Seven Dials is a road junction in Covent Garden
where seven streets meet. It is marked by a pillar holding six sun dials, due to the original seventeenth-century plans being for only six roads to converge. Nearby Covent Garden was a fashionable area and it was hoped that Seven Dials would be too, but by the nineteenth century it had deteriorated and was one of London’s most notorious slums. Its infamy continued into the twentieth century when Agatha Christie
set The Seven Dials Mystery
there. Today, Seven Dials
is a mostly prosperous neighbourhood consisting of shops and restaurants.