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Seven Dials Unlocked: A Foodie's Guide to Seven Dials With Gizzi Erskine
Seven Dials Unlocked: A Foodie's Guide to Seven Dials With Gizzi Erskine

Chef, restaurateur, and food critic, Gizzi Erskine unlocks some of the best places to eat and drink in Seven Dials this Summer!

Seven Dials Unlocked: A Foodie's Guide to Seven Dials With Gizzi Erskine

As you know, talking about food comes naturally to me, probably not as naturally as eating it but it’s pretty close, so when Seven Dials reached out to me about coming down to do exactly that, it was a rather easy decision!

One of my favourite foodie spots in London to visit is Seven Dials. It’s a hidden gem in the heart of the city’s West End and quite honestly, it is bursting at the seams with unique and delicious dining options you simply can’t find on the high street. From award-winning chefs to the latest culinary trends and dishes, it’s all on offer here and it’s pretty much the perfect place for any meal occasion, whether that be breakfast, brunch, a bite on the go, date night, or even a family occasion.

Not only is Seven Dials gorgeous – cobbled streets, incredible history, and I mean, have you seen Neal’s Yard?! – but it manages to blend that with a close-knit community atmosphere you’d be more likely to find in the Cotswolds, only it’s here in central London. There are over 50 restaurants, bars, and cafes, offering a huge range of cuisines, so if you’re planning an evening out and fancy treating yourself, check out my ultimate foodie guide to the area – you won’t be disappointed!

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Apple Butter Cafe, Monmouth Street

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.

Fafa's, Monmouth Street

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, Monmouth Street

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, Neal’s Yard

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, Neal's Yard

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.

 

 

The Barbary, Neal's Yard

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.

26 Grains, Neal's Yard

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!

Chick 'n' Sours, Earlham Street

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.

Seven Dials Market, Earlham Street

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!

Guest Writer

Gizzi Erskine

Chef, Restauranteur, Food Critic
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Biography

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.

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