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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


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 Master Thread
« Reply #1755 on: March 14, 2017, 06:02:19 PM »
Thanks for the clear advice. Really down to the point, will probably follow it. (I actually read your trip report before!)
I was feeling bad and wanted to do Matt's Tour but thanks for advising against it,  at least this time. Your logic makes sense.
Is it worth to do the boat in not good weather also?
Big Ben and house of parliament are on the boat tour?
By Buckingham Palace you mean to actually go inside or just to see it?
Boat has indoor as well

And it's a great change of pace from taking a taxi

It will take you from Tower of London/tower bridge to Big Ben and House of Parliament
If you want you could also try to squeeze in Churchill's war room then buckingham palace Which is only outdoor

Summer they allow visiting.

If you want you could go around the corner to the garden or the royal mews to see carriages as well before your off to shopping.
-DMC
"Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it ~Ferris Bueller"

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1756 on: March 20, 2017, 04:18:30 PM »
So here is what I am thinking and I need some suggestions:

Arrive - Tues Night
Wed - Matt's Changing of Guards Tour - really into changing of the guards.
 
Walk to Big Ben  area - Pictures
London Boat Cruise to Tower Bridge
Then Looking for a free thing to do around the area. Should we take a trip to Harrods?

I am leaving on Thursday Aftn. Looking for a relatively cheaper thing to do on Thursday Morning. Any ideas?




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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1757 on: March 20, 2017, 04:58:56 PM »
So here is what I am thinking and I need some suggestions:

Arrive - Tues Night
Wed - Matt's Changing of Guards Tour - really into changing of the guards.
 
Walk to Big Ben  area - Pictures
London Boat Cruise to Tower Bridge
Then Looking for a free thing to do around the area. Should we take a trip to Harrods?

I am leaving on Thursday Aftn. Looking for a relatively cheaper thing to do on Thursday Morning. Any ideas?
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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1758 on: March 20, 2017, 05:24:28 PM »
Tower of London and the crown jewels
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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1759 on: March 20, 2017, 05:29:51 PM »
I am looking for something relatively on cheap end ( do they know what cheap means in London :)).
Any recomendations on some nice walking tours or  activities under 20 Pounds that I can fit in Thursday morning when I have an afternoon flight out?

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1760 on: March 20, 2017, 06:03:01 PM »
I am looking for something relatively on cheap end ( do they know what cheap means in London :)).
Any recomendations on some nice walking tours or  activities under 20 Pounds that I can fit in Thursday morning when I have an afternoon flight out?
Check out what Musement.com has.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1761 on: March 20, 2017, 06:04:08 PM »
I am looking for something relatively on cheap end ( do they know what cheap means in London :)).
Any recomendations on some nice walking tours or  activities under 20 Pounds that I can fit in Thursday morning when I have an afternoon flight out?
Any kids? Science museum?

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1762 on: March 22, 2017, 01:23:12 PM »
So here is what I am thinking and I need some suggestions:

Arrive - Tues Night
Wed - Matt's Changing of Guards Tour - really into changing of the guards.
 
Walk to Big Ben  area - Pictures
London Boat Cruise to Tower Bridge
Then Looking for a free thing to do around the area. Should we take a trip to Harrods?

I am leaving on Thursday Aftn. Looking for a relatively cheaper thing to do on Thursday Morning. Any ideas?




