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Across the capital, salons and spas are offering cut-price deals on everything from manicures to massages, pedicures to facials. Time Out rounds up the best London beauty bargains

  • London's best budget beauty salons

    Intricate nail art at Wah Nails © Rob Greig

  • Pampering for less

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      Apsara

      Cheapest! Upper lip threading, £2.50, Whitechapel Road, London, E1 1DB

      Apsara’s unique brand of service with a grimace can be an acquired taste, but there’s no arguing with the skills of its Indian beauty team. Their threading is quick, nifty and cheap – under £5 for most areas. Read more

  • The Beautiful Nails Studio

    Cheapest! Nail colour change, £7, Tottenham Street, London, W1T 4RH

    This little nail bar sorts out your nails with little ceremony and only moderate cost attached (£15 gets you a good manicure). The only glossy thing about the place is the nails, but that means staff are happy to get stuck in with the power tools to file off dead skin; our tester left after a pedicure with feet half a size smaller. We’re not the only ones to have discovered it: often the queue is out the door, so it’s worth booking. Read more

  • The Blow Bar

    Cheapest! Intensive scalp treatment, £8, Camden Passage, London, N1 8EA

    This drop-in hair bar has just opened on a cosy Islington back street. The young, stylish team offer a range of blow-dry styles for £16 in the teeny, clean-as-a-whistle salon. That gets you a swish blow dry, your own iPod on a speaker and a glass or two of fizz to prep you for a night out. And there’s something for the gents too: men can get a hair pep-up for just £5. Read more

  • Brooks and Brooks

    Cheapest! Unisex ‘Instant Treats’ conditioning treatment, £12.50, Sicilian Avenue, London, WC1A 2QH

    Brooks and Brooks is a multi-award-winning salon in Bloomsbury (three times London Hairdresser of the Year, for starters). It’s good value in general (with cuts from £35), but on Mondays and Tuesdays you can get a restyle completely free. Cuts are by trainees, but fully supervised by the best in the business. Read more

  • Casablanca Spa

    Cheapest! Nail file and polish, £8, Edgware Road, London, W2 1TH

    ou wouldn’t know it from the outside, but the door of number 439 leads you to a underground cavern of exotic delights – tiled tunnels filled with billowing steam, copper pans filled with cool water in the saunas and Moroccan maidens dispensing buckets of olive soap and mud. If you opt for a hamam for £89 (and you really should), then prepare yourself: for every relaxing sit-down in the steam, there’s a bucket of cold water to be chucked at you, and the beauticians are really not shy about the bits they soap down between mud wraps. But the good old fashioned scrubbing and traditional clay masks will leave you with results that are easily a match for some of the most expensive treatments in the capital, even if you feel at times like you’re being pressed to reveal state secrets rather than pampered. For those of a more delicate disposition, the Dermalogica facial is excellent, an hour long and £40. Read more

  • Cucumba

    Cheapest! Top-up ten-minute treatment (massage, manicure or pedicure), £9.50, Poland Street, London, W1F 8QB

    We have heard the odd less-than-favourable review of Cucumba, with testers griping about being ushered in and out a bit too quickly – but that’s rather the point of this express Soho salon, which specialises in pit-stop beauty treatments. Happily, our testers don’t have a bad word to say about their experiences here, where you can pick treatments charged by the minute. Choose between ‘Topups’, ‘Quickfixes’ and ‘Pitstops’– and pay about £17 for a duo like an eyebrow shape and nail job, which will take about 17 minutes. New to the menu is the beguiling-sounding ‘vajazzle fanny art’, a steal at £3.50. Sadly, testers for this one were unavailable at the time of writing. Read more

  • Dove Spa

    Cheapest! Eyebrow shape, £12.50, Turnham Green Terrace, London, W4 1RP

    Yes, that Dove. In between filling bars of soap with one quarter moisturising cream, the cosmetics company has found time to establish a chain of good-value, no-nonsense beauticians across the capital. While most are located in the bowels of Virgin Active gyms, the stand-alone branch in Chiswick is quite cosy, and offers great massage and some lovely treatments for January, like the ‘head-to-toe recharge’. That gets you a full-body buff, wrap, facial and massage for £49. Read more

