Saturday 19 October 2019


48 Hours in Seven Dials 

by Karine Jackson, Owner of Karine Jackson Hair & Beauty 



I’ve had the luxury of working in Seven Dials for 16 years. 
It's a fantastic area, to just wander around and explore. 


On a sunny day in London, I like
to pick up a Santander bike and cycle to my salon, Karine Jackson Hair and Beauty, on Litchfield Street. This allows me to clear my mind, breathe in the fresh air and prepare myself for a busy day ahead.


On my way into the salon, I love starting off my morning with a double espresso from Monmouth Coffee Company. For anyone visiting the area, do be prepared for a little queue, but trust me, it’s worth it. Some mornings when I feel like a treat, I will pop into St. JOHN Bakery in Neal’s Yard for a cheeky jam doughnut. They are delicious and a definite must try.

I enjoy going out for lunch to the Wild Food Café in Neal’s Yard. The raw cannoli rolls are not to be missed. Most weeks I pop into Holland and Barrett on Shorts Gardens, taking a moment to look up and discover the fascinating Water Clock above the store, a timepiece that was originally crafted in 1982 by aquatic horologists and has now been lovingly restored.


Once a week I like to visit the
Magma Store on Shorts Gardens, there are very few magazine stories left in Central London and it’s the only place to go. I find the store helps me look for inspiration. The FOPP music store at the top of Earlham Street is a great place to browse and discover new music and playlists that I can listen to in the salon. Definitely, one to check out if you’re a music lover.

If you’re in the market for some new sunglasses in the run-up to summer, Seven Dials is home to an abundance of eyewear and accessory brands including Ace and Tate on Earlham Street, and Ollie Quinn, who have a beautiful new store on Neal Street. This year I treated myself to a pair of Ollie Quin’s Martel Sunglasses with my own prescription lenses.

Visit independent jewellery brand Tatty Devine on Monmouth Street. They’ve been in Seven Dials for

10 years and many of their designs are made by hand. You can even design your own personalised necklace instore.  Also on Monmouth Street is Miller Harris, a haven for complex, intriguing perfumes and the perfect place
to find your signature scent.

Once a month either myself or a member of my team will visit the fabulous Choosing Keeping on Tower Street to fulfil all of the salon’s stationery needs. The quality and variety of choice they offer is always such a treat, especially as it’s only just around the corner.





        If you’re looking for a show, I’d recommend watching The
        Mouse Trap at the St. Martin’s Theatre on West Street. This is
        the longest-running West End show ever. It’s been going for an                    astonishing 65 years with over 27,000 performances and with
        good reason – you won’t be disappointed.

       After a busy day at work, I’ll enjoy an evening at L’atelier de Joel                   Robuchon, on West Street with friends or work colleagues.
       This multi-award-winning Michelin-starred restaurant is one of
       my all-time favourite places to both eat and drink in Seven Dials.                 After our meal we love to go to the rooftop; it’s a cool place to                   enjoy a drink outside, even in winter.

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