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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
Park Avenue HotelStamford HillLinkFormerly Kadimah
The Pillar HotelHendonLink
Yamor Suites-

Restaurants (Partial List)
NameLocationTypeHechsher     Notes
86 BistroHendonMeatLBD
AsadoStamford HillMeatKED'Mediterranean bistro'
AvivEdgwareMeatKF
Bread BakeryGolders GreenBreakfast/LunchLBD
Burger BarGolders GreenMeatLBD
Cafe AromeEdgwareDairyRES
Dagim - Fish&ChipsStamford HillFresh fried fishKEDTake away only - No seating
DelicatessenHampsteadMeatKFMediterranean & regular options
Deli98Stamford HillDeli/Takeout/ShabbosKEDGreat pulled beef sandwich
Flipside Burger BarGolders GreenMeatLBD'Upscale' burger joint. Good food. Very noisy
*Hummus Bar*Golders GreenMeatLBDHighly reccomended - reserve well in advance.
Hummus BarHendonMeatLBDHendon branch. Slightly varied menu. No reservations.
Isola BellaGolders GreenDairy/Fish/Thai   LBD
KaifengHendonChineseLBD
KanteenGG/HendonDairy/FishKFInside Brent Cross Shopping Center
La FiestaGolders GreenMeatLBDArgentinian steakhouse.
Met-Su-YanGolders Green       AsianKF
Met-Su-YanEdgwareAsianKF
Mr BakerHendonBakery/Pizza/Sushi       LBDOK food. Limited seating
One AshbourneGolders GreenMeatKF
PizazaGolders GreenPizzaKFCool on screen ordering at table. Delicious food. See inside the shop!
PizazaHendonPizzaKFNo screens, and smaller than GG.
Reich'sGolders GreenDeli/Takeout/Shabbos   KED
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
TishBelsize ParkMeatLBDOpen for Shabbos meals
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 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 #1620 on: August 06, 2016, 08:53:59 PM »
Gatwick Express runs until 1:00-1:30 to Victoria Station and take bus/es from there.
I've got a wife and kid. Anything more convenient? Uber priced at 79

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1621 on: August 06, 2016, 09:36:47 PM »
I've got a wife and kid. Anything more convenient? Uber priced at 79

I don't think so. There's also the Southern Railway. Maybe take Uber from Victoria.
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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1622 on: August 06, 2016, 09:39:39 PM »
Gatwick Express runs until 1:00-1:30 to Victoria Station and take bus/es from there.

I don't think so. There's also the Southern Railway. Maybe take Uber from Victoria.
It's one bus from Victoria to Golders Green. I think it's the 82 or the 13. The 13 runs 24 hours, I'm not sure about the 82.

*The 13 runs by day. The 13N runs during the night hours on the same route.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1623 on: August 06, 2016, 10:04:00 PM »
It's one bus from Victoria to Golders Green. I think it's the 82 or the 13. The 13 runs 24 hours, I'm not sure about the 82.

*The 13 runs by day. The 13N runs during the night hours on the same route.

Are you sure about that?
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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1624 on: August 06, 2016, 11:14:52 PM »
Are you sure about that?
I stand corrected. I just looked it up on tfl.gov.uk and the 13 doesn't go all the way to Victoria. The 82 does but I'm not sure of it's night schedule.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1625 on: August 07, 2016, 12:16:49 AM »
I don't think so. There's also the Southern Railway. Maybe take Uber from Victoria.
How much does these 2 trains cost?

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1626 on: August 07, 2016, 04:12:11 PM »
What would be my best option to get from Gatwick to golders green after midnight?

There is a direct train from Gatwick to Hendon at least once/hour throughout the night. From there a minicab would be very cheap and easy. check out www.thetrainline.com

But I think you'll find a direct minicab is more convenient, especially with kids. Eg www.meadway.com - ask them how much it would cost.

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« Reply #1627 on: August 07, 2016, 05:35:33 PM »
I used Meadway and was very happy with their service.

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« Reply #1628 on: August 07, 2016, 05:38:45 PM »
There is a direct train from Gatwick to Hendon at least once/hour throughout the night. From there a minicab would be very cheap and easy. check out www.thetrainline.com

But I think you'll find a direct minicab is more convenient, especially with kids. Eg www.meadway.com - ask them how much it would cost.
Train costs 35 each person and southern railway is 15
I used Meadway and was very happy with their service.
They want approx 77.
I guess train to Victoria and Uber is my best bet.

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« Reply #1629 on: August 07, 2016, 05:39:41 PM »
I used Meadway and was very happy with their service.
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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1630 on: August 07, 2016, 05:48:26 PM »
Never been to London

I'm planning to go in November

I heard the main economical transportation is via tube

I'm staying at the Park Lane and plan on going to Kosher Restaurants daily

Is tube direct or tube/Uber my best option
I don't mind paying a few pounds or euro for a Uber as well if I'll save a lot of time.
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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1631 on: August 07, 2016, 06:06:01 PM »
Train costs 35 each person and southern railway is 15 They want approx 77.
I guess train to Victoria and Uber is my best bet.

You're coming in late at night with a wife and kid. I assume flight is free and hotel is free (or accommodations). Why schlep when you'll be tired. I came in before midnight- just wanted to settle in hotel and get a good nights sleep to run around the next day. But to each his own.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1632 on: August 07, 2016, 06:09:30 PM »
You're coming in late at night with a wife and kid. I assume flight is free and hotel is free (or accommodations). Why schlep when you'll be tired. I came in before midnight- just wanted to settle in hotel and get a good nights sleep to run around the next day. But to each his own.
Im coming in from a vacation and going to Wales. I was trying to make it as cheap as possible wherever convenient. 75 is alot more than 45.
I do have a 4 hour drive the next day so maybe I'll end up taking a taxi. I have to check what Uber prices at.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1633 on: August 07, 2016, 06:14:32 PM »
Train costs 35 each person and southern railway is 15 They want approx 77.
I guess train to Victoria and Uber is my best bet.

One way on train from gatwick to hendon direct is 16 pounds each, not 35. Uber or cab from Hendon station should be 5-7 pounds or so.
If you want to save money I would do that. Much more efficient and pleasant than messing round with trains to victoria (in the center of london) at the dead of night - and I think cheaper also.
This is a single train from gatwick to hendon, with no changes. Not the tube.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1634 on: August 07, 2016, 06:16:49 PM »
Never been to London

I'm planning to go in November

I heard the main economical transportation is via tube

I'm staying at the Park Lane and plan on going to Kosher Restaurants daily

Is tube direct or tube/Uber my best option
I don't mind paying a few pounds or euro for a Uber as well if I'll save a lot of time.

We stayed in marble arch area. We went to Reuben's  (just walked it) but other dinners in GG. We Ubered or Gett there and back since we were tired from touring and just wanted food and bed. But there is underground and it seems very quick. My only complaint about the underground is that there is no a/c in train and the trains are smaller than NY Trains and can get very crowded. (but much cleaner).