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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
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
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 #510 on: December 07, 2014, 02:42:36 PM »
no reserved section-he has been doing this for 10 or 15 years and he knows exactly where the least ppl stand at the right times-you are not right in front of the gates -you are a bit further back but up on a hill so you have a great view-will post pics of the tour later so you can see what I meanI dont know how to do that yet- here is the link if you or anyone else who does know wants to add it
London changing of the Guard tour with Matt-http://www.funlondontours.com/changing-the-guard-london-walking-tour

Thanks!! (one day Ill learn how to edit a wiki :P)
Cool. Added to wiki. In the future, you just click [Edit] next to the words "Topic Wiki".

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #511 on: December 07, 2014, 02:43:34 PM »
So your saying it was worth it even for 20/person?
Absolutley! (IMO of course :D) I was so impressed and really enjoyed that I also dropped him a generous tip at the end....

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #512 on: December 07, 2014, 02:44:55 PM »
Absolutley! (IMO of course :D) I was so impressed and really enjoyed that I also dropped him a generous tip at the end....
Ok, I'll have to think about it. Still seems kinda expensive to me.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #513 on: December 07, 2014, 02:55:29 PM »
So your saying it was worth it even for 20/person?

If you go with a family you could get away cheap and give a fiver for everyone.
I have heard from many that they don't know where to stand and they don't get to see anything,with him I knew where to stand and when to move on,I got to see a lot.

Maybe if someone will be kind and take a map and show exactly where to go ,what time and write up a few lines to know what's gong on could save everyone a lot of money,it's not that difficult.
It could be all shown on the map,first he goes to the old palace,no one knows about that so it was EMPTY we stood the first row and saw a lot.

I don't know how to do these things.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #514 on: December 07, 2014, 03:29:45 PM »
As promised :D: (i still owe DDF a detailed tr on this trip (2 summers ago) -it included Rhodes (GR), Budapest, London, Amsterdam (inc. overnight cruise from London to Amsterdam aboard the Stella Line), and Prague!!

Matt:the tour guide


First you have a small walking/history tour of the Buckingham area,

Then you start the Changing of the Guard tour here (right across the street from this):


Then you line up at the curb and wait for them to come near you:


Then you march alongside them (literally) all the way down the palace esplanade:


After that, you wait outside some other location (I dont rem. all the names) and watch the other set of guards come marching out towards the palace (he explains in great detail what each group represents and what type of soldiers they are and how to identify them, etc.-basically tons of info you would never get w/o something like this (or reading up online before :P)):


Then you watch them come marching out:


and right by you once again:


Then you run over to the spot where you watch the ceremony in the courtyard take place: (Of course you are not standing right in front of the courtyard but he says that whatever goes on in the courtyard is just an inspection and is rather boring-the main part is what happens all along outside the gates):



Finally, you walk back to St James palace (through some small back allies) to watch the changing of the sentries:
(and take the obligatory picture w/ them and try to make them laugh of course ;D)




All in all amazing experience-I really hope to get around to a full tr one day (I gave my asia trip precedence even though this was the summer before....)

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #515 on: December 07, 2014, 03:56:32 PM »
Nice pics! So, the small changing of the guards I saw was literally a 1 minute walk from Buckingham and it didn't look like the pics you have of St James, so it must be yet another changing. Anyway, your pics show that you clearly got an awesome experience out of the whole thing. Sure seems worth the money if someone doesn't plan to be there super early.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #516 on: December 07, 2014, 04:01:19 PM »
Nice pics! So, the small changing of the guards I saw was literally a 1 minute walk from Buckingham and it didn't look like the pics you have of St James, so it must be yet another changing. Anyway, your pics show that you clearly got an awesome experience out of the whole thing. Sure seems worth the money if someone doesn't plan to be there super early.
Thanks! I still think it's worth it even of you do plan on getting there super early as you get wayyy more out of it.....

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #517 on: December 07, 2014, 04:46:45 PM »
No, but you do need to schedule a massage/facial well in advance.
+441614483013

Thanks. That I did weeks ago :)


BTW there is a changing of the guard tour that my wife and I did in London and it was really a fun way to see it. It's led by a very energetic and interesting fellow named Matt and he basically takes on a walking tour starting from where the guards get ready then you march alongside them to where they switch, etc.... You get to see alot more than standing in front squished with loads of people. And it was pretty cheap (for London standards at least). Here is a link to his website:
http://www.funlondontours.com/london-walking-tours/changing-the-guard

As far as Reubens-true it was really expensive but it was right in line with everything else in London-I got the pastrami burger and it was really delicious.

Awesome. I'll take a gander.
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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #518 on: December 07, 2014, 07:27:17 PM »
10% off the Changing of the Guard tour with code "COFG10PC."
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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #519 on: December 07, 2014, 07:29:48 PM »
10% off the Changing of the Guard tour with code "COFG10PC."
Nice. 1.50 off is better than noting.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #520 on: December 08, 2014, 12:01:11 AM »
Good stuff. I never knew about that.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #521 on: December 08, 2014, 10:55:40 AM »
I've already confirmed they'll do the changing of the guard on the day I'm there (it's on odd days now FWIW), and the weather is supposed to be beautiful.

I guess I'll do breakfast in GG at SoYo, changing of guard at Buckingham Palace, lunch at Zest in JCC, and then London Eye, and then back to the Cabanas in LHR.

Anyone know if BA F offers kosher meals in lounge?
I've never tried SoYo, but I'd strongly recommend Isolabella, IME its one of the best milchig restaurants out there.
London Eye is a waste of time & money, if you like attractions that are somewhat scary this was amazing, I loved it

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #522 on: December 08, 2014, 01:38:39 PM »
I've never tried SoYo, but I'd strongly recommend Isolabella, IME its one of the best milchig restaurants out there.
London Eye is a waste of time & money, if you like attractions that are somewhat scary this was amazing, I loved it
I remember Isolabella being super overpriced for the quality of the meal even with the lunch special prices it came to abt 100 pounds (and we were just a couple and did not order one of each thing)!!! Pizzaza is awesome if you are looking for good pizza and really diff. types of fries, though....

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #523 on: December 08, 2014, 04:24:10 PM »
I remember Isolabella being super overpriced for the quality of the meal even with the lunch special prices it came to abt 100 pounds (and we were just a couple and did not order one of each thing)!!! Pizzaza is awesome if you are looking for good pizza and really diff. types of fries, though....

That's ridiculous. I paid ~120 for dinner for four adults and two kids the other night. Pizaza is great, but not for breakfast.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #524 on: December 08, 2014, 04:55:42 PM »
here is a clip what I took from changing of the guard when I was in London in NOV 2014 . it's different than the regular because they head some guest over there . I took it with my S5 not the best .

http://youtu.be/e368WFsux6I