The moment you step out onto the streets of Covent Garden, you’re whisked away into a shopper’s paradise. Not only are there shops of every variety for you to wander through, you’re also completely spoiled for choice with some of London’s best restaurants, coffee shops, and bars.
Located in London’s buzzing West End, Seven Dials is like a haven from the city’s other well-known shopping hot spots, which are often spoiled by big crowds. Here you will find an amazing collection of unique boutiques, salons, and pop-up stores, mixed with all your High Street favourites, making Seven Dials one of the best places in London for that long overdue shopping spree.
You start your day by exploring the streets off Seven Dials roundabout. This world-famous shopping district dates back to the 17th century and offers a quirky mix of shops, entertainment, and residences. You wander through the famous Neal’s Yard, a uniquely eclectic space that will make your eyes water from the sudden burst of colour and light. Here you sit in the sun and enjoy an organic juice and a healthy meal from London’s popular raw food eatery, Wild Food Café. If raw-centric food isn’t your thing, you can indulge in one of the tastiest pizza slices this city has to offer at Homeslice.
Once your stomach is full and you’re ready to continue, you make your way over to Neal Street, the unofficial shoe capital of London. Then, you wander back towards the Tube station and check out the Covent Garden Market, a bustling 19th century Piazza made up of three permanent markets selling a range of British-made crafts, imaginative artwork, gifts, and jewellery.
When you’re ready to escape the crowds and relax a little, you make your way to one of Seven Dial’s growing number of artisan coffee houses. You can queue up at Monmouth, the original home of London’s best coffee, or pull up a comfy couch at the laptop-friendly Timberyard. Wherever you choose, the familiar smell of roasting coffee brings a smile to your face as you order your drinks.
Once the day winds down, you can’t possibly leave without taking a little something tasty home with you. You head over to Neal’s Yard Dairy on Shorts Gardens to try some of Britain’s finest farm cheeses sourced straight from the British Isles, or give in to the irresistible waft of chocolate and truffles as you walk past Hotel Chocolat on Monmouth Street, home to the School of Chocolate and the Cocoa Bar Café. There’s no better way to end a successful day of shopping in London!