Although Central London feels packed and sometimes a little soulless, there are still pockets that have more of a village feel, and a clear charm. Seven Dials is one of them. Punctuated by a memorial at the centre of seven streets, each fanning out towards Leicester Square, Covent Garden and Tottenham Court Road it's a right little gem.
We spent an afternoon popping into little shops, having a late lunch, WAYY too much chocolate and a few drinks.
First stop was On the Dak the recently opened brother (or sister - who knows?) of On the Bab . They serve some seriously amazing fried chicken. As a massive fried chicken fan, I feel qualified to tell you that this is some of the best you'll find London.
Dak' means chicken in Korean, hence the name and On the Dak makes speciality Korean fried chicken with a number of sauce choices and sides. Garlic and sweet miso were our favourites. I went for a medium (as you have a choice of small, medium or large) and I really should have gone for small as portions are generous! Though if we hadn't of been walking around for the afternoon I would have totally taken out the remainder in a doggy bag.
After that, and a little stroll we popped into Chockywoccydoodah for some sugar sustenance. In this boutique chocolate shop you'll find every chocoholic's dream. Custom cakes, chocolate covered popcorn, giant gold coins, huge chunky bars of the stuff, the list goes on...
There's a separate surprise if you manage to get a table downstairs. Pass the gold VIP rope and journey downstairs into a sumptuous, chilled out cafe that deals in all things chocolate. We had two seriously loaded hot chocolates, complete with whipped cream, chocolate buttons and marshmallows and an even more chocolaty slab of chocolate cake. To say we were chocolate-ed out after that would be an understatement - but obviously, it was all good, we had Seven Dials and seven streets to walk it off!
After a short break at Udderlcious, an udderly delicious (see what I did there) ice cream pit stop, we ended our afternoon in Brewdog with two pale ales.
Brewdog is the Scottish craft beer company that you can not only drink in but buy shares in too. Always coming up with good ideas, they have enough beer and ale on the menu to please any pint lover. There are regular guest brews so there's always something new to discover for the connoisseur as well as decent bar food to line the sides.
They also have paper straws, no plastic here 🙌 !
We didn't cover the shops as much as we could have done other than a little nosey in two of my favourites, Paperchase and Brandy Melville. It'd be rude not to. You really can spend a whole day in Seven Dials easily there's plenty so much to check out.
Next time you're in Central and feel like a little rest bite or want a cool place to lunch, snack or drink head on over.