Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, all regular services and hours may be subject to change. Thus, if the idea is to spend the night in the public area, consider a plan B in case the stay inside the airport is only allowed for those who are close to boarding.
Spending the night at the airport
Although Stansted airport is open 24 hours a day, there are not many comforts for layover passengers. In addition, it is small, very crowded and bright, so it is recommended to have a sleeping mask, headphones or earplugs. It is possible that some areas of the terminal will be closed at night.
Where to rest: There are some seats inside the terminal, especially comfortable in the boarding hall, but they are not enough, and it is even prohibited to lay on some of them, so you will probably have to sleep on the floor. However, airport policies do not allow the use of sleeping bags or other similar equipment. In the International Departures area there is a VIP lounge with more amenities, but it closes at night. On the other hand, you can find a couple of hotels that are connected to the terminal.
Baggage: Luggage storage available 24 hours a day in the International Arrivals Hall.
Eating and drinking: There are options open during the night both before and after the security checkpoint.
Wi-Fi: Free for 4 hours.
Other services available around the clock: ATMs, secure luggage wrapping, chapels, baby changing facilities.
The Radisson Blu Hotel London Stansted Airport and the Hampton By Hilton London Stansted Airport are connected to the terminal through covered walkways. Other alternatives, some of which operate shuttles for their guests, are:
Stansted Guest House (1.2 km/0.7 miles)
Old Thatch Bambers Green (1.5 km/0.9 miles)
Premier Inn London Stansted Airport (1.8 km/1.1 miles)
Holiday Inn Express London Stansted (1.8 km/1.1 miles)
Desalis Hotel London Stansted (2.1 km/1.3 miles)