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Trip Reports
A Week in London for 2 TR by Davidmal
100,000 Steps by Yuguy
6 Hours in London by Something Fishy
London + Scotland Trip Report by jshelton
London TR by Yehoshua
Mrs. Hvaces42's Surprise London Birthday Adventure by hvaces42
A Trip to See the Queen's Place: dpk4588 Takes on London by dpk4588


Suggested 1 Day Itineraries
1 Day In London by Davidmal
12 Hour Layover by Aaaron
11 Hour Layover by Mootkim

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 #1680 on: November 04, 2016, 11:50:59 AM »

I believe the prepaid 3 network in the UK allows you free roaming throughout Europe and many other countries including Israel and even USA
has anyone ever tried Tmobile in UK?
No Harry Potter?? Not interested in Stonehenge?
Harry Potter is sold out for the FULL week!
stonehenge is cool but i've seen rocks last time i went to Europe.
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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1681 on: November 04, 2016, 11:57:53 AM »
has anyone ever tried Tmobile in UK? Harry Potter is sold out for the FULL week!
stonehenge is cool but i've seen rocks last time i went to Europe.
Yes T-Mobile has adequate service that would run off of the EE network in the UK but data is slow... As you would except.
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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1682 on: November 04, 2016, 12:04:45 PM »
Some comments above.
I can't see myself shopping the first night.... that's why I'm leaning towards London Eye - is it better to do at Day or Night?

Harrods was not bad, but maybe do London eye as that seems cool.  It was closed for maintenance when I went.  Keep in mind Rubens is far from the main attractions.
Do the bus tour on the first day to get a feel of what else you want to see on the other days.
Definitely do changing of the guard and continue on a different route of the bus tour.
Maybe see a show on Saturday night.  You can see a show there that's also on Broadway in NY for a fraction of the cost.
I recommend also going to Warner Brothers studios and checking out the Harry Potter set while you're there.
Thanks!

What about restaurants which should I pick???
I'm staying at the Sheraton Grand on Park Lane - whats the closest location to buy those DD Sandwiches?
and how early or Late can i buy them?


Thank you all for your feedback

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1683 on: November 04, 2016, 02:38:51 PM »


has anyone ever tried Tmobile in UK?

I used 3 UK in England and Europe and it was great.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1684 on: November 04, 2016, 04:54:04 PM »

I used 3 UK in England and Europe and it was great.

+1 Three is great.
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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1685 on: November 04, 2016, 05:15:14 PM »
I can't see myself shopping the first night.... that's why I'm leaning towards London Eye - is it better to do at Day or Night?Thanks!

What about restaurants which should I pick???
I'm staying at the Sheraton Grand on Park Lane - whats the closest location to buy those DD Sandwiches?
and how early or Late can i buy them?


Thank you all for your feedback

I remember my favorite places to eat were Ruebens, Sammys and some dairy place

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1686 on: November 05, 2016, 09:00:35 PM »
I can't see myself shopping the first night.... that's why I'm leaning towards London Eye - is it better to do at Day or Night?Thanks!

What about restaurants which should I pick???
I'm staying at the Sheraton Grand on Park Lane - whats the closest location to buy those DD Sandwiches?
and how early or Late can i buy them?


Thank you all for your feedback
The cheese danishes at Carmeli's (Golders Green) are to die for in my opinion. And if you come at the right times you can get them fresh out the oven.
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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1687 on: November 05, 2016, 09:34:47 PM »
I will probably only be in that area for dinners

Do I need to make reservations at any of the places I listed?

Also is the grocery bakery etc other stores opened late nearby the restaurants?
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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1688 on: November 05, 2016, 09:48:42 PM »
I will probably only be in that area for dinners

Do I need to make reservations at any of the places I listed?

Also is the grocery bakery etc other stores opened late nearby the restaurants?
I've been to Isola Bela a couple times and didn't need to make a reservation. Definitely not for pizaza. A Lot of the stores stay open late some til 9 or 10. Carmeli's close late but Daniels (bakery) close at 6.
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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1689 on: November 06, 2016, 07:03:47 PM »
I can't see myself shopping the first night.... that's why I'm leaning towards London Eye - is it better to do at Day or Night?Thanks!

What about restaurants which should I pick???
I'm staying at the Sheraton Grand on Park Lane - whats the closest location to buy those DD Sandwiches?
and how early or Late can i buy them?


Thank you all for your feedback
London Eye is a waste of time & money.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1690 on: November 06, 2016, 09:47:38 PM »
London Eye is a waste of time & money.

-1 Beautiful at sunset, and it's a lot cheaper if bundled with other attractions.
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« Reply #1691 on: November 06, 2016, 10:04:26 PM »
-1 Beautiful at sunset, and it's a lot cheaper if bundled with other attractions.
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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1692 on: November 06, 2016, 10:20:43 PM »
I can't see myself shopping the first night.... that's why I'm leaning towards London Eye - is it better to do at Day or Night?Thanks!

What about restaurants which should I pick???
I'm staying at the Sheraton Grand on Park Lane - whats the closest location to buy those DD Sandwiches?
and how early or Late can i buy them?


Thank you all for your feedback
Skip Zest and try Hummus Bar. You'll need advance reservations though.

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« Reply #1693 on: November 06, 2016, 10:24:33 PM »
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« Reply #1694 on: November 07, 2016, 04:11:39 AM »
Is the Hyde Park Winter Wonderland appropriate for a Frum family? i.e. it seems to be very Christmas themed and all the reviews seem to say that it puts them in the "Christmas spirit". Any comments?