Whether you seek lush lashes, a beautiful blow dry, crazy nails, the perfect fake bake or a beard trim, there’s plenty of options in London.
Some of the places listed here require you to book in advance, others will do walk-in appointments – please check in advance with the individual stores.
The basement of Topshop’s flagship store in Oxford Street offers a fab range of beauty concessions. Here you’ll find an outpost of nail-art pioneer WAH Nails, Hershesons Blow Dry Bar, Blink Brow Bar, Strip Wax Bar and more. Plus, you can shop for a new party outfit onsite… Bonus!
London has a huge number of vintage-style hairdressers, beauty parlours and traditional men’s barber shops (see “men” below), which are to be found in most areas. We suggest:
- Nina’s Hair Parlour for the finest Marcel waves in town
- Tiki-themed Hula Nails near Old Street for nails and more
- The cheerfully retro Lyttle Minx in West Dulwich and Beckenham
- La Belle Jolie in Crystal Palace for stylish South London ladies
Get glammed up in the historic heart of swinging London! The Carnaby area is home to It’s Something Hell’s, comprising Miss Betty’s 1050s beauty parlour and Mister Ducktail’s rockabilly barber (for the gents there’s also Pankhurst and Barbers Point). For facials, treatments and massages check out The Beauty Lounge, Cowshed Soho or the Marshall Street Leisure Centre and Spa. And for the final touch, head to The Lash Perfect Lash Bar in the Newburgh Quarter.
As well as vintage salons for the ladies, London has seen a rise in the popularity of traditional and old-fashioned style barber shops. For a haircut, wet shave, beard trim or general tidy-up, try Geo F. Trumper in Mayfair and St James’s, Murdock in Shoreditch, F Flittner at Moorgate or Notting Hill’s Carter and Bond.
Where’s your favourite spot to get glammed up in London? Let us know in the comments below.