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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
A Trip to See the Queen's Place: dpk4588 Takes on London by dpk4588


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).
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
Nox HotelGolders GreenLinklocated near Shuls/kosher restaurants/underground station
KipAccomGolders GreenLinkrun by a frum guy. Individual rooms for rent.
Park Avenue HotelStamford HillLinkFormerly Kadimah
The Pillar HotelHendonLink

Restaurants
NameLocationTypeHechsher     Notes
86 BistroHendonMeatLBDCLOSED
AsadoStamford HillMeatKED'Mediterranean bistro'
AvivEdgwareMeatKF
Ayelets Catering and DelicatessenHendonDeli/Takeout/ShabbosLBDMoroccan Style
Balady AlaeshGolders Green+High BarnetFalafel/ShawarmaSKA
BalaganBorehamwoodMeatLBDMiddle Eastern
Bagel BarHendonCafèLBD
Bagel Bar GrillHendonMeatLBD
Beit CafeGolders GreenDairyLBDNEW
BooyaGolders GreenIce CreamNEW
Bread BakeryGolders GreenBakery/CaféLBDGreat salad selection!
Burger BarGolders GreenMeatLBD
Cafe AromeEdgwareDairyRESCLOSED
Dagim - Fish&ChipsStamford HillFresh fried fishKEDTake away only - No seating
DarnaGolders GreenMeatKFIsraeli inspired. Formerly Soyo Diner.
DelicatessenHampsteadMeatKFMediterranean & regular options
Deli98Stamford HillDeli/Takeout/ShabbosKEDGreat pulled beef sandwich
FlipsideGolders GreenCLOSED
Eli’s Pizza Borehamwood+EdgwarePizzaLBD
Habiba’s DeliGolders Green+HampsteadMeatLBD
Head RoomGolders GreenCaféKFsocial enterprise café by mental health charity Jami
Hot CutGolders GreenMeatKFMeat Sandwiches etc
Hummus BarGolders Green+HendonMeatLBDHighly reccomended - reserve well in advance.
Isola BellaGolders GreenDairy/Fish/ThaiLBDCLOSED
KaifengHendonChineseLBD
KanteenGolders Green/HendonDairy/FishKFInside Brent Cross Shopping Center
La FiestaGolders GreenMeatLBDArgentinian steakhouse.
MaximGolders GreenDairyKED
MazalCamden TownMiddle Eastern MeatKF NEW
Met-Su-YanGolders Green+EdgwareAsianKF
Mr BakerHendonCafé/BakeryLBDSame location as Mr Falafel and Mr Neapolitan
Mr FalafelHendonLBDNextdoor Mr Baker - uses their seating
Mr NeapolitanHendonPizza/PastaLBDInside Mr Baker. Best artisanal pizza in town!
NovellinoGolders GreenDairyLBD
Novellino BistroGolders GreenMeatLBD
One AshbourneGolders GreenMeatKF50% off steaks on Sundays & Tuesdays
Oven EatGolders GreenBakery/CafeLBDNEW
PitaGolders GreenMiddle Eastern MeatKFShawarma/Falafel/Schnitzel etc
PizazaGolders GreenPizzaKFCool on screen ordering at table. Delicious foodSee inside the shop!
PizazaHendonPizzaKFNo screens, and smaller than GG.
PizazaEdgwarePizzaKFHas a playroom for kids
Pizza ShaiHendonPizzaSKA
PortoberryHendonHealth Food/DairyLBDAcai bowls, Poke bowls, Bubble tea, Frozen yogurt etcNEW
Reich'sGolders GreenDeli/Takeout/ShabbosKED
Reuben'sWest EndMeatSKADeli upstairs-Restaurant downstairs
SababaBorehamwoodDairyLBD
SliceGolders GreenPizzaLBDNew York style pizza
SoYoGolders Green+EdgwareDairy/FishKFGood breakfast selection
Sami'sGolders GreenSchwarmaLBDThere are Hendon & Edgware locations as well.
Satmar DeliStamford HillDeli/Takeout/ShabbosKED
Shefa MehadrinGolders GreenDeli/Takeout/ShabbosVarious
Sushi HavenGolders GreenSushiLBDAlso have counter inside Kosher Kingdom
TaboonGolders GreenFalafelLBD
The KitchenEdgwareMeatKFCLOSED
TishBelsize ParkMeatLBDOpen for Shabbos meals
Tony PageWesminsterMeatLBDFine Dining - near  Hyde Park
Tuk TukGolders GreenPan-AsianLBD
White FishHendonFishLBDReopened
White House ExpressHendonMeatLBD

London food instagram account for pictures of the food click here!