  • Errol Douglas

    Cheapest! Moisture treatment for Afro hair, £10, Motcomb Street, London, SW1X 8LB

    Errol Douglas is one of the capital’s most award-winning hairdressers (nominated no less than 13 times for British Hairdresser of the Year) and is visionary in his treatment of Afro hair but equally adept with other types, too. You can experience the treatment for just £15, Monday to Wednesday, when supervised trainees offer cuts and blow dries. If you’re after colour with a pro, tinting services with the lovely Jade come with a free blow dry (usually £35) until the end of January. Read more

  • Esthetique

    Cheapest! Eyebrow wax, £5, Margaret Street, London, W1W 8SE

    Esthetique is part of the London School of Beauty, and a training ground for beauty undergraduates, but it is run like a professional salon, with a full roster of treatments at incredible value. Your £9 manicure may be carried out by a student, but it will be under the watchful eye of a note-taking tutor. We haven’t been brave enough to entrust our bikini lines to the novice waxers, but a recent facial at £15 was of a very professional standard. Booking in advance is recommended. Read more

  • Headmasters

    Cheapest! Women’s blow dry, £24, Hanover Street, London, W1S 1YQ

    Headmasters is a fairly widespread chain of hairdressers, but don’t let that put you off. The Mayfair branch does a great cut and blow dry, and there’s a free loyalty scheme that gets you 25 per cent off all services Monday to Friday before 4pm. If you’re not particular about which stylist serves you, then go for an excellent-value last-minute appointment: book after 6pm the day before your visit, or walk in, and a cut/blow dry is just £18 for men and £25 for women. Hair only. Read more

  • Hershesons Blow Dry Bars

    Cheapest! Half-hour blow dry, £24, Topshop, Great Castle Street, London, W1W 8LG

    The Time Out team have been fans of Hershesons Blow Dry Bars since the first one opened in Topshop, Oxford Circus, in 2006. Branches now exist in Westfield and One New Change. A 30-minute blow dry – you pick from one of eight set styles – will set you back just £24. You can also buy the full range of hair accessories including Hershesons bows and the new ‘winges’ (a wig-fringe). No appointment is required: you just turn up, which is always handy. Read more

  • Karine Jackson

    Cheapest! Eyebrow hair (men and women) removal, £11, Litchfield Street, London, WC2H 9NU

    This glossy two-floored hair and beauty salon in Covent Garden has won several industry awards for its cut and colour services (including London Hairdresser of the Year for Karine). Despite its stellar credentials, you can get a luxury Kérastase blow dry for £15, which includes refreshments, from Monday to Friday. The staff are friendly and accommodating, whether you’re popping in for a quick fringe-trim or a brand new cut. Read more

  • Michael Barnes

    Cheapest! Light repair treatment, £15, Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8EB

    This neat little salon is in the heart of theatreland, and offers a high standard of unpretentious service. New customers get 40 per cent off their first visit, which means a glossy Covent Garden cut and blow dry is yours for just over £30. The salon also offers a Keratin permanent blow dry for £150, which seems pricey until you find out the going rate is more than £250 and you’ll look like a L’Oréal advert for the rest of the year... so it could well be worth it. Read more

  • The Porchester

    Cheapest! Lip or chin wax, £8, Porchester Road, London, W2 5HS

    If you’ve never felt able to justify a spa trip, then grab your mum/significant other and head to Paddington, where The Porchester’s tranquil pools, Turkish hot baths, steam rooms and Finnish saunas await you at a very reasonable cost. Couples can come for the day on Sundays, and pay less than £30 for both of you for full use of the facilities. You didn’t hear it from us, but if you express an interest in membership of the club you can often solicit a day pass for free too. Read more

  • The Parlour

    Cheapest! Nail file and polish, £12, Ravey Street, London, EC2A 4QP

    About a year ago, this plush, cosy little salon decided to combat the recession by halving a lot of its prices. We only wish the idea would catch on in the nearby Shoreditch bars. That means prices are very fair for the area, and the spa also regularly advertises great offers on its website. In January, these include a complete dry body brush, detox wrap, massage and blow dry for £100. Alternatively, a cut and blow dry will be less than £30 for the whole month. Read more

  • Rachel McGregor

    Cheapest! Eyebrow or lip wax, £5, Rachel McGregor covers most parts of east London from Shoreditch to Essex (07985 312987/ www.beautyeastlondon.com).

