Sleeping In London’s Airports

Last night was my first time sleeping at London’s Gatwick airport and I found it quite comfortable. My trains were late and i didn’t arrive at Gatwick unitl 3:40am so I only got an hours sleep. But it was my best experience yet spending a cheap and convenient night at another of London’s airports. Packing my camping pad and sleeping bag made a difference.

The Best London Airports I have slept in:

1. Camp Gatwick – Carpet and quite a few benches. Quiet and respectful of campers.

2. Camp Heathrow – Unusual places to sleep and plenty of shops that stay open.

3. Camp Stanstead – Dozens of young Eurotravellers make this a continental experience

4. Camp Luton – Hard floors, bright lights, and loud announcements blaring all night long.

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  • Last year my wife and I stayed overnight at Dublin airport in order to catch an early flight the next day – it was a horrendous experience with no comfortable seats, noisy announcements, poor facilities and severe overcrowding!!!
    If there ever was the ‘crappiest airport in the EU’ award it would win by a mile!!!!!!!!

  • Overnight… phaaa… in 1994 I spent 17 hours in Houston, Texas. the first 10 hours we’re a nightmare, after that it became Zen like. In the end, without them knowing of my trauma or me asking, I was upgraded to 1st class for my ongoing flight to San Pedro Sula, Honduras. Although I agree about Dublin airport…!

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