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London's best nail salons

Find the best salons and nail bars in London for magnificent manicures and pretty pedicures

Hula Nails, Old Street | Picture: Elisabeth Blanchet

Need to keep your digits looking divine? We've rounded up the best nail bars in London, where you'll find only the most creative nail designs, perfect manicures and the neatest pedicures. Whatever your tastes, they've got it nailed.

 

MW Nails

This wonderfully silly themed beautician's is decked out entirely, and authentically, from the salvaged innards of an American Airlines Boeing 747. Brightly lit beauty stations made up of roomy re-upholstered plane seats (think business class rather than Easyjet) accommodate travel themed treatments like the long lasting 'Two Weeks To Tahiti' manicure (£39) or the quick file and polish 'Shanghai Shape' (£9). If you've got something more luxurious in mind, your treatment will take place over in VIP – where you can indulge in a two person pedicure station with an ex-Air France first class seating system.

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Holborn

Hula Nails

Hula’s boudoir style beauty rooms are gloriously decked out in Hawaian wallcoverings, with plush velvet sofas and burlesque flourishes (airbrush tans are dried off with a feathery fan, while beauticians have a distinctly Dita Von Teese air about them). Nail treatments take place in the window of the parlour, so you can gossip as you watch the media types go by. Basic maincures from £15 and UV nail extensions from £37.

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Old Street

Barber & Parlour

Upstairs at Redchurch Street’s new multi-storey beauty pit stop is the Cheeky Parlour, where a speedy, excellent and cheap mani or pedi will leave you with change from a twenty pound note (£12 to £14 for a file and paint job). Once your nails have been spruced up, there’s plenty more to explore – continue the beautification at the Josh Wood salon, or venture down to the basement to catch a film in the Electric Cinema.

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Shoreditch

WAH Nails

Sharmadean Reid's kick started the global nail art trend when it she opened her first nail salon in Dalston back in 2009 – she also boasts a prime spot in Topshop Oxford Circus' bustling basement. The original Dalston branch, now homed within Bleach Hair, provides her instantly-recognisable nail art – as well as regular manicures and pedicures – from £25 in buzzy, friendly surroundings.

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Kingsland

MILK Beauty

Don’t have a manicurist on speed dial? Us neither. The next best thing is Milk, whose crack team of mobile beauty therapists mean that a salon-standard mani-pedi is just a click away. They’ve recently expanded their service area, too, so living south of the river no longer means you’re stuck in a beauty blind spot. Prices start from £16 for a 15 minute manicure.

The Beautiful Nails Studio

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.

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Fitzrovia

Lyttle Minx

This opulent nail bar in West Dulwich can oblige with a basic shape and polish (from just £7) to Shellac nails (a gel colour that lasts two to three weeks, from £25). Divas-in-the-making can enjoy a mini-manicure (aimed at three-to-12 year olds) for £5. Threading, brows and massages are available for grown-ups.

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West Norwood

Aveda Institute

For those who care about what is going into and on to their bodies, the Aveda Institute on High Holborn is hard to beat. One of the original purveyors of natural hair and skin products, the brand continues to deliver quality treatments at this vast salon and spa. Tucked away at the back, you’ll find the serene manicure and pedicure booths – prices start from £15 for a quick 15 minute mani, and range up to £48 for an hour-long treatment.

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Covent Garden

Lost in Beauty

Kitted out with vintage shop fittings, this chic Primrose Hill boutique stocks a well-edited array of beauty brands, including Dr Hauschka, REN and Shu Uemura. On Thursday, Fridays and Saturdays The Nail Parlour offers manicures and pedicures with a basic shape and paint costing just £15, while a luxurious one hour Minx manicure will set you back £45.

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Primrose Hill

Cowshed Carnaby

Cowshed’s Soho branch delivers the same quality treatments, customer service and divine-smelling products in more buzzy surroundings than its other London day spas at both Clarendon Cross, Shoreditch House and High Road House, Chiswick. The ground floor is where you can recline for a pedicure and a chat, while downstairs you’ll find the peaceful treatment rooms. If you are short on time but in dire need of beautification, book in for a multi-purpose treatment like the Cowgroom Indulgent in which two therapists can deliver a facial, eye brow tidy, manicure and pedicure in 60 minutes for £110.

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Soho

Nail Girls

This laid-back Islington nail bar caters for all talon requirements from a full manicure (starting at £35) to acrylic tips. All looks are coated with the salon’s own formaldehyde-free nail polishes. Complimentary bubbly and iPods in the ‘drying lounge’ are a bonus.

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Canonbury

Coco Nail Bar

Get your tips filed in the plush surrounds of this good-value Notting Hill salon. A 20-minute classic manicure will set you back £21, while a ‘quickie’ pedicure is just £15. Facial threading and lash-tinting are also available.

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Ladbroke Grove

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MrandMrs B
MrandMrs B Spammer

Mrs B has a top (impartial) tip for Best London Mani Ever

Mapaseka Rudziva
Mapaseka Rudziva

hello my name is mapaseka and am from South Africa in the North West Province in Potchefstroom i really admire your work and would love it if u guys can help me astablish a salon this side financially, i studied with Potch Academy in SA and i really need your help so that i can further my studies in the beauty world and one day own a spa like you. thanks or your help i will be expecting your reply soon pleas.