Planning the food itinerary for an upcoming birthday trip to the UK in 2 weeks' time. We don't have much of an itinerary, though here's some general areas we plan to be in, so we're looking for good neighborhood spots for either lunch or dinner. We don't require fine-dining (we won't be looking touristy, but we won't be dressed up either to shop and wander).
Here's our limits-
Budget: Prefer nothing over £25pp for dinner, excl. drinks. Lunch would be £15pp.
Cuisine: We're from NYC so we're good with ethnic food. Prefer standard British fare, or really good Indian. Nothing Asian, since we've had awful luck with that in past UK trips - though we will make an exception for excellent Japanese ramen-yas, if any exist.
Location: We'll be first staying near St. Paul's (dead zone, I know), and then near Russell Square. Prefer to stay within zones 1 and 2.
Places we'll be near:
1. Borough Market: Plan to eat there one day, any reccs? We don't mind eating from food stalls, but not opposed to a sit-down either.
2. Tate Modern
3. Portobello Road Market
5. Tower of London
6. We're doing a day trip to Oxford. Any lunch reccs?
7. Also doing the stupid American touristy thing and hitting up Highclere Castle. Any lunch reccs for the town of Newbury, as we'll be traveling by train through there?
I've already made dinner reservations at St. John.
We're having tea at the Wallace one day, so need a recc for a light, late dinner probably in the Russell Square/Covent Garden area.
Our total days in London are only about 5, we only need reccs for about 7-9 spots.