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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).
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 #2440 on: April 03, 2022, 01:51:12 PM »
Some compare it to OU and some vehemently disagree
I know a local involved in the kashrus scene. I dont think he would eat at any OU establishment, KLBD he does.
Are you sure you don't mean federation?
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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #2441 on: April 03, 2022, 07:52:26 PM »
I know a local involved in the kashrus scene. I dont think he would eat at any OU establishment, KLBD he does.
Are you sure you don't mean federation?
I think they are considered very knowledgeable in their field with all the mechanics and intricacies of Kashrus. On the other hand they don't claim to hold the same standards as some of the Chassidishe Hechsheirim. You can't assume it to be PY, CY, etc. I think they may have a non glatt line but I may be wrong.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #2442 on: April 04, 2022, 01:07:16 AM »
How is KLBD compared to a mainstream USA hashgacha?
Tony Page @ Island Grill isn't certified Glatt, although there is a Mashgiach Temidi who told me all meats are glatt now (which wasn't the case upon opening).


I don't think any of the main London restaurants have a difference Hashgacha than KLBD, although most are certified glatt.
 
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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #2443 on: April 05, 2022, 07:20:47 PM »
If anyone can please advise me here...

Need to stay in London over shabbos in May. Preferably in the Stamford hill area (not a must) is there any hotel or even rental that anyone can recommend in the heimishe area? Thanks!

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #2444 on: April 07, 2022, 02:20:42 PM »
One is flying with long stopover in London, is there any covid requirements to be able to exit the airport?

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #2445 on: April 09, 2022, 06:25:26 PM »
One is flying with long stopover in London, is there any covid requirements to be able to exit the airport?
No covid rules.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #2446 on: April 09, 2022, 09:48:01 PM »
One is flying with long stopover in London, is there any covid requirements to be able to exit the airport?
Dont even need  a negative Test.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #2447 on: April 23, 2022, 05:28:48 PM »
Any suggestions for someone who can deliver a nice breakfast to the Hyatt Churchill on Mon am?

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #2448 on: May 29, 2022, 10:38:08 PM »
Does anyone have any ideas for a decent place for a family to stay in London? I am finding either crazy insane expensive, or complete dumps. There is nowhere near a shul that is decent and not crazy insanely expensive. Even airbnb is a fortune.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #2449 on: May 30, 2022, 07:20:09 AM »
Does anyone have any ideas for a decent place for a family to stay in London? I am finding either crazy insane expensive, or complete dumps. There is nowhere near a shul that is decent and not crazy insanely expensive. Even airbnb is a fortune.
Which area are looking to stay in ?

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #2450 on: May 30, 2022, 08:00:06 AM »
Ideally in the city near a shul. The prices are insane. In the Jewish areas the “hotels” look frumpy at best and the airbnbs are frumpier.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #2451 on: May 30, 2022, 01:16:29 PM »
Ideally in the city near a shul. The prices are insane. In the Jewish areas the “hotels” look frumpy at best and the airbnbs are frumpier.

For when? Cash or points?

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #2452 on: May 30, 2022, 05:42:50 PM »
Ideally in the city near a shul. The prices are insane. In the Jewish areas the “hotels” look frumpy at best and the airbnbs are frumpier.

We stayed at a Hyatt near Marble Arch Synagogue

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #2453 on: May 30, 2022, 05:55:23 PM »
Ideally in the city near a shul. The prices are insane. In the Jewish areas the “hotels” look frumpy at best and the airbnbs are frumpier.
The nox hotel in goldersgreen was nice and local

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #2454 on: June 02, 2022, 10:13:43 AM »
For when? Cash or points?

Either, for 6 people points is like 1.5 million points on bonvoy. Cash is not reasonable as well. Airbnb's are just not available. End of August

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #2455 on: June 02, 2022, 01:18:12 PM »
Either, for 6 people points is like 1.5 million points on bonvoy. Cash is not reasonable as well. Airbnb's are just not available. End of August


Marriott Maida Vale is a nice property. The area isn’t the greatest but it’s conveniently located about midway between GC and West End and there’s a shul a 5 min drive away.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #2456 on: June 02, 2022, 02:41:32 PM »
Looking for a recommendation... just gonna be staying one night in June for a wedding in Golders Green / Hendon area.

The Pillar vs Croft Court Vs. Nox hotel?

My understanding is the Pillar is the nicest. But is it worth double the price?

Thanks

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #2457 on: June 14, 2022, 05:00:57 AM »
Looking for a recommendation... just gonna be staying one night in June for a wedding in Golders Green / Hendon area.

The Pillar vs Croft Court Vs. Nox hotel?

My understanding is the Pillar is the nicest. But is it worth double the price?

Thanks
If it's for one night go to the Pillar. Never been at Nox, Croft is pretty nasty.
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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #2458 on: June 17, 2022, 03:16:46 PM »
Thanks.

Anyone know how crippling this anticipated London Tube strike is going to be for getting around?

Airports be affected?

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #2459 on: June 28, 2022, 08:15:40 PM »
Anyone have an opinion on what the top 3 meat restaurants are in London?