• Annemarie Rawson

SATURDAY IN SEVEN DIALS, LONDON

Updated: Aug 6, 2020

Seven Dials is a convergence of seven streets in Covent Garden. At the central roundabout is a column bearing six sundials - should have been seven but the plans were changed at the last minute to include the seventh road.


All seven streets have a great mix of fashion, lifestyle, hair and beauty boutiques, cafes and restaurants and of course, theatre. It is a very attractive part of London and we spent a lovely hour wandering each street and enjoying the very attractive windows.


Part of Seven Dials is a lane known as Neal's Yard and is where we had coffee. At the heart of this micro-village is Neal's Yard Remedies which is well-known for its natural and organic skincare range, with the rest of the small, enclosed square comprising small cafes, boutiques and restaurants. It is a very pretty place with green foliage and colourful facades. Lots of tourists in here which surprised us both - Italians, Americans and French. They could very well be residents, just like us!


The streets became busier the further we wandered through Covent Garden and there most definitely are more people around now, but nothing like the normal full-on summer streets. Our footsteps took us down through St James, on into the park and back to Waterloo station for our journey home. Transport for London is doing its utmost to keep us safe. There are hand sanitiser stations everywhere and masks are freely given out to those that don't have one.


We loved being out and about.

In the window of an art/photographic gallery in the Seven Dials. Stunning! Pay £5,190 and it's yours. @isabellemenin
The column with the six sun dials where the seven streets meet.
In the heart of Neal's Yard.
Cafe seating area
Another view inside Neal's Yard
Outside a Party Shop - makes you stop and laugh.
At the entrance to Neal's Yard - meant to look like a Banksy artwork.
Duck Island Cottage - is a Swiss Chalet for the bird-keeper. Built in 1841.
Isn't this beautiful? In St James' Park.
Duck Island Cottage. Built in 1841 for the St James' Park bird-keeper.
Deserted London Street, but love the canopy created by the trees.
The architecture is something else. Love it.
The Hippodrome - beautiful if you ignore the Pizza Express signs

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