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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

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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: Hotels in London near Shuls etc
« Reply #30 on: October 25, 2009, 01:12:26 PM »
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
What do you mean not convenient...you can hop on a bus from outside the door into central london and there's also a shul accross the road. only downside is it isn't kosher.

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Re: Hotels in London near Shuls etc
« Reply #31 on: October 25, 2009, 01:49:58 PM »
What do you mean not convenient...you can hop on a bus from outside the door into central london and there's also a shul accross the road. only downside is it isn't kosher.

 Meant if a person simply wanted to walk out and grab something to eat.

With The CC its a couple mins walk to the restaurants in Golders Green, while with The HIE its a long walk or a person has t jump on a bus/es

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london info
« Reply #32 on: June 01, 2010, 01:46:45 PM »
anyone have an experiences iwth the hilton hotels near central london?   also, how difficult will it be for me to get around on public transportation with a stroller and a couple kids if im not staying directly in the center of town?   any suggestions on restaraunts?  any help would be great.  thanks

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Re: london info
« Reply #33 on: June 01, 2010, 01:59:50 PM »
 not all stations have escalators or elevators = Think Stairs in alot but not all cases

 DT there are 2 resturants Reubens off Oxford St and Bevis and Marks in the shul on the other side of town. There are a couple of places (Dept stores) on Oxford that sells kosher sandwiches in their food mkt but once I looked at them I passed  on the sandwiches that is.

The best place for food is Golders Green or Hendon which is far from DT

 I dont see many people with strollers walking around London at times it can be like Times Sq NYE.

 My suggestion is untill your kids get old enough where they can walk on their own go somewhere else thats kids friendly and where you can drive to and park nearby

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Re: london info
« Reply #34 on: June 01, 2010, 02:01:31 PM »
two words: baby bjorn

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Re: london info
« Reply #35 on: June 01, 2010, 02:02:31 PM »
two words: baby bjorn
;D never really felt comfortable with it, but the idea is good.

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Re: london info
« Reply #36 on: June 01, 2010, 02:03:19 PM »
just jump in head first, its a mechaya

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Re: london info
« Reply #37 on: June 02, 2010, 02:23:24 PM »
are there any not so expensive, more casual places to grab lunch at, such as pizza or something?   also, are there any fancy places with really nice food?

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Re: london info
« Reply #38 on: June 02, 2010, 02:55:18 PM »
are there any not so expensive, more casual places to grab lunch at, such as pizza or something?   also, are there any fancy places with really nice food?

 Golders Green Rd has pizza and fast fleshig joints, thou the pizza is far from even what youd get in the US even out of town

 a new milchig sort of fancy place recently opened on GGR. I think Hendon has more full service places. But Fancy and London dont go together. DT there used to be 613 neverw as teher and dont think they are still open

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Re: london info
« Reply #39 on: June 02, 2010, 03:01:03 PM »
I liked isola bella, which had a huge selection of sandwiches, then there is supposed to be a place calles Solys (no idea how to spell it) and there you need to be upstairs, so much to stories I was told.

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Re: london info
« Reply #40 on: June 02, 2010, 03:13:58 PM »
I liked isola bella, which had a huge selection of sandwiches, then there is supposed to be a place calles Solys (no idea how to spell it) and there you need to be upstairs, so much to stories I was told.

 Sollys Upstairs is now Downstairs, I think the Upstairs is a party room if anything

 Also no CCs at the fast bar and really no place to sit and eat it as there was yrs ago.

however The White House from Hendon has opened on GGR near where the Underground crosses over the street and has tables and a counter its Fast Food only unlike Hendon

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Re: london info
« Reply #41 on: June 02, 2010, 06:32:15 PM »
ok, all these locations are losing me at the moment since i have no idea where anything is there, but ill check out a map when it gets closer.   bottom line, if i wnat to go to an upscale fleishig place for dinner one night, any good options?

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Re: london info
« Reply #42 on: June 02, 2010, 07:01:31 PM »
Do your homework properly as London is huge. I believe some 30k streets.
In case you want, in 2 hours by train you are in Paris or Brussels (add 55 mins for Antwerp, and another 1:20 for Amsterdam).

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Re: london info
« Reply #43 on: June 02, 2010, 07:02:45 PM »
Isola Bella are also opening a new branch in the Westfield shopping center, which is a new, very fancy mall not far from the west end.
I'm not sure exactly when they're opening, but it should be sometime soon.

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...Finally, Israeli chef Leor Nissim is opening Café Isola Bella – the centre’s first fully kosher restaurant. This latest venture will be the flagship venue in a chain of specialist boutique restaurants which already comprises three well established restaurants in North West London. World renowned architects and designers have collaborated to create a stunning new bar, café and restaurant which will be located within the Village, overlooking the Southern Terrace.


Leor Nissim said: “Café Isola Bella Westfield will be very special. The interior has been designed by one of the most talented design teams in Israel, and their attention to detail has helped to ensure this restaurant will be the ideal daytime haven for shopaholics, their friends and children, and a great leisure venue late into the evening. It’s not only the décor that will be special though, the food will be of the very highest order too.


“I fully expect Café Isola Bella Westfield to establish a reputation as the finest luxury kosher dining experience, unrivalled for quality or value anywhere in Europe.”

"All of the new restaurants will be opening between now and the summer."


Link to Westfield


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Re: london info
« Reply #44 on: June 02, 2010, 07:34:04 PM »
Isola Bella are also opening a new branch in the Westfield shopping center, which is a new, very fancy mall not far from the west end.
I'm not sure exactly when they're opening, but it should be sometime soon.


Link to Westfield


thanks nice to know but it wont be walkable from the West End Zone 1 area. Its by the White City tube stop . Its 5-6 stops after Marnle Arch which is the last stop in Zone 1.

 still nice to know it will be there but Ill stick with Reubens when staying DT