Seven Dials is a charming area of London, filled with independent boutiques and innovative eateries. I used to spend many weekends as a teenager spending my pocket money at the magical bead shop. Nowadays I often end up in the area working with a coffee and cinnamon bun at Fabrique Bakery in between meetings. Last week, I was invited to spend a day exploring some of the district’s most exciting spots with two blogging friends, here are a few of our favourite places we discovered in Seven Dials…
Start the day with a strong coffee at Fabrique Bakery, a Scandi import from Sweden. The cinnamon and cardamon buns are legendary… soft and sugary with a lovely glaze, they are without a doubt the best in London.
Tucked away on Denman Street My Cup of Tea is a beautifully minimalist tea shop selling loose leaf fine teas and equipment for brewing the perfect cup at home. If you are in need of a shopping break, this cafe is the perfect place to experience a rejuvenating hot drink, I recommend the Earl Grey and Lavender black tea. The boxes of luxurious tea bags also make a good gift.
Caudalie is a natural skincare brand from France which uses grapes and vine leaves to create pioneering and luxurious skincare products. Pop in to the Seven Dials branch for a relaxing facial, or pick up some of their famous Eau de Beaute elixir, a light spray which will give your complexion a boost.
Salad Pride owner David Bez started making salad lunches for himself when he worked in an office and felt the need for a healthier lifestyle and diet. He has long since left the corporate world and now has two cookbooks and two London cafes (including one in Seven Dials) which offer hearty soups, fresh juices and comforting salads.
A macaron from Parisian chocolatier Pierre Herme is the ultimate afternoon treat in Seven Dials. Pop into the magical boutique and choose from rainbow coloured macarons, intensely flavoured chocolates or a scoop of homemade ice-cream. It is almost impossible to pick a favourite but I think I liked the unique olive oil and mandarin flavoured macaron best.
More information about Seven Dials here.