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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 #1740 on: March 13, 2017, 01:36:15 PM »
From DDF, I would say to skip the London Eye. See the touristy things that kopite1 suggested including Tower of London if you have time. London Dungeon was also fun. If you're there early enough in the morning for Changing of the Guard, I believe this is the link for Matt who provides a great tour, per DDFers. https://funlondontours.com/changing-guard-walking-tour

Now, if you're a Harry Potter fan... ignore all the above and book the tour and let that be the only thing you do on your 1 day.
Tower of London
Is the number 1 entertaining thing in London with history.
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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1741 on: March 13, 2017, 01:54:02 PM »
If I am in London for one day I want to make it a full day, any suggestions on the best thing( s) or thing to do.

Is it worth to do the London Eye only, is the River Cruise worth it etc...
1 day in London
I would suggest:

1. Early morning Tower of London
2. Then photo shoot at tower bridge
You could walk to it and back if you want to spend another 40mins total there
We just took photos from further out
3. Then river cruise past London eye, shard and Shakespeare's globe
4. to Big Ben and house of parliament
5. then from there I would do a Uber to Buckingham Palace
Use a app like sygic to spot places on the way and know what your looking at

6. Then maybe I would suggest some shopping:

Choice of oxford St..
Regent St.
Selfridges
Or Harrods

7. And then go eat at Rubins.

Nice day in London.

Check my TR on those things and pics.
http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=70097.0

I would skip Harry Potter which is fiction and not London
I would skip Matt's Tour because it's too time consuming for a 1 day trip.
-DMC
"Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it ~Ferris Bueller"

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1742 on: March 13, 2017, 02:06:46 PM »
1 day in London
I would suggest:

1. Early morning Tower of London
2. Then photo shoot at tower bridge
You could walk to it and back if you want to spend another 40mins total there
We just took photos from further out
3. Then river cruise past London eye, shard and Shakespeare's globe
4. to Big Ben and house of parliament
5. then from there I would do a Uber to Buckingham Palace
Use a app like sygic to spot places on the way and know what your looking at

6. Then maybe I would suggest some shopping:

Choice of oxford St..
Regent St.
Selfridges
Or Harrods

7. And then go eat at Rubins.

Nice day in London.

Check my TR on those things and pics.
http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=70097.0

I would skip Harry Potter which is fiction and not London
I would skip Matt's Tour because it's too time consuming for a 1 day trip.
That depends on quality vs. quantity. And the HP comment is... oh forget it.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1743 on: March 13, 2017, 02:22:42 PM »
That depends on quality vs. quantity. And the HP comment is... oh forget it.
Harry Potter while Entertaining I wouldn't say that's London

And if your going for a day to London wouldn't you want to get a over view of the major places that are London
Like Big Ben, Tower of London, Tower bridge, London eye, Buckingham Palace , Selfridge's or Harrods

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1744 on: March 13, 2017, 02:33:22 PM »
Harry Potter while Entertaining I wouldn't say that's London

And if your going for a day to London wouldn't you want to get a over view of the major places that are London
Like Big Ben, Tower of London, Tower bridge, London eye, Buckingham Palace , Selfridge's or Harrods
I listed the highlights of London, and then clarified that if you're a big Potter fan, skip all that and go on the tour. Until you're a huge Potter fan and you go on that tour, you won't understand why it's worth skipping the rest of London for that.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1745 on: March 13, 2017, 02:42:45 PM »
You won't understand why it's worth skipping the rest of London for that.
Lol.
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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1746 on: March 13, 2017, 06:20:44 PM »
From DDF, I would say to skip the London Eye. See the touristy things that kopite1 suggested including Tower of London if you have time. London Dungeon was also fun. If you're there early enough in the morning for Changing of the Guard, I believe this is the link for Matt who provides a great tour, per DDFers. https://funlondontours.com/changing-guard-walking-tour

Now, if you're a Harry Potter fan... ignore all the above and book the tour and let that be the only thing you do on your 1 day.
Some people love the dungeons. Some find them gory and distasteful and would stay away from it.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1747 on: March 13, 2017, 06:27:09 PM »
Some people love the dungeons. Some find them gory and distasteful and would stay away from it.
We skipped it.
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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1748 on: March 13, 2017, 09:45:12 PM »
@davidmal that's a wonderful itinerary.
I'm a HP fan, I grew up with it. But I would never consider spending my one day in London there. Although I've never seen the movies, so that might be it
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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1749 on: March 13, 2017, 11:54:33 PM »
@davidmal that's a wonderful itinerary.
I'm a HP fan, I grew up with it. But I would never consider spending my one day in London there. Although I've never seen the movies, so that might be it
I read them all and saw all the movies
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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1750 on: March 13, 2017, 11:55:09 PM »
@davidmal that's a wonderful itinerary.
I'm a HP fan, I grew up with it. But I would never consider spending my one day in London there. Although I've never seen the movies, so that might be it
Thanks for compliment
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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1751 on: March 14, 2017, 08:14:43 AM »
The HP tour is at the Warner Bros studios near Watford. It's a long way from Central London and I don't think you'd want to spend an entire day getting there (no trains nearby).

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1752 on: March 14, 2017, 03:07:48 PM »
You take an hour bus ride to HP.

I'll say this one last time, as this is just another reminder of why I've dialed back the forums: for someone trying to tour London in one day, you should hit the main sights as I myself listed. However, if are the type of person who LOVES HP and you're only somewhat interested in London sights, then as a second option (which is only how I listed it originally), you could consider doing HP instead of the tourist sights since it is that amazing for the right person.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1753 on: March 14, 2017, 03:32:09 PM »
1 day in London
I would suggest:

1. Early morning Tower of London
2. Then photo shoot at tower bridge
You could walk to it and back if you want to spend another 40mins total there
We just took photos from further out
3. Then river cruise past London eye, shard and Shakespeare's globe
4. to Big Ben and house of parliament
5. then from there I would do a Uber to Buckingham Palace
Use a app like sygic to spot places on the way and know what your looking at

6. Then maybe I would suggest some shopping:

Choice of oxford St..
Regent St.
Selfridges
Or Harrods

7. And then go eat at Rubins.

Nice day in London.

Check my TR on those things and pics.
http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=70097.0

I would skip Harry Potter which is fiction and not London
I would skip Matt's Tour because it's too time consuming for a 1 day trip.
As stated before even if your life depends on HP I would suggest my itinerary  
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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1754 on: March 14, 2017, 05:59:08 PM »
1 day in London
I would suggest:

1. Early morning Tower of London
2. Then photo shoot at tower bridge
You could walk to it and back if you want to spend another 40mins total there
We just took photos from further out
3. Then river cruise past London eye, shard and Shakespeare's globe
4. to Big Ben and house of parliament
5. then from there I would do a Uber to Buckingham Palace
Use a app like sygic to spot places on the way and know what your looking at

6. Then maybe I would suggest some shopping:

Choice of oxford St..
Regent St.
Selfridges
Or Harrods

7. And then go eat at Rubins.

Nice day in London.

Check my TR on those things and pics.
http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=70097.0

I would skip Harry Potter which is fiction and not London
I would skip Matt's Tour because it's too time consuming for a 1 day trip.

Thanks for the clear advice. Really down to the point, will probably follow it. (I actually read your trip report before!)
I was feeling bad and wanted to do Matt's Tour but thanks for advising against it,  at least this time. Your logic makes sense.
Is it worth to do the boat in not good weather also?
Big Ben and house of parliament are on the boat tour?
By Buckingham Palace you mean to actually go inside or just to see it?