Monday, 4 July 2011

St Martin's Courtyard

I love discovering new places in London, and I recently discovered St Martin's Courtyard, in Covent Garden. It is hidden behind the Banana Republic on Long Acre, and is full of some lovely restaurants and amazing shops, such as Desa, Jaeger, Twenty8Twelve and a lovely flower shop: The Academy of Flowers, amongst many others.


On Saturday, along with some of my favourite other bloggers, I was invited along to a Garden Party that the Courtyard held, and it was a lot of fun. It was great hanging out with Kirsty, Elisabeth, Amy, Lucy, Jazmine, Kristabel and Daniela. And along with the invite, we were sent t-shirt's from Banana Republic (with trimmings and buttons) to customise. I chose a blue one, and added the various buttons and trimmings. I have to admit that I'm not the most creative of people.

There was a lot going on throughout the day, and all the various stores in and around the courtyard were also involved in the festivities. We had cupcakes at Jaeger, and most of the stores were giving out champagne and doing raffles. Time2, in particular, were doing a raffle for a Yellow Toy Watch, while Twenty8Twelve were doing a raffle for a t-shirt.

Jaeger cupcakes: more delicious than the average cupcake.

The day started with a fashion show, which featured clothes and accessories from the brands around the courtyard, and it was so much fun to watch. The styling was done really well and all the different clothes and shoes went really well together.
There was also a lovely show from The Academy of Flowers, who had made outfits out of flowers for the models to wear, and it was based on a Midsummer's Night Dream.


There were fashion shows throughout the day and one of them even featured a few of the t-shirts that we'd customised. The best three were chosen to go up and walk the runway!! Kristabel and Lucy were both runners up, and Kirsty won with her gorgeous tee, which was slashed at the back.


Aside from the fashion shows, there were lots of activites to keep us entertained throughout the day. There was face painting, massages (from Relax and Melvita), games of hoopla (which I didn't win) and there was even a gallery that showcased some of Noel Fielding's work, and it was pretty amazing.

Other entertainment included a magician, who did a pretty funny set on the band stand, and another magician walking around doing card tricks and making balloon animals. Initially, he gave me a worm, but then made this amazing thing for me instead:


Highlights of the day included a guy walking around making amazing silhouettes of everyone and  a beautiful set preformed by Sunday Girl. I'd never heard of her before, but she had a beautiful voice and slightly resembled Kate Middleton.


There was also a lot of food to keep us on our feet. There were the sweetest, juciest strawberries, served with cream, and Pimms. And we were treated to a delicious lunch at 'Bills'.


If you're ever in the Covent Garden area,I'd definitely make a trip to this serene and relaxing area. Aside from the stores I've mentioned, there's also a COS, Joules, The White Company and Pretty Ballerina (prettiest shoes ever).

The day was a lot of fun, and the weather was pretty much perfect for a garden party. It had a great community atmosphere, and we were looked after very well by the lovely Lauren.

Sherin xx

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P.S. Happy 4th of July to those who celebrate it!


Rachel said...

If I don't find this place by myself, you're taking me there - I think the word 'COS' just about sealed the deal for me!

Lizzy said...

I'm glad you guys had gorgeous weather for this, it was a stunner of a weekend! Although looking at everyone's pictures has me craving strawberries and alcohol far too early for a sunday morning!

Happy 4th of July indeed, I think some fireworks might have to be set off, just because :). xx

Michelle Goldie said...

Looks like such a nice day! might have to investigate this area for myself..

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Susu Paris Chic said...

What a sweet blow... Massage and Pimms. Oh my sweet strawberry!

Cafe Fashionista said...

Oh, what a fabulous event! Those cupcakes look incredible! :)

Diego R. Wyatt said...

Looks like a fabulous event. The food looked amazing and the designs seemed like they came from a diverse bunch. Can't wait to visit London.


Anonymous said...

Can we go there together when I'm back?

ana said...

Hello Sherin! those strawberries look delicious! what a great time you had... someday I will go to London and visit all these places!!!

Sandra said...

Seems like a really fun event & the cupcakes look delicious! :D

janettaylor said...

Looks great event!


Harriet said...

It looks lovely, I've loved seeing everyones photos from saturday. Made me sad I hadn't been able to go though!

♥ joei said...

Sounds like a fun day! Happy 4th of July!

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daisychain said...

sounds like it was amazing!

Anonymous said...

I saw Sunday Girl at Clothes Show Live - she was great, and really held her own in such a big venue! Also, all those strawberries look AMAZING! Naomi x

Claire said...

Those strawberries!!


Maria said...

This sounds amazing, looks like you guys had a lot of fun :)

Maria xxx

Winnie said...

Ah I would have loved to have come to this but damn train tickets! The thought of strawberries and cream with pimms makes me happy! I think I stumbled upon this space in Covent garden once with Kristabel!

Tanvi said...

SO much fun!!! You have the best events for bloggers out there!!!

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le sorelle said...

Those strawberries look SO delicious! And so do those Jaeger cupcakes - I've never even heard of those! Looks like you guys had a blast! :)

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B a la Moda said...

It looks like a nice place to go. The strawberries look yummy. ;)

B* a la Moda

Susie said...

Oh wow, it looks like you girls had so much fun! Why are there no pictures of your customized t-shirt--I want to see it!

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