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Stopover At London Stansted Airport

| March 14, 2014

Famous Underground and Big Ben towerStuck 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.

For the Layover Guide to London Heathrow’s International Airport, CLICK HERE!

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.

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There are also business facilities, Internet access, post facilities, banking and currency exchange, and much more.

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.

If you plan on leaving the Stansted airport during your stopover, there are many transportation options including taxi, buses and coaches, trains and rental car.

Layover Guide’s Suggestions Of Things To Do On A London Stopover:

Sightseeing Bus

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

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

Exit the tube at the Westminster stop. You will first see Big Ben and further down the street Westminster Abbey, where Chaucer, Samuel Johnson, Tennyson, Browning, and Dickens are all buried here.

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.

Windsor Castle

The 900-year-old Windsor Castle is an official residence of The Queen and the largest occupied castle in the world.

Thorpe Palace

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.

Have a suggestion for a London Stansted stopover? Leave a comment below!

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  1. Ben says:

    If you get into Stansted late at night (or fly from Stansted late at night) you can get to / from the airport free and avoid the £12 train fare… here is how:
    1) Board the train / get off at Finsbury Park or Tottenham Hale where the barriers are not in place at night.
    2) Look out for where the ticket inspectors are at Stansted train station and use the other exit – there are 2 and they rarely cover both

    £12 saved 🙂