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1 Day In London by Davidmal
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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 #2360 on: February 02, 2020, 04:14:58 PM »
Anyone else try the newly opened Koymen Smokehouse?

We didn't have a good experience - Non fresh steaks that were overcooked (felt very nauseous after), and some small things they can improve on (service, sides etc)
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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #2361 on: February 11, 2020, 01:44:18 PM »
Tish renovated their kitchen and vastly upgraded the food quality (finally!). It's now no longer worthwhile to trek over to Golders Green. Here are my 1-10 ratings.

Garden Salad 1
Salt beef app 6
Chicken soup 5
Cold smoked duck 10
Beetroot cured salmon 7
Lamb fillet 10
Duck breast 8
Beef Bourgogne 5
Casis semifredo 8
Lokshin pudding 3
Date pudding dessert 10
Chocolate Souffle 9


The next 2 best restaurants IMO are Kaifeng & One Ashebourne.

Novellino opened a new bistro in GG but I haven't been.
״וזה כלל גדול: שישנא אדם כל דבר שקר. וכל מה שיוסיף שנאה לדרכי השקר יוסיף אהבה לתורה.״ - אורחות צדיקים

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #2362 on: March 09, 2020, 11:34:13 AM »
Any kosher place restaurant or caterer that would be able to ship out food to another European city?

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #2363 on: March 09, 2020, 01:47:18 PM »
Any kosher place restaurant or caterer that would be able to ship out food to another European city?
Hermolis does that
״וזה כלל גדול: שישנא אדם כל דבר שקר. וכל מה שיוסיף שנאה לדרכי השקר יוסיף אהבה לתורה.״ - אורחות צדיקים

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #2364 on: March 09, 2020, 04:21:50 PM »
Hermolis does that

Hermolis could ship out NORMAL fresh food? Not airplane KSML

Thanks

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #2365 on: March 09, 2020, 04:22:23 PM »
Hermolis could ship out NORMAL fresh food? Not airplane KSML

Thanks
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״וזה כלל גדול: שישנא אדם כל דבר שקר. וכל מה שיוסיף שנאה לדרכי השקר יוסיף אהבה לתורה.״ - אורחות צדיקים

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #2366 on: June 09, 2020, 05:24:03 PM »
Would like to send a baby gift to a friend in London. Anybody have any baby stores info that do delivery?

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #2367 on: July 24, 2020, 11:06:49 AM »
What's the absolute latest I could find a Shachris minyan on a weekday in August in GG, and where please? Would there be later options in SH? Thanks.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #2368 on: July 24, 2020, 11:29:00 AM »
What's the absolute latest I could find a Shachris minyan on a weekday in August in GG, and where please? Would there be later options in SH? Thanks.
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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #2369 on: July 24, 2020, 05:43:46 PM »
What's the absolute latest I could find a Shachris minyan on a weekday in August in GG, and where please? Would there be later options in SH? Thanks.
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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #2370 on: September 29, 2020, 02:49:31 AM »
is the 14 day quarantine requirement to enter the Uk strictly enforced? can a us passport holder leave in middle of the 14 day quarantine if he goes to visit for a few days

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #2371 on: September 29, 2020, 07:22:06 AM »
is the 14 day quarantine requirement to enter the Uk strictly enforced? can a us passport holder leave in middle of the 14 day quarantine if he goes to visit for a few days
No its not enforced. I know of multiple people who have flown back in the middle of the quarantine - I think it might be legal even to do that

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #2372 on: December 03, 2020, 01:15:03 PM »
Any recommendations for nice hotel in Hilton portfolio?

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #2373 on: February 08, 2021, 05:55:56 PM »
Anyone know if one can travel to the UK now from US on a US Passport. In and out in about 36 hours. Any quarantine when I get there and back? US Embassy says you need a negative test within past 3 days, considering as Im only going for 36 hours, i take the test while still in US? Does proof on antibodies help at any point?

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #2374 on: April 21, 2021, 03:33:35 AM »
Besides Hilton Park Lane, are there any other Hiltons in London in which you can order kosher food?

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #2375 on: April 26, 2021, 02:48:45 PM »
Can a British Citizen bring his wife and children to the UK now from the USA?

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #2376 on: April 26, 2021, 04:10:22 PM »
Can a British Citizen bring his wife and children to the UK now from the USA?
Non-UK citizens can come in with no issue, just need to follow the testing and quarantine requirements.

UK citizens may have issues if they don't have a good reason for travel as vacations are currently illegal for UK citizens, but fine for foreigners to visit UK.
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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #2377 on: May 19, 2021, 03:18:18 PM »
I am coming from Israel (which I believe is currently a green country). Whats the cheapest option for booking tests when arriving in the UK?

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #2378 on: June 15, 2021, 10:50:46 AM »
Can someone please explain to me Day 2 Tests, for those flying to the UK from a Green country?

Does anyone check that people actually do it?

I'm flying for three days to London and am wondering if there is any point for me to do it

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #2379 on: June 16, 2021, 07:57:35 PM »
Can someone please explain to me Day 2 Tests, for those flying to the UK from a Green country?

Does anyone check that people actually do it?

I'm flying for three days to London and am wondering if there is any point for me to do it
No one checks anything, you just need the order number for the entry form