What a different five months makes! It was back in sunny July when I first discovered the shopping gem that is St Martin's Courtyard, located in the quirky yet convenient Covent Garden. It's an area I've mainly been window shopping in for years, but it seems that a lot of the previously underused spaces near to Long Acre have been developed into less typical retail spaces with manageable crowds of people (next on my list is definitely Seven Dials). I was recently invited along with Lucy, Daniela and Jai'me to see how the area could sort out my Christmas shopping predicament within a short space of time.
I always love discovering new places to eat in Central London, especially of the Indian variety. Sure, the usual trek to East London is always worth it but it's nice to find somewhere within the vicinity of work and the usual shopping haunts. We were treated to a festive feast with a difference at Dishoom and I got to try some mysterious dishes I hadn't come across before (Bhel I'm looking at you) as well as my favourite naans and spicy chutneys. The restaurant was a haven for multiple photo opportunities, with genuine family portraits adorning the walls and mimicking the faded elegant surroundings of the original Bombay cafés. I can't wait to come back to try more of the menu; I think the best thing to do is try a few random dishes previously unheard of for some pleasant surprises.
Coat, Versace t-shirt - H&M
Skirt - Topshop
Tote - A.P.C
Boots - Office
Tights - Calzedonia
An impromptu outfit snapped in the Covent Garden Academy of Flowers shop, which I was determined to somehow show despite the lack of daylight. By some twist of fortune, lots of the Versace for H&M stuff ended up going back online a few days after the launch and I managed to get the men's tee version of my palm print skirt. Not sure if I'll ever wear them in combination, but I'm happy to try something other than polka dots on my top half! The A.P.C tote bag was about the only thing I could afford in their Shoreditch store but hopefully I can stretch to this sweatshirt after Christmas.
I can't believe that I don't own a Christmas jumper! Methinks that Lowie could sort that problem out, was very tempted by the blue number pictured above...
The London Community Gospel choir's singing certainly got me feeling Christmassy, I couldn't help but sing along!
I'm very excited to finally be off for the Christmas break (as of 5pm today) and I hope to use my week(ish) off productively by organising my room, gorging on pigs in blankets and getting back into my scarf knitting. I will probably be popping back into Covent Garden when the weight of present-buying is fully off my mind and would definitely recommend visiting the area if you're new to London. Are you ready for Sunday? A day of wrapping awaits me tomorrow!
Merry Christmas everyone!
Merry Christmas everyone!