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Bright modern airport, with good facilties and security
Sometimes more than full
In a nutshell
It's just an airport - it serves its purpose
If you want to buy something to read, you will find some magazines and books at W.H. Smith and Books etc., both available in the public zone (landside) and beyond security control. Unfortunately, their selction is quite limited and although (or because) there are a couple of these shops, they seem to sell the same stuff. Of course, you will find the usual newspapers and a small selection of international press at W.H. Smith and some useful books at Books etc., but I have seen shops with a better newspaper/magazine selection at smaller airports like Leeds or even Hanover.
What to buy: Newspaper, Magazines and Books...
Written May 8, 2006
The ancient village of Takeley lies less than a couple of miles from the terminal, yet very few people even know that it exists. It at least makes for a change of scenery if you are stuck at the airport for longer than you expected.
This is due in part to the poor signposting, probably done on purpose.
The village strung out along the road features a couple of pubs, an anique shop or two and some nicely half-timbered buildings.
It also features a wealth of signs aimed at trying to stop the expansion of the airport.
Takeley is actually an ancient parish, consisting of many hamlets. It is mentioned in the ?Domesday Book? of 1086. During an archaeological dig at nearby Stansted airport, evidence was found of a Neolithic settlement, dating between 4,500 and 2,000BC. The A120 is the old Roman road Stane Street East.
It can be approached off the main roundabout with the M11 at the service station (look for the little sign) or from the roundabout at the entrance to the short stay car park. Just turn away from the airport and turn right at the fork. It's then about a mile down the road and right again at the traffic lights.
There is also a nice little pub called 'The Ash', with a tradional-type menu. It is so close to the airport you can see the planes land from the lounge window. If you head to the long-term car park, and keep going, it is about a further mile on the right.
Updated Mar 8, 2006