    Rachel used to work at the pricey-but-good City Beach in Spitalfields, before starting up as east London’s favourite mobile beautician. She is a quick, no-nonsense waxer (a thorough Brazilian is £20 – just make sure your flatmates are out), but her real speciality is nails. Her bio-nails simply do not chip and can easily last for a month, so that’s four manicures’ worth of nail for £20.

  • Remedie Rooms

    Cheapest! Lip or chin wax, £7, Streatham High Road, London, SW16 1BS

    This lovely little salon is run with a meticulous hand by the fragrant Mariama Diallo-Soauré, and attracts Parisians from all over London. Prices are always reasonable (pedicures start at £13), especially considering the recent refurbishment of the premises, but book in for a slimming course in January and you'll get a free body wrap to speed along the pudding-shedding process. Every month there is a similar offer run via the website, so it pays to check before you visit. Read more

  • Sheer Bliss

    Cheapest! Eyebrow threading, £7, Kingsland Road, London, E8 2JP

    It doesn’t look like much at all from the outside – or the inside, for that matter – but family-run Sheer Bliss is a real beaut for treatments in Dalston. Waxes are great value (£18 for a full Brazilian) and threading is a steal at £7 for eyebrows. Read more

  • WAH Nails

    Cheapest! False nail removal, £10, Kingsland Road, London, E8 4AA

    This edgy nail bar has made such an impact on the fashion scene in London, it’s hard to believe it only launched last year. It’s already established nail stations in Topshop, as well as just about every fashion launch party of 2010, and brought nail art back to the fashion masses. The deft-of-hand nail technicians can rattle off a photo-real animal print on a nail in a matter of minutes, and will happily undertake a design of your choosing – particularly if you’re up for something ‘badass’. A basic design like stripes, zebra or Chanel-style tips will set you back about £15. Read more

  • Spa London

    Cheapest! Lip or chin threading, £7, Swiss Cottage Leisure Centre, Adelaide Road, London, NW3 3NF

    Noticing the success of the Turkish bath conversion in Bethnal Green’s York Hall, Camden Council opened up Spa London, a Swiss Cottage cousin to the original, in 2009. Public-sector day spas bring luxury to the masses, although prices are reasonable rather than dirt cheap (£25 for 15 minutes in the dry floatation tank). For a complete spa day package, with steam rooms, Turkish hamam and plunge pools, you’re still best heading to Bethnal Green, where the aqua facilities are great, but Swiss Cottage still offers a long treatment menu which is unparalleled for variety and value in the area. Read more

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Mayfair S
Mayfair S

Sinlenbeauty clinic offer very good prices. Botox from £150 to £250 for 3 areas. Laser hair removal,  facials- Microdermabrasion only £45.


Laura White
Laura White

As i came across a comment at Beau Belles London while leaving a review about my recent teeth whitening experience i thought id post it here to help anyone out looking for teeth whiten or looking for a home teeth whitening kit. Mine was the laser home teeth whitening kit and cost 34.99 on BeauBellesLondon.com I purchased 5 laser home teeth whitening kits for me and my friends for an up and coming birthday. I found out about beau belles home teeth whitening kit online and was sure at first then i checked them out on facebook and see before and after results so i thought id give it a go, and only costing £34.99 each compaered to the others ive seen for much more or just loads cheaper but with bad reviews! so if anyone if looking to use laser teeth whitening and trying to find a good home kit of mazing results and not at the price that you have to mortgagee d you home then is the kit for you and come s well recommended from me and my girls!!! on average we all went up between 5-9 shades

Jamie
Jamie

Reading the comment about Beau Belles London...Obvs fake...I've been there don't have Jemma whatever you do most stuck up girl I've come across...

vishankumar.
vishankumar.

