Visit London Blog » seven dials Enjoy the very best of London Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:00:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 London Christmas Shopping News: Fortnum & Mason, Harrods, Seven Dials & St Martin’s Courtyard Thu, 28 Nov 2013 10:00:45 +0000 The lead-up to Christmas is a fantastic time to go shopping in London, as all major streets are twinkling prettily with festive lights and decorations. From shopping events to fashion drive-throughs, London’s shops are pulling out all the stops to turn the city into a merry retail haven.

Fortnum & Mason Tree at St Pancras International Station

Fortnum & Mason Tree at St Pancras

Fortnum & Mason has provided a gorgeous Christmas tree to decorate St Pancras International Station. Standing 35ft high, the tree is adorned with 2,000 mini hampers, one of Fortnum’s most famous products. One of the latest shops to open at St Pancras, the centuries-old retailer stocks conserves, shortbreads, musical biscuit tins, sweets, chocolates and of course, hampers. Travellers can also feast on afternoon tea at the shop’s tea salon. This is the brand’s first new shop away from Piccadilly in more than 300 years.

World’s First Fashion Drive-through at Selfridges

Forget drive-through fast food, drive-through high fashion is the latest craze to hit London with Selfridges leading the way! Customers can order online at and then collect their goods from the new Selfridges fashion and retail drive-through at the Oxford Street store. Without leaving the comfort of their cars, the free goods collection process can be completed in less than three minutes. This is the first time a fashion-led retailer has offered such a facility to customers.

Fairy Tale Boutique Opens at HarrodsBibbidi Bobbidi boutique at Harrods

A fairy tale boutique for children has opened at Harrods. Inspired by the scene in the Disney Cinderella movie where the Fairy Godmother transforms Cinderella for the ball, the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is set within a magical castle inside the world-famous department store. The boutique offers children aged from three to 12 the chance to be transformed into their favourite character for the day.

Seven Dials Christmas Shopping Night OutSeven Dials

Neighbouring shopping destinations Seven Dials and St Martin’s Courtyard are hosting a festive shopping night next week. The shopping streets will be closed to traffic for the merry event which will feature live music and festive street food stalls. More than 120 shops, bars and restaurants will be offering a 20% discount on the night. Shop for party season outfits at  Diesel, Urban Outfitters, Laura Lee Jewellery, Tatty Devine and Superga. For one-off Christmas presents, there’s a slew of independent boutiques to choose from: think erotic emporium Coco De Mer and homeware boutique Do Shop. Shoppers will also be treated to a host of in-store parties including DJs, makeovers and free goodie bags with purchases. Register for a free ticket here. 5 December from 5-9pm

Spreading Festive Cheer!

In the true spirit of Christmas, St Martin’s Courtyard will be spreading joy with Random Acts of Kindness over the festive season. Shops and restaurants will be rewarding shoppers, diners and visitors with fantastic gifts completely at random.You don’t even have to buy anything to be in with a chance. There are 100 prizes on offer ranging from a wine tasting evening for two at Dalla Terra to a Christmas hamper from Bill’s. 12-24 December

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London Shopping News: Regent Street, Carnaby Street and Fortnum & Mason Thu, 19 Sep 2013 10:00:13 +0000

London Fashion Week might have ended, but there are still plenty of hot shopping happenings in the city this month. Join us in the capital this September for Shop London, a celebration of London’s incredible and varied retail offering. For all special offers and events, click here.

NFL on Regent Street

Swing by Regent Street on 28 September as the traffic-free road will be buzzing with cheerleaders, music, team drum-lines and interactive games, as NFL showcases the best of American football. If you’re lucky, you may even spot players from the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Minnesota Vikings, who are playing at Wembley Stadium the following day.

Fortnum & Mason’s Honey Festival

Fortnum & Mason is creating a buzz on its ground floor this month as it’s hosting the London Honey Festival. For one month, Fortnum’s will be showcasing more than 20 of the finest honeys London has to offer. Visitors can sample honeys hailing from everywhere from Hyde Park to Dulwich. Bee experts will also be on-hand to advise on food pairings. Prices of jars of honey range from £10.50-£12.95. The festival ends on 20 October.

Pop-up Forest in Covent Garden

London’s first-ever pop-up forest is arriving in Seven Dials this Saturday (21 September) to celebrate walking and cycling as part of International Car Free Day. For one day only, the streets of Seven Dials will become a traffic-free haven to make way for 60 trees. Amongst the urban forest, there will also be live music, and free food and drink, including pizza slices and homemade lemonade. If your bicycle is in need of a little TLC, Dr Bike will be on hand from 11am to 5pm to offer free cycle maintenance and anti-theft bike marking.

