Welcome to London's Seven Dials!
Last week, I took a delightful jaunt through one of London's most eclectic neighbourhoods – the iconic Seven Dials. Nestled between the bustling London Charing Cross and Covent Garden, this enclave is an enchanting blend of historic charm and modern vibrancy. And I'm here to share my adventures with you!
Starting at London Charing Cross
My day began at London Charing Cross. It's more than just a station; it's the gateway to the West End and the City. The sounds, the energy, the unmistakable London vibe – it's all here, waiting to be explored.
A Stroll from Embankment to Seven Dials
From Charing Cross, I wandered through Embankment, soaking in the sights and sounds. The anticipation was palpable as I approached Seven Dials, named intriguingly after its six sundials. A little paradox there, but that’s London for you, always full of surprises.
Monmouth Coffee – An Ode to the Perfect Brew
On Monmouth Street, I stumbled upon Monmouth Coffee. Their rich, aromatic brews are so legendary that some even jest the street was named in its honour! Opting for a filter coffee to go, I learned about their eco-friendly initiative. While the coffee set me back three quid, the reusable cup added another five to the bill. A small price for sustainability, I reckon. Pro tip: Bring your own cup or enjoy a ceramic one on-site. Just remember to return it!
Exploring Neil's Yard and the Wonders of Seven Dials Market
Post-coffee, I meandered through Neil’s Yard, coffee in hand, to the bustling Seven Dials Market. Once a banana and cucumber warehouse, it now buzzes with life, flavours, and tantalising aromas. The highlight? A delectable pork bao from Yum Bun that melted in my mouth – pure bliss!
A Toast to London at The Crown Pub
To wrap up my journey, I popped into The Crown Pub, an intimate nook at the heart of Seven Dials. Nothing beats the authentic experience of sipping on a pint, surrounded by the low hum of conversations and the rich history that permeates the wooden beams and cobbled floors.
Seven Dials, with its blend of history, food, and authentic London charm, is a must-visit. From eco-friendly coffee shops to flavour-packed street food, it's a treat for all senses. So, the next time you're in London, be sure to make a pit stop here. And if you ever see someone wandering around with a camera, come say 'hi'! Until next time, toodles!