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Lucy may
Lucy may

I've just started using Beau Belles London in roman road,very happy with all my beauty treatments.its based in the market so good for me as I live there,only problem is its not next to a train station but mile end is only a 10 min walk I suppose.I normally get a number 8 bus from work. Salon Decor is gorgeous and I find the staff to all be friendly and attitude free :-)

Lucy may Higgins
Lucy may Higgins

I've just started using Beau Belles London in roman road,very happy with all my beauty treatments.its based in the market so good for me as I live there,only problem is its not next to a train station but mile end is only a 10 min walk I suppose.I normally get a number 8 bus from work. Salon Decor is gorgeous and I find the staff to all be friendly and attitude free :-)

Lucy may Higgins
Lucy may Higgins

I've just started using Beau Belles London in roman road,very happy with all my beauty treatments.its based in the market so good for me as I live there,only problem is its not next to a train station but mile end is only a 10 min walk I suppose.I normally get a number 8 bus from work. Salon Decor is gorgeous and I find the staff to all be friendly and attitude free :-)

Lucy may Higgins
Lucy may Higgins

I've just started using Beau Belles London in roman road,very happy with all my beauty treatments.its based in the market so good for me as I live there,only problem is its not next to a train station but mile end is only a 10 min walk I suppose.I normally get a number 8 bus from work. Salon Decor is gorgeous and I find the staff to all be friendly and attitude free :-)

Lucy may Higgins
Lucy may Higgins

I've just started using Beau Belles London in roman road,very happy with all my beauty treatments.its based in the market so good for me as I live there,only problem is its not next to a train station but mile end is only a 10 min walk I suppose.I normally get a number 8 bus from work. Salon Decor is gorgeous and I find the staff to all be friendly and attitude free :-)

Alison
Alison

The waxing suite at dappa boutique in camden is another brilliant waxing place. Great packages to save money too!

Catherine
Catherine

Wow OMG in bow is out of this world...Went after reading the reviews here as wanted a good wax after previously having bad waxes in the past elsewhere, rude snobby etc.This place was fantastic, lovely professional friendly and I will definitely be going back!!

Hannah
Hannah

Had my bikini hollywood wax done at OMG Grove road east london - very clean result, professional therapist. She used hot wax which she just peels when it's dry - it was definately less paintful than strip waxing. Also I've got very sensitive skin and always get irritation, but with this wax I hardly got any redness on my skin. Recommended. Especially for those who have sensitive skin. I don't know if there are any more beauticians there but I had my wax done with Anna. Ask for her she is good.

vicky
vicky

It's all about Norma in Piccadilly, she's my secret find, using hot wax from Brazil you can't get a better Brazilian in London- no pain, no redness/bumps, lasts 5 weeks+, I've tried out so many now this is the only one I use. She doesn't have a website but her number is 078834 685885. 30% off first visit. Can't stop recommending her, first time I've been so compelled to review a business!

leanne williams
leanne williams

had my hair done at omg hair and beauty in bow wharf and as i use the gym next door thought i would pop in fior my colour and cut was greeted by the guy who was gona do my hair we had a conslation and went a head with my highlights and cut and well it came out amazing had such an amzing service from these guys i went from dark to light with highlights and had all my hair cut in to a long bob to and it looked lovely would highly recomend to anyone and the price was very good as well only costing me 70 pound for half head and cut cant wait to see the new salon next door and will see u guys in 8 weeks p.s. joe did my hair ask for him he used to work for toni and guy the only down side was the walk from mile end station but i got the bus back only took me 5 mins

victoria
victoria

Agree with jojo - i had my semi-permanent eyelashes done with new lady at OMG this week and they look fab - nice and really full. These are the best lashes i've ever had

jojo
jojo

I just went to OMG for bikini and leg wax. The lady there is lovely , very professional and thorough service. Last week was half price treatment. Bargain. Highly recomend. She also does nails and hair extensions. She has been there three weeks and apparently the last girl disnt havegood reviews but i reif akon she is as good at her other services as she is at waxing then this is place to go. Xxx east london ngrvove road

jojo
jojo

I just went to OMG for bikini and leg wax. The lady there is lovely , very professional and thorough service. Last week was half price treatment. Bargain. Highly recomend. She also does nails and hair extensions. She has been there three weeks and apparently the last girl disnt havegood reviews but i reif akon she is as good at her other services as she is at waxing then this is place to go. Xxx east london ngrvove road

