Stuck for plans over the Bank holiday weekend? Combine your love of exercise, shopping and pampering at this open-air courtyard in the heart of Covent Garden.
Start your day with some yoga, re-fuel with a wholesome breakfast, sculpt limbs with pilates, and reward efforts with a massage and a spot of retail therapy. It’s all in the balance…
Yoga at… Yotopia
What: An oasis of calm offering a range of yoga styles in a hot or non-heated room. Choose a class to suit your mood and ability. From gentle to dynamic flows and relaxing Yin to Rocket Yoga and Dharma Mittra.
Where: 13 Mercer Street, London WC2H 9QJ
Tip: The hot room is heated to 37 degrees.
Breakfast at… Bill’s
What: A cosy, welcoming restaurant spread across two floors with a seating area outside.Try the Bill’s Vegetarian breakfast with poached free range eggs, tomatoes, mushrooms, tomato hummus, and guacamole.
Where: St. Martin’s Courtyard, Off Long Acre, London WC2E 9AB
Tip: Eat here after your yoga session…
Active Living Room at… Lorna Jane
What: Hailing from sunny Brisbane, Lorna Jane aims to inspire women to live their best life through active living. The first UK flagship store offers a collection of active wear, gym clothes, yoga outfits and workout gear and an Active Living Room downstairs. See the class schedule here.
Where: St Martin’s Courtyard, 6 Slingsby Pl, London WC2E
Tip: Pick up a pack of these statement socks!
Massage at… Relax Spa
What: An urban day spa that believes massage is a “gift from the gods”. We couldn’t agree more. Led by a team of highly trained massage therapists and natural beauty therapists, expect a firm pressure and nimble fingers to tease out tension, leaving you feeling relaxed and stress free.
Where: St Martin’s Courtyard, 7 Mercer St, London WC2H 9QJ
Tip: All products are organic and free of nasties.
New Trainers at… Runners Need
What: The go-to running specialists of Covent Garden. The store features a footwear wall and uses state of the art technology to analyse customer’s running action to determine the best shoe for you. Discover a variety of brands from; Brooks Sports, Nike, ASICS, Adidas, and Gore and Saucony.
Where: St Martin’s Courtyard, 9A Mercer Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9QJ
Tip: Trainers are the most important part of your kit. Your joints will thank you.
Tea Tasting at… The East India Company
What: A gastronomic emporium offering a range of delicious products, including a specially curated selection of tea and coffee, artisan sweet and savoury biscuits. Mouthwatering chocolate, jams, marmalades and mustards!
Where: St Martin’s Courtyard, 142 Long Acre, London WC2E
Tip: Try the Chakra Herbal Infusions
Other shopping spots in this area include; Arc’teryx, Banana Republic, Barbour, Eileen Fisher, Jack Wills, Jack Wolfskin, L.K.Bennett, Massimo Dutti, Pretty Ballerinas, The White Company, Swarovski, The Covent Garden Academy of Flowers