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TRIP REPORTS
London + Scotland Trip Report by jshelton
Mrs. Hvaces42's Surprise London Birthday Adventure by hvaces42
Yehoshua's London TR
Davidmal's A Week in London for 2 TR
Yuguy 100,000 Steps

Suggested Itineraries
1 Day In London by Davidmal

Drivers
Yitzchok: +44 (0) 20 7101 3535 - 8 Seater New VW Transporter (spacious).
Heathrow Drop-off 75GBP Pick up: 85GBP (plus 25GBP and he brings 8 Danishes to the airport too)
Hourly 65GBP
Daily 475GBP
Very Reliable, very nice and funny guy. Frum, professional and has taken very good care of my client - RCARentals (FlightBlitz).

HOTELS
General Hotels
NameAreaWebsite          Review
Andaz Liverpool StreetCity               Link
Hyatt Regency London - The Churchill              West EndLinkmguy
Marriott - Grosvenor SquareWest End               Link
Marriott Marble ArchWest End               Link5 minute walk to Western Marble Arch Synagogue

Hotels in Jewish Areas
NameAreaWebsite          Review     Notes
Croft Court Hotel                                   Golders Green          Link
Holiday Inn Brent Cross                                  Golders Green          Link
Holiday Inn Express                                   Golders Green          LinkKosher breakfast, Shabbos meals. Contact hotel for more info.
King Solomon Hotel          Golders GreenLink
Kadimah HotelStamford HillLink
The Pillar HotelHendonLink
Yamor Suites-

RESTAURANTS (Partial List)
NameLocationTypeHechsher     Notes
86 BistroHendonMeatLBDHave Foie gras on the menu.
AvivEdgwareMeatKF
Bread BakeryGolders GreenBreakfast/LunchLBD
Burger BarGolders GreenMeatLBD
Cafe AromeEdgwareDairyRES
Deli98Stamford HillDeli/Takeout/ShabbosKEDGreat pulled beef sandwich
Flipside Burger BarGolders GreenMeatLBD'Upscale' burger joint. Good food. Very noisy
Hummus BarGolders GreenMeatLBDVery popular - reserve well in advance.
Isola BellaGolders GreenDairy/Fish/ThaiLBD
KaifengHendonChineseLBD
KanteenGG/HendonDairy/FishKFInside Brent Cross Shopping Center
La FiestaGolders GreenMeatLBDArgentinian steakhouse. Best steak in London.
Met-Su-YanGolders Green       AsianKF
Met-Su-YanEdgwareAsianKF
Mr BakerHendonBakery/Pizza/Sushi       LBDOK food. Limited seating
PizazaGolders GreenPizzaKFCool on screen ordering at table. Delicious food. See inside the shop!
PizazaHendonPizzaKFNo screens, and smaller than GG.
Reich'sGolders GreenDeli/Takeout/ShabbosKED
Reuben'sWest EndMeatSKADeli upstairs-Restaurant downstairs
SoYoGolders GreenDairy/FishKF          Good breakfast selection
Sami'sGolders GreenSchwarmaLBD          There are Hendon & Edgware locations as well.
Satmar DeliStamford HillDeli/Takeout/ShabbosKED
Shefa MehadrinGolders GreenDeli/Takeout/ShabbosVarious
Sushi HavenGolders GreenSushiLBD          Also have counter inside Kosher Kingdom
The KitchenEdgwareMeatKF
White FishHendonFishLBD
White House ExpressGolders GreenMeatLBD
White House Express      HendonMeatLBD
ZestFinchleyMediterranean/DairySKA

CLICK HERE for many more bakeries, groceries etc.

Hechsherim Key - As always, AYLOR.

KF - Federation of Synagogues

KED - Kedassia - Local "Heimish" Hechsher

LBD - London Beth Din

SKA - Sephardi Kashrut Authority

RES - Rabbi Eliezer Schneebalg - Machzikei Hadas Edgware





LANDMARKS/ATTRACTIONS
You can get 2 for 1 entrance on many of the top attractions by using a railway ticket for travel. (Or just by buying a cheap railway ticket and not traveling). See all the details here: http://www.toptiplondon.com/places-to-visit/2-for-1-offers
AttractionURLNotes
Abbey RoadLink     Famous Abbey Road crossing for Beatles fans.
British LibraryLinkBritain's national library, which houses some fascinating collections including these.
Buckingham PalaceLinkPalace tours only in Aug-Sep. Details for Changing of the Guard here. This tour walks along with the guards from the beginning of their march to the palace and then will get you a nice view of the actual ceremony. 10% off code: FUNGUARD10PC
City CruisesLinkSightseeing cruise on the River Thames.
Harrods of KnightsbridgeLinkLargest department store in Europe, with some really cool (expensive!) stuff on display.
HMS BelfastLinkMuseum on a former battleship.
Horse Guards ParadeLink
Imperial War MuseumLinkHighlights: Holocaust Exhibition, Trench Experience
London EyeLink
Old BaileyLinkWatch criminal trials taking place.
Shakespeare TheatreLink
The ShardLinkView London from the viewing gallery or have drinks at the bar on the 52nd floor. Best time to go is twilight/evening. Possibly a better alternative to the London Eye.
StonehengeLinkPrehistoric monument.
Thames RibLinkHigh-speed RIB boat tour.
Tower of London                             Link     Historic fortress where the Crown Jewels can be viewed.
WB Harry Potter Studio Tour      LinkSee Hogwarts, Diagon Alley etc. See here for a tip on finding last-minute availability
Windsor CastleLinkHistorical castle, and the Queen's weekend home.



