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Where to eat at London Luton Airport

London Luton Airport is a bustling hub for travellers from all over the world, connecting to a wide variety of destinations. Whether you're arriving or departing, you'll want to make the most of your time at the airport, and that includes finding the best places to eat while there. From fast food joints to sit-down restaurants, this guide highlights where to eat at London Luton Airport before or after your flight. Read on to discover the best places to eat at London Luton Airport.

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  1. Eating at London Luton Airport
    1. Burger King – Before and after security
    2. Pret A Manger – Before and after security
    3. Starbucks – Before and after security
    4. Caffè Nero – Before security
    5. Hawker Bar – After security
    6. The Smithfield Pub & Kitchen – After security
    7. The Big Smoke Taphouse & Kitchen – After security
    8. Krispy Kreme – After security
    9. Chopstix – After security
    10. Benito's – After security
    11. Breakfast Box – After security
    12. Yo! Sushi – After security
    13. Nolito – After security
    14. Avalon – After security
    15. Bagel Factory – Before security

Eating at London Luton Airport

Luton Airport restaurants, bars, pubs and cafés

Burger King

Before and after security

Burger King is one of the world's best-known fast-food chains. They're famous for their flame-grilled hamburgers, made from 100% beef – try the signature Whopper if you want to know what all the fuss is about. There are plenty of other choices on the menu, including plant-based burgers, sides, desserts and soft drinks.

Pret A Manger

Before and after security

Pret's logo is one of the most familiar sights in the UK, with the chain's sandwich shops found all over the country. Sandwiches, wraps, salads, and hot food are available, plus baked goods, coffee, juices, and snacks. Seats are available if you want to take a load off, and you can order your food for collection so it's ready by the time you get through security. There are several Prets at London Luton Airport, both airside and landside.

Starbucks

Before and after security

Starbucks is a chain with coffee shops all over the world. They're notorious for their indulgent coffee drinks flavoured with spices or syrups – Pumpkin Spice Latte season is a highlight for many Starbucks drinkers. Sandwiches, pastries, and snacks are available as well, plus you can pick up coffee beans to take home. There are Starbucks cafés both airside and landside at London Luton Airport.

Caffè Nero

Before security

Visit Caffè Nero at Luton Airport for coffee, sandwiches, and snacks at any time of day. This outlet is open 24/7and serves premium coffee drinks plus food like cakes, pastries, and hot and cold sandwiches. This popular nationwide coffee chain is family-run and has a sleek appearance and a decidedly Italian influence.

Hawker Bar

After security

If you're looking to calm your pre-flight jitters with a drink or relax while you wait for your flight to depart, head to Hawker Bar. The stylish bar and lounge boasts an outside terrace and a variety of drinks, from draught beer to fine wines and cocktails. Food is also served. Breakfast options such as pastries and a Full English are complemented with international favourites, from mezze to open sandwiches.

The Smithfield Pub & Kitchen

After security

The Smithfield Pub & Kitchen is named after London's famous meat market. The airport eatery is styled after a traditional British pub and serves British pub grub, including an all-day full English. It also boasts a house ale, an exclusive Golden IPA brewed for it by the Greene King brewery. Other brews from local and regional breweries are available as well, along with craft beers and lagers from around the world.

The Big Smoke Taphouse & Kitchen

After security

The Big Smoke Taphouse & Kitchen is furnished in a modern pub style and offers a welcoming atmosphere for when you'd like to sit and grab a bite or a drink before your flight. You'll find beers from the parent brewery here, as well as other major international brands, along with hearty British pub grub including ribs and burgers, small plates for sharing, and more.

Krispy Kreme

After security

Krispy Kreme was launched in the US in 1937 and has grown into a multinational chain with outposts all over the world. Their doughnuts are made to a secret recipe and you can choose from an assortment of flavours, fillings, and toppings, from the simple Original Glazed to all sorts of sprinkle-covered delights. 

Chopstix

After security

A nationwide chain of quick-service noodle bars, Chopstix offers Asian favorites such as rice bowls, curries, wok-fried dishes, spring rolls, and more. Their London Luton Airport offers some seating in a contemporary setting, but you can also grab a takeaway.

Benito's

After security

Benito's, a group of laidback Mexican dining spots, offers budget-friendly Mexican classics like tacos and burritos. The London Luton Airport branch provides convenient and affordable dining, including takeaway, situated in the departure lounge for a quick meal on the go.

Breakfast Box

After security

Get a delicious breakfast before your flight at Breakfast Box. Open only in the morning, this bright and casual eatery has counter service and serves a range of breakfast baps, including vegetarian options. Pastries and cookies are available, too, if you need a sweet treat. Drinks, including beer and hot drinks, are also served here.

Yo! Sushi

After security

Tuck into some sushi before your flight at Yo! Sushi. This modern restaurant group has locations throughout the country, including its Luton Airport branch. Choose your favourite plates from the sushi conveyor belt or order dishes like gyoza, ramen, and Asian street food. Alcohol is served, and kids are welcome here as well.

Nolito

After security

Enjoy Italian cuisine in a sleek, modern setting at Nolito. This airside restaurant is open throughout the day and serves classic Italian recipes, including choices for kids. A varied range of breakfast dishes are served, whilst later you can try pizza, pasta, and main courses like burgers. Wine and cocktails are also on offer here.

Avalon

After security

Sample delicious coffee and food prepared with local ingredients at Avalon. This bright and contemporary coffee shop is located airside at the airport and is open throughout the entire day. Stop by for a hot or cold drink or choose a meal or snack. It's an ideal destination when you're in a hurry on the way to your flight.

Bagel Factory

Before security

Grab a delicious filled bagel at any time of day from Bagel Factory. This casual walk-up kiosk specialises in bagels with a range of delicious fillings, including vegetarian and vegan choices. Options range from classics like salt beef or salmon and cream cheese to creative choices like the seafood club. Breakfast options are served, too.

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