Seven Dials Updated: 6 months ago

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Seven Dials is a small but distinct area of London, situated between Covent Garden and Soho. The name "Seven Dials" refers to the seven streets that radiate from a central roundabout with a column bearing six sundials.

The area has a rich history dating back to the 1690s. The layout of the seven streets was an innovative design of the time, and as you explore, you’ll find historic buildings alongside more contemporary structures.


Seven Dials is known for its mix of independent boutiques, heritage brands and vintage stores. It’s a nice area to walk, and several streets are mostly for pedestrians. Some streets are lined with clothing and fashion stores, and it is a great place to find something different.


Seven Dials is also an excellent destination to get food from one of the trendy eateries. There are cafes, pubs and restaurants. Seven Dials Market has a selection of different types of foods from different areas worldwide, including noodles, burgers, and pasta. Across the road, you’ll find Neal’s Yard, with more cafes and food options.


Being close to Covent Garden and Soho, Seven Dials is in the heart of London’s theatre district. Many renowned theatres, such as the Cambridge and the Donmar Warehouse, are located here or nearby.

Seven Dials has a more relaxed, village-like atmosphere than other parts of central London. There isn’t too much traffic and walking around is very easy. It’s a great place to stroll, shop, and soak up local culture.

Getting there

The area is easily accessible by public transport, with Covent Garden and Leicester Square tube stations being the closest.

Nearest Stations

Leicester Square - 4 min

Piccadilly Northern London Underground Zone: 1

Tottenham Court Road - 5 min

Central Northern Elizabeth Line London Underground Zone: 1

Covent Garden - 5 min

Piccadilly London Underground Zone: 1

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