Seven Dials Unlocked: 24 Hours with Danny Mac
18th Jun 2021
Screen and stage actor Danny Mac unlocks some of the best places to eat, drink, shop and staycation in Seven Dials this Summer!
There’s a lot I could say about the incredible dishes found on Apple Butter Cafe’s menu but after trying it out, I don’t think I could forgive myself for not demanding that you visit and try their Lemon Meringue Pancakes. Honestly – it tastes even better than it looks and that’s saying something because it is a beautifully put-together dish.
Make sure you head down and try it out, plus the cafe itself is gorgeous and has its own Apple Tree. Your Instagram feed will almost be as happy as your tastebuds. Almost.
Now you would think finding good falafel in London would be easy? Unfortunately, it is not that simple.
Fafa’s though? They do more than buck this trend. Their falafel is as authentic as it gets and is packed with the smoothest houmous, tahini, and is absolutely bursting with flavour. Just make sure you top this off with their delicious halloumi fries.
Pierre Hermé is perhaps the most famous patisserie in the whole world and we are very lucky to have him here in Seven Dials! If you’ve not had the chance to visit and try any of his macarons, then you are really missing out, it actually makes me a little bit sad. Everything they produce is absolutely wonderful so make sure you head down and get yourself a box!
Redemption is a rare breed of restaurant that manages to provide delicious vegan food put together as eloquently as a Royal Household brunch.
They believe that wonderful food and drink should not come at the expense of your health. So they went and created one of the world’s healthiest bar-restaurants, serving up vegan, sugar-free, and wheat-free food alongside an alcohol-free bar. Spoil yourself without spoiling yourself.
St John Bakery will always hold a special place in my heart – when I was training as a young chef, I was here for a lot of that time.
From the ingredients used, to the way they’re baked, their doughnuts can easily lay claim to being the very best in London, just don’t be afraid to try the custard as well as the jam.
When it comes to Middle Eastern food, The Barbary is as good as it gets and I’m not just saying that!
All your classic dishes with a modern twist, their menu is an absolute favourite amongst Londoners, so make sure you book in advance because it is very popular on the weekends.
This is not a drill. Your search for the perfect breakfast or brunch spot is now over.
Inspired by the Danish way of life, 26 Grains’ menu is similar to what you might see in Copenhagen, they offer breakfast, brunch, lunch, and even dinner options, including Hazelnut & Butter porridge with almond milk oats, cinnamon coconut palm sugar, and much, much more!
Fried chicken is extremely popular in London (rightfully so…) and some of the very best of that can be found at Chick ‘n’ Sours on Earlham Street.
It just so happens to be run by one of my closest friends and culinary sidekicks, Carl Clarke. He’s put together one of the most creative menus out there, so do yourself a favour and make sure you visit – I can guarantee you’ll be back for more.
Now if you’re a little bit indecisive and aren’t quite sure on what you’re looking to eat, or if, you know, you just like to eat a lot like me, then Seven Dials Market is an absolute must-visit when you’re in Seven Dials.
They have an incredible range of eateries including the likes of, Smoke & Bones, Bong Bong’s, The Bad Boy Pizza Society, and BAIT. On top of that, there are tonnes of yummy dessert options and cocktails flamboyant enough to excite anyone. Some might call it heaven!
Top chef and food writer Gizzi Erskine is a leading innovator of the pop-up and underground food scenes. She has published the hugely successful Gizzi’s Kitchen Magic and her award-winning latest book Skinny Weeks and Weekend Feasts. She has fronted TV Cooks To Market and Cookery School and is The Sunday Times Cook with a weekly column in The Sunday Times Magazine.