I'll be visiting from Toronto August 9-12, and want to make the most of my visit. I'm on a budget of sorts, but food and wine are pretty much my only passions on this trip, so I don't want to miss anything. We'll be staying in Russell Square, and have "penciled in" some meals at Original Tagines, Cantina Vinopolis, and Soho Spice. I'm looking forward to exploring Portobello Rd, Berwick St Market and Covent Garden, as well as the food halls at Harrod's and Harvey Nichols.
I am looking for some quick/affordable lunches around Portobello RD, near the Tate Modern/Globe, somewhere in Covent Garden, somewhere in Soho or Berwick Market, as well as some ideas for where to get a nice picnic meal (or supplies) near Trafalgar Sq or St. James. Any or all cuisines, emphasis on healthy and vegetarian, or fish.
I am trying to orchestrate a pub crawl of sorts from Covent Garden back to our hotel in Bloomsbury, so any great pubs or bars on that route (we don't mind wandering a bit) would be great.
I am also wondering if there is anything I am missing that any foodie visiting London MUST do - anything from stores to restos, the whole deal - I want to experience everything I can for as little cash as possible!
Thanks in advance, and if you're ever in Toronto, I have advice in kind!