You could live in London for ten years and still not experience all the UK’s capital has to offer. Whether you’re after lounging or shopping, good food or tranquility, my pick of the best hotspots around St Martin’s Courtyard will take you there.
Just a stone away from the hustle and bustle of the city, sits St Martin’s Courtyard – an urban oasis located off Long Acre and Upper St Martin’s Lane. I recall my frantic shopping trips around this beautiful open-air courtyard back when I was working in hospitality in Covent Garden. I used to spend all my lunch breaks wandering around the vast array of shops on offer. A unique combination of flagships, International brands and new concepts has been handpicked to create a beautiful and exclusive shopping experience.
Looking for a sophisticated way to end the evening? Home to some amazing restaurants, St Martin’s Courtyard is renowned for wowing visitors with good food – Dishoom and Jamie’s Italian are just a few of my favourites.
A girls’ only day out is always a fun and exciting way to treat myself and spend quality time with my sisters or close friends. What better way to start our day than sharing a delicious lunch (bubbles included) in a vibrant setting while catching up and gossiping with my sister-in-law? First time trying Indian cuisine and my expectations were blown away by Dishoom. The food was exquisite, cooked and seasoned to perfection (read I have a love/hate relationship with spicy food) and great service (our Italian waiter was charismatic, bubbly and explained the menu perfectly). Highlights? Prawn Koliwada and Kashmiri Chilli ice cream.
What could be more fun than getting pampered with your girlfriends? For those of you who want to relax and change their look at the same time, Blow Ltd is without a doubt the best place to go to. Blow Ltd caters for every occasion, offering full beauty makeovers – including blow dries, manicures and make-up in just 30 minutes.
If you and your girls have been stressed, worked a lot and are in need of some serious relaxation, a soothing massage at Relax will ease any tension. Enjoy a 30 minute chair massage (perfect if you’re looking to unwind in a hurry) performed by absolutely incredible massage therapists. Uh-may-zing!