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1 Day In London by Davidmal
12 Hour Layover by Aaaron
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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 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 #1965 on: March 14, 2018, 01:18:06 PM »
Their level of kashrus is a big debate. I think they are Glatt.

Sounds promising. tish.london

Belsize Park location makes sense, due to the proximity to Hampstead, Finchley etc. where many of their clientele would probably from and it's not far from Central London.

You evidently don't know London too well as it's fairly far from CL and won't get the lunchtime work trade. The PR so far has been billed as a CL restaurant, which at the moment only includes Reubens.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1966 on: March 14, 2018, 01:18:49 PM »
Kashrus in Europe and Israel should be added to the why people go OTD thread.

Probably more due to attitudes like this tbh.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1967 on: March 14, 2018, 01:19:36 PM »
Anything Kosher in Leeds?

Believe their main community deli is closing down. Not sure how much else there is.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1968 on: March 14, 2018, 01:20:02 PM »
Probably more due to attitudes like this tbh.
It's just confusing. Most restaurants in Europe and Israel have hashgocha, but most frum Jews don't eat there.
Didn't know London was bad as well.
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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1969 on: March 14, 2018, 01:25:21 PM »
Such a holier than thou attitude, it really stinks. How do you know it isn't considered very good when pretty much the whole UK kehilla eats it.
I've spent many many years in London and this is to the best of my understanding.

SKA is a not accepted by most (Ashkenazim) who identify as ultra Orthodox.

As far as meat is concerned, I believe KLBD, KF and SKA are all part of the London Board of Shechita and are all kept to the same standards. (Kedassia is not part of the London Board of Shechita.)

That may explain why many would rely on SKA for Parve etc. and on the board of Shechita for meat. The question is what happens to everything in between. Maybe many would rather not think about that question.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1970 on: March 14, 2018, 01:26:52 PM »
Such a holier than thou attitude, it really stinks. How do you know it isn't considered very good when pretty much the whole UK kehilla eats it.

Okaay....  ::)

I live in London and many people I know don't eat there. Do you know who the owner is? Have you ever seen the mashgiach?

You evidently don't know London too well as it's fairly far from CL and won't get the lunchtime work trade. The PR so far has been billed as a CL restaurant, which at the moment only includes Reubens.

There aren't as many observant Jews working in CL as in say, NYC. Dinner time is when the main business happens.

As for lunch, there are many delivery services that the restaurant will probably take advantage of and a 15 min trip by tube isn't terrible either.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1971 on: March 14, 2018, 01:28:57 PM »
I've spent many many years in London and this is to the best of my understanding.

SKA is a not accepted by most (Ashkenazim) who identify as ultra Orthodox.

As far as meat is concerned, I believe KLBD, KF and SKA are all part of the London Board of Shechita and are all kept to the same standards. (Kedassia is not part of the London Board of Shechita.)

That may explain why many would rely on SKA for Parve etc. and on the board of Shechita for meat. The question is what happens to everything in between. Maybe many would rather not think about that question.
Interesting. Been following this thread for years and it seems like everyone has ordered the Reuben's salt beef!
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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1972 on: March 14, 2018, 02:13:12 PM »
Anything Kosher in Leeds?

There is a kosher cafe which is milchig in they day, and fleishig at night a few times a week. Food is fine.

https://ljwb.co.uk/how-we-can-help-you/eat-meet-greet-2/food-drink/restaurant-cafe/

You can also pick up reasonably priced frozen meals or shabbat takeaway there

https://ljwb.co.uk/how-we-can-help-you/eat-meet-greet-2/food-drink/food-home/

There is a bakery in the grounds of one of the main shuls. I thought it was pretty good. They also do sandwiches, savouries, cakes etc

https://www.facebook.com/streetlanebakery/

Branches of both Tesco and Sainsbury close to jewish area sell cheese, meats, cold goods, frozen etc etc. There is also a butcher but you probably won't need that.

It's also less then 1 hour to Manchester, with plenty of other options.

All in all, not too bad!

There is also minyan 3 times/day in each of the three main shuls + extra at a shtiebel.





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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1973 on: March 14, 2018, 02:19:18 PM »
Thatís ridiculous
I hope the Hashgacha was good

No one ever said anything about Reubens when I asked

Actually the opposite they said the only place you can eat at in town is Reubenís everything else is GG etc.

I hope people here are not just spreading Lh
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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1974 on: March 14, 2018, 02:39:51 PM »
Thatís ridiculous
I hope the Hashgacha was good

No one ever said anything about Reubens when I asked

Actually the opposite they said the only place you can eat at in town is Reubenís everything else is GG etc.

I hope people here are not just spreading Lh
Who did you ask?

Many people eat there, it is usually full in the evening. Having said that, there are many who don't rely on the Hashgacha and don't eat there.

It all depends on your kashrus standards. Saying that people don't eat there, doesn't mean that it's treif.

It is indeed currently the only kosher place in Central London.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1975 on: March 14, 2018, 02:45:03 PM »
But you only consider it a place to eat if you consider it worthy of eating. I asked locals.
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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1976 on: March 14, 2018, 02:53:08 PM »
But you only consider it a place to eat if you consider it worthy of eating. I asked locals.
So, if you asked people you trust and they said that it's fine, then you're good.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1977 on: March 14, 2018, 04:59:52 PM »
There is a kosher cafe which is milchig in they day, and fleishig at night a few times a week. Food is fine.

https://ljwb.co.uk/how-we-can-help-you/eat-meet-greet-2/food-drink/restaurant-cafe/

You can also pick up reasonably priced frozen meals or shabbat takeaway there

https://ljwb.co.uk/how-we-can-help-you/eat-meet-greet-2/food-drink/food-home/

There is a bakery in the grounds of one of the main shuls. I thought it was pretty good. They also do sandwiches, savouries, cakes etc

https://www.facebook.com/streetlanebakery/

Branches of both Tesco and Sainsbury close to jewish area sell cheese, meats, cold goods, frozen etc etc. There is also a butcher but you probably won't need that.

It's also less then 1 hour to Manchester, with plenty of other options.

All in all, not too bad!

There is also minyan 3 times/day in each of the three main shuls + extra at a shtiebel.
Thank you! That's great.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1978 on: March 14, 2018, 06:10:44 PM »
Thank you! That's great.

No problem Found link to butcher, which also stocks groceries, frozen goods etc.

http://www.etzchaim.co.uk/butchers.php

Owned by one of the shuls

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #1979 on: March 14, 2018, 07:33:33 PM »


You evidently don't know London too well

LOL