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I use a satchel - loads of those around at the moment. Mine is red faux leather and was about £20. If you don't mind faux-leather, you can get polka dots and so on to make it less briefcase-like. Proper leather might be beyond your budget, but you might get lucky.
I have a lovely big tote bag from Sandwich, which was £49. It's not leather, but it's very convincing faux-leather, and I would challenge anyone to tell just by looking! It's nice and soft too. I think it'd be the ideal size for what you need, and it's nicely casual without looking scruffy. Also, the colour is a sort of cross between grey and blue (I think they call it charcoal), which means it goes well with blue, grey and black.
It has a kind of internal drawstring, which tbh I don't use, but it would definitely make it more secure, and once drawn, you could easily tie the toggles together whilst commuting/walking through crowds to help make it harder to get in to.