History of Stansted
Favorite thing: Stansted was a Saxon settlement (the name means 'stony place' in Anglo-Saxon) and has always been located on an important line of communication; the village predates the Norman invasion, although it was not until then that Stansted acquired the suffix Mountfitchet. The castle was originally thought to have started life in the Iron Age, before being rebuilt subsequently by the Romans, the Vikings until the Norman construction in 1066.
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Sleeping in Stansted Airport.
Favorite thing: If you have a departure early in the morning from Stansted Airport then it's no problem sleeping in the airport.
Hundreds of people spend the night there every night in order to catch their early flights.
When i spend the night there, there were dozens of people crashing on the chairs and on the floor in their sleeping bags.
If you wanna have a drink or a snack then most cafes stay open all night long in Stansted Airport too.
A very good service that i would like to have in other airports around the world.
being able to have a snack while waiting for a flight connection makes the whole experience a lot more pleasant.
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Eating in Stansted
Favorite thing: The cheapest way to survive in Stansted is - of course - bringing your own food with you. However, compared to central London, food is still affordable. Several restaurants, snack bars and cafés are avaliable in the public area (landside), mostly offering Italian cuisine and/or sandwhiches. A nice exception is O'Neills, an Irish pub offering also some irish and english dishes. Some of the shops, including Caffé Alba near zome J/K, are open all night. My favourite was Pret, a chain which is known for its fresh hand made sandwhiches. Prices for these sandwhiches also beat most of the others. Another good offer, although not as tasty as Pret, is Boot’s “Meal Deal”. It includes a pre-packed sandwhich, a small snack (muesli bar, crisps or fruit) and a drink for 3,49 GBP. Since the opening of a Burger King Restaurant in 2008, also “classic” fast food is available in Stansted.
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A poem from Locklainn (many thanks)
Favorite thing: Lochlainn posted this on the Misc Forum about Ryanair - the main user of Stansted. thanks again.
They say there's no point in relyin'
On the airline called after ould Ryan
Their flights get the chop with a frequency
Way beneath all the standards of decency
And some say the biggest disgrace is
The hick little airports and places
So far from the big destinations
That Ryanair use as their stations
Not to mention the fact they won't feed ya
Unless of your shekels they bleed ya
And their magazine's dog eared and tatty
And their cabin crews' manners are ratty
And their livery's jokes are just sneery
A bit like their boss man O'Leary ...
But despite all these claims so ballistic
It pays to review the statistics
Where you'll find that of all the flights chopped
In a year, it's Aer Lingus who've dropped
In the reliability table
Down to bottom, and nor were they able
Most times to provide explanation
For this frequently met situation
And neither will they nor BA
Admit to the devious way
That they stop Ryanair from landin'
In airports that they have a hand in
Or the way they consign Ryanair's workforce
To the nethermost parts of their airports!
So to all you Ryanair detractors
I implore ye to review these factors
And remember this question profound -
"What the hell do ye want for a pound?!?!?!"
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