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Sleeping in London Southend Airport

sleeping in london southend airport

If you’re dealing with a long layover or an early morning flight departure at London Southend airport, you might be wondering if it is possible to sleep in the airport. Our guide to sleeping in London Southend airport provides essential information for seasoned airport sleepers and newbies to help travellers arrive prepared for the experience.

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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 landside zones. Because this airport closes nightly, arriving before 4:00 AM for an early-morning flight likely means you’ll be waiting outside.

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Rest Zones

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


southend airport hotelsWould you prefer some privacy and comfort? 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 hotel 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 only want to relax in a comfortable seat for a few hours before your flight, check out our London Southend Airport Guide for details on the pay-to-use Skylife Lounge.

Airport Conditions

If you plan to spend the night at the airport, here are a few things to keep in mind:

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

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

Food & Drink

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


Unfortunately, there are no showers available to freshen up.

Security & Safety

At the time of this update, we have no reports from travellers commenting on safety issues at London Southend Airport. However, sleeping in any airport can include a certain level of risk, especially when travelling alone. It’s important to take certain precautions to ensure your safety and the security of your valuables. Here are a few tips:

  • Safety First. It’s a good idea to know where the security office is located and look for video cameras where you plan to sleep. You can also ask the security personnel for advice on the safest places to spend the night.
  • Don’t Seclude Yourself. If you’re travelling alone, we recommend you stay near other travellers or close to security. This will help you feel more secure and deter potential thieves.
  • Hide Your Valuables. It’s also important to hide your valuables. Don’t leave them out in plain view, as this could make you a target for theft. Additionally, if you are a deep sleeper, you may want to padlock your bag to something or sleep with your bag up against a wall to make it harder for someone to access zippers and pockets. We have received reports of sleepers who woke up without their phones and laptop bags. The travellers were left with just their headphones and laptop bag strap.
  • Stay Alert. It’s best to stay alert and awake if you feel unsafe or uncomfortable. Drink coffee or other caffeinated beverages to help you stay awake, and remember that you can always catch up on sleep during your flight. These simple precautions can help you enjoy a safe night at the airport.

Pro-tip: If you sleep 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 arrive for morning flights.

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