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Apr 22, 2013 06:45 AM

London recommendations?

I will have 4-5 days in London next week. Can someone give me some recommendations? TIA!

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    1. re: nats79

      I'd been meaning to try Kaifeng for years.

      1. re: klyeoh

        Why? Just interested or is it supposed to be actually good (i.e., when compared with non-Kosher Chinese)?

        1. re: brokentelephone

          Just very curious about their cooking - it's been featured by Time Out London's Eating & Drinking Guide for the past decade or more.

          1. re: klyeoh

            I have been to kaifeng several times and it is superb. I can;t compare it to nonkosher but it is absolutely the best kosher chinese anywhere. Try the crispy duck.

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        1. re: klyeoh

          I've been to Mishkins, but it's not for this board as it's just a modern take on Jewish food, not Kosher by any means.

        2. Where will you be based. The majority of the kosher places are in the suburbs - Hendon, Golders Green, and further north. If you are staying in central London, these are a bit of a schlep by subway. There are a couple of places downtown, but the choice is I believe limited to Bevis Marks (very good) and Rubens (good).

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          1. re: njkosher

            There is also a huge Selfridge's in Marlybone on Oxford and Duke Streets with a huge supermarket downstairs. You can by prepackaged kosher sandwiches, etc.

            1. re: Kosher_Fiend

              This is important to know. Given a few days or a few hours in central London, I NEVER schlep out to Golders Green, etc. I mean, waste time riding the tube when I could be enjoying London? I just grab bread, etc. at Selfrige's on Oxford.

              1. re: AdinaA

                When we were in London a few years ago, we bought a lot from Selfridge's. It was particularly helpful for lunch, since it was centrally located. We also brought back a lot to our hotel room for Shabbat. Oh, and food for the plane! I knew I wasn't eating the plane food, but we ended up getting delayed and transferred to a new flight and our food never made it.

                1. re: AdinaA

                  For me, riding the local public transport is part of "enjoying" any city, including London, so I don't see it as a minus.

                  1. re: zsero

                    Oh I ride the tube, just, it doesn't seem worth the time to ride it out to a mundane meal. I would change my mind if someone told me there were restaurants worth going to in one of the neighborhoods. Manchester has had a very good restaurant in recent years.

                2. re: Kosher_Fiend

                  I will be in three areas primarily--Central London, Hammersmith, and Regents Park. I, however, won't have a problem traveling by train/bus if it is worth it. Elsewhere on this board, I'd read that none of the places in GG were worth it, though.

                  1. re: DeisCane

                    In St. John's Wood close to regent's park there is a restaurant /deli called Adafina (they supply Selfridges with their kosher stuff), which is good.

                    In Golders Green I love the Israel falafel place.

                3. re: njkosher

                  Really? Haven't been to Reubens recently because I remember it as tasting like reheated airplane food. And waaay overpriced. Has it improved?

                  Bevis Marks is lovely, although I haven't been to the new location.

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