour-long tours every hour until 3:30p.m.
Buckingham Palace, home to the British monarch, is another favorite sightseeing spot for those with only a short time in London. Victoria, Green Park and Hyde Park Corner are the closest Tube stations. Also, you can catch the changing of the guard, but should check ahead for the schedule as it does not happen every day.
Westminster Abbey and Big Ben
Cabinet War Rooms
Close to the Abby, you can see the actual underground bunker Winston Churchill used during World War II. Everything there from the wall maps, to Churchill’s cot are authentic.
The 900-year-old Windsor Castle is an official residence of The Queen and the largest occupied castle in the world.
Thorpe Park is London’s most popular attractions and theme parks. It opened as a water park in 1970 however more thrill rides were added later.
None of these activities interest you? Here’s a list of more suggestions of places you can visit during London stopover at the London Stansted airport.
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