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price of food in London

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price of food in London

My partner and I will be staying in an apartment for a few weeks in London in 08.

Instead of going out to eat all the time we will be stocking up our fridge. I was wondering what the prices are for basic goods such as

-loaf of bread

-milk

- beef and chicken

-deli meats

- apples, oranges, grapes, any other fruits

- potatoes, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower etc

I'm coming from Australia and am used to fresh foods and hear that the groceries are pretty expensive in London...can anyone give me a rough estimate on how many pounds to allow per week please?

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1. Re: price of food in London

Wonder no longer. All supermarkets are online - Tesco, Asada, Waitrose, Sainsbury's, to name but a few.

Roughly, expect to pay about double that in Oz, especially in London.

Due to all the flooding we've had, some food like bread and veg will probably go up in proce. Half our pea crop was lost.

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2. Re: price of food in London

or "Asda", or Morrisons if you want cheap...

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3. Re: price of food in London

thankyou for that, i wasnt aware that its online :)

we're thinking of budgeting 300AUD per week, which is roughly 120 pounds....

hoping the online supermarkets dont burst my bubble :)

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4. Re: price of food in London

Hi Stormborne

Actually the exchange is closer to 2.4 times the Aussie dollar.

If you can find a market you "might" find fruit and veg a bit cheaper than in the supermarkets. Depends where your apartment is I guess.

Average prices:

A loaf of grain bread = 1 pound

Litre milk = 65p

Steak eg rump (are you sitting down?) about 11 GBP a kilo

Granny smith about 1.20 gbp per kilo

Spuds about 1.30 a kilo

I didn't think the grocery prices were so far different from here In Melbourne. With the exception of beef. Butchers meat is more pricey but looks a whole lot better!

You can check all this out on something like tesco.com

You can buy a basic pub meal eg ssteak & ale pie with salad/veg & chips if you look around for about (very rough guide) 6-9 GBP. Is generally a good sized serve.

Of course it all depends where in London you'll be.

Have fun!

Fay

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5. Re: price of food in London

Not only are the supermarkets online but some (notably Tesco, Waitrose/Ocado, and Iceland (frozen foods)) also do home deliveries - pick your order online, choose a delivery slot, and a temperature-controlled van will turn up on time with all your stuff.

At the bottom of the homepage at tesco.com is "Pricecheck" that will give you a good idea of prices. However greengrocers/markets are often cheaper than supermarkets for veg.

Selfcatering is deffo the way to go to save money, and Britain is Ready Meal Heaven so you won't be slaving over a cooker, microwavable meals a-plenty.

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6. Re: price of food in London

My weekly shop ( for two of us ) including, fruit, veg, meat,

( sausages, chicken, bacon, mince, ham, pate ) bread, cheese, eggs, cookies, wine, milk, yoghurt, cereal, some convenience foods, cleaning materials and loo roll etc averages about 80 quid...thats not too bad is it ?

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7. Re: price of food in London

Further to the comment about cheap pub meals, please see my recent post and press reports about the use of ZEBU meat in pub chains. (eg. Wetherspoons)

As long as they don't claim that its prime Aberdeen Angus beef, its OK to sell it.

Borough Market near London Bridge is a wonderful experience if you are shopping. Probably more expensive than Tesco, but a whole lot more fun than waiting for a van to deliver food. Also has good pubs and restaurants, and sights (eg Globe Theatre) nearby.

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8. Re: price of food in London

adding to that...what about Warwick street market if in the Westend ? also great patisseries on old compton street yum

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9. Re: price of food in London

doh i mean Berwick st market...must have been having a CRAFT moment !!

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10. Re: price of food in London

Stormborne, look up Sainsbury.co.uk for prices and an indication of what they stock.