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 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 #260 on: February 01, 2014, 09:46:26 PM »
What is the best way to get an Oyster card for London.  Can you get it online or is it best to purchase it in London

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #261 on: February 01, 2014, 10:01:22 PM »
You can only purchase online if you're sending to a UK address. You can get them in stations. Or pick one up in heathrow.
You can also use this link to find a list of places that sell near where you'll be: http://ticketstoplocator.tfl.gov.uk/LocationLocator/

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #262 on: February 07, 2014, 01:14:56 PM »
If I have choice of airports to fly into which is the best as far as transportation and cost of transportation into the city.
IMHO, It would depend on where you need to get it, I liked LCY for most London destinations, LHR for Stamford Hill and center (Tube takes a while, but ipad movies) LGW for Golders Green
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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #263 on: February 07, 2014, 03:19:00 PM »
IMHO, It would depend on where you need to get it, I liked LCY for most London destinations, LHR for Stamford Hill and center (Tube takes a while, but ipad movies) LGW for Golders Green
lhr for Stamford Hill??? Rather lcy it's a 20 min drive

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« Reply #264 on: February 07, 2014, 03:47:35 PM »
lhr for Stamford Hill??? Rather lcy it's a 20 min drive
Depending what time of day, note how i said "I liked LCY for most London destinations" LCY only has a flew flight options.
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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #265 on: February 10, 2014, 08:59:29 AM »
i'll be in lonodn area with limited time to tour, i'd like a hotel recommendation with nearby minyan and kosher food, oh yeah and affordable rate :)
i will be downtown for business but dont need to stay there
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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #266 on: February 17, 2014, 07:22:44 PM »
Will be in london this coming shabbos.  Has anyone stayed at Hyatt Regency Churchill for shabbos? Are there any shabbos issues that are good to know about in advance?

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #267 on: March 19, 2014, 03:20:02 PM »
ill b flying to london with wife and baby (under a year old) for a wedding in the summer, i have 180k united points and abt 150k American airlines points, whats my best way to go?

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« Reply #268 on: March 19, 2014, 04:49:08 PM »
ill b flying to london with wife and baby (under a year old) for a wedding in the summer, i have 180k united points and abt 150k American airlines points, whats my best way to go?

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #269 on: March 20, 2014, 11:16:13 AM »
thnx

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #270 on: March 25, 2014, 09:47:00 PM »
Is 1hr 45min enough time between landing at LGW and travelling to LHR to catch a flight?

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #271 on: March 25, 2014, 10:48:44 PM »
Is 1hr 45min enough time between landing at LGW and travelling to LHR to catch a flight?
No almost impossible

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #272 on: March 25, 2014, 11:00:42 PM »
No almost impossible
Thanks, figured as much.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #273 on: April 01, 2014, 06:55:07 PM »
Before reading through the whole thread (which I plan on doing) to plan specific things, would you say 3.5 days + Shabbos is enough to do "everything"?

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #274 on: April 02, 2014, 11:10:16 AM »
Before reading through the whole thread (which I plan on doing) to plan specific things, would you say 3.5 days + Shabbos is enough to do "everything"?
IMO definitely. We hit up basically "everything" in <24 hours!

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #275 on: April 02, 2014, 12:15:30 PM »
IMO definitely. We hit up basically "everything" in <24 hours!
Wow, really?? Maybe I don't want so much time there then...

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #276 on: April 02, 2014, 12:16:38 PM »
IMO definitely. We hit up basically "everything" in <24 hours!
Definitely need 2 days. Was sthere Friday/Shabbos and left not having seen everything we wanted.
I would probably do 2 days + shabbos.
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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #277 on: April 02, 2014, 12:40:19 PM »
Definitely need 2 days. Was sthere Friday/Shabbos and left not having seen everything we wanted.
I would probably do 2 days + shabbos.
Okay great. Will move some things in my itinerary but it'll still prob be Shabbos, 2 full days, and 2 partial (flight) days. Thanks - almost done here! ;)

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #278 on: April 02, 2014, 03:01:08 PM »
Definitely need 2 days. Was sthere Friday/Shabbos and left not having seen everything we wanted.
Don't get me wrong, I definitely would like to go back one day but what else did you want to see there? We saw changing of the guards and Big Ben, hung at Trafalgar square and toured Tower of London all in about 6 hours. Unless you want to go to Stonehenge!

Wow, really?? Maybe I don't want so much time there then...
If you have spare time, by all means stay longer. If you are deciding between an extra day in Paris or Venice compared to an extra day on London, go for the former.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #279 on: April 02, 2014, 03:06:12 PM »
Don't get me wrong, I definitely would like to go back one day but what else did you want to see there? We saw changing of the guards and Big Ben, hung at Trafalgar square and toured Tower of London all in about 6 hours. Unless you want to go to Stonehenge!
Did those things as well. Would've toured the parliament and gone to the Churchill museum. We were there on a Friday and ran out of time. Maybe a long full day would be enough. But I'd probably rather do two.
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