Seven Dials is a small but popular area of Central London near Covent Garden where seven streets converge at one junction. The area is conveniently located near a number of Tube stations including Covent Garden, Leicester Square and Holborn which are well within easy walking distance.
Teeming with an overabundance of bars, cafes, clubs, shops and more, its a smart spot for exploring or meeting up with friends – especially if you’re up for grabbing something good to eat or drink. Here’s a hardly exhaustive look at ten of the best places to keep in mind when you visit.
Ape & Bird
142 Shaftesbury Avenue, WC2H 8HJ
This newly opened crowd pleasing gastropub launched by celebrated London restaurateur, Russell Norman, offers traditional pub grub in a fun and contemporary setting.
More at apeandbird.com.
50 Earlham Street, WC2H 9LJ
An amazing selection of Belgian beer, classic Belgian dishes such as moules frites and a communal and slightly kitsch vibe (servers dress like Trappist monks) make Belgo Centraal a brilliant option for beer snobs on a mission.
Visit belgo-restaurants.co.uk for details about this and Belgo’s other London locations.
Flesh & Buns
41 Earlham Street, WC2H 9LX
Newly opened Flesh & Buns offers contemporary Japanese comfort food with a heavy metal sound track for a guaranteed gnashing night on the town.
Go to fleshandbuns.com to find out more.
198 Shaftesbury Avenue, WC2H 8JL
This underground cocktail bar with laid back atmosphere is a preferred bar for long time locals and first time visitors alike. Sandwiches and coffee are ace too!
Check out freud.eu for more information.
Hotel Chocolat – Roast Conch
4 Monmouth Street, WC2H 9HD
This shop brings small batch chocolate making to the heart of London, where cocoa beans are delivered fresh from the luxury chocolate maker’s plantation on Saint Lucia. Once in shop, the beans are converted daily into a range of rare chocolate batches in an open basement kitchen where customers are free to ogle. There’s even a savoury cafe menu featuring cocoa and chocolate dishes.
Details at hotelchocolat.co.uk.
Kopaka Cafe and Restaurant
32-34 Monmouth Street, WC2H 9HA
Fusion cuisine brought to you by Kiwi chef Peter Gordon – expect upscale flavour for midrange prices at this foodie favourite.
Visit Kopaka online at kopapa.co.uk.
Monmouth Coffee Company
27 Monmouth Street, WC2H 9EU
A veritable institution, Monmouth Coffee was serving quality coffee to London long before the major chains and then the hipster stepped in.
More at monmouthcoffee.co.uk.
19-21 Monmouth Street, WC2H 9DD
Purportedly London’s oldest French restaurant, this “little piece of England that will remain forever French” is a quaint setting for a cosy and gourmet meal.
Go to monplaisir.co.uk for more information.
Neal’s Yard Dairy
17 Shorts Gardens, WC2H 9AT
One of London’s best cheese shops and one of the world’s top places to discover and taste a delectable range of fine British cheese, Neal’s Yard is worth a browse if only for the wonderful whiffs you’ll take.
Visit nealsyarddairy.co.uk to find out more.
50-52 Monmouth Street, WC2H 9EP
Proper Neapolitan pizza made with authentic Neapolitan ingredients and baked in traditional wood burning ovens by by actual Neapolitan chefs – what’s not to love?
Details at rossopomodoro.co.uk.
Photo credit: Chris Osburn