Current U.K. Prices?

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Nov 18th, 1999, 01:22 PM
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Bob
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Current U.K. Prices?

I will be travelling with a group of students and staff to England and France at Easter. Though I am familiar with French prices, it has been some time since I have been in England. The last time I was there, it was about twice the cost here (CDN$). What are some approximate prices which one could expect to pay for things students will ask about?--lunch in a cheaper restaurant? fast food? Snacks? Soft drinks? Souvenirs? Thanks for the assistance!
 
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Nov 18th, 1999, 02:21 PM
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The answers of course vary hugely. You should be able to get a nutricious if dull lunch for 4.

A Macdonalds/Burger King Cheeseburge is about 1.50. Fish and chips 2.50. Pizza- 5. Crisps 30p. Sandwiches from about 1. Tins of fizzy drinks from 35p to 50p. Souvenirs- I think we need more definition here?

More specifics- get back to me.
 
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Nov 18th, 1999, 02:24 PM
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We paid about 16 pounds a night, per person, for our vacation rental in London. In US$, that was about $27 - which, for a big city - US standards, is a very good price. A family restaurant in the US would charge less than $10 for a meal, tax and tip and drink. We paid about the same in London for 'pub grub'. For a Harrod's cloth totebag, vinylized, about 15" x 10", I paid 10 pounds, US$17, which, again, was a fair price. Lunch at Harrod's was expensive, but so is lunch in Bloomingdale's.
Each BP sterling is worth CDN$2.38, so use the above prices in BP I paid, and multiply by CDN$2.38 and figure from there if it's fair priced.
I always make a little chart for myself on a 3x5 card, i.e., $1 = 59 p $10 = 6bp, etc and then on the other side, the reverse 1bp = $1.70 10 bp = $17 etc. so that I can get a quick scan to see if prices are in line with what I expect to pay (pounds are easy to get confused with dollars, because they are written in decimals to indicate 1/100, and the amounts are close to dollars; lira are MUCH easier to keep clear in my head)
 
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Nov 18th, 1999, 09:06 PM
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Go to this website for a currency conversion chart such as the one Elvira describes in the message above. Easy to print it out and tuck into your wallet.

http://www.oanda.com/converter/travel
 
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Nov 18th, 1999, 09:06 PM
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Go to this website for a currency conversion chart such as the one Elvira describes in the message above. Easy to print it out and tuck into your wallet.

http://www.oanda.com/converter/travel
 
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Nov 18th, 1999, 09:06 PM
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Go to this website for a currency conversion chart such as the one Elvira describes in the message above. Easy to print it out and tuck into your wallet.

http://www.oanda.com/converter/travel
 
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Nov 19th, 1999, 12:31 PM
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Many of the things I've bought in Britain (food, books, etc) seem to be about 50% higher on average. So as a really rough estimate, I usually expect prices in GBP to be about the same as prices in US$, ignoring the rate of exchange. If I'd expect to spend $10US on something in the US, it often works out to be about 10GBP in Britain (or $17US in actual cost, after conversion). Unfortunately not too helpful for CDN$, but for me it has been a useful way to quickly compare prices without thinking too much about exchange rates.
 
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Nov 19th, 1999, 04:57 PM
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When we were in London we found everything to be outrageously expensive. The cheapest meals we found were ho-hum pub food for an average of 5 (C$12) and grocery store sandwiches for 2 (C$4.80). I hope your students are wealthy; they could save money by buying bread from grocery stores & brining their own peanut butter (not kidding). CDs cost 13+ (C$31). Doc Martens footware around 50-60 (probably cheaper in Canada but they do have some styles unique to the UK). PVC jacket at Camden? haggled to 25 (C$60). Great deal on cashmere wool pea coat in July for 85 (C$204). 9" high Paddington Bear stuffed toy 16 (C$38). I think it's safe to say that the cost of things in London will be the same digits as Canadian dollars except in British pounds, ie. 2.4x as expensive.
 
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