Looking for cheap places to eat close to Russell Square.
Also, Afternoon tea that is not so expensive.
Inexpensive afternoon tea at the Orangery in Kensington Gardens, Maison Bertaux in Greek Street, or Patisserie Valerie (branches can be found here: http://www.patisserie-valerie.co.uk/index.php?sid=b8924e47f961&p=outlets)
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Head for Lambs Conduit street. This is where locals and people who work in the area go.
There are loads of places for lunch, and a couple for dinner. My favourite lunch places are:
Sid's (Conduit Coffee House) - can be a little bit smoky
Directions (walk takes only 5-10 minutes): turn right out of Russell Square station on Bernard St, walk along Bernard St,
Take the first right onto Grenville Street. At the end of this short street, turn left onto Guilford Street, walk along Guilford Street.
Take the first right, Guilford Place, which turns into Lamb's Conduit Street.
Also, the Mary Ward Centre does excellent cheap vegetarian food and tasty cakes and drinks.
Directions (walk takes about 5 minutes): turn left out of Russell Square station, and take the first left down Herbrand Street.
At the end of this short road, turn left onto Guilford Street, walk a little way along Guilford Street.
Cross the road when you see a little alley way (there are two, one next to a big hotel, and one a bit further along next to the back of the National Hosptial for Neurology & Neurosurgery).
Go down the alley way and you will pop out on Queen Square.
Head to the far end of Queen Square and there you will see the Mary Ward centre.
Just made this post for someone else with a similar question, and I thought it would be good for you to. It's just up the road to the left hand side of the Mary Ward centre.
This place has good pizzas, and is off the tourist trail, and is only about 15 minutes walk from the British Museum:
33 Boswell Street,
London WC1N 3BP
Tel: 020 7242 2434
Mon - Fri 12:00 till 3:00 6:00 till 11:00
Sat 18:00 till 23:00
Sun - closed all day
(sorry, for some reason this won't make a link, but you could cut and paste it to look at the map).
The Fryer's Delight on Theobalds Road is a classic for fish and chips, if you fancy that. Sicilian Avenue has a few cafes and small restos, and is a bit of a hidden gem in the area.
At The Brunswick (formerly Brunswick Centre, a rather nasty 1970s development that's been refurbished quite nicely) there are the Square Pie Company and Carluccio's Cafe - both of which have very yummy food and drinks.
Maison Bertaux is a wonderful place for tea and a sweet or savoury pastry. Tea comes as leaf tea, with a separate pot of hot water to make it the strength you wish, and the food is delicious as well as beautiful. Worth a trip, I think.
There is a Safeway grocery store in the area that has a deli with hot food. Plus you can get reasonably priced sandwich fixings and fresh fruit if the weather cooperates and you fancy a picnic.
The Safeway was in the Brunswick Centre, but it has closed. The Brunswick now offers a huge Waitrose, just opened last July, with lots of hot and cold food to take away, as well as plenty of other grocery options. There is a Tesco Metro just across the road from Russell Square station as well, and a Sainsbury's just across from Holborn station.
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Deedee ~ I like NWL's suggestions for Lamb's Conduit Street and you can also stop by the fantastic Lamb pub. When you come out of the tube station and turn right, you'll see the big new modern Brunswick Centre and TP is right, the Waitrose there has all kinds of cold and/or hot foods for some quick, cheap eats. There are some cafes down Southampton Row (not terribly cheap, but Ill Fornello has great Italian food).