Edible pop-up in Kingly Court

As pop-ups go, this one really takes the biscuit! The UK’s finest food artists are creating a 100% edible pop-up in the form of a magical meadow in Kingly Court, off Carnaby Street. The sweet-toothed public are invited to devour the Wonka-esque landscape, entitled Baketopia, over two days on Friday 11 and Saturday 12 October.  Everything is edible and everything must go! Book priority entry by visiting the Baketopia website or turn up on the day to nibble on the edible wonderland.

Scotch & Soda launch on Carnaby Street

Young Dutch fashion brand Scotch & Soda officially launched their UK flagship store on Carnaby Street last week. The brand is known for its heritage-inspired street, work and casual wear collections.

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London Shopping News: House of Holland, Harrod’s Christmas Shop, Godiva, Harvey Nichols Wed, 31 Jul 2013 12:48:24 +0000 From the opening of Harrods Christmas shop to designer fashion being flogged from the back of an ice-cream van, London has some fabulous shopping treats in store for you this week!

Christmas Arrives Early at Harrods

Christmas may be five months away, but Harrods has already opened its festive shop. The Christmas World department opened in the luxury store last week as shoppers have been soaking up blissfully tropical temperatures in the capital. Sited on the third floor of the Knightsbridge department store, the 2000-square foot space oozes wow-factor with a snow-globe village, a life-size alpine ski chalet and a replica of the Tower of London. It’s also heaving with Christmas cards, stocking fillers and decorations. Plush crackers can be snapped up from £14.99 to an eye-popping £1,299. If you have cash to splash, there’s a 6ft Santa Claus that could be yours for a cool £3,999. Also available are vintage-style festive decorations created by New York designer Eliot Raffit.

Henry Holland Tours London in an Ice-cream Van!

Roll up, roll up for Henry Holland’s Ice Cream van! Forget frozen treats, the fashion designer is touring the capital in a Mr Quiffy van – named after Holland’s voluminous hairstyle – with his ice-cream-inspired summer collection in the boot. Kicking off in Covent Garden, the roving pop-up will sell a House of Holland limited edition collection that includes everything from iPhone covers to signature slogan t-shirts, all priced from £15 to £150. There’s even a mirror at the back of the van for people who want to try clothes on. The mobile boutique will be in the Covent Garden Piazza on 2-3 August; Carnaby Street on 8-10 August; Monmouth Street, Seven Dials from 15-17 August and Spitalfields from 29-30 August.

Godiva in Covent Garden

Luxury chocolatier Godiva has opened a brand new store in Covent Garden’s Market Building. As well as stocking Godiva’s signature gold gift box collection, you can also indulge in chocolate bars, ice-cream and delicious strawberries dipped in chocolate. Yum!

Savile Row Tailor in Harvey Nichols

Calling all stylish men! Savile Row tailor Chester Barrie is to open a concession in Harvey Nichols’ flagship store in Knightsbridge tomorrow (August 1). Founded in 1935, the company offers ready-to-wear clothes, as well as bespoke tailoring.


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London Shopping News: Westfield Stratford City, Regent Street, Food and Flowers Festival, Kingly Court, Seven Dials Thu, 04 Jul 2013 15:03:01 +0000

July is a great time to shop in London as major shopping areas are abuzz with festivals, pop-up shops and entertainment.

Award and App for Westfield

Congratulations to Westfield Stratford City who scooped the Best Shopping Venue gong at the 2013 Group Travel Organiser Magazine Awards. Sited in East London next to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Europe’s largest shopping centre covers a staggering 1.9 million square feet with more than 300 stores and 70 restaurants. The mall has just launched a free app for shoppers, My Westfield, which generates a customer profile based on the retailers and content they love. Download the app here.

Traffic-Free Sundays at Regent Street

West-End shopping hub Regent Street will turn traffic-free every Sunday throughout July, beginning this weekend. The street will be transformed with a fantastic array of entertainment, from circus acts to picnic benches to yoga classes. Find out more here.

Food and Flowers Festival

Feast on edible flowers and quaff floral-infused cocktails at the Food and Flowers Festival on 13 July at St Martin’s Courtyard in Covent Garden. Diners can enjoy the floral treats alfresco in the courtyard’s restaurants. There will also be live music music and cookery demonstrations.

