I will be visiting London in March and plan to rely primarily upon take away and pub food for sustenance in order to stretch a weak budget beset by the weak Dollar. Prior visits included a lot of reliance on pre-made sandwiches from Sainsbury's or Pret a Manger. While I don't object to either, I'd also like to get away from this rather boring option.
Obvious tired jokes aside, I actually do enjoy English sandwiches and lunch-type fare. Especially the cheese, smoked meat, and wheat bread. I am looking for a recommendation for a good Ploughman's Lunch or sandwich in London, preferably someplace where I can get a good pint to wash it down. Secondarily, can anyone suggest good places to grab a quick, tasy bite that won't break the budget. I've tried and enjoyed middle eastern fare (e.g., falafels, shawarma) on previous visits, and would very much like to try out what's available at any neighborhood markets or city market halls.
I'll be staying in Bayswater, and will most likely spend most of my visit in Underground Zones 1 and 2, However, I do intend to check out Camden, Greenwich, the East End, and woul enjoy getting off the beaten path to see other areas with food as an excuse. Walking is no problem, but I'd like to stay withing reasonable distance of a tube station or bus stop.
In short, I'm looking for a good plaughman's lunch and any other quick food sugestions anyone can make. I know the city is huge with countless food options, but it doesn't hurt to see what people think. Also, since I'll be there over the weekend of 12 March, can anyone suggest a good place to watch the St. Patrick's Parade, as well as a good place to get a drink afterward?
Any response/suggestion is appreciated.