Michael Van Clarke Hair Salon
Michael Van Clarke opened his eponymous salon in 1988 and, more than two decades later, continues to draws a cross-generational crowd of mother-and-daughters, models and red carpet regulars. Using his trademarked Dry Diamond Cut, Clarke and his team cut hair dry to create a unique style that complements your hair’s natural movement and texture. One session in his chair will make you rethink every haircut you’ve ever had.
You can also take the salon home with you in the form of Clarke’s product line.
From £55 for a cut and blow dry; 1 Beaumont Street, Marylebone, London W1G 6DF, vanclarke.com
DryBy Blow Dry & Nail Bar
DryBy on Mortimer Street is arguably London’s most stylish blow-dry and nail salon, owned by Krisztina Van der Boom. Upstairs is bright, airy and open-plan, conjuring blow dries at polished marble tables, while downstairs is low-lit and warm for ambient manicures and pedicures. DryBy uses botanical nail polish by Soigné and it is also one of London’s leading salons for nail art.
74 Mortimer Street, Marylebone, London W1W 7RZ, dryby.com
Gielly Green Hair Salon
With sleek leather reclining chairs, rose gold lighting fixtures and coffee-and-cream hues, this pied-à-terre-like space feels more like a private residence than a hair salon. It was founded in 2008 by Fred Gielly and Shai Greenberg and today boasts an army of award-winning stylists and colourists. For a razor-sharp cut with a side of quick wit, ask for affable artistic director Pol Garcia, whose clients have previously included Pippa Middleton, Poppy Delavigne, Lea Seydoux and Victoria Beckham (to name just a few).
42-44 George Street, Marylebone, London W1U 7ES giellygreen.co.uk
Glow Bar is a Pinterest-perfect haven, curated with cascading palms and plush velvet seats, against a candy pink backdrop. The main attraction at this chic enclave however is the infrared sauna pods, which can be booked for 45-minute sessions with a friend. While hugely popular in LA and New York, the pods are a relatively new concept in the UK, designed to relieve muscle and joint pain, boost energy, improve circulation and brighten your complexion. Following the pod session, treat yourself to an elixir-charged latte or iced ‘moon milk’ at the chic Glow Bar café, or shop a radiance-boosting bounty of supplement powders in the onsite shop.
70 Mortimer Street, Marylebone, London W1W 7RY
John Bell & Croyden
John Bell & Croyden is the most luxurious chemist in London, if not the world. This venerable stalwart has retained a Royal Warrant since 1909 and has been stocking Her Majesty the Queen’s bathroom cabinet for almost 60 years. It is full to the brim with pharmaceuticals, supplements and a global array of skincare and beauty products from brands including Zelens, Skinceuticals and Oskia, as well as the latest high-tech gadgets. Book a facial at the InResidence beauty room or drop by the in-store clinic for concerns relating to dental hygiene, hair-loss, chiropody and osteopathy. Enter at your own peril: it’s almost impossible to leave this all-encompassing wellbeing emporium without a sack full of health and beauty goodies.
50-54 Wigmore Street, Marylebone, London W1U 2AU, johnbellcroyden.com
Daniel Galvin Hair Salon
Recognisable by its chocolate-hued awning, this supersized Daniel Galvin flagship on George Street is London’s largest hairdressing salon. Size certainly does not compromise service – you may be sitting in 9,000 sq ft of glossy, marble-clad salon space, but appointments feel intimate and personal. Galvin founded his eponymous salon in 1977 and was awarded an OBE in 2006 for his services to the hair industry. Today it remains a family-run business, joined by Galvin’s three children and his wife Mavis.
From £72 for a cut and blow dry, 58-60 George Street, Marylebone, London W1U 7ET, danielgalvin.com