Pet Boutique Opens in Seven Dials

Pimp up your pooch at central London’s first-ever pet boutique which has opened in Seven Dials, Covent Garden. Discerning dogs should swing by BOW WOW London, a canine emporium which features more than 200 handpicked products from around the world: think French perfume, Swarovski crystal collars and pink ponchos.

Pop-up Shops in Kingly Court

Follow in the star-studded footsteps of Lady Gaga by shopping for shoes at up-and-coming shoe designer Stephanie Hensley’s new Kingly Court pop-up shop. Open from 6-21 July, the shop will also stock clothes by Zoran Dobric. Stephanie and Zoran won the Shaftesbury Award for Emerging Designers. They are both MA graduates of the London College of Fashion.

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London Shopping News: Boxpark, Selfridges, Le Coq Sportif, Regent Street and a Jewellery Fair at Old Spitalfields Market Fri, 07 Jun 2013 09:13:37 +0000 From new shops openings to mammoth denim departments to unmissable retail events, there’s no better place than London to rev up your summer wardrobe.

Denim Revolution at Selfridges

The world’s biggest-ever denim department opened yesterday at Selfridges, with nothing but jeans covering a whopping 25,000 square feet. Housing more than 11,000 pairs of jeans priced from £11 to £11,000 (for Paige jeans festooned with two-carat diamonds and your name stitched on the back), shoppers can choose from over 60 brands, from Primark to J Brand, Levi’s to Christopher Kane. Feeling overwhelmed by choice? Personal shoppers and product specialists can help you find that perfect pair of jeans, while an interactive area has lookbooks and fit guides.

New Covent Garden Sportswear Shop

Now that summer is here, it’s time to get kitted out in some seriously stylish sportswear. Step forward Le Coq Sportif, which has just opened its first UK shop in Covent Garden’s Seven Dials. Famous for making jerseys for the Tour de France team, the iconic French brand is stashed with oodles of sporting, cycling and lifestyle gear for men and women.

20% Off Shopping Weekend at Boxpark

Fans of pop-up shopping mall Boxpark can rejoice because it is hosting a 20% off event this weekend (8-9 June). Made up of shipping containers, the Shoreditch-based mall is heaving with independent brands. Download the Boxpark app and present it at the till to claim your discount.

Jewellery Fair at Old Spitalfields Market

A glittering collective of emerging jewellery designers will be selling their fabulous wares at Jewel East at Old Spitalfields Market this weekend (7-9 June). Shoppers will also be able to commission one-off pieces. Also on sale will be costume and vintage jewellery.

New Shops to Open on Regent Street

Global fashion brands are flocking to Regent Street to set up shop with four new stores set to open in the famous shopping destination in the next few months. Shoe shop United Nude will stock exclusive styles for women, only available on Regent Street, while the men’s showroom will be situated on the second floor. American clothing giant J Crew will be opening its first UK flagship store, while luxury French fashion house Longchamp will be opening a plush boutique. Kiko Makeup Milano will be opening an opulent store that will emulate their luxury Milan shop. Happy shopping!

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London Shopping News: Seven Dials Shopping Party, Soho Flea Market, Westfield Stratford City, Saturday Food Market Thu, 23 May 2013 09:00:49 +0000 From fabulous flea markets to money-saving fashion events, here are London’s top shopping news stories:

Seven Dials shopping event

Great news fashion fans! Seven Dials and St Martin’s Courtyard in Covent Garden is hosting a traffic-free shopping evening  on 30 May where 120 stores will be offering 20% off from 5-9pm. The gorgeous shopping hub heaves with hip shops including Cambridge Satchel Company, Diesel, Kiehl’s, Office, Neal’s Yard Remedies, Superga, Twenty8Twelve and Urban Outfitters. Shoppers can also expect cutting-edge entertainment on the night – think mixology classes and balancing act window shows.

New Food Market

New market alert! One New Change Saturday Food Market is launching on 1 June with an appearance from celebrity chef Gizzi Erskine, who will be giving talks at 11am and 2pm, as well as signing copies of her new cook book Skinny Weeks and Weekend Feasts. After 1 June, the market will take place every Saturday from 10-4pm, serving up delicious fresh produce from across the globe.

Soho Flea Market

Roll up, roll up! Artisans, ceramicists, fashion and jewellery designers will be peddling their wares on Soho’s Dean Street on 2 June. The Soho Flea Market  will also be playing host to a slew of emerging music and comedy acts who will be performing on an outdoor stage.

