Going for a mani or pedi is one of my favourite treats to myself as (along with my boxing exercise classes!) a little pamper is guaranteed to put me in a good mood.
London has plenty of nail bars and salons but so much choice can make it hard to decide where to visit, so to make it a little easier, I have popped my favourite London manicure and pedicure recommendations down below. People of London, go forth and pamper!
Best for Pedicures : Cheeky Parlour
Hands down, Cheeky is my favourite place for pedicures. I find the price is affordable for London (£28), the colours last a long time even without being shellac/gel, the decor is modern, the atmosphere relaxed and the chairs are stationed in a way that makes it really easy to talk to any friends you might have with you.There are two Cheeky branches, the larger one in Shoreditch and the smaller one in Holborn (which I tend to go to) and at both you can order a soft or alcoholic drink whilst your feet are dunked in a warm box of water, scrubbed, buffed, clipped and painted to perfection.
FYI: Cheeky is the sister brand to the more expensive Cowshed and whilst the Cowshed parlours are also pretty, I disappointingly found the service to be quite brisk and rude when I booked myself in at the Carnaby St store last summer.
FYI: You can read about my manicure experience at Cheeky here.
Best for Manicures: London Grace
London Grace nail salons are not just openly Instagrammable but very good too. I believe the first London Grace nail bar was in Putney in west London and they have very recently opened one in the Covent Garden/Leicester Square area too, which is the one I visited before Christmas for a gel mani. As this particular branch is the newest it is a great little secret gem, usually quiet and easy to book into!
I love London Grace as the salons are modern-yet-friendly, they have a coffee/fizz bar, private rooms you can hire out for pampering parties and most of all, the benches mean you can sit next to friends and all get your nails done together at the same time. Oh and the prices here are great for central too, with a gel mani costing between £28-£35 depending on what you have done. (My favourite colour there is Cake Pop, a subtle light lavender colour).
FYI: Another trendy central London nail salon is DryBy by Oxford Circus and whilst it is very cool and the service is good, I find London Grace just has better value for money.
Do you have any other London nail recommendations for me?
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