Sleeping in Airports

Sleeping in London Southend Airport

sleeping in london southend airportWhether you are an experienced airport sleeper or new to the game, this sleep guide will give you the essential information to better prepare you for sleeping in London Southend Airport.

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This guide was last updated: 7 October 2019. Read the latest traveller reviews.

Sleeping in London Southend Airport Overnight

London Southend Airport closes every night from the last departure, around 12:00 AM until 4:00 AM, which means you aren’t able to sleep here overnight.

Locations & Seating

This small airport has decent seating options. Travellers point out there are soft benches in the pre-Secure zones. Because this airport closes nightly, arriving before 4:00 AM for an early-morning flight likely means you’ll be waiting outside.

Rest Zones

At the time of this update, there are no designated rest zones within the London Southend Airport.

Airport Environment

At the time of this update, we have not received reports from travellers related to the overall terminal environment, such as temperature and noise. In general, here are some good expectations:

  • Temperature: Expect the airport to cool down in the evening.
  • Noise: Daytime nappers can expect to hear general announcements, the chatter from nearby travellers, and TVs and music playing.

Arrive prepared! We recommend earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones, an extra layer of warmth, and eyeshades or something else to cover your eyes, such as a shirt or towel.

Pro-tip: If you chose a spot near any eateries, keep in mind that the staff arrive early and they can get pretty loud in the kitchen.


Unfortunately, there are no showers available to freshen up.

Food & Drink

As the airport closes overnight, no 24-hour food concessions are available.


southend airport hotelsPrefer some privacy and comfort between flights? Need a hotel before an early-morning departure? Several hotels are located within a 10-minute drive of the airport, including one next to the terminal. See the hotel section in our Airport Guide for locations or visit Tripadvisor to find hotels deals at Southend Airport.


southend airport loungesWhile London Southend Airport has one lounge, it does not have designated sleep rooms or rest areas. If you just want to relax in a comfortable seat, check out our London Southend Airport Guide for details on the pay-to-use Skylife Lounge.

Security & Safety

At the time of this update, we have no reports from travellers commenting on safety issues at London Southend Airport. As a precaution, here are a few tips to ensure you have a safe airport sleeping experience:

  • Know Where Security is Located. Whether you are sleeping in the airport by yourself or with friends, it is good to know where security is. Know where their office is located and look for video cameras in the spot you decide to stay the night. Ask security where it is safe to spend the night. They’ve probably seen many airport sleepers before you and they will direct you to a safe spot.
  • Don’t Seclude Yourself. If you are travelling alone we recommend that you sleep near other travellers or close to security.
  • Hide Your Valuables. Don’t leave all your mobile devices out in plain view. We have received reports from people who woke up with earphones and no ipod and a laptop bag strap and no laptop bag (or laptop). Same goes with important documents and money. Keep these secure on your body, so that no one can get them without waking you up.
  • Secure Your Bags. If you are a deep sleeper, you may want to padlock your bag to something. If your bags have zippers turn the bag upside down (zippers to the floor) or sleep with your bag up against the wall, so that it would be hard for someone to access.
  • Choose to Stay Alert. If you don’t feel safe, drink coffee and stay awake and be alert. You can always sleep on the plane!

Pro-tip: If you are sleeping in the public zone, don’t be surprised if you receive an early morning wake-up call. Security is known to make the rounds waking people up as travellers begin to arrive for morning flights.

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