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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 #1660 on: October 04, 2016, 08:39:28 PM »
Dd sandwiches which are pre made sandwiches were actually pretty good and cheap.  Can be found in many markets.  Check their website for specific locations.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1661 on: October 05, 2016, 12:40:42 AM »
Dd sandwiches which are pre made sandwiches were actually pretty good and cheap.  Can be found in many markets.  Check their website for specific locations.

Yes, but I wouldn't rely 100% on them being in stock day after Xmas. 26th December is a public holiday in UK. They are often out of stock on public holiday or day after, as they do not stock for workers.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1662 on: October 05, 2016, 05:14:09 AM »
Visiting London 12/26-12/27 staying in west end for the night. Whats my best option for quick sandwiches or any other kosher fast food?
As above, you might not be able to rely on DDs sandwiches being available due to the bank holidays. 1701 Kitchen (KLBD) have a selection of fresh sandwiches / salads / ready meals in Selfridges on Oxford St, I would assume they will have stock any day that Selfridges is open. There is also Reubens restaurant (SKA) on Baker St.

You're also about half an hour (time / traffic / mode of transport depending) from the NW London restaurants / stores (some of which will deliver for a set fee e.g. Sushi Haven, Kaifeng.

List of outlets that stock DDs: http://www.hermolis.com/sandwiches.php

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1663 on: October 05, 2016, 07:15:02 AM »
I was told by a friend who recently visited that 1701 in Selfridges closed.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1664 on: October 05, 2016, 07:28:37 AM »
I was told by a friend who recently visited that 1701 in Selfridges closed.

It hasn't closed, it has changed and now seems to be branded 1070 http://1070kitchen.co.uk/selfridges/ 

The counter where they would make up a salad / fish box for you has closed. All of the sandwiches, packaged salads, cold meats etc. that they previously did is still there just in a fridge on a different aisle. Some of the salads / fish have gone, they've expanded the packaged items and added soups and some sealed meals (chicken and potatoes, goulash) for heating up. I've only stopped by to grab lunch but I assume the dry goods - cake, biscuits etc. that they did before is still there just in another aisle.

I can only guess that it wasn't worth having someone there full time to serve although it probably means that most of the items will no longer go to half price after 6pm...

Still also doing deliveries to hotels, restaurants and offices too.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1665 on: October 05, 2016, 08:22:37 AM »
Yes. My biggest concern here is that its the holiday season. I dont quite know how London functions during that time of year. Will all the restaurants be open? would I be able to order delivery on those days?

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1666 on: October 05, 2016, 10:21:57 AM »
Yes. My biggest concern here is that its the holiday season. I dont quite know how London functions during that time of year. Will all the restaurants be open? would I be able to order delivery on those days?

I'm pretty sure that plenty will be open. For delivery to the West End, most places will use a cab anyway so that shouldn't be an issue even if it takes a little longer.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1667 on: October 05, 2016, 02:09:04 PM »

You're also about half an hour (time / traffic / mode of transport depending) from the NW London restaurants / stores (some of which will deliver for a set fee e.g. Sushi Haven, Kaifeng.

List of outlets that stock DDs: http://www.hermolis.com/sandwiches.php

I'm going to be staying at the Sheraton Grand Park Lane
is there any restaurants in that area?
Is there any Shuls nearby as well?
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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1668 on: October 06, 2016, 04:20:18 AM »
I'm going to be staying at the Sheraton Grand Park Lane
is there any restaurants in that area?
Is there any Shuls nearby as well?
The only kosher restaurant in central London at present is Reubens on Baker St.
Nearest shul to where you're staying is probably Western Marble Arch.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1669 on: October 06, 2016, 07:56:00 AM »
Reubens was good but I think their chicken soup was very watered down

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1670 on: October 06, 2016, 08:07:56 AM »
What kashrus? Not testing I'm genuinely curious
Never knew of it

I honestly don't remember, it was so long ago.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1671 on: October 22, 2016, 11:37:32 PM »
Arriving 10 AM on a Sunday with Mrs. AJK and JAK (9 mos).

Departing 845 PM that night.

