Address: 61-63 Monmouth St, London, United Kingdom www.sevendials.co.uk/stores/poste-mistress/
Seven Dials is a small road junction located in the London’s West End and Covent Garden area where seven streets converge at the sundial pillar junction. The area covers Monmouth Street, Earlham Street, Neal Street, Shorts Gardens, Neal’s Yard, Endell Street, Shelton Street and Mercer Street and is accessible via the Covent Garden underground stop. Considered a slum back in the 19th century with a shady reputation, today Seven Dials has transformed to become a trendy spot in the Centre of London, home to theatres, interesting boutiques, pubs, cafes, beauty salons, two hotels, two private clubs, offices and apartments. The area attracts shops and stores that are more unique, plenty of British designers and has a very relaxed and hip bohemian vibe. From the discoveries of our recent trip, here are our top 10 spots to visit in the Seven Dials.
Founder Lyn Harris trained as Master Perfumer in Grasse and Paris before starting her own company in London. Miller Harris uses mostly natural aromatic ingredients for her fragrances and her signature style of beautiful floral fragrances makes this a delightful place to pick up a unique fragrance to make your own signature scent that you will not be able to find in Hong Kong.
Address: 14 Monmouth St, London, United Kingdom www.millerharris.com
Coco de Mer
A designer lingerie shop where you can find sexy lingeries, bondage and sex toys right on Monmouth Street. Coco de Mer is interesting for so many reasons, whether you are looking to spice up your sex life or looking for a unique gift, pop in and have a look. There is wide selection of sexy lingerie, camisoles, robes, bondage gear, masks, spanking tools and sex toys of all types and even a range of latex lingerie. They also organise salons, evening classes to teach you new skills, tricks and techniques in eroticism.
Address: 23 Monmouth St, London, United Kingdom www.coco-de-mer.com
An Irish designer based in London, Orla Kiely is know for her retro graphic pattern designs that is inspired by the Fifties, Sixties and Seventies. Her famous “Stem” graphic pattern can be found on everything from clothes, curtains, cushion covers to wallpaper and mugs. Her minimalist store on Monmouth Street is beautifully decked out in all of her prints, furniture, homeware pieces, clothes and worth a pop-in.
Address: 31 Monmouth St, London, United Kingdom www.orlakiely.com
London based jewellery designer Laura Lee makes delicate fine jewellery both in modern designs and also traditional timeless pieces like their popular Signet rings. You can find silver and 9 carat gold charm necklaces, dainty diamond rings and earrings, delicate gemstone necklaces and cameo pendants. A great place to find a special piece for your special someone or a pretty piece for yourself when in London. Laura Lee does not have a shop in Hong Kong, so you will be getting something special and unique from your trip.
Address: 42 Monmouth St, London, United Kingdom www.lauraleejewellery.com
Post Mistress is a ladies shoe boutique that carries a mix of shoe labels from famous to lesser known brands. Their retro lilac store is decorated with gold rococo fittings and vintage ornaments and velvet chaise lounge for trying on shoes. Their selection of shoes can be described as trendy and glamorous where you can find curvy pumps in all the hot colours, chunky black boots and casual walking shoes. Brands you can find here include Stella McCartney, Acne, Opening Ceremony, Sonia by Sonia Rykiel, Vivienne Westwood, Jeffrey Campbell, Converse, Hunter,Ilse Jacobsen (Scandinavian rubber boots made with felt lining) and Melissa’s rubber shoes.
A cool beauty salon place located in St Martins Courtyard where you can get a quick blow dry, manicure or have your make-up done. Great when you are traveling and have to look amazing for a party or event where you want to look fabulous. Blow offers fast efficient services so you can look gorgeous quickly so book your sessions if you have a tight schedule otherwise if its ok to just pop in too. A 30 minute blow dry costs £30, a 15 minute manicure costs £15 and a quick make-up session costs £20.
Address: 8 Slingby Place, St Martins Courtyard, Covent Garden, London, United Kingdom www.blowltd.com
Places to Eat
Located in the little enclove of Neal’s Yard, 26 Grains is a place to eat wholesome grain based porridge that are served with fruits, nuts and spices. A typical porridge here is so packed full with goodness like Almond Milk Oats, Coconut Yogurt, Cacao Nibs, Banana and Date Syrup, you look forward to eat healthy everyday. To drink, you can find drinking vinegar here along with turmeric almond latte and delicious berry smoothie.
Address: 2 Neal’s Yard, London, United Kingdom www.26grains.com
Wild Food Cafe
A place to eat something healthy when you are shopping. Wild Food Cafe serves raw food in the form of salad and vegetarian meals. They make creative, nutritious dishes with fresh raw vegetables, fruits, nuts and herbs which will make deciding what to eat difficult. This is the place where you can expect to find fresh young coconut, green juice and almond smoothie with cacao nibs, maca mix with fresh turmeric.
Address: 14 Neal’s Yard, London, United Kingdom www.wildfoodcafe.com
Brasserie Max at Covent Garden Hotel
Take a break from shopping and have afternoon tea at Covent Garden Hotel. Located on Monmouth Street, Brasserie Max is the place to enjoy a very traditional English Tea. Choose from a wide choice of delicious tea, hot delicious scones and nibble on cucumber sandwiches here while you watch people pass by outside on Monmouth Street. If you have a sweet tooth, make sure you have room for their wide variety of desserts. The cafe is decorate like a French salon complete with heavy embroidery floral curtains and a stone fireplace.
Address: 10 Monmouth Street, London, United Kingdom www.firmdalehotels.com
Dalla Terra is an Italian wine bar and restaurant located on Saint Martin’s Court off Monmouth Street. It is a lively place to go for an aperitivo (Italian drinks hour before dinner) after work. Their by the glass wine list consists of a good selection of wines mostly Italian and from all over the world depending on the season. We recommend going for the Italian grape varietals like Sangiovese, Nero d’Avola, Primitivo, but ask Andrea, the Manager, he’s wonderful with recommendations. Order some olives, bruschetta, burata or get an antipasti platter and you will be enjoying aperitivo like in Italy.
Address: 25 Slingsby Pl, Saint Martin’s Court, London, United Kingdom www.dallaterra.co.uk