A Valentines {or Galentines} Day out

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Love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. We know this calendar event really divides people. Those who suck up the tradition and fall feet first into the romance: roses, chocolates….the lot. Then there are others who are not fans. The dictatorial pressures that society puts on them, whether they have a loved one to share their time with or not. Neither of us are big fans, we don’t buy into the traditional completely. Don’t get us wrong, what gal doesn’t love a pressie or 2 spot of romance and the chance to spend time with our nearest and dearest.

Whether thats your one true love or gal pal’s that know you the best.

Valentine’s OR Galentine’s then we found the perfect spot. 

Just a stone’s throw away from Leicester Square tube is a our new found shopping haven ~ Seven Dials. A destination area perfect for a weekend away, day trip or flying visit to a new found eatery. As one fully fledged Londoner and one who’s lived in the City for years we of course know of Seven Dials but like so many things in the place that you live, it’s an area we hadn’t thoroughly explored. Until now.

 

 

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Shopping

With it’s village feel, we spent the day mooching around the area discovering new brands and rediscovering old favourites in this unique shopping and lifestyle destination. We for 2 are sold. There are so many great boutiques to explore {also amazing ones for the lads in ya life}. Here are our faves:

Laura Lee Jewellery

We have been long, long terms fans of Laura Lee’s gorgeous jewellery and would say that visiting her boutique is a MUST! It is a treasure trove of beautiful jewellery where you are welcome to browse and try on in the peaceful and relaxing environment. Our favourite pieces from Laura’s range include her beautiful delicate rings like this pink sapphire eternity ring and moon shaped detailed ring, wider engraved gold bands and teeny tiny earrings. All handmade in England you can’t rival her eye for design and unusual stones. Also check our her wedding rings too! @lauraleejewellery

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Club Monaco

This shop had been on our ‘must visit’ list for sometime and we were not disappointed. The collection is the perfect mix of feminine flair with a boyish twist that we are fans of. Think cute playful dungarees with flutter sleeve details and frilly off shoulder tops and all in the scrummiest soft, colour palette. The playsuits are definitely on our wish list for Spring especially this one! @clubmonaco

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Nixon

Head to the basement of the Nixon store to experience the custom made service they offer where you can build your own watch {well, not you personally but you get the idea} Pick the strap, face and details in a range of colours to create your very own piece. The lovely Dan showed us through the exciting process of putting together our own Hers and Hers watches. We mix matched Yellow and Rose Gold to make these beauties but you could match with your bezzie mate or choose polar opposite colours to your Valentine. An added extra of engraving on the back is a cute finishing touch, check out ours below. They even engraved in our own handwriting ~ pretty cool huh?!! @nixon_europe

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Kit & Ace

A new brand on our radar we loved the attention to detail that Kit & Ace offer. As fashion designers we really appreciated the design details and the interesting technical fabrics used in their styles. We particularly liked the silk printed pieces, stunning wide leg trousers and super drapey flattering {and oh-so comfortable} floaty culottes. They also hold supper clubs in the store and showcase new artists work on the walls. A modern, innovative brand to get on your radar @kitandace

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Food & Drink

Foodies make a pilgrimage to the over 50 places to eat in the area and having sampled a few we know why. Here’s where we went and loved:

26 Grains

If you are in the area and looking for breakfast then we’d highly recommend popping into this small but perfectly formed cafe. We sampled the different variety of super healthy {and on trend} porridges which were a feast for the eyes and our bellies. With so many delicious looking options on the list we will most definitely be back soon. @26grains

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Compagnie Des Vins Surnaturels

This restaurant was a real hidden treasure. As soon as you enter the relaxing atmosphere, great staff and elegant decor puts you right at ease and ready for a sensory overload. Perfect for a light lunch {we tried a selection of delicious dishes} or a romantic dinner date we’d say this beautiful restaurant is a must if you like sampling the finer things in life. Also you *must* try the truffle gnocchi: Heaven in a bowl @cvs7dials

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Covent Garden Hotel

There’s something so fantastically lavish about an afternoon tea that we love. Its a special thing, dontcha think?! At the Covent Garden Hotel they offer a variety of options from their classic to 20 year special. New additions were the healthy Afternoon Tea which is the low sugar/low fat option {think sushi, avocado cocoa mousse and rice cakes} plus the Gentleman’s Tea which consisted of a mini steak sandwich and chips. Not just for the boys we say.  @firmdale_hotels

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The Escapologist

Finish the night with a Porn Star Martini or 2 in this cool underground bar, we did. The initmate booths were cosy and the cocktail list was extensive. Bonus points for Happy Hour 5-7pm every day of the week too! They also offer pizza so you know, win win. @the_escapologist7d

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Alice wears top by Urban Outfitters, lace blouse by Monsoon, jeans by H&M {similar here and here}, boots by Dune London, coat by Topshop, bag by Coach

Hannah wears jumper by Mango {similar here}, vintage Levi’s, coat by Mango, boots by Isabel Marant, bag by Chanel, scarf by H&M

 

 

Photos by Victoria Metaxas

This post is in collaboration with Seven Dials London. All views are our own

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