What we've done:

Changing of the guard tour (with Matt)
Eaten breakfast at Caffeine.

Recommendations on where to eat for a late lunch? (any new hot spots?)
Any activity recommendations (not Harry Potter)


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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1672 on: October 22, 2016, 11:43:27 PM »
Arriving 10 AM on a Sunday with Mrs. AJK and JAK (9 mos).

Departing 845 PM that night.

What we've done:

Changing of the guard tour (with Matt)
Eaten breakfast at Caffeine.

Recommendations on where to eat for a late lunch? (any new hot spots?)
Any activity recommendations (not Harry Potter)
Lunch-
Dairy - Bread, Kanteen (combine with shopping at BX and take advantage of good exchange rate), SoYo
Meat - Hummus Bar

To do- Tower of London, Shopping

FYI, Caffeine has now closed.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1673 on: October 26, 2016, 12:50:57 PM »
Arriving 10 AM on a Sunday with Mrs. AJK and JAK (9 mos).

Departing 845 PM that night.

What we've done:

Changing of the guard tour (with Matt)
Eaten breakfast at Caffeine.

Recommendations on where to eat for a late lunch? (any new hot spots?)
Any activity recommendations (not Harry Potter)

I liked eating by Sammys.  Harry Potter is def the best thing to do there.  I booked a rock n roll tour of London but I missed it due to Harry Potter being far away.  Nothing else I would really recommend

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1674 on: October 26, 2016, 08:38:39 PM »
I am going to Europe, including UK, France, Italy, Germany, Netherlands for one month. Does anyone have any suggestion in regards to how can I stay connected through out those time? Any good/ budget mobile plan?

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« Reply #1675 on: October 27, 2016, 12:54:43 AM »
I am going to Europe, including UK, France, Italy, Germany, Netherlands for one month. Does anyone have any suggestion in regards to how can I stay connected through out those time? Any good/ budget mobile plan?
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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1676 on: November 03, 2016, 09:46:47 AM »
I was wondering if I could get some help on my  itinerary for London from Tuesday till Monday
All comments and advice is being requested


-Tue, Nov 15th-
arrive at hotel 5pm
6PM ??
Harrods or Selfridges or London Eye
Dinner at Reubens

-Wed, Nov 16th-
Bevis Marks Synagogue
Tower of London & Beefeater Tour &
Tower Bridge Exhibition (3hr)
(Take a look at the ice skating ring)

Big Bus 2 Day Pass with Thames River Boat £32
(View of The Shard, Shakespeare’s Globe & London Eye)

London Eye?
Big Ben (10 Downing?)
Dinner at Aviv or Kaifeng

-Thur, Nov 17th-
Buckingham Palace Changing of the Guard (arrive before 11am)
The Royal Mews 
Big Bus 2 Day Pass
Walk through St. James’s Park
Piccadilly Circus
Leicester Square
Covent Garden
Harrods
Victoria & Albert Museum
Dinner at Isola Bella or Kanteen or Whitefish

-Fri, Nov 18th-
Windsor Castle £20 pp.
Paddington Town
Sunset 4:07 PM
Western Marble Arch Synagogue

-Sat, Nov 19th-
Hyde Park
Kensington Garden & Palace
Marble Arch
Sunset 4:06 PM
What should I do from 6pm on
Dinner at Pizaza

Alternative Saturday
Piccadilly Circus
Covent Garden
Trafalgar Square
National Gallery



-Sun, Nov 20th-
Squares & Gardens
National Gallery
Tallanger Square
British Museum
Shopping
Carnaby St
Regent St
Oxford St
Bond St
Selfridges
British Library?
Dinner at Zest

-DMC
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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1677 on: November 04, 2016, 09:45:45 AM »
I was wondering if I could get some help on my  itinerary for London from Tuesday till Monday
All comments and advice is being requested


-Tue, Nov 15th-
arrive at hotel 5pm
6PM ??
Harrods or Selfridges or London Eye Selfridges is much closer to Reubens. Last entry for the Eye is I think 930, assuming not booked up, which it shouldn't be. Though I suppose it depends where you're staying / coming from?
Dinner at Reubens