Fortune & Mason
Museum's
Selfredges was cooler than Harrods to me
Hotel hopping...
ride a double decker


Check the weather if its raining then Matt's Tour is a waste since they don't do 90% of it.
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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1763 on: March 22, 2017, 01:24:40 PM »
I am looking for something relatively on cheap end ( do they know what cheap means in London :)).
Any recomendations on some nice walking tours or  activities under 20 Pounds that I can fit in Thursday morning when I have an afternoon flight out?
there is several walking tours

I heard of one that starts at Apple Store

didn't try it

you could also make your own


and stop by a few squares
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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1764 on: April 19, 2017, 12:47:25 PM »
anyone know where (and if) i can purchase  Omega SPEEDMASTER “CK2998” LIMITED EDITION?
i tried calling a bunch of places but so far all are sold out.if i can get one in the UK id be saving a lot of $$.
any advice?
preferably near The Pillar Hotel
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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1765 on: April 19, 2017, 12:50:29 PM »
anyone know where (and if) i can purchase  Omega SPEEDMASTER “CK2998” LIMITED EDITION?
i tried calling a bunch of places but so far all are sold out.if i can get one in the UK id be saving a lot of $$.
any advice?
preferably near The Pillar Hotel
You can try the shops at Brent Close.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1766 on: April 19, 2017, 01:01:58 PM »
You can try the shops at Brent Close.
thanks. those are the stores i called..none of them have it in stock and cant order it
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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1767 on: April 27, 2017, 11:51:11 AM »
I have an 8 hr layover in London (EDI - LHR - ORD; Land LHR 9:30am) on a Monday in May, and would like to get in to the city to do something. This is what I'm thinking, how realistic is this plan?

Also, when would you recommend getting back to LHR for a 5:15pm flight to ORD?

Take Heathrow Express to Paddington Station
                Can go to Rubens here?
Transfer to Bakerloo (Underground) to Piccadilly Circus
Look around Piccadilly Circus
Walk to:
Buckingham Palace
Big Ben

Board City Cruises tour boat at Westminster Pier
                Could just take ThamesClipper (http://www.thamesclippers.com/)?
Cruise River Thames to Tower Pier (40 min)
Walk to Tower Hill Station
Take Circle (Underground) to Paddington Station
                Can go to Rubens here (get off Circle at Baker Street Station)
Transfer to Heathrow Express to Heathrow Airport
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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1768 on: April 27, 2017, 12:44:33 PM »
I have an 8 hr layover in London (EDI - LHR - ORD; Land LHR 9:30am) on a Monday in May, and would like to get in to the city to do something. This is what I'm thinking, how realistic is this plan?

Also, when would you recommend getting back to LHR for a 5:15pm flight to ORD?

Take Heathrow Express to Paddington Station
                Can go to Rubens here?
Transfer to Bakerloo (Underground) to Piccadilly Circus
Look around Piccadilly Circus
Walk to:
Buckingham Palace
Big Ben

Board City Cruises tour boat at Westminster Pier
                Could just take ThamesClipper (http://www.thamesclippers.com/)?
Cruise River Thames to Tower Pier (40 min)
Walk to Tower Hill Station
Take Circle (Underground) to Paddington Station
                Can go to Rubens here (get off Circle at Baker Street Station)
Transfer to Heathrow Express to Heathrow Airport
You haven't got too much time. You won't get to the city before 11ish and would probably need to head back to the airport 2:30ish to be there by 3:15 for a 5:15 flight.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1769 on: April 27, 2017, 12:48:06 PM »
I have an 8 hr layover in London (EDI - LHR - ORD; Land LHR 9:30am) on a Monday in May, and would like to get in to the city to do something. This is what I'm thinking, how realistic is this plan?

Also, when would you recommend getting back to LHR for a 5:15pm flight to ORD?

Take Heathrow Express to Paddington Station
                Can go to Rubens here?
Transfer to Bakerloo (Underground) to Piccadilly Circus
Look around Piccadilly Circus
Walk to:
Buckingham Palace
Big Ben

Board City Cruises tour boat at Westminster Pier
                Could just take ThamesClipper (http://www.thamesclippers.com/)?
Cruise River Thames to Tower Pier (40 min)
Walk to Tower Hill Station
Take Circle (Underground) to Paddington Station
                Can go to Rubens here (get off Circle at Baker Street Station)
Transfer to Heathrow Express to Heathrow Airport

is it my any chance on MAY 15 ?