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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 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 #340 on: June 19, 2014, 10:23:39 AM »
Hi dear friends!

I need urgent info for transportation from STANSTED AIRPORT to  London Golders Green for tomorrow morning.

I see the cheapest option is nationalexpress.com but it does look like they charge for luggage.

It is for 6 Kids and 1 adult, does anyone know of a better option?

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #341 on: June 19, 2014, 10:36:10 AM »
Hi dear friends!

I need urgent info for transportation from STANSTED AIRPORT to  London Golders Green for tomorrow morning.

I see the cheapest option is nationalexpress.com but it does look like they charge for luggage.

It is for 6 Kids and 1 adult, does anyone know of a better option?

TIA!   
Last time I used it, they didn't charge for luggage but that was about 5 years ago.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #342 on: June 19, 2014, 12:02:00 PM »

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #343 on: June 19, 2014, 02:58:24 PM »

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #344 on: June 24, 2014, 12:54:10 PM »
I'm gonna be in London from the 19th-24th this month visiting my grandma in stamford hill. Is anyone in London that would be able to show me around one day? My grandma is cool, but not that cool  8) lol, B'H she's awesome just wont be able to go out so often with me.. Im 20 (guy)
how was ur trip ?

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #345 on: June 25, 2014, 11:24:22 AM »
any activities that can or should be done at night? I have only 2 full days and nights for leisure  but may have 2 additional separate nights (at least a few hours each night).

May reserve my shopping/visiting those famous stores for then too if they're open late.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #346 on: June 25, 2014, 12:31:34 PM »
how was ur trip ?
Early night go to London eye they close 9ish u think then go to the London Bridge very very nice

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #347 on: June 25, 2014, 12:32:40 PM »
any activities that can or should be done at night? I have only 2 full days and nights for leisure  but may have 2 additional separate nights (at least a few hours each night).

May reserve my shopping/visiting those famous stores for then too if they're open late.
Early night to London eye they close like 9ish and then london bridge very very nice

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« Reply #348 on: June 25, 2014, 01:04:37 PM »
Early night to London eye they close like 9ish and then london bridge very very nice
You probably mean Tower Bridge. London Bridge is nothing special.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #349 on: June 25, 2014, 01:05:06 PM »
Yes

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #350 on: June 25, 2014, 06:21:14 PM »
there are actually reports that its falling down

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #351 on: June 26, 2014, 02:38:17 AM »
Any hotel recommendations using Amex rewards points or United points?
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« Reply #352 on: June 26, 2014, 02:45:57 AM »
Any hotel recommendations using Amex rewards points or United points?
Thanks
You'll be better off cashing them out, and paying for the hotels on your own.

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #353 on: June 26, 2014, 09:16:12 AM »
You probably mean Tower Bridge. London Bridge is nothing special.
tower bridge is really nice place to walk around along the water,

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #354 on: June 29, 2014, 06:09:00 AM »
any good sites/ideas for night-time in london?

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #355 on: June 30, 2014, 12:08:27 PM »
any good sites/ideas for night-time in london?
what type of sites are you looking for  ?

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #356 on: June 30, 2014, 03:36:29 PM »
anything worthwhile to see, i know most things are closed (outside of food/beverage), maybe  there a neighborhood or area to check out at night to get a good feel or vibe of the city?

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #357 on: June 30, 2014, 03:50:45 PM »
There are the usual- shows, comedy clubs, bars etc. Other than that, nothing special I could think of.

If you are interested in interesting bars, try Below Zero Icebar or the one at The Shard.

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« Reply #358 on: July 18, 2014, 12:19:54 PM »
what is best points to use from NYC to London ? is it worth to use points for such a trip or rather just book a cash ticket ? for me wife and 1kid and 1 baby under 2 ?

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Re: London Master Thread
« Reply #359 on: August 03, 2014, 03:39:26 PM »
(I read this entire thread and it was quite helpful)

In terms of transportation to/from the airport to a hotel in central london - I understand that economically the best is the tube but it is 75-90 minutes. The express train costs 21 pounds per person each way but only takes 15 minutes and drops you off at paddington station. That means that if your hotel is not walking distance, you would still have to take the tube which can be another 25 minutes and a bit more money. Is it worthwhile to get a mni-cab ( http://www.exclusiveairports.com/) which costs 38 pounds to town and 31 pounds back if travelling with two people? I arrive Sunday at noon and depart Tuesday early AM (7am departure). The question is whether the convenience of being transported with luggage directly to/from hotel is worth the few minutes that one would save by taking the express + tube?