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London Stansted Airport is the famous international airport in the district of Uttlesford in Essex. It's about 30 miles north-east of the centre of London and close to the border with Hertfordshire.

The Airport

Stansted is currently the fourth busiest UK airport after Heathrow, Gatwick and Manchester. It is a major hub for low cost airlines such as Ryanair, who fly to over 100 destinations from here. Stansted's runway is also used by a number of exclusive private companies, such as Harrods Aviation, and some state visits are handled too.

The main passenger terminal, near the old village of Stansted Mountfitchet is a highly impressive piece of contemporary architecture designed by Foster Associates, and features an amazing ‘floating' roof. This is supported by a space frame of inverted pyramid trusses, created the impression of a stylised swan in flight.

History

During the Second World War, Stanstead was a very different place. The airfield opened in 1943 as RAF Stansted Mountfitchet and was used extensively by both the Royal Air Force and United States Army Air Force, both as a bomber airfield and major maintenance centre. After the Second World War, the airfield had numerous uses, until finally coming under BAA control in the 1960s. From this point its status as a successful commercial airport grew rapidly and it became known as London's ‘third airport'.

Restaurants and Country Pubs

The Essex and Hertfordshire countryside around Stansted contains many picturesque inns and country pubs, restaurants and gastro-pubs. The Three Willows in the idyllic village of Birchangar has been at the heart of the community for 250 years. The proprietors are proud to serve a varied and tasty menu, with an emphasis on freshness and innovation in homely surroundings. In the village of Little Canfield, the Lion & Lamb offers first class food in an idyllic traditional setting, with its blackened oak beams and huge fireplace for long winter evenings. The lovely thatched Ash Pub is another local favourite and was even used by United States Air Force personnel during World War Two. Today, the welcome is warm and the food delicious from late breakfast onwards. From Stansted hotels you can be minutes from the airport's cutting edge facilities, yet well placed to savour old-fashioned hospitality and home-cooked food.

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