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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.
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

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 #1950 on: February 12, 2018, 08:22:39 AM »
Get your bathing suit
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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1951 on: February 17, 2018, 07:23:55 PM »
Anybody have a good car service for pick up and drop off from Heathrow Airport to hotel?

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1952 on: February 18, 2018, 12:02:10 AM »
What is the cheapest wine store in Stamford Hill?

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1953 on: February 18, 2018, 01:03:05 AM »
Anybody have a good car service for pick up and drop off from Heathrow Airport to hotel?

I used Meadway a  year ago and was very happy with their service.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1954 on: February 19, 2018, 05:58:08 AM »
What is the cheapest wine store in Stamford Hill?

Not sure about cheapest but The Grapevine probably has biggest selection of wine and whisky. Otherwise any of the small grocery stores or even Sainsbury's/Morrisons will have a decent wine selection.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1955 on: February 19, 2018, 03:10:00 PM »
Anybody have expceriance traveling to theUK with passport expiring in less then 6 months? Traveling to London and my sons expires in 5. State Dept website says that you only need duration of the trip but travel agent recommends we renew before (traveling in 2 weeks so afraid I missed the window).

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1956 on: March 14, 2018, 08:22:12 AM »
Zest are opening a pop-up meaty restaurant soon within Bevis Marks Synagogue (may have already opened). They run the dairy restaurant at the JW3. SKA supervision. Believe it'll only be for the summer.

http://www.zestatjw3.co.uk/event/zestatbevismarks/

A new high-class kosher restaurant called Tish is supposedly opening up soon as well. They are billing it as within Central London but looking online it looks like it'll be Belsize Park which is not CL at all. Supervision tbc but expect KLBD.

Best of luck to both.

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« Reply #1957 on: March 14, 2018, 12:39:52 PM »
Anything Kosher in Leeds?

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1958 on: March 14, 2018, 12:45:50 PM »
Zest are opening a pop-up meaty restaurant soon within Bevis Marks Synagogue (may have already opened). They run the dairy restaurant at the JW3. SKA supervision. Believe it'll only be for the summer.

http://www.zestatjw3.co.uk/event/zestatbevismarks/

A new high-class kosher restaurant called Tish is supposedly opening up soon as well. They are billing it as within Central London but looking online it looks like it'll be Belsize Park which is not CL at all. Supervision tbc but expect KLBD.

Best of luck to both.
What is SKA supervision? How accepted is it?
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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1959 on: March 14, 2018, 12:48:33 PM »
What is SKA supervision? How accepted is it?
Sephardi Kashrut Authority - https://sephardikashrut.org.uk/
Not on CRC or KosherQuest lists.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1960 on: March 14, 2018, 12:49:37 PM »
Sephardi Kashrut Authority - https://sephardikashrut.org.uk/
Not on CRC or KosherQuest lists.
Kashrus in Europe and Israel should be added to the why people go OTD thread.
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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1961 on: March 14, 2018, 12:52:48 PM »
What is SKA supervision? How accepted is it?

It is not considered very good, however many people eat at Reubens which is under their supervision.
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« Reply #1962 on: March 14, 2018, 12:54:05 PM »
It is not considered very good, however many people eat at Reubens which is (or isn't ;)) under their supervision.
Interesting. I thought everyone eats at Reubens?
Is it glatt meat?
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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1963 on: March 14, 2018, 01:09:14 PM »
Interesting. I thought everyone eats at Reubens?
Is it glatt meat?

Their level of kashrus is a big debate. I think they are Glatt.

A new high-class kosher restaurant called Tish is supposedly opening up soon as well. They are billing it as within Central London but looking online it looks like it'll be Belsize Park which is not CL at all. Supervision tbc but expect KLBD.

Sounds promising. tish.london

Belsize Park location makes sense, due to the proximity to Hampstead, Finchley etc. where many of their clientele would probably from and it's not far from Central London.
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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1964 on: March 14, 2018, 01:17:04 PM »
It is not considered very good, however many people eat at Reubens which is (or isn't ;)) under their supervision.

Such a holier than thou attitude, it really stinks. How do you know it isn't considered very good when pretty much the whole UK kehilla eats it.