St Martin’s Lane Hotel x Gymbox
Last weekend, I was invited to St Martin’s Lane Hotel in Covent Garden for a little overnight staycation, followed by a personal training session at Gymbox. It’s not often I have an excuse to stay in a hotel five or six miles from my house, so I thought, what the heck, count me in! Living in London’s East End, I try to avoid the madness that is central London and as lovely as Covent Garden is, the tourist factor and sheer number of people can make it a stressful zone to go into. But my night at St Martin’s Lane made me want to take regular staycations there. And by ‘regular staycations’, I of course mean, ‘move in’.
Firstly we were treated to a dinner at the hotel restaurant, Asia de Cuba. I say dinner, but it was more of a feast, a festival of dim sum-mery that sent us all in to a food coma. I can’t even remember what all the dishes were but I can tell you they were good. Real good. As fusion food goes, I initially thought the blend of Asian and Cuban was a little odd, but it definitely works. Dish after dish was brought out as we were encouraged to have a sampling of pretty much the entire menu. Man, I wish I could eat like that every day (obviously I mean have people wait on me hand and foot, bringing me endless good food that I don’t have to make). As a non-drinker, I enjoyed their delicious, fruity mocktails too.
My room on the sixth floor of St Martin’s Lane was a complete sanctuary. It’s a Phillipe Starck hotel, so you already know it’s gonna be pretty badass. Simple design, white walls and bedding were offset with colourful lighting (complete with a dimmer switch which took you through a rainbow of lighting colours of your choice). Spacious, with floor to ceiling windows and an excellent cityscape view, I lay back on the bed’s fluffed up pillows like Scarface thinking ‘this is the life’ (minus the cocaine element of Scarface though. I did not have that). The bed was huge. I slept diagonally, just ’cause I could. LIKE A BAWSE.
In the morning, I went down to the hotel gym, which just happens to be trendy London workout chain, Gymbox. While I am an insanely active person (check out my Spikes & Heels blog – shameless pluggin’ all up in this mutha), I’m not really a gym person, thoughI really like what Gymbox are bringing to the game. From the aesthetics of their spaces, to the weird and wonderful classes they put on, they are really making a move in the right direction to get away from the monotony of regular gym life. I tried out a Cross Fit session and as I type this two days later, I can barely lift my arms, so, you know, that was a success. In all seriousness though, I love a tough workout and really enjoyed learning about lifting weights. (The fact that I’m currently in the midst of doing the Insanity workout and training for the Etape du Tour probably has something to do with my excessively sore muscles right now too).
All in all, I had a great time and would love to sneak off there again for a night or two (I don’t care that I only live five miles away!). Those of you who live out of London and are looking for a stylish hotel in a great location, with a great gym to get your workout in when you come to town, St Martin’s Lane London gets the stamp (kickbox? Punch? Lunge?) of approval from me.