GENERAL INFORMATION

Emergency Numbers
Police/Fire/Amb - 999
Hatzolah - 020 8806 1123
Hatzolah NW - 0300 999 4 999 (Golders Green/Hendon)
Shomrim - 0300-999-0123

-If you plan on using public transportation, get an Oyster card. They are much cheaper and easier to use than conventional travel cards, and never expire. They can be bought in many stores in London, or online. These days one can use contactless credit cards instead of Oyster.(Check here to see if your foreign contactless card will work.)

-Here is a handy planner for the public transport system.

-DD's Kosher Sandwiches can be bought in most major airports/stations. Here is a list of locations.

-Kosher in the West End/City - Selfridges food hall has a variety of kosher groceries and prepackaged ready food by 1701. 1701 also have a deli counter there. In the City Munch'n'Crunch have a stand in Hatton Garden with kosher meals, sandwiches, sushi and coffee. It is located at 32 Hatton Garden, on the lower-ground floor of Jewellery Emporium. There is also Mincha there at 1:30.

-Kosher food at non-kosher hotels, restaurants etc. can be ordered from the following kosher caterers in London. They provide double-wrapped meals to any location and could also match the menu of your location.
Hermolis (KED/LBD)
Royal Cuisine (KED/LBD)
1701/Adafina (LBD)

Zmanim - MyZmanim London

Minyanim - There are many shuls all over London, however there are a couple of places that have more constant Minyanim throughout the day.

Golders Green
General Golders Green Mincha/Maariv times
Hagers (Beth Yisochor Dov Beth Hamedrash)
R' Chuna's (Beth Shmuel Synagogue)

Stamford Hill
Satmar 26 (Clapton Common)
Pinters

Here is a list of addresses and zmanim for the above, and other places.

-Minyan in the West End could be found at the Marble Arch Synagogue. Shacharis during the week is followed by breakfast, and a kiddush on Shabbos.

-Most food products in general stores do not have a hechsher on them. This does not necessarily mean they are not kosher. For example, Coca-Cola does not have a hechsher, but it is kosher. Here is an online kosher product search that could help. Link to Android app.
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Re: London
« Reply #15 on: July 02, 2008, 07:26:46 PM »
Levi, you know what you need...you need to have a meeting with all the guys who are going on the trip with you, preferably on the front porch of wherever you are staying, and talk about absolutely nothing until 4 in the morning.
I think it was actually until 5 in the morning ;D

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Re: London
« Reply #16 on: July 02, 2008, 11:08:51 PM »
any one know how to get from heathrow to hendon? is the the heathrow express the best way to go? (cost + time)? and where do i transfer trains?
i know the underground goes from the airport to golders green so it must also go to hendon check there website http://www.tfl.gov.uk/

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Re: London
« Reply #17 on: July 03, 2008, 12:42:09 AM »
Levi, you know what you need...you need to have a meeting with all the guys who are going on the trip with you, preferably on the front porch of wherever you are staying, and talk about absolutely nothing until 4 in the morning.
dont forget you also have to be too lazy to walk around the corner :)

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TRAVEL IN LONDON
« Reply #18 on: July 13, 2008, 02:13:23 PM »
I have a stopover in London for a full day and was looking for a tour guide to take me around. knw of any??!!!

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« Reply #19 on: July 14, 2008, 11:59:01 AM »
Just buy a good guidebook (such as lonely planet) and you'll have a better time for a whole lot less.
Save your time, I don't answer PM. Post it in the forum and a dedicated DDF'er will get back to you as soon as possible.

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Re: TRAVEL IN LONDON
« Reply #20 on: July 16, 2008, 06:27:33 PM »
Thanks Dan!!! I'll look into it..

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Re: TRAVEL IN LONDON
« Reply #21 on: July 16, 2008, 08:22:29 PM »
So what did you end up doing in london?

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Hotels in London near Shuls etc
« Reply #22 on: April 22, 2009, 10:40:30 AM »
I will be in London UK this summer and need advice on where to stay.  Want to be near shuls, kosher restaurants etc.  Does anybody have recommendations for hotels/locations?

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Re: Hotels in London near Shuls etc
« Reply #23 on: May 20, 2009, 01:19:55 PM »
I know that Rabbi Hershel Gorman has a hotel, but i am not sure its name or any contact info...
I hope that is of help. If i get more info i will post...

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Re: Hotels in London near Shuls etc
« Reply #24 on: May 20, 2009, 01:25:02 PM »

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Re: Hotels in London near Shuls etc
« Reply #25 on: July 05, 2009, 05:06:37 PM »
I once stayed in the Croft Court Hotel in Golders Green (referenced in the above link) - it was "quaint" to be polite, but clean - and very good location as far as kosher & davening go.

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Re: Hotels in London near Shuls etc
« Reply #26 on: July 05, 2009, 07:43:37 PM »
Agree- just got back from London and I stayed at the Croft Court Hotel (Thanks to KC1544).  It was very clean, breakfast was excellent, and the location just off Golders Green Rd was excellent (right near restaurants and shuls/shteibels) .  A 20 minute tube ride to central London- would definitely stay there again

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Re: Hotels in London near Shuls etc
« Reply #27 on: October 02, 2009, 09:17:11 AM »
Well in Stamford hill there's kadima hotel don't know anything about the quality etc but its in the center of s.h. close to the train's etc

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Re: Hotels in London near Shuls etc
« Reply #28 on: October 18, 2009, 06:41:49 PM »
there's also the king solomon hotel, not sure about the prices though.

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Re: Hotels in London near Shuls etc
« Reply #29 on: October 19, 2009, 10:50:19 AM »
 Not as convient as Croft Court, Theres a Holiday In Express on Finchley Rd and the M4. Its a 15-20 min walk to where the M4 goes  from Golders Green into Hendon. So its a bus ride to /from the Tube, but if you have or can get Priority Club pts you can get it for free on pts