Seven Dials, in the north-west corner of Covent Garden, is a unique quarter of London whose star-shaped layout remains as constructed in the early 1690s. Mostly unknown and in a state of dereliction when the Covent Garden market moved in 1974, Seven Dials was brought back to life largely through the dedication of the Seven Dials Trust, working in partnership with the local authorities and landowners for nearly forty years. Together, the partnership virtually re-invented a lost neighbourhood through a long process of urban renewal embracing social and private housing and new businesses.
“The Seven Dials scheme has been of national importance in changing attitudes to and aspirations for the public realm”
– Robert Huxford, Director Urban Design Group.
The reconstruction of the Sundial Pillar by the Trust in 1989, the first project of its kind in London since Nelson’s Column in the 1840s, put Seven Dials back on London’s map and proved an effective economic regenerator. The Trust’s pioneering and much acclaimed Seven Dials Renaissance Studywhich followed, set out a long term holistic vision for the area’s maintenance and improvement.
“The charity has brought an entire neighbourhood back to life…”
The Seven Dials Trust’s People’s Plaques bring to light fascinating people and institutions from the very local to the international, who have made a contribution to the area and, in some cases, nationally and internationally. View the full list »
“An absolutely brilliant and wide ranging scheme…”
– Judges’ citation The London Forum of Amenity and Civic Societies Awards
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Trustees send their best wishes to Their Majesties King Charles III
The Golden Hind
The Golden Hind (more specifically a wounded female deer) is the symbol of the ancient Parish of St Giles-in-the-Fields. The Seven Dials Trust has used it, in a circle representing the Dials, as a motif on all street furniture.