Seven Dials – a unique village in the heart of London's West End – has become the destination for anyone in the capital and beyond that's interested in quality food and drink. Home to independent brands, unique concept stores and a collection of award-winning bars and eateries, the area is a haven for the hungry and thirsty – and with the likes of The Barbary, Chick 'n' Sours, Canela and a host of other great places to eat and drink, it's not hard to see why.
The area has a pretty lauded history, too. One of the pieces in Charles Dickens' Sketches by Boz about the area was named, rather unsurprisingly, 'Seven Dials'. Agatha Christie's 1929 novel 'The Seven Dials Mystery' was also, rather unsurprisingly, set in Seven Dials. So, yes, the area has attracted a range of artists and influencers alike for a number of years, but it's really only been over the last few that the area has seen itself attract a growing proportion of culinary explorers, intrepid eaters and self-professed "foodies". It doesn't matter whether you're an ardent carnivore or a dedicated vegan, Seven Dials definitely has plenty of variety to cater to all tastes.
The area's diverse selection of fine dining, affordable eats, sophisticated cocktail spots and street food makes it one of the most vibrant regions for eating in the capital. With over 20 of these being independent, award-winning restaurants, you're rather spoilt for choice. Our personal recommendation would be to start your adventure at Timberyard and treat yourself to a cup of their infamous coffee while you curate the best route for exploring all the independent boutiques in the area.
Looking for the very best seasonal British produce? Marcus Wareing and chef-patron Chantelle Nicholson's Tredwells is, in our opinion, the best place to go for a truly excellent meal. Redemption is an alcohol-free bar and restaurant that also has your name all over it. Those with a sweet tooth will find themselves well-catered for thanks to the likes of chocolate from Hotel Chocolat, coconut cream pies from Jacob the Angel, and macarons from Pierre Hermé Paris. There's enough good food going that you can spread your visits across multiple weekends to make the most of what Seven Dials has got going on.
Lunch at 26 Grains or Flesh & Buns is, after all, one of the best ways to spend your afternoon followed by dinner at Mon Plaisir (London's oldest traditional French restaurant), that's set to be an entire day of eating you won't forget.