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1 Day In London by Davidmal
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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).
Emmes Car Service (Stamford Hill) +44 20 8809 4444
Darkei Noam Car Share +44 20 8800 5566
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
Nox HotelGolders GreenLinklocated near Shuls/kosher restaurants/underground station
KipAccomGolders GreenLinkrun by a frum guy. Individual rooms for rent.
Park Avenue HotelStamford HillLinkFormerly Kadimah
The Pillar HotelHendonLink

Restaurants
NameLocationTypeHechsher     Notes
86 BistroHendonMeatLBDCLOSED
AsadoStamford HillMeatKED'Mediterranean bistro'
AvivEdgwareMeatKF
Ayelets Catering and DelicatessenHendonDeli/Takeout/ShabbosLBDMoroccan Style
Balady AlaeshGolders Green+High BarnetFalafel/ShawarmaSKA
BalaganBorehamwoodMeatLBDMiddle Eastern
Bagel BarHendonCafèLBD
Bagel Bar GrillHendonMeatLBD
Beit CafeGolders GreenDairyLBDNEW
BooyaGolders GreenIce CreamNEW
Bread BakeryGolders GreenBakery/CaféLBDGreat salad selection!
Burger BarGolders GreenMeatLBD
Cafe AromeEdgwareDairyRESCLOSED
Dagim - Fish&ChipsStamford HillFresh fried fishKEDTake away only - No seating
DarnaGolders GreenMeatKFIsraeli inspired. Formerly Soyo Diner.
DelicatessenHampsteadMeatKFMediterranean & regular options
Deli98Stamford HillDeli/Takeout/ShabbosKEDGreat pulled beef sandwich
FlipsideGolders GreenCLOSED
Eli’s Pizza Borehamwood+EdgwarePizzaLBD
Habiba’s DeliGolders Green+HampsteadMeatLBD
Head RoomGolders GreenCaféKFsocial enterprise café by mental health charity Jami
Hot CutGolders GreenMeatKFMeat Sandwiches etc
Hummus BarGolders Green+HendonMeatLBDHighly reccomended - reserve well in advance.
Isola BellaGolders GreenDairy/Fish/ThaiLBDCLOSED
KaifengHendonChineseLBD
KanteenGolders Green/HendonDairy/FishKFInside Brent Cross Shopping Center
La FiestaGolders GreenMeatLBDArgentinian steakhouse.
MaximGolders GreenDairyKED
MazalCamden TownMiddle Eastern MeatKF NEW
Met-Su-YanGolders Green+EdgwareAsianKF
Mr BakerHendonCafé/BakeryLBDSame location as Mr Falafel and Mr Neapolitan
Mr FalafelHendonLBDNextdoor Mr Baker - uses their seating
Mr NeapolitanHendonPizza/PastaLBDInside Mr Baker. Best artisanal pizza in town!
NovellinoGolders GreenDairyLBD
Novellino BistroGolders GreenMeatLBD
One AshbourneGolders GreenMeatKF50% off steaks on Sundays & Tuesdays
Oven EatGolders GreenBakery/CafeLBDNEW
PitaGolders GreenMiddle Eastern MeatKFShawarma/Falafel/Schnitzel etc
PizazaGolders GreenPizzaKFCool on screen ordering at table. Delicious foodSee inside the shop!
PizazaHendonPizzaKFNo screens, and smaller than GG.
PizazaEdgwarePizzaKFHas a playroom for kids
Pizza ShaiHendonPizzaSKA
PortoberryHendonHealth Food/DairyLBDAcai bowls, Poke bowls, Bubble tea, Frozen yogurt etcNEW
Reich'sGolders GreenDeli/Takeout/ShabbosKED
Reuben'sWest EndMeatSKADeli upstairs-Restaurant downstairs
SababaBorehamwoodDairyLBD
SliceGolders GreenPizzaLBDNew York style pizza
SoYoGolders Green+EdgwareDairy/FishKFGood breakfast selection
Sami'sGolders GreenSchwarmaLBDThere are Hendon & Edgware locations as well.
Satmar DeliStamford HillDeli/Takeout/ShabbosKED
Shefa MehadrinGolders GreenDeli/Takeout/ShabbosVarious
Sushi HavenGolders GreenSushiLBDAlso have counter inside Kosher Kingdom
TaboonGolders GreenFalafelLBD
The KitchenEdgwareMeatKFCLOSED
TishBelsize ParkMeatLBDOpen for Shabbos meals
Tony PageWesminsterMeatLBDFine Dining - near  Hyde Park
Tuk TukGolders GreenPan-AsianLBD
White FishHendonFishLBDReopened
White House ExpressHendonMeatLBD

London food instagram account for pictures of the food click here!



