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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 #1845 on: October 17, 2017, 01:31:46 AM »
Holiday Inn Express is serviceable
the King Solomon is next to R' Chuna's (Mikva and Minyan factory) you can see opinions on it upthread
Holiday Inn Express GG is fine, have stayed there and was quite happy. If you can afford it Pillar Hotel is much nicer, and close to shuls/mikve/restaurants etc - and has better (kosher) breakfast.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1846 on: October 17, 2017, 11:02:45 AM »
Holiday Inn Express GG is fine, have stayed there and was quite happy. If you can afford it Pillar Hotel is much nicer, and close to shuls/mikve/restaurants etc - and has better (kosher) breakfast.
Are the breakfasts free?
And which kashrus do they have?

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1847 on: October 17, 2017, 01:45:39 PM »
Are the breakfasts free?
And which kashrus do they have?
Breakfast at Holiday Inn Express is free
There is a fridge with kosher items, no specific hechsher in hotel. They have CY milk, yoghurts and cheese, sealed pastries and rolls (not sure, but assume Kedessia), kellogs cereal with manchester hechsher

Pillar Hotel is (I believe) under Federation Kashrut
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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1848 on: October 21, 2017, 11:29:52 PM »
My client is flying on WX 116 to LCY on 25 Oct arriving at 12:55 PM.
He is in London for 24 hours with his 10 y/o son and only has Wednesday to tour.
Considering his arrival time and his sons age, which attraction would be most appropriate?

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1849 on: October 22, 2017, 12:06:52 PM »
My client is flying on WX 116 to LCY on 25 Oct arriving at 12:55 PM.
He is in London for 24 hours with his 10 y/o son and only has Wednesday to tour.
Considering his arrival time and his sons age, which attraction would be most appropriate?
If his son is a die-hard Harry Potter fan, I think it's worth catching the afternoon bus and tour of the studio. Otherwise, you can probably do 1-3 activities in the London Dungeon / London Eye area. I assume a kid would have no interest in seeing Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, etc. and it's too late in the day for Changing of the Guard (maybe you can catch seeing a guard/horse standing at Whitehall though), so I stick with my suggestion despite them not really being uniquely-London activities.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1850 on: October 22, 2017, 12:46:56 PM »
If his son is a die-hard Harry Potter fan, I think it's worth catching the afternoon bus and tour of the studio. Otherwise, you can probably do 1-3 activities in the London Dungeon / London Eye area. I assume a kid would have no interest in seeing Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, etc. and it's too late in the day for Changing of the Guard (maybe you can catch seeing a guard/horse standing at Whitehall though), so I stick with my suggestion despite them not really being uniquely-London activities.
Harry Potter is not an option here. London Dungeon and London Eye seem like good suggestions. What was the third recommendation? 
Would you say Hyde Park or the British Museum is worth a shot?

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1851 on: October 22, 2017, 01:25:37 PM »
Harry Potter is not an option here. London Dungeon and London Eye seem like good suggestions. What was the third recommendation? 
Would you say Hyde Park or the British Museum is worth a shot?
Did the London Eye, was a long wait and was just OK.  Oxford Street is very interesting for adults, I doubt a 10 year old will enjoy. London Dungeon , I have not been, but my twin daughters at the time age 13 did enjoy Hyde Park and Westminster Abbey and Big Ben since they read about them.
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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1852 on: October 22, 2017, 06:22:57 PM »
Harry Potter is not an option here. London Dungeon and London Eye seem like good suggestions. What was the third recommendation? 
Would you say Hyde Park or the British Museum is worth a shot?
In my opinion, London dungeon is catered to kids but very gory. Some kids find it interesting and entertaining and some find it disgusting and nauseating.
At least that's how I remember it from the time I went there as a kid.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1853 on: October 22, 2017, 07:05:50 PM »
Did the London Eye, was a long wait and was just OK.  Oxford Street is very interesting for adults, I doubt a 10 year old will enjoy. London Dungeon , I have not been, but my twin daughters at the time age 13 did enjoy Hyde Park and Westminster Abbey and Big Ben since they read about them.
Checked with my daughters, they said they loved the London Eye.
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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1854 on: October 22, 2017, 07:39:43 PM »
Harry Potter is not an option here. London Dungeon and London Eye seem like good suggestions. What was the third recommendation? 
Would you say Hyde Park or the British Museum is worth a shot?
There are other activities in that area - maybe a Ripley's? Don't recall. Google should help.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1855 on: October 23, 2017, 12:00:05 AM »
What do you all think about the Tower of London?

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1856 on: October 23, 2017, 12:11:38 AM »
If anyone is going to London and wants to buy 1701 credit (takeout and delivery food in London) please send me a PM :)

http://1701kitchen.co.uk/
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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1857 on: October 23, 2017, 06:13:19 AM »
Definitely Tower of London

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1858 on: October 23, 2017, 06:43:53 AM »
What do you all think about the Tower of London?
Forgot about that one. Great activity that even a kid can enjoy.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1859 on: October 23, 2017, 12:56:44 PM »
Forgot about that one. Great activity that even a kid can enjoy.
Definitely Tower of London
That,s the winner! 
Next question: They are going to the eye doctor in Potters Bar on Thursday and will be done at 11:20 AM. Their flight is at 04:15 from LHR on VS and no checked baggage.
Any suggestions what to do before their flight? They'd like to catch a Mincha as well, if possible (Central Synagogue has a 01:15 Mincha).