Subject: Budget travel to London
Hi Audrey,

Bloomsbury has less expensive food options and some good pubs.

The best guidebook I found was TimeOut Cheap Eats in London - bought it in Toronto but I would think you could get it at Ulysses bookstore on St. Denis (?) if not elsewhere. Their definition of cheap is two courses (starter and main or main and dessert) plus half a bottle or house wine (or a couple of beers) plus service (10% when it is not automatically added) for no more than 20 pounds per person. They describe them in four price ranges - under 14, 14-17, 17-20 pounds and meal deals (early bird specials available, etc. - be careful about this! If you don't go at the right time or have the right meal, it'll cost!) We found some very good places to eat in the guide - and they list quite a few for Bloomsbury.

See also previous posts from me (31233 for an articles on the best free things in London); 30684 on budget restaurants; 3064 on transportation etc. Most museums are free which is great because you can pop in for a short while and revisit favorites! Day bus only passes are 2 pounds. If you plan to use the Underground (subway), you only need the central area.

You can buy sandwiches at Boots the pharmacy, ready-made food at Marks and Spencers and many other places. Picnics are great! In April, it will be full spring in London.

Have a great time. Be sure to visit the Sir John Soane's Museum, not too far from Bloomsbury: it is amazing!

Frances Toronto, Canada