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


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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 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 #150 on: August 21, 2011, 03:31:27 PM »
Just ate by White House in Hendon. Shwarma was probably the best I've ever had out of Israel, and better than a lot of Israeli joints. Service was excellent.
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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #151 on: August 22, 2011, 01:31:06 AM »
Just ate by White House in Hendon. Shwarma was probably the best I've ever had out of Israel, and better than a lot of Israeli joints. Service was excellent.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #152 on: August 22, 2011, 01:46:40 PM »
Just ate by White House in Hendon. Shwarma was probably the best I've ever had out of Israel, and better than a lot of Israeli joints. Service was excellent.
whats the hashgacha? on shamash it says its self supervised

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #153 on: August 22, 2011, 02:00:00 PM »
whats the hashgacha? on shamash it says its self supervised

It's under KLBD (Glatt). Most people I know would eat there.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #154 on: September 28, 2011, 02:35:32 PM »
Getting conflicting info; Flying TLV-LHR-JFK; will a cancelled AMEX platinum(and corresponding Priority Pass card) get me into the AA club in Terminal 3 LHR when flying AA economy LHR-JFK? I've heard the AMEX plat only works in domestic clubs if flying Economy(and I don't wanna rely on priority pass because it seems to be 50/50 chance on other forums)...would anyone know

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #155 on: November 01, 2011, 05:22:22 AM »
Read through the whole thread and lots of info, thanks!
And a blast from the past from Steve2, always entertaining...

I'm going to be in London for half a day, 10:45am-9:35pm and am thinking of doing something similar to LAXtraveler (thanks for your short but informative post!)
I had a 12 hr layover there in the fall and had a great time exploring the city. We did tons in a short amount of time and enjoyed it immensely. We took the HeathrowExpress to save time (yes it is very expensive) to get to the city.

Some highlights:

London Eye
British Museum (for only a short time, its massive)
Walk by of Westminster Abbey and Big Ben/Parliament
Trafalgar Square
Buckingham Palace gates/guards view
Selfridges (kosher food inside as well - picked up for lunch)
Marble Arch/Speaker's Corner
My question is with regard to transportation.
It seems the Heathrow Express is the fastest way to get into town.
With such little time I'd probably pay the extra dollars.
It costs £32 from LHR-Paddington return.

But then getting around London itself, seems like you can walk mostly but I presume at one point or another ill need the underground. Does that get expensive?

Or, how about one of the open top tour buses? I usually don't like them as i prefer to do things my own way but with such a short time, could this be the best way to see London?

Alternatively I can rent a car for ~£25.
Is it hard to get around in London? Parking?
I do know how to drive on the wrong (left) side of the road.

So, what would you do?

Any tips are appreciated!

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #156 on: November 01, 2011, 11:55:35 AM »
Read through the whole thread and lots of info, thanks!
And a blast from the past from Steve2, always entertaining...

I'm going to be in London for half a day, 10:45am-9:35pm and am thinking of doing something similar to LAXtraveler (thanks for your short but informative post!)My question is with regard to transportation.
It seems the Heathrow Express is the fastest way to get into town.
With such little time I'd probably pay the extra dollars.
It costs £32 from LHR-Paddington return.

But then getting around London itself, seems like you can walk mostly but I presume at one point or another ill need the underground. Does that get expensive?

Or, how about one of the open top tour buses? I usually don't like them as i prefer to do things my own way but with such a short time, could this be the best way to see London?

Alternatively I can rent a car for ~£25.
Is it hard to get around in London? Parking?
I do know how to drive on the wrong (left) side of the road.

So, what would you do?

Any tips are appreciated!

Have fun! It was a blast (although very tiring). Pay for the Heathrow Express... its worth the few dollars to save you tons of time. Also, when you're there we used the underground. We bought a pass for the day IIRC (but I'm not 100% sure about that). Otherwise we did a lot of walking and enjoyed the day.

Definitely do not get a car. London is infamous for bad traffic and there is a "city tax" imposed on cars going into the main center of town when you enter.

If you need anything else I can try to be more specific.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #157 on: November 01, 2011, 01:12:13 PM »
Read through the whole thread and lots of info, thanks!
And a blast from the past from Steve2, always entertaining...

I'm going to be in London for half a day, 10:45am-9:35pm and am thinking of doing something similar to LAXtraveler (thanks for your short but informative post!)My question is with regard to transportation.
It seems the Heathrow Express is the fastest way to get into town.
With such little time I'd probably pay the extra dollars.
It costs £32 from LHR-Paddington return.

