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London TR by Yehoshua
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A Trip to See the Queen's Place: dpk4588 Takes on London by dpk4588


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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 #1800 on: May 09, 2017, 09:43:44 AM »
Compared to the kosher restaurants in NW London it's very over-priced. I was there last week and they charged 2.95 for a can of Coke (think that's about $4!). They have a captive market and unfortunately they choose to exploit it.
Their rent is drastically higher I would assume over golders green
Lamb chops were 1/3 of the price in the USA.
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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1801 on: May 09, 2017, 10:28:37 AM »
Their rent is drastically higher I would assume over golders green
Lamb chops were 1/3 of the price in the USA.

It is but that's not the point. The food is poor (most of it is reheated by microwave), service unfriendly and prices very high. It wouldn't last 2 minutes in GG, Hendon, Edgware, Borehamwood.

But it is what it is - a good (only) option for tourists and local businessmen which survives solely on this point.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1802 on: May 09, 2017, 10:41:11 AM »
It is but that's not the point. The food is poor (most of it is reheated by microwave), service unfriendly and prices very high. It wouldn't last 2 minutes in GG, Hendon, Edgware, Borehamwood.

But it is what it is - a good (only) option for tourists and local businessmen which survives solely on this point.
then I guess it's a matter of taste
Reuben's is prob the most famous restaurant in London
Clearly based on Location

but we enjoyed every item we got

even the Microwaved Latkes.
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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1803 on: May 09, 2017, 10:47:32 AM »

Reuben's is prob the most famous restaurant in London


Ha ha ha really?!

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1804 on: May 09, 2017, 11:08:28 AM »
Ha ha ha really?!
to foreigners yes.
Reuben's Salt Beef.

(Keep in mind a lot of Tourist never make it up to GG since they stay near Park Lane etc.)
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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1805 on: May 09, 2017, 11:28:02 AM »
Ha ha ha really?!
You'll never find a better Beef Wellington. That's not an opinion.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1806 on: May 09, 2017, 01:15:45 PM »

Reuben's is prob the most famous restaurant in London

LOL ;D

get out much?

when I lived in London I had no idea Reubens even existed

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1807 on: May 09, 2017, 01:17:00 PM »
LOL ;D

get out much?

when I lived in London I had no idea Reubens even existed
I repeat.
to foreigners yes.
Reuben's Salt Beef.

(Keep in mind a lot of Tourist never make it up to GG since they stay near Park Lane etc.)

Ask people OUTSIDE of UK

which restaurant they heard of in London.
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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1808 on: May 25, 2017, 11:56:00 AM »
Can anyone please help?
When i put this itinerary (multi city) in google flights I get $527 total, however after selecting the legs I get $943. how can I get around this?
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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1809 on: May 25, 2017, 06:00:07 PM »
why dont you book separately and then combine afterwards.
If your familiar with the Matrix site you can also use https://bookwithmatrix.com/

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1810 on: June 29, 2017, 03:05:07 PM »
I havent been to NW London for years. What's the best steak these days? Are 86 and La Fiesta still the best options?

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1811 on: June 29, 2017, 03:07:53 PM »
I havent been to NW London for years. What's the best steak these days? Are 86 and La Fiesta still the best options?

Aviv had delicious grilled meats.

but I sadly can't compare.....
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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1812 on: June 29, 2017, 03:09:12 PM »
Thanks

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1813 on: June 29, 2017, 04:12:47 PM »
Have not been to 86 but La Fiesta was nice. It was cool how the served the food, they took charcoal from the grill and made a mini grill on your table.

Its a nice steak house but I would not say it is so high class. This coming from someone who has hardly been to  many steakhouses.
The reason why we went there was that we were staying a 2 minute walk from there and looking for a good nice place to eat. La Fiesta fit the bill. We were happy with their service as well.
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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1814 on: July 05, 2017, 04:21:46 PM »
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