A Fashion Blog By Gemma Talbot

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Things To Do In London: Exploring St. Martin's Courtyard Covent Garden

(pictured above: Vegetable Samosas, Dishoom Calamari, Mahi Tikka,  Chicken Ruby, Awadhi Lamb Biryani,  Black House Daal, Garlic Naan, Dishoom chocolate pudding with chilli ice cream and Memsahib's Mess)

Last Friday I spent the afternoon exploring St. Martins Courtyard in Covent Garden. The lovely girls at Sister London invited me down to see exactly what this hidden gem has to offer. As you may all know by now, I am a huge fan of Covent Garden. It's such a London landmark without the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street. After spending the best part of a year and a half commuting back and forth to Oxford Circus, I tend to avoid it like the plague. Back track one week, I had no idea this place even existed so to my surprise I was lucky enough to be spoilt with a full day of activities. The perfect way to see in the weekend if you ask me. 

So a little bit about St. Martin's Courtyard. Situated a stones throw from Leicester Square and Covent Garden tube stations, this shopping and dining destination offers an array of food, drink and shops to keep you entertained. My day kicked off at 11am with a large cappuccino at the Department of Coffee and Social Affairs. Light, airy and a great place to get my morning caffeine fix I was greeted by the lovely Hilary from Sister London to talk me through my day. Next stop was Relax, for a 12pm energiser massage. After having the most relaxing back massage and relieving a lot of unwanted tension, it was time for a spot of lunch. With cuisine to suit everyones taste from Jamie's Italian to Bill's restaurant, I settled on lunch at Dishoom with my good friend Sarah. Admittedly, I have been to Dishoom before but not for a long while and I was really in the mood for Indian food. Our eyes were definitely bigger than our bellies but with food so enticing how could we resist?! I would personally recommend the Mahi Tikka, Chicken Ruby and the Black House Dahl (all pictured above) but everything on the menu is mouth watering and designed for sharing. Great for me, as that way you can try a little bit of everything. Certainly my kind of menu. As always, there is always room for dessert. I opted for Dishoom's (melt in the middle) chocolate pudding accompanied with chilli ice cream and OH MY this definitely hit the spot. I would 1000% recommend this place if you haven't been before but as we left at around 2pm, it did start to get really busy just as a word of warning. 

Too many calories and one giant food baby later,  I had a little walk around the courtyard in Slingsby Place to explore some of the shops but headed towards COS to spend my gift voucher with a pit stop at The Covent Garden Academy of Flowers. With flowers so pretty and in full bloom, they were certainly worthy of an Instagram 'from where I stand' shot. I mean just look at how beautiful those roses are. It's time to round this post off but if your looking for a new place to explore in the heart of Covent Garden, then a visit to St. Martin's Courtyard is an absolute must! An open, outdoor space with a great choice of shops, coffee and lunch, what's not to enjoy? A massive thank you to the ladies at Sister London for inviting me down to check out St. Martin's Courtyard for myself. It was such a lovely treat and the perfect way to spend my free Friday afternoon. 

Jacket | Missguided
Shirt | Missguided
Jeans | New Look
Trainers | Adidas
Bag | Zara
Sunglasses | Rayban

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  1. Ahh looks like such a lovely day out! Your bag is gorge too xx


  2. This Zara bag is amazing Gem - NEED for my hols! xx


  3. This flower stand looks devine! Also love the food at Dishoom and the Covent Garden area. <3

    There will be a post online tomorrow about Covent Garden Market and what to do in the area? My post is a great addition to your suggestions.

    Best Vanessa /// www.cityfreudeblog.london


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