Westfield Luxury Coach Service

Fancy visiting Europe’s largest shopping mall? It’s now become easier to shop at Westfield Stratford City thanks to a luxury coach service which will pick you up from central London and drop you at the East London shopping mall for five hours – just enough time to attempt to cram in the mall’s 220 shops and 70 eateries. Guests from outside the UK will be given a VIP pass, which guarantees discounts of up to 20% in a wide range of shops and restaurants. Happy shopping!

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London Shopping News: Carnaby Shopping Party, Greenwich Market, Seven Dials, Soho Flea Market Wed, 24 Apr 2013 14:44:36 +0000 From glitzy shopping parties to glamorous flea markets, here are this week’s top London shopping news stories.

Carnaby Shopping Party

Anyone with a serious interest in fashion should hotfoot it to Carnaby Street on 2 May when it will be hosting a 20% Off Shopping Party. From 5 to 9pm, shoppers can enjoy a 20% discount in more than 100 shops, restaurants and bars in and around Carnaby. Register for a free ticket here.

Designers at Greenwich Market

A glittering collective of designers will be showing off their talents at Greenwich Market as part of Craft & Design Month. Wood turners, jewellers, knitters, quilters, print makers, felters and blacksmiths will all be available to give inspirational advice and show you how it’s done at A Subtlety of Designers. If you’re feeling creative, you can have a go yourself! 4-6 May

New Shops at Seven Dials

New pop-up shop alert! Accessories and jewellery brand Moxham is hosting a temporary shop in Monmouth Street, Seven Dials in Covent Garden from 29 April until 24 May. Expect leather and metal cuffs, necklaces and body pieces, all of which will be handcrafted at the store. Open on 27 April is Spanish menswear shop El Ganso, which will be stashed with bright shirts, shorts, tailored blazers and smart suits.

Soho Flea Market

Start saving up your pennies for the Soho Flea Market on 2 June, where you’ll find creative stalls aplenty. Hyped as “London’s most glamorous flea market”, shoppers can get their mitts on everything from art prints to vintage clothes, furniture to ceramics. And to top it all off, emerging music and comedy acts will be performing on an outdoor stage. We can’t wait!

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London Shopping News: Carnaby Street, Charity Fashion Evenings, Westfield London, Seven Dials Fri, 12 Apr 2013 13:00:38 +0000

From shop openings to designer sales, here are this week’s top London shopping news stories:

New shops for Carnaby Street
Start flexing your credit card because a slew of under-the-radar labels are opening up in Carnaby Street, in London’s West End. Here’s a sneak peak:

Iconic French fashion label Eleven Paris is opening its first UK store on 25 April. Inspired by music and art, the shop is launching with a campaign fronted by brooding rock star and style icon Lenny Kravitz. British design icon Paul Smith is also opening a store in Carnaby Street this month.

Women can treat themselves to a glam-over at make-up giant Benefit’s one-off beauty emporium, which is opening in June with a champagne bar, blow-dry bar, nail bar and treatment rooms offering waxing and spray tanning. Men, meanwhile, can enjoy a touch of old-school barbering at Pankhurst London’s first-ever flagship barbershop in the Newburgh Quarter. With Steve McQueen plastered on the walls and Sinatra providing the soothing soundtrack, men can be expertly groomed in style.

Follow in the dapper footsteps of rock gods David Bowie and Led Zeppelin by swinging by shoe legend Terry de Havilland’s new store, which opens in the Newburgh Quarter on 25 April. The shops homes winkle pickers, bespoke platform picture wedges, 80s platform sandals and stiletto mules.

Designer Labels at Charity Fashion Evenings

Calling all label lovers! Designer and vintage fashion fans can get their mitts on original pieces from the likes of Givenchy, Chanel, Stella McCartney, Christian Louboutin, Dolce and Gabbana and Ossie Clark. The items will be on sale at two special shopping events at the Octavia Foundation’s Charity shops on the Brompton Road and Fulham Road. Guests will be treated to special offers and refreshments. 5-8pm on Thursday 18 April at Octavia Foundation Brompton Road. Thursday 16 May at Octavia Foundation Fulham Road. RSVP

Shop Openings at Westfield
Belgian luxury chocolatier Godiva has launched a new kiosk at White City’s Westfield Shopping Centre. Melt-in-the-mouth treats on sale include biscuits, carrés, chocolate spread and gold gift boxes. Also opening this weekend is fashion-forward shoe and accessories brand Mascotte.

Rock Photography Pop-up at Seven Dials
Rock photography store Rockarchive has opened a pop-up shop and exhibition in Monmouth Street. The space is showcasing never-seen-before photos and iconic rock images of legends like Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix and David Bowie. Open until 27 April.