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 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 and stations and at some supermarkets around London.  Check here for 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.
Hermolis  also have a deli counter there.  The range includes schnitzels, spring rolls, kebabs, breaded lamb chops, chicken wings, fish products and salads. Traditional Shabbat dishes will be on sale on Thursdays and Fridays. Supervision is provided by the Kashrut Division London Beth Din
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
Biala Shul (47 Moundfield Rd, London N16 6DT, UK)
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 #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.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #105 on: April 29, 2011, 11:47:39 AM »
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.
90 minutes is factoring for the minor delays that come up.
It will take some luck to be at the palace within 80 minutes of scheduled landing.
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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #106 on: April 29, 2011, 11:58:25 AM »
how long does the subway take. im landing at 9:30, and i thought mabey ill get a glance at the changing of the guards at 11:30.
the airline told me their going to transfer my luggage for me, should i believe the rep. its virgin connecting to el al. 

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #107 on: April 29, 2011, 12:05:53 PM »
how long does the subway take. im landing at 9:30, and i thought mabey ill get a glance at the changing of the guards at 11:30.
the airline told me their going to transfer my luggage for me, should i believe the rep. its virgin connecting to el al.

Subway takes around an hour at least I believe (compared to 20 min or so once on the Express).

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #108 on: April 29, 2011, 12:11:33 PM »
thanks.  :)

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #109 on: April 29, 2011, 12:16:47 PM »
yaakov when r u gonna be there???

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #110 on: April 29, 2011, 12:20:50 PM »
after you

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #111 on: April 29, 2011, 01:32:38 PM »
if anyone is in LHR on 5/6 in the morning or 5/8 in the afternoon i should be able to get you lounge access.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #112 on: April 29, 2011, 01:37:25 PM »
Subway takes around an hour at least I believe (compared to 20 min or so once on the Express).

There's no subway in London, it's officially called the Metro, or 'the Tube'...
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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #113 on: April 29, 2011, 02:03:30 PM »
There's no subway in London, it's officially called the Metro, or 'the Tube'...
And it's much more expensive than US subways.
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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #114 on: April 29, 2011, 03:13:25 PM »
There's no subway in London, it's officially called the Metro, or 'the Tube'...

No, it's officially called the "Underground" or the "tube". The Metro is in Paris if I'm not mistaken.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #115 on: April 29, 2011, 04:57:11 PM »
No, it's officially called the "Underground" or the "tube". The Metro is in Paris if I'm not mistaken.

Correct and correct.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #116 on: April 29, 2011, 05:14:32 PM »
you can get now 50% off your expess train ticket from their website in honor of royal wedding

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #117 on: April 30, 2011, 09:47:56 PM »
And it's much more expensive than US subways.

If you're only riding one zone it isn't much more expensive than NYC (at least it wasn't a few years ago, might've changed since). If you're going to be in London for an extended amount of time, get an Oyster card, that'll save you money.

No, it's officially called the "Underground" or the "tube". The Metro is in Paris if I'm not mistaken.

Whoops, I stand corrected.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #118 on: May 01, 2011, 07:39:39 AM »
does anyone about duty-free cigarettes in london- are they american? are they cheaper than in america?
how about whiskey? are the prices better than in america?

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #119 on: May 01, 2011, 10:33:16 AM »
does anyone about duty-free cigarettes in london- are they american? are they cheaper than in america?
how about whiskey? are the prices better than in america?

Unless the whiskey is on a killer special the prices can be beat by the discounters in Brooklyn.
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