Working in Covent Garden is quite a treat as it's my little spot of Europe in this city. It's definitely one of London's prettiest areas with its offering of high street and designer stores, independent boutiques and market stalls, artsyfartsy buildings and eclectic shops. The piazza is a spectacular space with cobblestone steps and eclectic street performers; the backyard at St Paul's church (aka Actors Church) is a peaceful place to have a takeaway lunch al fresco especially during the summer; and the surrounding options for musicals, plays, opera and ballet are definitely worthy of all five stars.
There are also pretty decent places to eat if you're feeling peckish.
One of my favourite go-to places for lunch, when I actually have time, is a restaurant called Palm Court Brasserie. They serve classic French food (my favourite) of very, very, very reasonable value.
grilled sea bass (14.95). The fish is always cooked to perfection - flaky and very light, seasoned correctly. The pesto dressing is delicious and you get just enough of this to make the side of French beans, olives and cherry tomatoes sing. This is such a healthy lunch and if I weren't spoilt for choice, I'd gladly eat this everyday. =)
petit pois ala Francaise (£3.5) is possibly, and surprisingly, one of the yummiest sides I've had. This humble side of peas is not to be dismissed because it's so hearty. The sweetness of the peas and sharpness of those baby onions marry well in that deliciously silky butter sauce. I'd gladly have a serving of this on its own on a Meatless Monday.
seafood linguine (£14.95) when I need comfort food and can't be bothered to walk all the way to Regent Street for ramen. The bowl is always generous with nicely cooked fruits de mer and the sauce is garlicky with the slightest hint of spice. I've had better versions of this in Italian restaurants, but I really can't complain much about PCB's as it's decent enough and it's close to work.
Definitely my favourite lunch spot. Definitely better than a desk sandwich lunch.
Palm Court Brasserie
39 King St, London WC2E 8JS | 020 7240 2939
Ave spend pp: £25