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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

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 #90 on: April 28, 2011, 12:10:43 PM »
I had a great experience on the London Eye, YMMV.

But in general you're correct, practically everything in London is overpriced.

We had a nice time as well. London is expensive, but once you get over the prices, it is a nice city.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #91 on: April 28, 2011, 12:17:48 PM »
To be fair, I haven't been to London since my teenage days, but I just recall everything being outrageously expensive and the sights being mildly interesting.

I was supposed to connect through LHR on my recent RTW and was planning on just staying in the BA F lounge.  Got rerouted though via SFO which made it moot though.
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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #92 on: April 28, 2011, 12:22:36 PM »
To be fair, I haven't been to London since my teenage days, but I just recall everything being outrageously expensive and the sights being mildly interesting.

I was supposed to connect through LHR on my recent RTW and was planning on just staying in the BA F lounge.  Got rerouted though via SFO which made it moot though.

Things are really expensive and arguably not the best sites, but there are some really great ones. I had already been to London before so I had already been to the Tower of London which is an excellent place to visit. Also, The British Museum is amazing if you put the time into it. For a 12 hour layover it could be worth it to just do one or both of those and then head back to LHR.

Also, if not flying BA F, the Galleries lounges are nice, but don't have the same level of service (or kosher food) that the CCR has.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #93 on: April 28, 2011, 12:27:53 PM »
12 hours isn't really 12 hours when you factor immigration and check-in times.
Anyway just to get from LHR to the tower of london via trains+admission will set you back $100 a person I would estimate.
I can't say that I got $100 worth of enjoyment from the tower of london but YMMV.
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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #94 on: April 28, 2011, 12:34:31 PM »
12 hours isn't really 12 hours when you factor immigration and check-in times.
Anyway just to get from LHR to the tower of london via trains+admission will set you back $100 a person I would estimate.
I can't say that I got $100 worth of enjoyment from the tower of london but YMMV.

I completely understand where you're coming from and would not judge you for making a different decision than I did. Everyone values experiences and opportunities differently (i.e., spending miles on BA knowing the taxes/fees are crazy) and will act accordingly. We had a great time in London, but I could see why people might hesitate to make the same choice.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #95 on: April 28, 2011, 10:13:44 PM »
I wish I can get into the lounges, but I have no status!! (one day I hope to get into the mileage thing, but I'm still trying to learn in yeshiva) did anyone do maddem tassudes (the wax museum) what's ur take on it??
also is the british museum all history? bec I don't really have an interest in history (at least not a museum on it)

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #96 on: April 29, 2011, 12:24:20 AM »
any recommendations for a *wood hotel ?

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #97 on: April 29, 2011, 12:30:20 AM »
also is the british museum all history? bec I don't really have an interest in history (at least not a museum on it)

British Museum is history... even if you don't like history if you are interested in seeing the Rosetta Stone that is where it is housed. Pretty amazing piece of history if you ask me... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosetta_Stone

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #98 on: April 29, 2011, 02:15:06 AM »
how much time would i need from landing to checking back in

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #99 on: April 29, 2011, 02:47:14 AM »
thanx LAXtraveler for the run down of ur trip. did anyone else do a stopover like this, can u please share a rundown of what u did?

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #100 on: April 29, 2011, 11:10:09 AM »
how much time would i need from landing to checking back in
I would probably leave room for 90 minutes to clear immigration and customs and 2 hours to checkin again.

Will you bags be checked through?  In MEL on my past trip they wouldn't allow me to recheck my bags until 4 hours before the flight so I had to shlep them with me all day.
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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #101 on: April 29, 2011, 11:15:11 AM »
on my flight PHL-LHR-TLV they r checking the bags through for me. & u say 90 min to clear imigration & customs?? wow I guess I shouls forget abt seeing changing of the guards at 11:30 if I'm landing at 10:10, unless I take the heathrow express train

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #102 on: April 29, 2011, 11:24:13 AM »
on my flight PHL-LHR-TLV they r checking the bags through for me. & u say 90 min to clear imigration & customs?? wow I guess I shouls forget abt seeing changing of the guards at 11:30 if I'm landing at 10:10, unless I take the heathrow express train
I definitely would not count on being at the palace within 80 minutes of scheduled landing!
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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #103 on: April 29, 2011, 11:26:23 AM »
I figured it would be cutting it tight. but I want to land up in that area anyways, so we'll wait & see what happens.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #104 on: April 29, 2011, 11:36:27 AM »
on my flight PHL-LHR-TLV they r checking the bags through for me. & u say 90 min to clear imigration & customs?? wow I guess I shouls forget abt seeing changing of the guards at 11:30 if I'm landing at 10:10, unless I take the heathrow express train

I don't think you need 90 minutes for immigration and customs, however, LHR is notorious for putting planes in holding patterns prior to landing and therefore you usually land a few minutes late. As such, you may be running behind your scheduled time anyway. 80 minutes is possible with no bags, etc. and assuming you land on time and take the Express. When we went on our day customs/immigration took 15 minutes, but we were in a holding pattern resulting in a slightly delayed landing.

We had things planned on our day and decided that whatever we could get to and were up for doing we would do and if not then not.