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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 info
« Reply #45 on: June 04, 2010, 09:53:22 AM »
there is a meat indian restaurant that is delicious.  Think its in GG, but might be henden

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #46 on: June 09, 2010, 08:00:20 PM »
there is a meat indian restaurant that is delicious.  Think its in GG, but might be henden

I think you're referring to Mattancherry which is on GGR, right under the tracks. It is a very nice place, but make sure that you/everyone travelling with you enjoys Indian cuisine; it might be a bit too hot for some.... Also it is under Kedassia supervision (very rare for restaurants in London), which is considered the very "frum" hechsher around there....
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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #47 on: June 10, 2010, 07:40:35 AM »
that looks really nice, i'm gonna check it out when i'm there.    anyone know the proximity of the hyatt churchill to gg area, both by foot and public transport?
also, anyone that can give me a rundown on hechsherim that are used by the yeshiva crowd over there?

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #48 on: June 10, 2010, 10:14:18 AM »
that looks really nice, i'm gonna check it out when i'm there.    anyone know the proximity of the hyatt churchill to gg area, both by foot and public transport?
also, anyone that can give me a rundown on hechsherim that are used by the yeshiva crowd over there?

 about the same as Midtown Manhattan to Flatbush

 bus #13 or I think alos the 82 goes down (or up depends how you see it) Glouster St which I believe the Churchill is on or at least has an Entrance to

 The 13 terminates at the GG Underground station the 82 passes it , so it will be out the right side window of the bus. Then after getting off head to your left off the 82 or Right if you took the 13 to its last stop. (the GG station is on GGR) Id say apx 1/2 hr ride go up to the top level and enjoy the views

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #49 on: June 10, 2010, 04:45:01 PM »
thanx for all that info...i lost you on the last line though.  what's a half hour ride up, the bus ride?   also, gg itself is walkable to the various restaraunts once i get there, or do i need to take other buses in gg to get around?  can i take a double stroller on these local buses?

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #50 on: June 11, 2010, 10:17:23 AM »
thanx for all that info...i lost you on the last line though.  what's a half hour ride up, the bus ride?   also, gg itself is walkable to the various restaraunts once i get there, or do i need to take other buses in gg to get around?  can i take a double stroller on these local buses?

 most buses are double deckers so its great sitting up top in the 1st ro you see everything

 Double stroller??? are U... , maybe on a Sat but I cant ever remember seeing a double anywhere on the streets in London then maybe you are Muslim and will have your wife walk behind you.

 would u go to Times Sq or walk along 5th ave with a ds? I sure wouldnt let alone try to tackle Public Transport

Its hard enough trying to get a single stroller onto the bus forget about a double

 just my opinion but why the heck would you submit yourself to such a trip? i understand it if you didnt have any kids, left the kids with yur parents or in-laws etc etc but if the kids wont remember anything whats the pt except that You want to go, theres very little that really is for a kid that cant walk and its own meaning being say 6+ and thats probably too young.

Go to a place thats is kid friendly = no Major city anywhere, more like a resort or find a place to park them or bring someone to where you live and they hit the road with ONLY your wife

 yes once by the Underground station in gg you can walk to most restaurants that are in gg but I dont remember the last time I saw a stroller in any of them

 what U want to do is what you should hav edone before you started having kids or do after they are grown, I dont think its right schelping kids around the world so that Mommy & Daddy can see places they havent as yet or when the youngest is able to understand where they are going and what they are seeing

 So a hotel in Miami or DisneyWorld is workable but a major world city is anything but and its not equiped for it either,IMO not taht U asked

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #51 on: June 13, 2010, 01:54:10 PM »
not taht U asked

took you long enough... but you got there


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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #52 on: June 13, 2010, 10:10:14 PM »
took you long enough... but you got there


????

 had yare said from get go they were gonna be traveling with more then 1 kid and a ds ,I would have saved myself alot of time

 Bout the only Country that I think a person can tackle is Israel since the buses etc can handle a ds and people generally will be lending a hand to help them on and off etc etc

 but In My Opinion, most of The Worlds major cities will be a major hassle with a ds or a couple of kids+.

On the other hand places were people dont generally walk on the streets in mass, should be doable, but most likely such places wont be on anyones radar for a Must visit

 Then theres the actual subjecting the kid/s to what most likely will be a very bored and trying day/s, why do that just so that you can see what those w/o kids are able to . It would something else to a lesser extent if the kids were older, no stroller needed nor diapers and youd go to places that would be kid friendly a zoo, Disneyland, but i highly doubt that the Downtown areas of any Major city will be a place a kid would want to see.just my 2 cents.

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« Reply #53 on: August 05, 2010, 03:44:57 PM »
cut anyone help with good places to visit in london

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #54 on: November 04, 2010, 03:07:37 PM »
So we're going to be in London for 24 hours in December.
Arriving at about 7am, and we've got a wedding in the evening at LHR and an 8am flight out, so I guess I'll be sleeping at an LHR hotel.
Any SPG LHR recommendations?

I was in London some 7 years ago and we did the tower of london and the changing of the guards.
Anything else worth doing? Maybe a tour of buckingham palace?
Kosher food (lunch) recommendations in any tourist areas?

We're flying DFW-LHR in BA F.  Are there any lounges we can get into upon arrival?
We're flying LHR-AMS in BA J the next morning.  Think we'll be able to access the F lounge do to being on an F connection?  I've had luck with that with LH and LX in FRA, MUC, and ZRH, never tried in LHR though.
Do you have to order Hermolis meals these days in the lounge or do they have them on hand?
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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #55 on: November 04, 2010, 03:18:58 PM »
We're flying DFW-LHR in BA F.  Are there any lounges we can get into upon arrival?
in T5 there is one they have kosher meal in freezer i was there in Aug.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #56 on: November 04, 2010, 04:39:23 PM »
i did the buckingham palace tour and i enjoyed it very much. not sure if they do it wintertime though
i pricelined it for a pretty good deal

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #57 on: November 04, 2010, 05:11:30 PM »
in T5 there is one they have kosher meal in freezer i was there in Aug.
Can you get there upon arrival without a connecting flight that day?
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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #58 on: November 04, 2010, 10:02:06 PM »
i did the buckingham palace tour and i enjoyed it very much. not sure if they do it wintertime though
i pricelined it for a pretty good deal
Oh well, looks like it's indeed only in the summer.
Any other suggestions?
Maybe I'll just stay in the F lounge in T5  ;)
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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #59 on: November 04, 2010, 10:07:56 PM »
The London Eye is pretty cool. Although, its kinda pricey...