St Martin’s Courtyard is one of London’s newest and most exciting shopping and dining destinations. Located just yards from the world-famous Covent Garden Piazza, in the heart of the bustling West End, it is home to a number of major brands, in addition to a handful of independent names.
By day, St Martin’s Courtyard is full of discerning shoppers wandering from one boutique to the next, while once the night comes, it is transformed into a vibrant wining and dining destination as both tourists and Londoners alike head there to enjoy fine cuisine from almost every corner of the world.
The exact address of St Martin’s Courtyard is: Slingsby Place, London, W2CE 9AB.
St Martin’s Courtyard opening hours
As you might expect of a major shopping and dining centre in the very heart of the British capital, St Martin’s Courtyard is open throughout the year, though most stores close on Christmas Day.
Opening hours do also vary between the different stores, as well as between the different restaurants. Generally speaking, the cafes and some of the dining locations open their doors at 7.30am and stay open until 11.00pm or until midnight or even 1am at the weekends.
The retail side of St Martin’s Courtyard, meanwhile, is generally open from 9am until 9pm Monday to Friday, though late night shopping is offered in the run-up to Christmas.
St Martin’s Courtyard cinema
Throughout the year, St Martin’s Courtyard plays host to a special Pop-Up Cinema, with a particular emphasis on allowing visitors to enjoy the wonders of silent cinema. Screenings are usually free of charge, though advanced booking is required and it’s advisable to book as far in advance as possible so as to avoid disappointment.
Aside from special occasional screenings at St Martin’s Courtyard itself, there are a number of other places movie buffs can take in a film after a long day’s shopping or before they sample the culinary delights of this new West End destination.
The Covent Garden Hotel, which is just a short stroll from St Martin’s Courtyard, has a small in-house cinema, showing new releases in the afternoons. Also just a couple of minutes on foot from St Martin’s is the world-famous Shaftesbury Avenue, home to a handful of cinemas showing everything from the latest art-house favourites to Hollywood blockbusters. And, of course, Leicester Square itself is less than ten minutes’ walk from St Martin’s Courtyard.
St Martin’s Courtyard parking
As you might expect, parking spaces can be hard to find in the West End of London, especially at weekends or at evenings when huge crowds flock to the theatres and restaurants that are to be found in this part of the city. St Martin’s Courtyard itself is fully-pedestrianised, so there is absolutely no street parking available outside its shops and restaurants – though if you really do need to travel into the centre of the capital by car, there are a couple of excellent options nearby.
- The best place to find parking is at the NCP Car Park London Covent Garden, located on Parker Street, WC2B. While it may be expensive, this offers more than 100 safe spaces just a couple of minutes away from St Martin’s Courtyard itself.
- Other NCP car parks can be found on Drury Lane, again just a short walk from St Martin’s Courtyard, and on the equally conveniently-located St Martin’s Lane.
- Additionally, Masterpark on Newport Place, in the heart of bustling Chinatown, is also well-situated for shopping and dining at St Martin’s Courtyard.
As well as the above car parks, you may also be able to find on-street parking on the streets surrounding the British Museum on Sundays. Note, however, that you need to pay to park here, even on Sundays, and Camden Council strictly enforces the parking rules in place.
Shopping options at St Martin’s Courtyard
St Martin’s Courtyard is home to around 25 shopping and lifestyle outlets, with even the most discerning shopper likely to find what they need here. As well as men’s and women’s contemporary fashion, the destination also plays host to stores specialising in everything from watches to running gear and from flowers to dancewear and even electronic gadgets. Note that, in addition to the permanent stores, St Martin’s Courtyard regularly hosts pop-up concessions, news of which can be found on the destination’s official website.
Fashion stores found in this corner of Covent Garden include Banana Republic, Barbour, Jack Wills, Jack Wolfskin and Massimo Dutti. More specialist stores, meanwhile, include the likes of Runners Need, Pretty Ballerinas and The Wardrobe Consultant.
Away from fashion, some of the other more popular retailers found in St Martin’s Courtyard include Yotopic Yoga, The White Company, the Covent Garden Academy of Flowers and the Cycle Surgery.
Tube stations in or near St Martin’s Courtyard
St Martin’s Courtyard, as with Covent Garden in general, enjoys excellent public transport connections, making it very easy to reach from almost every other part of the capital. The nearest Tube Stations to the shopping and dining destination are:
- Covent Garden: 200 metres west, along Long Acre. Served by the Piccadilly Line.
- Leicester Square: Around 300 metres to the east. Served by the Northern Line and the Piccadilly Line.
Note that at weekends, as well at peak hours during the week, Covent Garden Tube Station can be very busy and you may find yourself waiting for a lift to the surface for some time. At peak times, it’s therefore advisable to travel to Leicester Square Underground and then walk to St Martin’s Courtyard from there.
Attractions in or nearby St Martin’s Courtyard
St Martin’s Courtyard is located in the beating heart of the West End, arguably the most exciting part of the capital. This means that, if you’re all shopped-out, or if you fancy working up an appetite seeing some of London’s top attractions before heading to this corner of Covent Garden for dinner, then you will find plenty of things to see and do within easy walking distance of St Martin’s itself. Just some of the best attractions located nearby include:
- Covent Garden: 300 metres from St Martin’s Courtyard
- London Transport Museum: 400 metres away
- Royal Opera House: 400 metres away
- Leicester Square: 500 metres away
- Piccadilly Circus: 800 metres away
- The British Museum: 800 metres away
- Trafalgar Square: 800 metres away
- London ‘Theatreland’: 200 metres away. For tickets, head to Leicester Square or try the box offices of the individual theatres themselves.
All of the above can easily be reached on foot. For attractions such as Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London or the London Eye, however, it’s best to invest in an Oyster Card to get you around London by Tube for the duration of your stay.