Had enough of the sight of your split ends and chipped nail varnish? Us too – which is why we can't wait for hairdressers, nail bars and beauty salons to reopen on 12 April. The even better news is that spas will also be reopening this month (with the exclusion of saunas, steam rooms and indoor pools) so, if you're hankering after a massage or facial, now is the time to begin making appointments. Not sure where to start? Here's our guide to the best beauty salons and nail bars in London.
Urban Retreat at The White House, Knightsbridge
Housed in a former aristocrat’s mansion, The White House in Knightsbridge is a five-storey, one-stop-shop for all things beauty and wellness. There is a new Angelo Seminara hair salon, a CND nail lab, a lash and brow bar and even a Body Art Studio for tattoos and piercing.
Reopening in April, the KheraGriggs Cleanse Clinic offers bespoke colonics and waist-whittling lymphatic drainage massages, while a phalanx of therapists, doctors and practitioners will cater to all of your aesthetic desires, from tailor-made medi-facials to injectables and contouring. The White House feels more like a boutique hotel than a beauty destination, with bright, ritzy interiors and a plant-based restaurant on the ground floor.
Address: 2-4 Hans Crescent, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 0LH
Nearest station: Knightsbridge
The Harrods Hair, Nail and Beauty Salon
A hop, skip and a hairbrush from Urban Retreat is the palatial Hair and Beauty Salon at Harrods, which occupies a large swathe of the fifth floor. Begin with a Skinceuticals facial, followed by a mani-pedi at Townhouse, known for its intricate nail art and non-toxic products. The serene space also boasts UK's only Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Bar, known for its meticulous brow shaping. Finish with a blow dry in the hair salon, where services also include Japanese-style 'scalp facials', intensive, hydrating treatments and a 'library' of hair extensions.
Address: Fifth Floor, 87-135 Brompton Road, London SW1X 7XL
Nearest station: Knightsbridge
LINNAEAN, Nine Elms
One of 2020's most exciting new openings, LINNAEAN is a beautifully designed wellness hub and picturesque plant-based restaurant at the Embassy Gardens development near Battersea. Named after the Swedish botanist, Carl Linnaeus, its botanical focus inspired Martin Brudnizki Design Studio's mint green and soft coral interiors, with vibrant ceramic tiles and rattan furnishings.
There is a glossy hair salon on the ground floor, alongside expertly curated shelves of skincare and beauty products. Upstairs, settle in on a velvet armchair for a manicure or pedicure using non-toxic gels and polishes that are 90 per cent vegan. There is also a full menu of facials by Dr. Barbara Strum, Orveda and Susanne Kaufmann, as well as waxing, massages, injectables and non-invasive surgical treatments. We can think of few better place to wile away a whole afternoon.
Address: Embassy Gardens, 2 New Union Square, Nine Elms, London SW11 7AX
Nearest station: Battersea Park
Radiance London, Fitzrovia
The pretty lanes around Fitzrovia are full of gorgeous independent hair salons, day spas and nail bars and Radiance London is one of our favourites. Hidden behind its pretty-yet-petite storefront is a warren of subterranean treatment rooms catering to everything from full body massages and waxing to lash lifts and high-tech facials. A wide range of brands are on offer here too, with face and body treatments utilising products from carefully curated names including Dermalogica, Decléor, Dermapen, AlumierMD and more. This is the destination when you're in need of top-to-toe maintenance.
Address: 12 Charlotte Place, London W1T 1SL
Nearest station: Tottenham Court Road
DryBy on Mortimer Street is arguably London's most stylish blow-dry bar and nail salon. Owned by Krisztina Van der Boom, upstairs it's bright, airy and open-plan, conjuring beautiful blow dries at polished marble tables, while downstairs is low-lit and warm for ambient manicures and pedicures. The communal tables and gorgeous interiors make it the perfect choice for a catch up with friends. DryBy uses botanical nail polish by Soigné and it is also one of London's leading salons for nail art.
Address: 74 Mortimer Street, Marylebone, London W1W 7RZ
Nearest station: Oxford Circus
Skin Matters, Holland Park
Prior to lockdown, there was a three-month waiting list to see Skin Matters founder and facialist Joanne Evans, so goodness knows how many women are lined up now. Trust us, though, when we say she is worth the wait. Evans’ bespoke facials couple a no-nonsense, medical approach with a welcome dose of pleasurable pampering, while you’re all tucked up in blankets on a toasty waterbed. There is also an array of rejuvenating body services on offer, including massages, IPL and laser hair removal, IV infusions and firming treatments. With bare plaster walls and velvet sofas, the Skin Matters studio feels more like a modern home than a beautician. Call now and you might get in by Christmas.
Address: 119B Portland Road, Notting Hill, London W11 4LN
Nearest station: Holland Park
With marble tabletops, pink velvet interiors and moody dark accents, STILL had us at hello. Offering a haven of calm on Dalston’s busy Kingsland Road, this spiritual salon specialises in cruelty-free, natural and vegan products. The non-toxic gel treatments are long-lasting and allow your nails to breathe, while dry pedicures and manicures use eco-friendly Kure Bazaar polish. There is also an impressive menu of massages, reiki and calming crystal healing facials – ideal for keeping your chakras in check post-lockdown.
Address: 450 Kingsland Road, Dalston, London E8 4AE
Nearest station: Haggerston/Dalston Junction Overground
Cloud Twelve, Notting Hill
Cloud Twelve is a serene wellness clinic and lifestyle club, set over three floors in Notting Hill. While the children’s interactive play zone on the ground floor may be for members only, the spa, beauty salon, yoga studio and plant-based brasserie are open to all. The salon is designed with Feng Shui philosophy and offers hair appointments using cruelty-free Aveda products, as well as Nailberry manicures and pedicures.
The wellness clinic specialises in Chinese and naturopathic medicines, as well as being one of few spas in London to boast sauna, steam and salt rooms (currently closed). You can also put your name down for the highly effective Holistic Facelift, which lifts, firms and tones through hands-on massage techniques.
Address: 5 Colville Mews, Notting Hill, London W11 2DA
Nearest station: Notting Hill
Bamford, South Kensington
Home to arguably London's chicest yoga studio, Bamford Brompton Cross is the only standalone Bamford spa outside of the Cotswolds. Following government regulations, it will reopen in Apirl with a comprehensive treatment menu, including massages, reflexology, reiki and acupuncture. Turn up early and peruse Lady Bamford's enticing selection of sustainably produced Scottish cashmere, handmade raffia baskets and ceramics, curated alongside her signature organic beauty line.
Address: 104 Draycott Avenue, Brompton Cross, London SW3
Nearest station: South Kensington
Tempus Belgravia has taken over the capacious former home of Grace Belgravia, offering 11,500 sq. ft. of sparkling, immersive wellness. It is the first European opening from Nu Yu, which has clinics in Qatar, Lebanon and Morocco. The extensive and incredibly high-tech menu ranges from aesthetic facial treatments and cosmetic dermatology to body contouring, and there is also a bespoke GP service which, among other medical treatments, is offering Covid-19 antibody tests. For those seeking something less invasive, the 24-carat gold facial diminishes the appearance of wrinkles through a cocktail of ingredients, including hyaluronic acid, vitamins and antioxidants.
Address: 11a W Halkin Street, Belgravia, London SW1X 8JL
Nearest station: Knightsbridge