Get your caffeine fix before you fly: The options before and after security for a coffee

Last updated Jan 15, 2024

We know the red eye flight is the one you need coffee for, but we just want to confirm we have coffee and other hot drinks on offer all day!

It might be that early morning Americano or a mid-afternoon latte, maybe even a traditional cup of tea - our retailers have got you covered.

Landside (before security)

We’ll throw in an airport term here – anything before heading through security is what we call landside, and we have options for you to get a hot drink there.

  • Costa is based at Domestic Arrivals/International Arrivals 2, directly opposite the arrival doors so you can grab a coffee while you wait

  • Caffè Nero is upstairs and just before security, so you can enjoy a coffee while you wait or just before going through

  • Pret a Manger is also upstairs on the first floor before you get to security if that's what you're after - the beauty of choice.

One very important thing to note - liquids over 100ml are not allowed to be taken through security and any liquids under 100ml need to be placed inside a clear plastic bag.

So, we’d recommend finishing that drink before getting to security or waiting until you get through (airside, to use another airport term).

Airside (after security)

If you’d rather have your coffee or tea (other drinks are available!) after you get through security, then there’s a few options for you there too.

  • Costa is available next to Gate 10 and offers a seating area and views of the airfield, so a good spot to relax with a flat white

  • Caffè Nero has a few units so pretty handy depending on where your flight departs from. You can grab a coffee at shops opposite Gate 6, and near gates 12 and 25.

  • Pret a Manger is the go-to option for many and these can be found near Gate 6 and Gate 12.

And of course coffee is also available at other outlets like All Bar One, BrewDog, Hudson St Grill and Wetherspoons.

Milk and no sugar for us, thank you!

Picking up some essentials at the airport?

If you're looking to pick up a pre-flight bargain or a holiday essential once you arrive at the airport then you're in luck.

We have an extensive selection of retail options on offer to passengers, selling everything from designer clothes and electronics to sunglasses and suitcases.

Find out what we've got on offer before and after security here.

Flying for all the family - our top tips

For some families – particularly those with young children – arriving at the airport for a flight can be quite daunting.

However it need not be a stressful experience, and we're always on hand to help with whatever you need.

Read our handy guide for families here.

(Don't forget - we've got a dedicated family lane at security!)

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