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London is beautiful when the sun shines. One area that I particularly like strolling around is 7 dials in Covent Garden. It is a little tucked in the heart of Central London, be it just having a coffee at the famous Monmouth Coffee place, or enjoying a play at one of the many theatres, there is something for everyone.

If you’re in the mood for a little pampering and looking for beauty products,  Caudalié is where you want to go. The French cosmetic brand that is known for utilising grapes from the vineyards in Bordeaux, Champagne and Burgundy for all the products. Founder Mathilde Thomas started the brand with her husband Bertrand in Bordeaux in 1993, together with Professor Joseph Vercauteren, the brand has a wide collection now. All of them are produced by the natural essence of grapes, providing protection and nutrition to the skin at its purest form. There is a spa/ facial treatment space in the lower ground of the shop, and I have yet to try it out.

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Few doors down the same street, Fresh has recently opened a flagship store too. Founded by Lev Glazman and Alina Roytberg in Boston in 1991, the brand is famous for the sugar lip products, now they has also a lot of different products with natural ingredients such as Peony, Turkish Rose, Black Tea etc…The sensory bar at the end of the shop also offers a selection of perfume and scented candles. I loved the interior of the shop, because it does speaks ” freshness” !

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If you fancy a little shopping, few shops nearby is a very sexy shop that I had walked pass many times but never stepped in. Coco de Mer ,  a luxury lingerie and sex toy shop, sits right in the heart of central London, is an interesting place to visit. The shop has a large collection of lingerie, loungewear and sexy outfits. At the back of the shop is the sex toy sections, where the staff will be able to give you professional advices and suggestions. The whole concept of the shop is to make “sexiness” more elegant and a learning process for both men and women in a safe and non-judgement environment. Next time if you run out of gift ideas, perhaps pop in and have a look?

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If you fancy something more fun decorative, go to few shops down the road. Orla Kiely , known for its colourful patterns and interior products, has a big shop on Monmouth Street. Decorated in Orla’s signature patterns and design, the shop is filled with energy and colours. From bags to dresses, cups to wallpapers, the shop is like a little Orla’s treasure chest. It’s so difficult to pick the favourite piece from the shop simply because everything is too cute.

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I had a little fun hour at this cute shop Tatty Devine on the other side of 7 dials. Founded by Harriet Vine and Rosie Wolfenden in 1999, who met at art school. The studio is still running in East London, these playful jewellery can be handmade and customised in 20 minutes. It was really hard to decide what I can write for my customised necklace. The colour, material, sizing and little charms options are so distracting (in a good way of course), and the ready-made collection are so fun to look at too! As soon as you’ve picked your materials and colours, decided on what write, they will create an artwork preview on the computer in the shop to let you see what it will look like. Then they will take it to the laser cut machine, and in 20 mins voila it’s done! Such a great place for gifts.

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One of my favourite shops on Monmouth Street is perfumery Miller Harris. Fine perfume and fragrances made in England, Miller Harris is one of the top brands in the perfumery industry. English founder Lyn Harris spent five years training in Paris, then in Grasse at Robertet, she then created bespoke fragrances for clients before founding Miller Harris Perfumer London in 2000. Defined by Lyn’s love of naturals and her precision in using them, you will be able to find creations that resonates the feelings of being in the nature, or expression of masculinity and unisexuality, or being in a floral garden, all are distinctively categorised by different bases that made with ingredients such as distinct greens and woods, with carefully sourced floral notes, iris from Florence, French violet leaf, jasmine from Egypt, Tunisian orange flower. The flexibility of able to mixing and layering different flavours also allows you to create what speaks to you most.  I’ve picked my favourite scent, have you?


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Now a day is not complete without eating. The afternoon tea at The Covent Garden Hotel is very famous. Finally I have a chance to try, and it is really good. Not only the staff are very friendly and welcoming, the ambience of the restaurant is really classy too. Enjoying the afternoon tea at such an elegant place on a sunny day is such a treat. Other than the traditional afternoon tea, they also serve a gentlemen’s tea which has more savoury dishes than the others. Portions are just about right, and tea are almost served bottomless…

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I’m on a constant lookout for authentic restaurants in London, Vico is now one of my favourite italian place. I walked pass it because Vico is too big, yes, too big. I missed it because I never thought such a great restaurant is situating on main circus. The location is actually perfect, it sits at the beginning of Soho, at the periphery of China Town and at the end of 7 dials, honestly it’s one of the most central locations. Opened by the same award winning Italian restaurant and gelateria in London Bocca di Lupo and Gelupo, Jacob Kenedy and Victor Hugo added Vico to its latest venture. The menu is focused on South-Central Italy, charting the journey of the Appian Way, the Roman road that has linked Rome to Brindisi for thousands of years. In fact, Chef and co-owner Jacob Kenedy, oversees the menus and operation at VICO as Executive Chef, quality is guaranteed.

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I loved the cool vibe of the restaurant, and the food was amazing. My favourite of the nice is the asparagus. There are no words enough to express how fresh and well cooked. It’s the highlight of the night. All other food were as great, and portions are again just right, which allows sharer to try a few more dishes.


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The restaurant is very spacious but it does fill up quite easily. Even by late evening there are still guests walking in to try getting a table. On the other side of the restaurant is the gelupo gelateria, if you’re not coming in for dinner, perhaps a gelato?

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So you see, I managed to spend a day in just one area in central London, there are still a lot more to discover and explore. London is never boring.

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Caudalié
39 Monmouth Street, Seven Dials, London, WC2H 9DD.
Telephone: 02078368636

Fresh
17 Monmouth Street, Seven Dials, London, WC2H 9DD.
Telephone: 020 7240 3294

Coco de Mer
23 Monmouth Street, Seven Dials, London, WC2H 9DD
Telephone : 020 7836 8882

Orla Kiely
31 Monmouth Street, Seven Dials, London, WC2H 9DD.
Telephone: 020 7240 4022

Tatty Devine
44 Monmouth Street, Seven Dials, London, WC2H 9EP
Telephone : 020 7836 2685

Miller Harris
14 Monmouth St, London WC2H 9HB
Telephone : 020 7836 9378 

Covent Garden Hotel
10 Monmouth St, London WC2H 9HB
Telephone : 020 7806 1000

Vico Italian Restaurant
1 Cambridge Circus, London, WC2H 8PA
Telephone : 020 7379 0303