Now and then, we all need a good pamper. If I’m feeling particularly low or stressed, a combination of sweating it out at my favourite boxing class followed by a trip to a beautiful salon is guaranteed to boost my mood.
Luckily there are plenty of awesome nail and blow dry bars in London to suit all budgets, so I wanted to share a few of my favourites below:
Cheeky and Barber & Parlour: Best for Pedicures
Holborn (smaller) and Shoreditch (bigger)
The Cheeky salons are probably my favourite ever places to get pedicures. The prices have risen slightly this year which isn’t ideal for my strict wedding budget but I personally haven’t found anywhere else that beats them!
The salons are always the perfect mix of exposed & edgy meets relaxing & friendly and I love how you dunk your feet into a big box of soapy water before the talented pedicure technicians get to work buffing, scrubbing and polishing. (I have done a full review of Cheeky in my London Manicure and Pedicure Recommendations post).
Blush and Blow : Best For Blow Dries, Lashes and Pedicures
Parsons Green, West London
I visited Blush and Blow recently to try a half set of eyelash extensions for the first time and absolutely loved the grey and gold interiors (as well as the owner’s dog who was happily wandering around). It was such a beautiful space and would be ideal for a group of ladies to grab a blow dry before hitting Chelsea.
Duck & Dry: Best for Blow Dries
Oxford Street, Central London
Specialising in speedy blow dries, I recently visited here to get some bouncy curls ahead of my hen do weekend in Brighton. The lift was broken which was slightly annoying when I had my big suitcase with me but there was a motivational message to keep me going (!) and once I was upstairs I loved how airy, modern and Instagram-friendly the space was. There are plenty of blow-dry stations, making it ideal for large groups such as birthday parties, office parties and hen-dos, and there are also small makeup and nail stations on hand too if you need them.
The other reason I like this blow dry bar is because it is one of the most affordable in central London/Oxford Street (it cost me £32 for a hair wash and blow dry).
London Grace: Best for Affordable Manicures
Putney and Leicester Square
The original London Grace salon is in Putney but I tend to go to the Leicester Square branch as it is closest to my office and also because it is newer, less well known (and found in a nondescript alley), I can always book in at short notice. What is also great is that they run ‘happy hour’ discounts during the week and have a fab little bar that serve both alcoholic and soft drinks. The manicure stations are long benches which also means you can get your nails done at the same time as a friend whilst sitting next to them, making girly gossips that bit easier.
If you are thinking of visiting London for a girly pamper and need somewhere to stay, you might want to check out Home From Home, a website that has plenty of beautiful short-term apartments in London to suit a range of budgets and group sizes.
And if you need more inspiration of girly things to do in London, you might also want to check out my posts below!
*This post contains a sponsored link to Home From Home but all thoughts and views my own.