Seven Dials is a small but well-known road junction in the West End of London in Covent Garden where seven streets converge. At the centre of the roughly-circular space is a Pillar bearing six (not seven) sundials, a result of the pillar being commissioned before a late stage alteration of the plans from an original six roads. The term also refers informally to the immediate surrounding area.
Today, Seven Dials is a prosperous, largely commercial, neighbourhood, between the West End theatre district and the fashion-focused shopping district in and around nearby Neal's Yard. Inevitably, the junction of seven roads means The Space is dominated by traffic, generally slow-moving in these narrow streets, usually crowded with people.On one of the seven apexes of the junction is a pub, The Crown, with a cafe, Kopapa (Peter Gordon's latest venture) on Monmouth Street; on another apex is Cambridge Theatre. Despite some redevelopment, many of the original buildings remain.