Seven Dials is one of my favourite areas of London. For years Monmouth Street and Neals Yard have been a go-to for me whenever I’m in the city; the vibe is super relaxed and it’s never overly crowded in the same way places like Camden Market can be. So if you’re looking for a bit of down time, I’d recommend this area with no hesitation!
From clothing boutiques that make you daydream to independent eateries that bite into your bank account, every street is lined with gems you’ll want to check out again and again.
Earlier this week I spent an afternoon in Seven Dials and knew I had to get some snapshots to share my favourite finds with you. Whether you’re looking for the perfect getaway space to do some work on your laptop or you’re in need of some new wardrobe additions, Seven Dials is a curated selection of some of London’s most beautiful shops. Its centre is also adjacent to Neal’s Yard, which is an absolute must.
Where to Shop
First and foremost, you’ve got to head to Neal’s Yard. A rainbow-infused courtyard boasting everything from its own skincare brand (hey there Neal’s Yard Remedies) to independent cafes, hairdressers and the city’s best pizzeria (more on that later).
Located on the gorgeous Monmouth Street, LBD Paris offers a beautiful selection of timeless classics to invest in (hello capsule wardrobe-lovers). if you’re looking for quality simplicity with a Parisian twist, LBD Paris is the one-stop shop you need in your life.
Pop Up Shops
Whilst Seven Dials is laced with a combination of retail chains and independent shops, you can often find hidden pop up shops too – every time you visit there’s a new one to discover! This week I found the Korea Design Pop Up Shop, which was brimming with products that I absolutely adore but certainly don’t need.
I know there are Superga stores scattered across the world, but I just wanted to point out the fact that from time to time they have artists in store – they’ll customise your shoes in any style you wish, which I think is such a lovely way of personalising and enhancing them.
Basically, this is a good Urban Outfitters if you’ve got a large chunk of time to spare. It’s over multiple floors and from the moment you enter you’ll get the feeling that you’re about to discover literally everything that UO have in stock at that moment. If you like thoroughly searching through a brand’s items, you’ll have a great time in this branch of Urban – they have so, so many items – just make sure you don’t get lost!
When do I not recommend a SkinnyDip store? I find that every single branch of this brand is decorated to Instagram perfection and filled with everchanging products that are ahead of high street trends. Whether you’re looking for a new mini houseplant in a sweet pastel pot or a glitter-coated laptop cover, they’ve got what you need!
Where to Eat
In the heart of Neal’s Yard you’ll find 26 Grains, a coffee shop with chocolate brownies that you don’t want to miss. Perfect for catching up with friends or taking some time to write, 26 Grains is a little gem with plenty of outdoor seating so you can take in the beautiful surroundings whilst enjoying a freshly brewed latte (they have oat milk!). Warning: they don’t have WiFi (the digital detox dream).
Created by the world’s most famous patissier, Pierre Hermé’s Seven Dials store is the one-stop-shop for macaroons that you’ll be dreaming about months after you’ve had your first bite. Their range of flavours is always unbelievable, and seeing them lined up together makes for a pretty sweet photo (see what I did there?)! My favourite is the coffee macaroon.
If you’re mid-Seven-Dials-wander and you need a sugar boost, Lola’s Cupcakes is the one. They have every single flavour you can think of and each one is divine. Think American diner aesthetic meets a London patisserie sweetness, and you get this beauty. They’ve got a few stores around the country, but this one is by far the cutest!
Previously voted the best independent coffee shop in Europe, TimberYard makes big promises that it never fails to deliver. From their delicious sweet treats and their I’ll-just-have-one-more-cup coffee blend, this beauty is a central London hub for creative entrepreneurs to meet, eat and dive into that ever-overflowing inbox. Warning: being surrounded by productive people will enhance your own productivity, whether you like it or not!
Whilst this chocolate haven has stores across the country, you’ve got to check out their Seven Dials branch if only to sip one of their mouth-wateringly delicious salted caramel hot chocolates at one of their store-front seats overlooking the rest of Monmouth Street. The blogger-with-a-sweet-tooth’s dream.
I’ve got family in Spain, so I’m a sucker for some Spanish cuisine – I’d happily eat paella for breakfast every day of the week. If you’ve got a love for authentic Spanish food and love jamon (Spanish ham) as much as I do, Enrique Tomàs’ bocadillos de jamon have got to be added to your list of must-eats. Or, if you’ve got a spare £142, buy the whole leg (that’ll be the day)!
Hands down the number one stop for the best pizza in London. You can order by the slice (£4 each) or by the whole pizza (£20), which covers approximately the same amount of surface area as Russia. Okay, maybe that was a bit of an exaggeration, but I can promise you that this is the biggest pizza you’ve ever seen. It’s the most delicious, too. The only thing on their menu is pizza, so they’ve definitely got the time and knowledge to perfect every single one!