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Spotlight On: Seven Dials

Seven Dials

Seven Dials

Ahh, Seven Dials.  If you know Seven Dials, it’s probably just a transitionary place to you.  The thing that sticks out in my mind about Seven Dials is the view up the hill when you walk up from Brighton Station.

If you climb the hill directly bordering the station, you’ll be treated to the most spectatular view of the city. If you are a Londoner it’s a comparable view to Muswell Hill in North London.

I recommend going to Seven Dials for a few reasons. One of them is Le Gourmet shop, which I have mentioned previously that sells squid ink pasta and italian dishes to take away. There is also a good vegetarian selection here and it is nice little pitstop for gourmet cheese.

Another is to get some stationary at Fullertons.  Say hello to the gorgeous greyhound who lives here. You can also pick up a nice greeting card here or some pens.

Nearby is St Nicholas church and a historic graveyard park that is small but a nice place to stop. St Nicholas church is quite eye catching archecturally and looks like a combination of a church and a castle! I had a spirtual breathrough in the churchyard  here. Maybe you will too!

One of the best gourmet shops in the city is Grocer and Grain near Brighton station. This is a good place to pick up some speciality items. flats 004 Nearly everything is locally sourced and they also sell videos.

Head over here before having a look at Taboo, which is as naughty as it sounds and sells all sorts of toys in a non-seedy environment. I love this store. This store is for men, women, anyone. It’s the best.

Another place nearby worth a mention is the comfy casual pub The Trafalgar right near the station which is a good place to have a drink and kill some time.

If you follow up the aptly named DYKE road, you will eventually end up at the naturally scenic Devil’s Dyke. Devil’s Dyke is about 3 miles away from there.

Some people come to see the Booth Museum with is one of the city’s primary attractions as a serious national history archive.

While Seven Dials is not the most touristy place around, this is a good place to stop if you are in Brighton for a few days and want to cross over to Hove, Preston Park or Devil’s Dyke. And no, I don’t live on Dyke Road.

On The Dials

On The Dials

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