But then getting around London itself, seems like you can walk mostly but I presume at one point or another ill need the underground. Does that get expensive?

Or, how about one of the open top tour buses? I usually don't like them as i prefer to do things my own way but with such a short time, could this be the best way to see London?

Alternatively I can rent a car for ~£25.
Is it hard to get around in London? Parking?
I do know how to drive on the wrong (left) side of the road.

So, what would you do?

Any tips are appreciated!

Just did this 2 weeks ago...it was a ton of fun. Transportation- we hired a mini cab which was excellent and much cheaper than heathrow express but we did that on a sunday, with a lot less traffic so the trip was quick. If you are going on a weekday, I'd def say use the heathrow express and tube from there. We went on the original double decker tour bus, yellow line, which really gave us a nice overview of the city in just 2.5 hours. Of course you could hop on and off and they give you a whole bunch of extras with the ticket, but we were way to tired to start running around. It can be expensive if going with the family, but everything in London is soo expensive, including Reubens which was very good as well. I'm a New Yorker and drive like one but even i would think twice about driving in London(we almost got hit a few times walking- the drivers are hazardous). But the tour is def the way to go! PM me with any questions!

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #158 on: November 01, 2011, 01:53:04 PM »
Just did this 2 weeks ago...it was a ton of fun. Transportation- we hired a mini cab which was excellent and much cheaper than heathrow express but we did that on a sunday, with a lot less traffic so the trip was quick. If you are going on a weekday, I'd def say use the heathrow express and tube from there. We went on the original double decker tour bus, yellow line, which really gave us a nice overview of the city in just 2.5 hours. Of course you could hop on and off and they give you a whole bunch of extras with the ticket, but we were way to tired to start running around. It can be expensive if going with the family, but everything in London is soo expensive, including Reubens which was very good as well. I'm a New Yorker and drive like one but even i would think twice about driving in London(we almost got hit a few times walking- the drivers are hazardous). But the tour is def the way to go! PM me with any questions!

Interesting you said you liked the tour. I have some family that did a day like we did with the bus and were really upset because it was very expensive and the traffic made it so hard to get from place to place. That is why we used the tube instead. It was cheaper and faster to get to more places. Maybe because it was a Sunday you had a better experience.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #159 on: November 01, 2011, 06:14:17 PM »
Have fun! It was a blast (although very tiring). Pay for the Heathrow Express... its worth the few dollars to save you tons of time. Also, when you're there we used the underground. We bought a pass for the day IIRC (but I'm not 100% sure about that). Otherwise we did a lot of walking and enjoyed the day.

Definitely do not get a car. London is infamous for bad traffic and there is a "city tax" imposed on cars going into the main center of town when you enter.

If you need anything else I can try to be more specific.

+1. The underground is your best bet, as the congestion charge will add another £10 to your expenses and traffic is pretty heavy in all the tourist areas, plus parking is very difficult to find.

A one-day travelcard will cost you around £8.00, and yo could use it for buses or for the underground. You can find more information here.



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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #160 on: November 01, 2011, 07:02:36 PM »
Thanks everyone for all the tips.

Anyone know of any coupons for Heathtow Express?

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #161 on: December 14, 2011, 09:31:25 PM »
In case it's helpful to anyone... A new kosher restaurant opened in London a few weeks ago: Deli West One (http://thedelilondon.com/). Haven't been there myself, but a welcome addition to the very few options within the city proper.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #162 on: December 20, 2011, 07:43:54 PM »
Might be OT, but which PriorityPass lounge should I visit at T3?

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #163 on: January 13, 2012, 02:45:40 PM »
Just did a short visit to LondonÖ Stayed at the Hyatt Regency / Churchill. If youíve got Hyatt points to burn, itís a great hotel (especially if you get on to the Regency floor) in a great location. Couple blocks away from a daily minyan with breakfast at the Marble Arch Synagogue. And walking distance to three kosher food options (Selfridges food court, Deli West One, Reubenís).

As an aside, flew EWR-LHR in BA's new first class cabin. Actually was the first commercial flight of this 77W aircraft, so was the first customer in that seat.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #164 on: January 14, 2012, 09:08:17 PM »
Just did a short visit to LondonÖ Stayed at the Hyatt Regency / Churchill. If youíve got Hyatt points to burn, itís a great hotel (especially if you get on to the Regency floor) in a great location. Couple blocks away from a daily minyan with breakfast at the Marble Arch Synagogue. And walking distance to three kosher food options (Selfridges food court, Deli West One, Reubenís).
 
It is a comfortable hotel in a good location but would not call it great. Maybe that its because in was coming from the Ph Paris and Zurich
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