-Wed, Nov 16th-
Bevis Marks Synagogue
Tower of London & Beefeater Tour &
Tower Bridge Exhibition (3hr)
(Take a look at the ice skating ring)

Big Bus 2 Day Pass with Thames River Boat £32
(View of The Shard, Shakespeare’s Globe & London Eye)

London Eye?
Big Ben (10 Downing?)
Dinner at Aviv or Kaifeng

-Thur, Nov 17th-
Buckingham Palace Changing of the Guard (arrive before 11am)
The Royal Mews 
Big Bus 2 Day Pass
Walk through St. James’s Park
Piccadilly Circus
Leicester Square
Covent Garden
Harrods
Victoria & Albert Museum
Dinner at Isola Bella or Kanteen or WhitefishNote. Kanteen Brent Cross is in a mall and closes at 9pm. Kanteen Bushey is hard to get to by public transport.

-Fri, Nov 18th-
Windsor Castle £20 pp.
Paddington Town
Sunset 4:07 PM
Western Marble Arch Synagogue

-Sat, Nov 19th-
Hyde Park
Kensington Garden & Palace
Marble Arch
Sunset 4:06 PM
What should I do from 6pm on
Dinner at PizazaWinter Wonderland in Hyde Park opens that weekend. http://hydeparkwinterwonderland.com/#IbzvoqTMsW0JlOjo.97

Alternative Saturday
Piccadilly Circus
Covent Garden
Trafalgar Square
National Gallery



-Sun, Nov 20th-
Squares & Gardens
National Gallery
Tallanger Square
British Museum
Shopping
Carnaby St
Regent St
Oxford St
Bond St
Selfridges
British Library?
Dinner at Zest

Some comments above.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1678 on: November 04, 2016, 10:05:28 AM »
I was wondering if I could get some help on my  itinerary for London from Tuesday till Monday
All comments and advice is being requested


-Tue, Nov 15th-
arrive at hotel 5pm
6PM ??
Harrods or Selfridges or London Eye
Dinner at Reubens

-Wed, Nov 16th-
Bevis Marks Synagogue
Tower of London & Beefeater Tour &
Tower Bridge Exhibition (3hr)
(Take a look at the ice skating ring)

Big Bus 2 Day Pass with Thames River Boat £32
(View of The Shard, Shakespeare’s Globe & London Eye)

London Eye?
Big Ben (10 Downing?)
Dinner at Aviv or Kaifeng

-Thur, Nov 17th-
Buckingham Palace Changing of the Guard (arrive before 11am)
The Royal Mews 
Big Bus 2 Day Pass
Walk through St. James’s Park
Piccadilly Circus
Leicester Square
Covent Garden
Harrods
Victoria & Albert Museum
Dinner at Isola Bella or Kanteen or Whitefish

-Fri, Nov 18th-
Windsor Castle £20 pp.
Paddington Town
Sunset 4:07 PM
Western Marble Arch Synagogue

-Sat, Nov 19th-
Hyde Park
Kensington Garden & Palace
Marble Arch
Sunset 4:06 PM
What should I do from 6pm on
Dinner at Pizaza

Alternative Saturday
Piccadilly Circus
Covent Garden
Trafalgar Square
National Gallery



-Sun, Nov 20th-
Squares & Gardens
National Gallery
Tallanger Square
British Museum
Shopping
Carnaby St
Regent St
Oxford St
Bond St
Selfridges
British Library?
Dinner at Zest


Harrods was not bad, but maybe do London eye as that seems cool.  It was closed for maintenance when I went.  Keep in mind Rubens is far from the main attractions.
Do the bus tour on the first day to get a feel of what else you want to see on the other days.
Definitely do changing of the guard and continue on a different route of the bus tour.
Maybe see a show on Saturday night.  You can see a show there that's also on Broadway in NY for a fraction of the cost.
I recommend also going to Warner Brothers studios and checking out the Harry Potter set while you're there.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1679 on: November 04, 2016, 11:14:10 AM »
No Harry Potter?? Not interested in Stonehenge?