Seven Dials, Nealís Yard

London, United Kingdom

Contributed by Project for Public Spaces

A comfortable neighborhood that shows a kinder, gentler side of London that you didnít think existed.

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This district at the northern end of Covent Garden is very comfortable Ė almost too comfortable Ė for London. It is truly special, on a scale that shows a kinder, gentler side of London that you didnít think existed. The small buildings, narrow streets, and little alleyways reveal wonderful treasures of little courtyards, such as Nealís Yard, that seem almost like a hidden paradise. And while it is very historic, the overwhelming feeling is that it is contemporary, with uses that fit the setting. New York has Greenwich Village and Paris has the Marais, but this area is somehow even more enchanting. Itís one of those places positively draws you toward it, and makes you want to return to often.

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