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London Shopping news: London Fashion Weekend, The Cambridge Satchel Company, Jack French London, Pop, Divine Chocolate Thu, 21 Feb 2013 14:53:06 +0000

As London Fashion Week draws to a close, the spectacular Somerset House will morph into a giant shopping extravaganza for London Fashion Weekend (21-24 Feb). You can experience the buzz of the city’s biggest week of fashion by enjoying glamorous catwalk shows, insider talks and pop-up designer sales. The event is a shopaholic’s dream with more than 100 British designers selling one-off pieces, as well as their spring/summer 2013 collections at heavily discounted prices. Don’t leave without nabbing your free Radley bag! Tickets from £15.50.

Speaking of bags, The Cambridge Satchel Company has opened up its first-ever stand-alone store in Seven Dials, Covent Garden. Located at 15 Shorts Gardens, the former pop-up store offers quirky leather satchels, inspired by 1970s-style satchels, in an eye-popping array of styles and colours. If you want to personalise your bag, you can have your initials embossed on one.

British accessories brand Jack French London has launched a new pop-up shop at St Pancras Station. To celebrate the launch, the brand has created a limited edition St. Pancras bag. The deep-red bag reflects the colour of the station’s pipes, walls and tiles. Open until 13 March.

Are you passionate about popcorn? Then swing by the recently-opened Pop, Europe’s first popcorn boutique in Blenheim Crescent in fashionable Notting Hill, which produces an ever-changing popcorn menu. Forget sweet or salty, customers can munch on popcorn flavoured with orange caramel and chocolate, Bloody Mary, chilli and cheese, and English toffee and sea salt. Pop also sells a selection of cult drinks and sodas from the US, including A&W Root Beer, Vanilla Coke and Grape Soda.

If like me, you have a sweet tooth, Divine Chocolate is celebrating Fairtrade Fortnight with a pop-up shop in Seven Dials, Covent Garden (25 Feb-10 Mar). Expect lashings of chocolate to try, including Divine’s Easter range and new chocolate bar flavours, as well as a photography exhibition, Azonto Ghanaian dance lessons and the chance to meet some cocoa farmers.

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London Shopping News: Cambridge Satchel Company; Zaeem Jamal; Jewellery at Harvey Nicks; and Butlers on Sloane Street Wed, 05 Dec 2012 18:08:09 +0000 Two new shops launch for Christmas, with promises of further London Fashion Week fun; plus there’s a jewellery showcase in Harvey Nichols; and don’t miss the helpful Christmas butlers on Sloane Street…

Cambridge Satchel Company Opens Debut Seven Dials Store
If, like me, you’re a fan of the Cambridge Satchel Company, you’ll be thrilled to hear the brand is opening its first standalone store in Seven Dials. Located on Short Gardens, the store will open in two phases: first as a pop-up store on Saturday this week in time for Christmas, and open until January. Then the rest of the shop will be completed in time for London Fashion Week in Feburary, where they’ll have an exclusive Bloggers Lounge. I’m really looking forward to this one.

Zaeem Jamal Opens New Kings Road Boutique
And here’s another store with a split opening, combining Christmas and London Fashion Week. Luxury eveningwear brand Zaeem Jamal opens its new flagship boutique on London’s Kings Road today, coinciding with the area’s late-night Christmas shopping evening. However the official celebrity launch is planned for London Fashion Week in February, where the brand will also launch a bespoke shoe service. Pop in to peruse the boutique’s two floors, with the ground floor dedicated to ready-to-wear dress, gown and accessories collections, while the lower section features a swish private bespoke area and suite.

Harvey Nicks Jewellery Designer Showcase: 6 Dec
Head to Harvey Nichols on Thursday between 7pm and 9.30pm for a special evening showcasing their beautiful jewellery collections. Enjoy up to 20% off on the evening, plus sip on complimentary Champagne and sample funky bejewelled canapes while you shop for that perfect Christmas gift. Stylist Melissa Lund will be on hand, running a Jewellery Clinic offering top tips on how to wear this season’s key trends, stones and colours. Make sure you RSVP:

Quintessentially British Christmas Shopping on Sloane Street
On 6, 13 and 20 December, there’ll be special shopping events taking place on Sloane Street. Look out for a host of traditionally uniformed British butlers. Lining either side of the street between Basil and Pont Streets, the butlers will be on hand to open car doors, guide visitors into stores and provide information about Sloane Street’s luxury retailers. In full uniform and holding umbrellas, the butlers will act as beautifully dressed beacons on wintry evenings, welcoming all Christmas shoppers to the street.

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