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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
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 #1530 on: June 21, 2016, 05:09:10 PM »
Wow. Thank you for the data point. In BP no one would even notice.
I can't tell if you are serious or sarcastic.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1531 on: June 21, 2016, 05:37:41 PM »
I can't tell if you are serious or sarcastic.
Same here. Some people think of a Shul as a Shtibel and some think of a Shul as a "synagogue" in central London you're not going to find that "Shtibel" type.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1532 on: June 21, 2016, 06:01:04 PM »
I can't tell if you are serious or sarcastic.
For real. Drop your stuff in any of the סאטמר, באבוב, מונקאטש בתי מדרשים and nobody would even notice.

But now I am hungry. Where can I get food now?

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1533 on: June 22, 2016, 02:00:55 AM »
I need to be overnight in London Heathrow area and am staying at hotel next to airport. Any suggestions on how to deal with food? Don't want to drag into GG or Stamford Hill for and hour each way...

What is the closest decent restaurant next to LHR? Maybe I can Uber food to my hotel? I appreciate any suggestions.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1534 on: June 22, 2016, 02:03:15 AM »
Who here will be in london next monday? I'll be there for the day. Anyone know when the earliest you can check luggage on austrian is? Flight is LHR-VIE.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1535 on: June 22, 2016, 08:06:42 AM »
I need to be overnight in London Heathrow area and am staying at hotel next to airport. Any suggestions on how to deal with food? Don't want to drag into GG or Stamford Hill for and hour each way...

What is the closest decent restaurant next to LHR? Maybe I can Uber food to my hotel? I appreciate any suggestions.
Try deliveroo. They deal with kosher places in GG and Hendon.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1536 on: June 22, 2016, 09:05:40 AM »
Try deliveroo. They deal with kosher places in GG and Hendon.

Won't work if he's not staying around GG area.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1537 on: June 22, 2016, 11:09:59 AM »
Any other ideas?

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« Reply #1538 on: June 22, 2016, 11:21:26 AM »
Any other ideas?
you can get kosher sandwiches at LHR

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1539 on: June 22, 2016, 11:42:36 AM »
you can get kosher sandwiches at LHR
Or call a GG establishment directly. Delivery will probably be quite expensive though.


ETA - Check uber rates first.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1540 on: June 22, 2016, 12:47:45 PM »
Any other ideas?
Call any place in GG Hendon and if they don't deliver ask them abt deliveroo. If I'm not mistaken they do go long distance.

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« Reply #1541 on: June 22, 2016, 02:25:42 PM »
Call any place in GG Hendon and if they don't deliver ask them abt deliveroo. If I'm not mistaken they do go long distance.
They only deliver within a certain distance of the restaurant. Some of them are on bicycles. No way they're going to cycle to Heathrow unless it's for charity.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1542 on: June 22, 2016, 04:29:58 PM »
Will anyone in GG deliver to the Andaz? Deliveroo or otherwise?

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1543 on: July 05, 2016, 08:18:55 PM »
Tip for finding availability for WB Harry Potter Studio Tour - The official tour companies that resell tickets, return unsold tickets back to inventory 6 days prior to the date.

So, if you want to visit say on a Monday, check for availability on Monday night the week before, at 1am (UK time. That's when the availability goes back up). Chances are that you'll find availability. If there isn't anything try again the next night, or any night leading up to the fay you want to visit.

This isn't guaranteed, but it worked for me (there wasn't anything on Sunday or Monday  but tonight I hit the jackpot for Sunday.)

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1544 on: July 06, 2016, 01:33:12 AM »
Tip for finding availability for WB Harry Potter Studio Tour - The official tour companies that resell tickets, return unsold tickets back to inventory 6 days prior to the date.

So, if you want to visit say on a Monday, check for availability on Monday night the week before, at 1am (UK time. That's when the availability goes back up). Chances are that you'll find availability. If there isn't anything try again the next night, or any night leading up to the fay you want to visit.

This isn't guaranteed, but it worked for me (there wasn't anything on Sunday or Monday  but tonight I hit the jackpot for Sunday.)
Take pics and let us know how it is