TRAVEL: SEVEN DIALS, LONDON

Covent Garden’s hidden shopping village…

Seven Dials brings you seven streets of independent boutiques, premium brands, indulgent beauty and grooming salons, bustling bars, unique restaurants and luxury hotels.

Centred on a towering monument, the Seven Dials village is just a five minute walk from Covent Garden tube station. It’s an ideal destination for a winter weekend break or the perfect place to find some extra special Christmas gifts.

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EAT

Tredwell’s – 4a Upper St Martin’s Lane

Tredwell’s is Seven Dial’s latest resident – founded by celebrity chef Marcus Wareing – offering modern London cooking in a New York meets Paris bistro setting. With an eclectic mix of food to share, combined with a great cocktail list, it needs to be on your places to visit. Arranged over three floors, Tredwell’s is flooded with natural light highlighting the amazing clock made from knives.

We recommend: an appetiser of table olives with feta and tomatoes, a starter of beetroot hummus and charred bread, a main of hanger steak with mushroom ketchup and if you’ve room for dessert – check out the daily specials, often creations invented by the man himself, chef Wareing.

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RELAX

Seven Dials Book Exchange – 9 Shorts Gardens

Escape the world and disappear into a book at the Seven Dials Book Exchange. Relax in the vintage armchairs, hide away in the mini private reading room or take your book away on your adventures.

To take part simply bring in a book you’ve finished reading and swap it for another, completely free.

Whether you’re a fan of David Bailey or Jo Nesbo, classics or contemporary literature, you are sure to find one that takes your fancy.

Their unmanned doors are left open seven days a week and you can also charge your mobile phone for free (in a secure locker) whilst you browse.

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SOCIALISE

Timberyard – 7 Upper Marin’s Lane

Timberyard is the ultra-cool coffee shop, awarded ‘London’s Best Cafe for Out-Of-Office Workers’ at the Coffee Stop Awards 2014. They specialise in a variety of coffee, hot chocolates and teas – brewed for exactly three minutes (a timer accompanies the tea pot on your tray).

The two-storey shop and workspace also offers a selection of grilled sandwiches, soups, salads and quiches as well as areas to work or browse on laptops and iPads. Although not advertised on the exterior, there is a cinema room and an art exhibition downstairs showing the work of London blogging artists.

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INDULGE

Pierre Herme – 38 Monmouth Street

Pierre Herme is a French pastry chef most famous for his macaroons. Providing a truly Parisian gourmet experience, the ‘Picasso of pastry’ new boutique proposes a signature offering of the famous macaroons – in seasonal flavours – plus chocolates, cakes and confectionary creations. The Seven Dials store is the first Pierre Herme boutique to open in the UK. The brand has ten stores in Paris, as well as Japan, Hong Kong, United Arab Emirates and Qatar.

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PAMPER

Caudalie – 39 Monmouth Street

The Seven Dials store is Caudalie’s first flagship store and boutique spa in the UK. Born on the vineyards of Bordeaux, Caudalie is a natural and effective skincare collection created using the potent powers of the grapevine extract. Upstairs in the store, shop the various award winning collections wile downstairs, try out the products in the boutique spa. Ideal for anyone looking for the ultimate pampering experience, choose between five types of facials or a relaxing and firming massage.

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SHOP

Miller Harris – 14 Monmouth Street

Miller Harris offers shoppers a wonderful array of fragrances, candles, scented body products, and hand crafted ceramics made by Astier de Villatte. Founder, Lyn Harris, has been working in the fragrance industry for more than twenty years and launched Miller Harris in 2000. She spent five years training in France at one of the highly prestigious schools of the perfume elite in Paris and then Robertet in Grasse. Lyn’s signature style is defined by her love of naturals and her precision in using them is prevalent in all her creations. The distinct and iconic style of both the products and the shops has established Miller Harris as one of the most aspirational fragrance houses in the world.

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