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London + Scotland Trip Report by jshelton
London TR by Yehoshua
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1 Day In London by Davidmal
12 Hour Layover by Aaaron
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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 Bar[/url]Golders 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 #2100 on: January 01, 2019, 10:27:54 AM »
Yes

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #2101 on: January 01, 2019, 10:52:41 AM »
Are there few different train companies from Manchester to London? Any difference? Which is best? Anything scenic?
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London Master Thread
« Reply #2102 on: January 01, 2019, 11:00:09 AM »
Yes
What airport is significantly cheaper?
And approximately how much cheaper?

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #2103 on: January 01, 2019, 11:09:22 AM »
What airport is significantly cheaper?
And approximately how much cheaper?
LCY is the closest to Central London and the cheapest by public transportation and by taxi. Next is probably LHR both for public transportation and by taxi. After that would probably go STN, LTN then LGW but I'm not sure.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #2104 on: January 01, 2019, 11:10:54 AM »
LCY is the closest to Central London and the cheapest by public transportation and by taxi. Next is probably LHR both for public transportation and by taxi. After that would probably go STN, LTN then LGW but I'm not sure.
Is it worth paying more (50$ difference) for a ticket to LHR based on this difference?

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #2105 on: January 01, 2019, 11:11:55 AM »
Is it worth paying more (50$ difference) for a ticket to LHR based on this difference?

Yes.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #2106 on: January 01, 2019, 11:12:38 AM »
Is it worth paying more (50$ difference) for a ticket to LHR based on this difference?
Which airport is $50 more?
What's your preferred method of transportation?
How many passengers?

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #2107 on: January 01, 2019, 11:15:13 AM »
Which airport is $50 more?
What's your preferred method of transportation?
How many passengers?
LHR is 50$ more than LGW   
Donít really have a preferred method. Just donít want it to be a hassle
A couple

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #2108 on: January 01, 2019, 11:34:20 AM »
So you'd be saving $100 flying into LGW.

Your transportation costs won't be $100 more than if you'll be landing in LHR.
However, if you go by taxi it'll definitely be significantly longer time (double check with Google maps) and if you go by train it'll be more time but may be less of a hassle if your location in Central London is near one of the 3 stations with direct trains to LGW.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #2109 on: January 01, 2019, 11:38:59 AM »
Trying to figure out have 5-6 hours in london (from noon) what can be done ? Worth or need at least a full day? I may be able to add another day, first timer. Thanks

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #2110 on: January 01, 2019, 11:42:57 AM »
Trying to figure out have 5-6 hours in london (from noon) what can be done ? Worth or need at least a full day? I may be able to add another day, first timer. Thanks
5-6 hours from landing to take off?

I once had a 5 hour stopover in LHR.
It was just enough time to drive to GG, be there for 20 minutes, and drive back to LHR.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #2111 on: January 01, 2019, 11:45:32 AM »
Trying to figure out have 5-6 hours in london (from noon) what can be done ? Worth or need at least a full day? I may be able to add another day, first timer. Thanks
The tube will take an hour to get into main London (from LHR) but you can take the Heathrow express which takes 15 minutes to Paddington station. From there you may be able to do a few things before needing to run back to the airport. The only question really is with customs which can take literally forever.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #2112 on: January 01, 2019, 11:59:28 AM »
5-6 hours from landing to take off?

I once had a 5 hour stopover in LHR.
It was just enough time to drive to GG, be there for 20 minutes, and drive back to LHR.
No coming from Manchester by train taking flight back 8 pm or maybe stay one more day in london

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #2113 on: January 01, 2019, 12:37:50 PM »
So you'd be saving $100 flying into LGW.

Your transportation costs won't be $100 more than if you'll be landing in LHR.
However, if you go by taxi it'll definitely be significantly longer time (double check with Google maps) and if you go by train it'll be more time but may be less of a hassle if your location in Central London is near one of the 3 stations with direct trains to LGW.
Thanks
Not sure i understand though.
LGW to central london is longer by taxi than what?
And train is longer than taxi but less hassle if hotel is near station?

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #2114 on: January 01, 2019, 03:02:24 PM »
LGW is further than LHR.

If traveling by taxi, it's the same hassle only more money (although less than $100 difference) and more time.
If traveling by train/tube, LGW will be more time and probably more money (although not $100 more). As far as hassle, it depends if you'll have to change trains. If your going to somewhere where there's a direct train from LGW but not from LHR, LGW will be more money and time but perhaps less hassle.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #2115 on: January 01, 2019, 04:00:48 PM »
Is it still worth going to Windsor Castle just to see from the outside? Will we be able to see the full beauty around?

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #2116 on: January 01, 2019, 04:06:51 PM »
Is it still worth going to Windsor Castle just to see from the outside? Will we be able to see the full beauty around?
Not worth going just for the exterior.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #2117 on: January 01, 2019, 04:33:58 PM »
Not worth going just for the exterior.
Thanks, what is worth going for the exterior?

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #2118 on: January 01, 2019, 04:39:10 PM »
LGW is further than LHR.

If traveling by taxi, it's the same hassle only more money (although less than $100 difference) and more time.
If traveling by train/tube, LGW will be more time and probably more money (although not $100 more). As far as hassle, it depends if you'll have to change trains. If your going to somewhere where there's a direct train from LGW but not from LHR, LGW will be more money and time but perhaps less hassle.
Gotcha. Thanks!

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #2119 on: January 01, 2019, 04:40:24 PM »
Thanks, what is worth going for the exterior?
A one night stand?
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