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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


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

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).

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
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/ThaiLBD
KaifengHendonChineseLBD
KanteenGG/HendonDairy/FishKFInside Brent Cross Shopping Center
La FiestaGolders GreenMeatLBDArgentinian steakhouse. Best steak in London.
Met-Su-YanGolders Green       AsianKF
Met-Su-YanEdgwareAsianKF
Mr BakerHendonBakery/Pizza/Sushi       LBDOK food. Limited seating
Park Avenue RestaurantStamford HillMeatKEDFormerly Kadimah. No take-out
PizazaGolders GreenPizzaKFCool on screen ordering at table. Delicious food. See inside the shop!
PizazaHendonPizzaKFNo screens, and smaller than GG.
Reich'sGolders GreenDeli/Takeout/ShabbosKED
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
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. 1701 also have a deli counter there. 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

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 #1905 on: January 06, 2018, 06:13:26 PM »
Prob better to go to the city. And do Reubens

Skip gg
I'd say to skip Reubens and just get DD sandwiches. Liked it better and just a couple of euro.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1906 on: January 06, 2018, 06:56:34 PM »
I'd say to skip Reubens and just get DD sandwiches. Liked it better and just a couple of euro.
You can also get food from the Kosher section in Selfridges Food Hall.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1907 on: January 08, 2018, 07:14:32 AM »
You can also get food from the Kosher section in Selfridges Food Hall.

You can although the kosher section is a lot smaller than it used to be and I find a bit unreliable. They no longer have the Adafina open counter, now it's pre-packaged sandwiches and meals from a far smaller corner spot.

The suggestion about DD's sandwiches is a lot better. If you're in the Selfridges area they sell them in the John Lewis food hall further down Oxford Street or in the Waitrose on Marylebone High Street (close to Reubens) - any many other places in Central London (look on the website)

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1908 on: January 08, 2018, 07:39:00 AM »
You can although the kosher section is a lot smaller than it used to be and I find a bit unreliable. They no longer have the Adafina open counter, now it's pre-packaged sandwiches and meals from a far smaller corner spot.

The suggestion about DD's sandwiches is a lot better. If you're in the Selfridges area they sell them in the John Lewis food hall further down Oxford Street or in the Waitrose on Marylebone High Street (close to Reubens) - any many other places in Central London (look on the website)
You can get DD sandwiches at more locations, but the selection varies by location and time of day.

The food hall has options other than sandwiches and a place to sit down.

All in all, they are both good options.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1909 on: January 08, 2018, 11:17:03 AM »
Cant say I loved the food from Selfridges

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1910 on: January 08, 2018, 01:02:44 PM »
You can although the kosher section is a lot smaller than it used to be and I find a bit unreliable. They no longer have the Adafina open counter, now it's pre-packaged sandwiches and meals from a far smaller corner spot.

The suggestion about DD's sandwiches is a lot better. If you're in the Selfridges area they sell them in the John Lewis food hall further down Oxford Street or in the Waitrose on Marylebone High Street (close to Reubens) - any many other places in Central London (look on the website)
DD's are cheaper and close in Sainsbury's at Marble Arch. They have the 3 pound meal deal, which includes smoked salmon bagel/chicken goujon wrap + drink + snack for 3 pounds

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1911 on: January 08, 2018, 02:38:01 PM »
I'd say to skip Reubens and just get DD sandwiches. Liked it better and just a couple of euro.
Salt beef vs. Sandwich just sitting there.....
and besides Reubens is to London as Pats is too LA
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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1912 on: January 08, 2018, 02:38:37 PM »
You can also get food from the Kosher section in Selfridges Food Hall.
It was ok nothing special.
Cant say I loved the food from Selfridges
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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1913 on: January 08, 2018, 02:42:11 PM »
I'd say to skip Reubens and just get DD sandwiches. Liked it better and just a couple of euro.
But in all honesty I never tried the DD sandwiches
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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1914 on: January 08, 2018, 05:23:20 PM »
Does anyone know how I can get a Jewish tour of the British Museum which shows items not on display to the gen pop?

This site seems outdated http://www.livingjewishhistory.com/

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1915 on: January 08, 2018, 05:37:06 PM »
Does anyone know how I can get a Jewish tour of the British Museum which shows items not on display to the gen pop?

This site seems outdated http://www.livingjewishhistory.com/
Wow that sounds cool
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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1916 on: January 11, 2018, 10:32:25 PM »
You can get a oyster card by the arrivals in Heathrow.  Just make sure to return it before you leave and they will refund the 5 deposit and anything left on the card.

Only up to 10.
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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1917 on: January 13, 2018, 04:38:07 PM »
Does anyone know how I can get a Jewish tour of the British Museum which shows items not on display to the gen pop?

This site seems outdated http://www.livingjewishhistory.com/

Have you tried contacting him directly?

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1918 on: January 13, 2018, 04:57:29 PM »
Have you tried contacting him directly?
Yes

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12 hour layover in London. What to do?
« Reply #1919 on: January 16, 2018, 10:08:20 PM »
Hi, my husband and I arrive in London next Monday at 8 am and have a 12 hour layover before continuing on to Israel.  Assuming we aren't totally wiped out by the time we get there, do you all have any suggestions as to whether it pays to venture out? Has anyone done whirlwind tours of this kind? If so, what do you suggest we  see/do in that brief interlude?  Are there any kosher meals available for purchase at Heathrow if we elect to stay and wait? All the best and thanks in advance for your suggestions.