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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
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).

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

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 #2130 on: January 06, 2019, 06:07:40 PM »
Maybe someone has more up to date info :)

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #2131 on: January 06, 2019, 07:00:44 PM »
Does anyone know the time of the last maariv at Beis yissochor dov?
11.30
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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #2132 on: January 06, 2019, 07:33:05 PM »
Actually staying another day any advice what not to miss? Thanks.
Check wiki for my must dos for 1 day
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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #2133 on: January 07, 2019, 04:17:18 AM »
Is there any kosher food at Gatwick Airport?

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #2134 on: January 10, 2019, 08:54:00 AM »

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #2135 on: January 10, 2019, 09:16:30 AM »
what about LHR ?

According to Kosher Today, at least as of 2015, there are kosher sandwiches and wraps at the WHSmith stores in terminals 2, 3, 4, and 5. There's a phone number on that page, and it might be helpful to call ahead and confirm.

Failing that, The Heathrow website says that kosher food is available at Caffe Nero. In Terminal 5, that restaurant is located in the arrivals area, meaning that you would have to go through UK Immigration to access it. There are also locations post-security in other terminals, but you cannot simply just go there unless you have a flight from those terminals. They will allow you to change terminals for expensive shopping trips, and it's possible that they could offer you the same service if you inquire in advance, should you not want to cross the UK border. However, WHSmith in T5 is post-security and likely your best bet.

The website of Hermolis, the kosher caterer they use, confirms the above.

There are also reports from a few years ago that they keep a supply of frozen kosher meals on hand at the British Airways lounge, should you have access to that facility. That forum thread has some anecdotal experience that would be useful to read.

Since these meals are brought in prepackaged by an outside company, it would be a good idea to bring something with you, in case they are unavailable.

Source: https://travel.stackexchange.com/questions/90141/kosher-food-in-heathrow-airport

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #2136 on: January 10, 2019, 11:27:05 AM »
what about LHR ?

Caffe Nero - T2   Terminal 2 Central Bus Station, Heathrow Airport   +44(0)20 8759 3000
Caffe Nero - T2B   Terminal- 2B Departures (after security)05:00- last departing flight   +44(0)20 8897 6160
Caffe Nero - T4   Terminal- 4 Departures (before security)24hrs   +44(0)20 8897 6160
Caffe Nero - T5   Terminal- 5 Departures (before security)05:00-last departing flight   +44(0)20 8759 9424
Caffe Nero -T2   Terminal- 2 Arrival   +44(0)20 8897 6160
WH Smith - T2   Terminal 2 Departures (after security) 05:30-22:30   +44(0)20 8976 7701
WH Smith - T3   Terminal 3 Departures- Airside (after security) 05:00 (Opp Jack Wills clothing)   +44(0)20 8745 0746
WH Smith - T3   Terminal 3 Departures - IDL   +44(0)20 8759 6536
WH Smith - T4   Terminal 4 Departures (after security) 05:00-22:00   +44(0)20 8757 3985
WH Smith - T5   Terminal 5 Departures (After Security)Opp Harrods 05:30-last departing flight   +44(0)20 8283 5016

http://www.hermolis.com/sandwiches.php

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #2137 on: January 10, 2019, 01:37:57 PM »
Caffe Nero - T2   Terminal 2 Central Bus Station, Heathrow Airport   +44(0)20 8759 3000
Caffe Nero - T2B   Terminal- 2B Departures (after security)05:00- last departing flight   +44(0)20 8897 6160
Caffe Nero - T4   Terminal- 4 Departures (before security)24hrs   +44(0)20 8897 6160
Caffe Nero - T5   Terminal- 5 Departures (before security)05:00-last departing flight   +44(0)20 8759 9424
Caffe Nero -T2   Terminal- 2 Arrival   +44(0)20 8897 6160
WH Smith - T2   Terminal 2 Departures (after security) 05:30-22:30   +44(0)20 8976 7701
WH Smith - T3   Terminal 3 Departures- Airside (after security) 05:00 (Opp Jack Wills clothing)   +44(0)20 8745 0746
WH Smith - T3   Terminal 3 Departures - IDL   +44(0)20 8759 6536
WH Smith - T4   Terminal 4 Departures (after security) 05:00-22:00   +44(0)20 8757 3985
WH Smith - T5   Terminal 5 Departures (After Security)Opp Harrods 05:30-last departing flight   +44(0)20 8283 5016

http://www.hermolis.com/sandwiches.php
Wh Smith terminal 3 has only one store (other is book store) found only one bagel sandwich bh.
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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #2138 on: January 16, 2019, 07:14:41 AM »
Is there any kosher food in LTN?

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #2139 on: January 16, 2019, 07:21:52 AM »
Is there any kosher food in LTN?
Yes. Check Hermolis website.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #2140 on: January 16, 2019, 12:02:42 PM »
Is there any kosher food in LTN?

DD's (Hermolis) sandwiches and salads sold in WH Smith both pre and post security.