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SEVEN DIALS LONDON ANNOUNCES PLANS TO PEDESTRIANISE AREA
Today (21 July), Seven Dials, London reveals it has partnered with Camden Council to introduce timed road closures to the iconic west-end village to support their community of independent restaurants and retailers as they start to welcome visitors back to the area, as lockdown begins to ease.
In line with the highly anticipated re-opening of restaurants, bars and cafes in July, the new plans will see a number of timed road closures in Seven Dials, allowing pedestrians and cyclists to enjoy everything the area has to offer, safely. These timed closures will operate from 10am to 6pm, seven days a week controlled by barriers and the dedicated Seven Dials security team.
In addition, world-famous Neal’s Yard will benefit from a one-way system to ensure social distancing within one of London’s most charming locations. Furthermore, in the first week of August, Seven Dials will increase the number of cycle parking spaces available across the area in order to keep up with new demand following lockdown. Visitors are able to find maintained hand sanitisation points through the village, alongside social distancing signage to ensure visitors are responsibly distancing when in the area.
Seven Dials and Camden Council are in discussions about relaxed licensing laws, allowing visitors to sit outside on the historic streets for a spot of al fresco dining throughout the summer months.
In celebration of Londoners returning to the destination, Seven Dials has also joined forces with globally renowned artist for an exciting collaboration across the iconic village streets.
The artwork will be unveiled later this summer and aims to celebrate the Seven Dials community.
The art installations will run alongside a number of other exciting initiatives welcoming Londoners back as they are ready to return to the heart of London, post lockdown.
Charles Owen, Portfolio Executive at Shaftesbury , commented:
“We are looking forward to seeing Londoners return to Seven Dial now lockdown has started to ease across the UK. We’ve been working very closely with Camden Council to support our independent businesses as they reopen and ensure the area is safe for both new and returning visitors. Implementing timed road closures will allow us to widen walkways for social distancing and with the possibility of open air dining in our iconic streets making Seven Dials an even safer and enjoyable experience for all.”
Following recent Government changes, a number of independent restaurants have re-opened their doors to consumers on July 4 including popular Japanese restaurant, Flesh & Buns, cocktail experts The Escapologist and French wine bar, Le Beaujolais - with many already taking pre-bookings. Throughout June, many retailers have also reopened including London stationery specialist Choosing Keeping, fashion brand Diesel, skincare experts, Kiehl’s, and bespoke leather goods company, Nappa Dori.
To check out the latest reopening updates across Seven Dials visit www.sevendials.co.uk/whats-open/ or follow Seven Dials on Instagram (@7Dials) to keep up-to-date on our news.
Seven Dials is home to 95 shops, including international flagships and concept stores, renowned beauty and grooming salons as well as over 90 vibrant cafes, restaurants, bars, pubs, and a thriving residential community. The area comprises of Monmouth Street, Earlham Street, Neal Street, Shorts Gardens, Neal’s Yard, Endell Street, Shelton Street, Mercer Street and the Seven Dials Sundial Pillar. Combined with two luxury hotels, five theatres, two private members clubs, a large number of apartments and offices, Seven Dials is a unique retail and leisure destination in the heart of London.
Notes to Editors
Details of the road closures
- Monmouth Street will be permanently closed to traffic from St Martin’s Lane
- Monmouth Street north will be closed to traffic at Princess Circus during the timed period
- Residents only will have access to Seven Dials roundabout from Mercer Street
- Neal Street north will be closed from Shorts Gardens during the timed period
- The direction of traffic will be reversed for Shorts Gardens from Seven Dials roundabout to Endell Street and Monmouth Street south from Tower Street
- Pedestrian access to Neals Yard will be from an existing entry point at the northern end of Monmouth Street, with visitors leaving via either a separate exit onto Monmouth Street or onto Shorts Gardens