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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 #2145 on: January 28, 2019, 04:38:38 PM »
If your'e still friends, why not ask him?
Surprising him

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #2146 on: January 29, 2019, 05:48:08 AM »
The main hall with a K is Kinloss.

Do you know which part of London the hall is in, that may help

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #2147 on: February 06, 2019, 04:01:21 PM »
Surprising him
I'm assuming it's tonight's wedding in Kervan Banqueting Suite...

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #2148 on: March 18, 2019, 04:33:21 PM »
Has anyone stayed at the London Small Luxury Hotels of the World (now part of Hyatt)?
Dukes London, St. James Hotel & Club, Flemings Mayfair, The Academy, or The Capital Hotel & Apartments?
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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #2149 on: March 20, 2019, 11:56:37 AM »
Putting together a 3 day trip to London with wife & 2 kids - ages 2 1/2 & 1 1/2. Here’s what I’m planning so far. Would love to hear feedback & suggestions.

Landing at 8:30pm Monday night. Coming from Israel so we have suitcases with us. I don’t think it would make sense for me to do public transportation with kids & suitcases to hotel (let me know if I’m wrong). Will Uber or call a car service if somebody can suggest one.

Staying at the Marriott park lane.
Emailed them for an upgrade to a suite, (I’m gold) they said I can pay an extra £200, so hoping for the best once I get there.

Day 1 - Windsor
Dinner

Day 2 - Buckingham Palace with Matt - does that make sense with kids?
London eye
Thames (looking for suggestions which river cruise to do)
Big Ben
Tower of London
Dinner


Day 3 - whatever we didn’t get to on Wednesday

Food - if we’re only going to two restaurants, what should they be?
Selfridges food hall - hermolis, 1070. What’s going on there? Not clear what closed what’s still open…

Transportation - what would be my best guide for getting around?
Getting confused, sounds like Oyster card is the way to go, but then I don’t have the 2 for 1 for attractions.

Really appreciate any guidance. TIA

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #2150 on: March 20, 2019, 12:29:05 PM »
Putting together a 3 day trip to London with wife & 2 kids - ages 2 1/2 & 1 1/2. Here’s what I’m planning so far. Would love to hear feedback & suggestions.

Landing at 8:30pm Monday night. Coming from Israel so we have suitcases with us. I don’t think it would make sense for me to do public transportation with kids & suitcases to hotel (let me know if I’m wrong). Will Uber or call a car service if somebody can suggest one.

Staying at the Marriott park lane.
Emailed them for an upgrade to a suite, (I’m gold) they said I can pay an extra £200, so hoping for the best once I get there.

Day 1 - Windsor
Dinner

Day 2 - Buckingham Palace with Matt - does that make sense with kids?
London eye
Thames (looking for suggestions which river cruise to do)
Big Ben
Tower of London
Dinner


Day 3 - whatever we didn’t get to on Wednesday

Food - if we’re only going to two restaurants, what should they be?
Selfridges food hall - hermolis, 1070. What’s going on there? Not clear what closed what’s still open…

Transportation - what would be my best guide for getting around?
Getting confused, sounds like Oyster card is the way to go, but then I don’t have the 2 for 1 for attractions.

Really appreciate any guidance. TIA

There is an extensive Hermolis stand in Selfridges which sells ready-made and fresh meals, salads etc. You'd have to check the opening hours however. 1070 don't sell in Hermolis any more.

There are no kosher options in Windsor so you'd need to come back to Central London to eat. Options are only Hermolis or Reubens in Baker Street, or various supermarkets which sell DD sandwiches. Otherwise you need to go further out to GG/Hendon/Edgware to eat.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #2151 on: March 20, 2019, 01:11:11 PM »
There is an extensive Hermolis stand in Selfridges which sells ready-made and fresh meals, salads etc. You'd have to check the opening hours however. 1070 don't sell in Hermolis any more.

There are no kosher options in Windsor so you'd need to come back to Central London to eat. Options are only Hermolis or Reubens in Baker Street, or various supermarkets which sell DD sandwiches. Otherwise you need to go further out to GG/Hendon/Edgware to eat.
Thank you.

The hermolis stand is meat or dairy?

 I know we’ll probably be going into the Jewish areas to eat. Leaving out reubens what would be my two best options for dinner - meat? 

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #2152 on: March 20, 2019, 01:31:32 PM »
Meat.

Ashbourne and Metsuyan IMO. It’s a big schlep from the city though
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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #2153 on: March 21, 2019, 07:09:49 AM »
Hermolis is meat/fish/parev.

Tish in Belsize Park or Delicatessen in Hampstead are probably the closest. In GG Hummus Bar is worth a trip. Met Su Yan also good.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #2154 on: March 21, 2019, 07:11:20 AM »
Oyster card is best way to get around although you can do contactless on the Tube which is more or less the same thing, just saves you having to get an Oyster (sorry I've had mine for so many years through work I forget what the process is)

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #2155 on: March 21, 2019, 11:00:42 AM »
Meat.

Ashbourne and Metsuyan IMO. It’s a big schlep from the city though
Hermolis is meat/fish/parev.

Tish in Belsize Park or Delicatessen in Hampstead are probably the closest. In GG Hummus Bar is worth a trip. Met Su Yan also good.
Oyster card is best way to get around although you can do contactless on the Tube which is more or less the same thing, just saves you having to get an Oyster (sorry I've had mine for so many years through work I forget what the process is)

Thank you very much.

If I use Oyster card / contactless cc I won’t have 2 for 1 for the attractions… is it still worth using?

BH Seems like I was upgraded to a suite already, my reservation shows executive suite by room type. We’re off to a great start.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #2156 on: March 21, 2019, 04:36:47 PM »
Thank you very much.

If I use Oyster card / contactless cc I won’t have 2 for 1 for the attractions… is it still worth using?

BH Seems like I was upgraded to a suite already, my reservation shows executive suite by room type. We’re off to a great start.

The Underground and buses only take contactless nowadays no cash

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« Reply #2157 on: March 21, 2019, 07:35:28 PM »
The Underground and buses only take contactless nowadays no cash

So what’s the deal with 2 for 1? & is there a better discount I can get than that?

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« Reply #2158 on: March 22, 2019, 05:38:58 AM »
So what’s the deal with 2 for 1? & is there a better discount I can get than that?

No idea, I'm a local, I don't do tourist stuff!

But I'm guessing bar a few of the experiences most of the offers won't be of interest anyway http://content.tfl.gov.uk/visitor-oyster-special-offers.pdf

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #2159 on: March 23, 2019, 02:40:33 PM »
No idea, I'm a local, I don't do tourist stuff!

But I'm guessing bar a few of the experiences most of the offers won't be of interest anyway http://content.tfl.gov.uk/visitor-oyster-special-offers.pdf

No, the 2 for 1 offers with a travelcard issued by British Rail are much better and can save a lot of money - even taking into account the cost of travelcard. See

https://www.daysoutguide.co.uk/2for1-london

Eg Madam Taussauds, London Eye, London Dungeon,  London Zoo

Have used it many times in the past as family live in Borehamwood, so closest station is British Rail anyway.