Maria
Maria

I was just reading this piece which by the way is really useful and found the same as sarah I've tried a place local to me pure medispa amazing nails by the way with some gorgeous nail art and then had their Hollywood wax which was with Lycon hot chocolate wax ( smells like nutella) literally I mean painless compared to all waxes I have had really fast and really professional def recommend if anyone lives this way and almost half he price of places in central

Laura Edwards
Laura Edwards

OK So i came across this whilst looking for a local salon in east london to have my eyelashes and some waxing done for last weekend.....FIRSTLY i WONT BE trying Molly Sugden's salon as the reviews on here are obviously from there own company......and if you guys have to write your own reviews doesn't say much for your work and you guys also have way toooo much time on your hands!!!!!!!!! So reading over the reviews i found OMG Beauty In bow wharf, I had a set of Mink Lashes done,full leg and a hollywood wax all services being great!! I very funny when it comes to waxing but will happily go back once a month for my Hollywood up keep!! I had a young girl called Honey,She was lovely and done the quickest hollywood i have ever had!! so if your looking for waxing i fully recommend this salon!! Whilst in the salon i got talking to a lady that was waiting to have a Blow Dry and after looking over the salon price card thought i give it a go for my night out!! I received a wash and MASSIVE blow dry from Joe that i abso LOVED!!!!!!!!! Not only am i writing this so anyone else that needs up in my position can read this but also to say thank you to Time out for doing an amazing story which lead me to find my local salon that have turned out to be the best i have ever had!! THANK YOU Time Out And Thank You OMG Beauty In bow wharf !!!!!!

Nazma bagum
Nazma bagum

Hey,just came across some reviews on her about omg beauty in bow wharf,just wanted to say I totally agree with both of you guys!! They are amazing and have such a beautiful location x

Sarah
Sarah

Found a place on the central line by south Woodford called pure medispa really clean and friendly Had one of the girls do a brow bar so she ACTUALLY asked what kind of shape i wanted my eyebrows and then she tinted threaded and waxed and then applied some long lasting powder which looks amaaaaaaazing really recommend only 20 pounds normally my tint costs that alone

H
H

For inexpensive and good value nail treatments, Belle Cour on Upper Tachbrook Street, near Victoria Station, is great. It's slightly more expensive than the Beautiful Nail Studio (eg £28 for a pedicure compared to £25) but the treatments are a higher standard and the setting much nicer. Having previously trecked to TCR to get my nails done, I delighted to have found somewhere local.

lucy castle
lucy castle

just a qucik message to say i read a review on here about OMG beauty in bow wharf,and as i visit the gym thats next door thought id give it ago,can happyly say really cool salon,(beauty room was very clean and large in space! Reception were very helpful and gave me an IPad to watch tv while waiting for my treatment!!!! Can recomend this salon in anyone living in my area (Roman Road) also ask for Honey shes a lovely girl and gave me the best hollywood ive ever had in mins!!! Hope this help you girls xx

Carmel
Carmel

Looking for a cheap but modern and professional perm, any salon recommendations? No poodle hair please! :)

Maria mink
Maria mink

I've just came across this while looking to leave a review for a salon I used this weekend in east London, I had a full body wax (head-toe) at a salon in bow wharf called OMG Beauty In Bow Wharf! My waxing was amazing proberly the best I've ever had,the girl made me feel very comftable and got straight down to business! The salon was cleaned and very trendy! I've rebooked and would recommend to anyone! Very very reasonable priced and the cheapest in my area! East London rocks! If anyone want their number it's 0208 981 3791 and if you google them they have a website! Hope this review is helpful! Enjoy guys!!

