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    I am going to be in London for a week. Anyone have any suggestions or tips?

    Be Happy

    Depends what kind of things interest you. Shops? e.g Harrods Marks and Spencer, Selfridges

    Palaces? Buckingham, or Kensington





    London Eye


    Changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace is a must

    The Best Bubby

    Changing of the Guard is every other day, i.e. one week it is Sun, Tues, Thurs, & Sat and then Mon, Wed, Friday the next week. You should be there for 10:30 a.m.

    Houses of Parliment/Big Ben at Westminster. Walking along the Embankment and the Bridges. Taking a Boat Ride from Westminster Pier to Greenwich to see the Cutty Sark boat

    Can also get off the boat at Hampton Coart Palace which Henry VIII lived. Go to Windsor Castle (about 45 minutes by British Rail train), and see the Queen Mary’s Miniture Doll House and also the 2 rooms of the tapestries depicting the story of Purim.

    There are 2 in one room, and 3 in another room. They are not in chronological order of the story. They were brought over from France during the French Revolution one night and never returned. There is mistake in one of the tapestries with Achashveirosh’s foot.

    Regents Park is absolutely beautiful and there are row boats to hire. Tower of London is a must to see with the Queen’s Crown Jewels. There are Beefeaters there (Queen’s guard’s, who are all ex army men, but they won’t tell you the story of how many yidden were murdered in the Tower!

    Bevis Mark’s Shul in the city is a must. It is lit totally by candles and is a duplicate of the Spanish and Portuguese Shul in Amsterdam. There are original documents on display regarding the reentry of the Jews in Cromwell’s times. Royal Albert Hall.

    Science Museum for kids. Kensinton Palace, Trafalgar Square, Oxford Circus for shopping. Selfridges, and John Lewis have kosher sandwiches in Oxfors Street. The London Experience across the street from Tower of London, that has the complete visual in 3D, feel and smell of the city of London since the Great Fire of 1666.

    If you have a day, go down to Bournmouth by train, and see the Compton Acres (absolutely phenominal)! Can go to Stratford upon Avon to see Shakespeare’s hometown and see cobbled stoned roads and thatched roofs from the middle ages. Beautiful scenery. There are organized walks in Hampstead. Going to the Esat End (near the City – where the Bank of England is – and Bevis Marks Synagogue) to see the Lower East side of London and take a walking tour of the East End, which includes the Jack the Ripper trail. The British Museum in Euston has many artifacts from the Babylonian, and Roman empires from the time of the Bais Hasmikdosh, including many manuscripts.

    Going to Golders Green area where it is populated by frum Yidden and get good kosher food (milichig and fleishig). By the way, all places to eat, that are under hechsher are all closed on Shabbos/Yom Tov and the milk products are all cholev yisrael. When you go out of town, you should take with food/drink as there isn’t anything kosher to purchase.

    Can purchase an Oyster card for travel on the underground (tube) and buses and can get one in any undergroungd or newsagents. Should take a tour on the London Red Double Decker Buses, with tickets purchased that you can jump on or off at any stop with one payment for the day. Art museums, Natural History Museum, Holocaust Museum at Imperial College/University. The Jewish Museum at Camden Town.

    Bring a raincoat and good walking shoes. Everything is much more expensive compared to the USA.

    Enjoy your trip and be matzliach!

    The Best Bubby

    Sorry for some typing errors! It is quite late and need to sleep!


    Clearly, Best Bubby is THE go to person for London, but I will add this:

    I heard once that a person should make every effort to see the entourage / trappings of flesh and blood royalty now, so when Moshiach arrives, we will be able to apprciate the differnce.

    Enjoy the trip!

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