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.
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.
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
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more