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Seven Dials, Covent Garden

March 29, 2012
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Yesterday (Wednesday) I got to spend the day enjoying the sun and exploring a lesser-known side of one of my favourite London areas – Covent Garden. Instead of heading South to the market from the tube, I headed North to be shown around the area known as ‘Seven Dials’.

Starting at the Seven Dials monument, where seven streets all feed into a little roundabout…giving the area it’s name. Then heading down Monmouth Street to discover some of the retail treasures…

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Starting with Sceenface – any beauty junkie’s paradise. A whole host of amazing beauty goodies, ranging from amazing false lashes, palettes with every colour under the sun to prosthetics and fake facial hair. Plus a selection of brands that aren’t always easy to get in the UK – Embryollise skincare and Ben Nye for example.

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Next, we stopped at the quirky accessories store – Tatty Devine to check out their wares. My personal favourites include the perspex earrings and ‘Gin’ pin. Gorgeous stuff – although not sure I was quite brave enough to rock the large perspex lobster necklace that I spotted in there!

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Next was on to Gilda’s Tryst – also known as heaven. I totally fell in love with this place – if you’re looking for unique jewellery then you really need to pay this treasure trove a visit. The jewellery and clutch bags were stunning – one pair of earrings in particular are now firmly top of my lust list (the pink and turquoise ones below) – it was love at first sight.

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Next was on to Miller Harris, fragrance heaven. Miller Harris is a brand I’ve always been familiar with, but only had limited experience of. This was one of the highlights of my afternoon in Seven Dials – I met James, who really knows his stuff – he picked out a series of fragrances that I absolutely fell for on first sniff (so much so that I think they deserve a whole separate blog post). Really impressed, I now want my flat to look and smell like the inside of the Miller Harris store.

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We also made a little stop at Orion, a boutique for the brand that is also stocked in Topshop – lovely vintage inspired dresses and quirky accessories. I’m loving the leather and metal bracelets…especially the white for Summer.

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Then we made a stop at Neal’s Yard Remedies – a Covent Garden institution of natural beauty and wellbeing goodies. I was treated to a lovely relaxing hand massage whilst I was talked through the history of the brand and a bit about their latest project – working to support British Bee keepers.

If you’re in the area, definitely head to Neal’s Yard, not just for this store – but just to soak up the atmosphere. It was a rainbow of colour – Β also, the Monty Python crew was formed in the building above the Neal’s Yard store…random fact for you.

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The last retail stop on the tour was the Shu Uemura boutique – the only free standing Shu Uemura shop in the UK. I love Shu Uemura already, but it was lovely to get to spend some time with the make-up artists there who created a gorgeous day time smokey eye for me using golden browns that made my eyes really pop. I loved it. I took some FOTD shots when I got home so will include these in a separate post, but there’s a little sneak peak of the shades used below.

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Last, but by no means least we stopped at PIX for a quick cocktail and some tapas nibbles. The food was gorgeous, all on display on the counter and you just help yourself – each of the sticks are either long or small, to indicate the price. Your bill is then worked out on the number of sticks you tot up. Each plate varies from around Β£2-3, and the few bits I tried were delicious. Totally recommend the cod fritters.
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This is just a small snippet of the things to discover in the Seven Dial’s area – it’s really worth a wander. If you’re a tourist in the area, head up here and look around rather than to the crowded market – it’s far more genuine London with more unique and interesting stores/coffee shops and bars to explore – plus a nice selection of mainstream shops too.

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10 Comments

  • Reply all about the girl March 29, 2012 at 8:24 am

    I love this area of London but always forget about it, so many quirky little shops!

    allaboutthegirlblog.blogspot.com xx

  • Reply Ms Bubu March 29, 2012 at 9:24 am

    I should go and have a look too. THe only time I go there is for MAC…

  • Reply miskolina and the monkey March 29, 2012 at 11:45 am

    I was round there yesterday too, one of my favourite areas…full of little wonders…

  • Reply Stacey March 29, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    After reading this I must have a look around next time I’m down there, I didn’t know about any of these shops! x

  • Reply Mopsy March 29, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    I’ve always gone to Seven Dials rather than Covent Garden- I can remember when the first Space NK opened!

    Have to try Pix next time.

  • Reply Annie March 29, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    Really enjoyed reading this :) I spend so much time in London but have never explored this area. I think I will when Im next there! xx

    http://annieshomemadeheaven.blogspot.com

  • Reply SparklierSide March 30, 2012 at 10:02 am

    Love, Love, Love this post.
    I have worke din london for 5 years and it annoys me that I have seen none of it. You have spurred me on to be more proactive about this and will be planning a number of little wanderings in the future. From here I do love to walk down to the National Portrait Gallery as it is real awe inspiring.
    More like these please.
    xxx

  • Reply Katya March 30, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    I will def pay a visit to Miller Harris! I wondered where the shop is – now I know :) My London trip as about to start soon, at the end of April. Can’t wait :)

  • Reply Snowdrop85 March 30, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    Oooh I had my first Miller Harris experience recently! Fleur Oriental is absolutely amazing! I WILL own a candle soon! What a lovely area to shop in!

  • Reply Kellina's Thoughts March 30, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    such a great post!!

    the shops you mentioned look so amazing – makes me wish i lived somewhere close to them.

    the accessories’ at Gilda’s look amazing!

    http://kellinasthoughts.blogspot.com/

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