Why I love shopping in St Martin’s Courtyard, London

While many people are understandably in love with Oxford Street and the variety of shops this has on offer, you may agree with me that shopping there can sometimes be daunting and nerve wrecking.

If you’re anything like me, you love a relaxed shopping experience, away from the hustle and bustle of Central London, where you can find truly unique gifts. St Martin’s Courtyard is my version of a shopping paradise, nestled in the heart of West End, 2 minutes away from Covent Garden and Holborn.

A place where you can shop till you drop, pamper yourself, enjoy a delicious meal and most importantly (at least for me) beat the queues (read more time to sip my wine).

Shopping in St Martin’s Courtyard

Along the usual suspects – COS, L.K.Bennett, Massimo Dutti or Barbour – you’ll find truly unique brands like Eileen Fisher and Pretty Ballerinas.

Undoubtedly one of my favourite footwear brands, Pretty Ballerinas was one of the first shops we stopped by. Every time I visit this store, I fell in love more and more – the staff is always very helpful, the décor is stunning and the shoes, oh the shoes. I fell in love with Ella, a glitzy style that would make even Cinderella jealous.

We then headed to Eileen Fisher, a minimalistic by excelence clothing brand with timeless and elegant lines.

We continued our shopping trip with a much needed pamper session at Blow Ltd, before our lunch break. Blow has always been my go-to blow dry bar in London. I don’t know exactly how to explain it, but I feel like at home. The stylists make me feel at ease, are bubbly and friendly. What’s not to love?

There’s no secret that I absolutely love Italian food (more than traditional Romanian too), so it comes as no surprise that I had the best time at Dalla Terra. A very insightful wine tasting, followed by a delicious antipasti plank and a mouth-watering beef steak.

For those of you who don’t know me or it’s the first time reading my blog (hello there!), my husband and I lived in Naples for 3 years and worked in hospitality (mainly Italian cuisine) before taking the plunge to turn Launeden into a full time job.

And naturally, after all the shopping and food, a soothing massage at Relax was the icing on the cake. We left feeling energised and ready to continue our day. What’s your favourite shopping destination?


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