London Southend Airport – easy access to London
Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park, Westminster Abbey – with a history dating back to the Roman era, many of London’s attractions are known the world over. Additionally, the capital of the United Kingdom boasts witty culture, international cuisine and stylish shopping centres sure to win any visitor’s heart. With Flybe offering direct flights from Glasgow to London Southend, you can land in just 1 hour and 20 minutes, then jump on a train to see all the sights and experiences London has to offer.
Trains, the preferred choice of transport
Southend Airport offers clean and timely trains to London. The modern, efficient station is only a two-minute covered walk from the terminal, and up to eight trains depart there every hour during peak travel time. Once aboard, you can arrive at Stratford Station in 44 minutes or Liverpool Street Station in 53 minutes. From either station, it is easy to connect to the London Underground where you are minutes away from every exciting destination in the city.
Stratford, East London’s primary retail neighbourhood, is a quick, relaxing ride away from Southend. The Stratford area boasts Westfield Stratford City, one of the largest shopping malls in Europe, which has over 250 stores, plus a 17-screen Vue Cinema and a retro 14-lane bowling alley. There are also over 70 restaurants within Westfield Stratford. You can choose to indulge in a juicy American burger, a steaming bowl of Vietnamese pho or even Caribbean classics from an authentic jerk pit. The centre has something to suit every taste and budget.
Within walking distance from Stratford Station is the state-of-the-art Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, home to the London Stadium and West Ham United Football Club. Watching a match from London Stadium’s stands, rather than on the TV at home, is an experience you are likely to remember for a very long time.
From Stratford, you can also take the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) to the London Docklands area. This area includes Canary Wharf where trendy restaurants dwell alongside the headquarters of many international financial institutions. At the Underground station, you can hop on either the Central Line or Jubilee Line to many destinations across London.
Colourful delights at Liverpool Street Station
Liverpool Street Station is also a leisurely ride away from Southend, and it opens the door to the bustling City of London financial district. Several iconic buildings are nearby, including the Gherkin (30 St Mary Axe), the Cheese Grater (the Leadenhall Building) and the Walkie-Talkie (20 Frenchurch).
Beyond these flashy, modern skyscrapers, a gritty, urban edge still colours the streets of London’s East End. Dark figures like Jack the Ripper once roamed the former slum and tourists can now explore his murder sites at Osborn Street, George Yard, Hanbury Street, Buck’s Row, Berner Street, Mitre Square and Dorset Street. Also, keep a lookout for the Blind Beggar Pub (337 Whitechapel) where gangster Ronnie Kray shot and killed his rival George Cornell in 1966. Of course, the East End was known for more than just crime. Almost a century before that fateful murder, William Booth preached his first public sermon outside the Blind Beggar. This led him to establish the East London Christian Mission, now known as the Salvation Army.
At the Liverpool Street Underground station, you can change to the Hammersmith & City Line, Circle Line, Metropolitan Line and Central Line, giving you many options to visit different parts of London.
Bus, another easy mode of travel
For those who want to travel just outside of London, Southend offers an efficient local and regional bus network that connects the airport to picturesque towns across Essex, including Chelmsford.