Why wait until you land for the fun to start? From bargain shopping to exclusive lounges, here's how the smart travellers fill their airport time.
Escape the crowds
VIP lounges aren't just for first-class travellers – find your own space to relax at the Servisair Executive Lounge and you'll enjoy comfortable seating, complimentary drinks and snacks, and a warm welcome. A lounge pass costs less than you might think, too.
Owing to its location, this lounge is not available to Ryanair passengers, or to those taking easyJet domestic flights.
Bag a duty free bargain
Fine fragrances, beauty bargains, designer sunglasses, single malts ... the World Duty Free stores at Stansted have thousands of premium and popular brands to choose from, all at fantastic prices. Too much to carry? If you're coming back, pick up your shopping when you return.
Find the perfect souvenir
Take a little piece of Britain on your travels from Glorious Britain, World Duty Free or World of Whiskies. Perfect for a gift (or a treat for yourself).
Go on a shopping spree
Fine fragrances, designer shoes, hot-off-the-catwalk accessories ... you'll find top designers alongside the high street's biggest names at Stansted, and at airport shopping prices too. All Saints, Goldsmiths, Hackett, Hugo Boss, Kurt Geiger, Ted Baker, Monsoon, Mulberry and too many more to list – visit our Stansted shopping pages to see which famous names are available on your journey.
Surf the web
Catch up on your emails, finish off some work or just browse the net for fun. If you have a wireless-enabled laptop, you can connect right from your seat in the departure lounge. Alternatively, use Spectrum Interactive's internet kiosks, available before and after security 24 hours a day. If needed, you can also take advantage of our public printing service which is lets you print, emails, attachments or web content from any internet device, including your laptop or Blackberry.
Eat, drink and relax
Stop for a drink, a snack or a sit-down meal – whatever your taste, you'll find your favourite flavours at Stansted. Enjoy a traditional pub experience, a caffeine top-up, seafood and champagne or a hamburger ... we've a world of choice to suit every traveller.
Check out a supercar
Admire an Aston or fall for a Ferrari - you'll find the world's most desirable marques at Best of the Best, the car competition organiser. There's always a dream car or two on display and more to be won. In the departure lounge, after security control.
Watch the planes
Stansted is Britain's third busiest airport and there's always something to see on the runway, taxiways and stands. After security, head to Pret A Manger – there are plenty of tables where you can enjoy a coffee as you watch the action through giant picture windows.
Alternatively, settle down in your own private space with airfield views in the Servisair Executive Lounge