Saffron Walden is a small but charming place conveniently close to Stansted. If you want to get out of London for a day or two this is a nice place to unwind. We stayed at an excellent B&B called The Bell House. It is run by a very friendly elderly lady who goes out of her way to make you comfortable. When our taxi did not show up , her husband jumped into his car and dropped us off at the train station a few miles away, refusing to take money for petrol! We had a lovely twin room with ensuite bathroom for a good price, beautiful garden, full English breakfast.