Jane
Jane

I just had a full set of eyelash extentions at Molly Sugden's in Brick Lane and they were amazing. My lashes look so good and pretty reasonable. Ask for Jazz.

Yummie Ilona
Yummie Ilona

Without a shadow of doubt the most amazing Sunday chill out experince to do with your partner is to have a soak in a candle lit bath for two followed by a deep tiissue massage at Kimantra Urban Spa. It's Islingtons best kept secret. Also I discovered they do Oxygen Facials...yummie!!!

Steven Richard
Steven Richard

BODYESSENCELONDON.COM IN HIGHGATE, GETS MY VOTE EVERYTIME! My wife wont go anywhere else! She used to go there even when we lived in surrey! She also reckons they do a record breaking bikini wax (7 minutes!) anyway, her pampering aside, what impresses me most is their knowledge. I was having back pain so my wife booked me in for a back massage. I couldnt believe how quickly Yasmeen diagnosed the problem! And the clincher is that they are so affordable! I'm now a convert! So check it out for yourselves... Yasmeen has also featured in the Ham & High Article for having treated an NHS doctor ! She's so good I that I just had to mention her here!

Marc
Marc

I am definitely going to anywhere but Mollie Sugden Hairdressing

Legs11
Legs11

Foster London Hair & Beauty has the best beauty on offer, a very experienced girl sorted out my waxing and pedicure beautifully! The prices are super low too

Kimberley
Kimberley

Thanks for the info all! Would anybody know where to get an affordable & effective "Inch Loss Body Wrap" in London or Brighton??? :) Thanks

Pearl Howie
Pearl Howie

Sorry but your reviewer has clearly never been to Casablanca Spa or Casa Spa on Edgware Road - not a pleasant experience and not one I would care to repeat! If you want a really intrepid reviewer let me know - I've tried some of the weirdest spas and treatments in the world! (Spa London is awesome - beats the Porchester hands down!)

Hilda
Hilda

BRIXTON MABROUKA WAXING AMAZING is the cheap and amazing, the best wax I have ever had! The woman Latifa is lovely as well. Small salon but great service. Not a quick service, but as she says herself haste makes waste! Ferndale Road Brixton!

bee
bee

Its really sad that companies cannot advertise properly and pose as happy customers i have to LOOOOL...

bee
bee

Its really sad that companies cannot advertise properly and pose as happy customers i have to LOOOOL...

bee
bee

Itss really sad that companies cannot advertise properly and pose as happy customers i have to LOOOOL...

L
L

Wow - sounds like every member of staff from Molly Sugdens has been on here pretending to be customers.

Diane Waring
Diane Waring

When i am in London i always visit Mollie Sugdens Hair Salon , lovely staff and excellent service. you leave feeling good about yourself ,check this salon out, brilliant !!!

Nikki Arnold
Nikki Arnold

Molly Sugden's on brick lane is a fabulous beauty and hair salon. Jazz sorted my eyebrows out- and is a super lovely beauty therapist who gives tips and advice. Everyone who works at this salon is very professional and have always gone away very happy and felt like a princess!

Jane
Jane

I found this gem of a place on Brick Lane, the best hot waxing and really reasonable, ask for Jazz (Aussie girl, amazing), Mollie Sugden Hairdressing, check it out.

Beauty Spy
Beauty Spy

Try www.saibabeauty.co.uk, The customer service is exceptional and the prices are the lowest in central London. They have a 50% off promotion at the moment which covers all their treatments. Well worth checking it out

Kiki-Sunshine
Kiki-Sunshine

THE RECOVERY MARKET - this Saturday January 8th 12-5.30pm @ The Boogaloo, 312 Archway Road (next to Highgate tube) FREE ENTRY COME along for a snuggly bug recovery session with treatments stating at as little as £5 - mini massages, reiki, reflexology, health and well being advice, metabolism testing, on sale shopping - clothing, accessories, jewellery and comforting eats and treats provided by the Chilli Queen and Chocoholics Anon. COME AND WARM YER COCKLES!!