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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 #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?

There are two SERVISAIR Lounges, and a 'No. 1' lounge.

Or can you answer this question?

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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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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #165 on: January 14, 2012, 09:55:52 PM »
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

Funny you should mention PH Paris - I actually spent the next two nights there. Okay, maybe I was a tad too enthusiastic about the Hyatt Regency Churchill. But to me personally, I guess there's a limit to how good these types of city hotels could be (without resort facilities, unusual character, etc).

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #166 on: January 26, 2012, 04:30:30 PM »
I will visit London for three days, is it worth to buy a 3 days London Pass? Thanks!

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4 hour stopover in London heathrow. What to do?
« Reply #167 on: August 25, 2012, 11:56:41 PM »
I have a 4 hour connection in LHR.  What should I do?

Are there any express trains to take me downtown and show kids Big Ben Tower or Buckingham Palace or it's too short?



 



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Re: 4 hour stopover in London heathrow. What to do?
« Reply #168 on: August 25, 2012, 11:57:12 PM »
Too short.
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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #169 on: August 26, 2012, 02:09:02 AM »
I have a 4 hour connection in LHR.  What should I do?

Are there any express trains to take me downtown and show kids Big Ben Tower or Buckingham Palace or it's too short?

4 hours is too short to get from 1 gate in Heathrow to the another
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Re: Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #170 on: August 26, 2012, 02:34:03 AM »
4 hours is too short to get from 1 gate in Heathrow to the another
Lol! True story...
And it takes about hour and half to get into town by the subway (tube). And with taxi 30 min but £40.

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Re: Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #171 on: August 26, 2012, 03:37:21 AM »
Lol! True story...
And it takes about hour and half to get into town by the subway (tube). And with taxi 30 min but £40.

true, but you can take the heathrow express and be at paddington in 20 minutes. It's expensive (18 pounds, i think) but sometimes there are 2 for 1 coupons and things like that...

4 hours is too short, though. Consider at least 45 minutes to get off the plane and clear passport control (if not longer) and at least an hour to be there before the next leg, you're left with 2 hours 15 minutes, which means you won't have time to do anything...

If anyone finds themselves in Bayswater, West End go visit the New West End Synagogue. It's an orthodox shul and they have minyan (when they get one) in the mornings and on shabbat...there's a chazzan and a choir, the whole experience...it's not golders green or hendon, but it's a nice (if small) community...

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #172 on: November 14, 2012, 11:47:16 AM »
Flying out of LHR early morning on 12/25.  Tube won't be running, neither will the Heathrow Express.  I need to get from Finchley to Heathrow by 6AM.  Any ideas?

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Re: Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #173 on: November 14, 2012, 11:51:14 AM »
Flying out of LHR early morning on 12/25.  Tube won't be running, neither will the Heathrow Express.  I need to get from Finchley to Heathrow by 6AM.  Any ideas?
Taxi?
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Re: Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #174 on: November 14, 2012, 11:58:08 AM »
Taxi?
checked and it would be close ~55 GBP, any cheaper options?

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #175 on: November 14, 2012, 12:01:56 PM »
Walk?
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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #176 on: November 14, 2012, 12:15:41 PM »
Walk?
Flying out of LHR early morning on 12/25.  Tube won't be running, neither will the Heathrow Express.  I need to get from Finchley to Heathrow by 6AM.  Any ideas?

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #177 on: November 14, 2012, 12:25:41 PM »
Leave at 1am
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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #178 on: November 14, 2012, 01:40:59 PM »
checked and it would be close ~55 GBP, any cheaper options?

Did you try any local car services?

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #179 on: November 14, 2012, 03:11:15 PM »
Did you try any local car services?
got a quote for 48 GBP, not sure how it works with tip over there