London's best waxers
Full leg? Brazilian? We guide you to the best places to get stripped in town
No need to fear getting rid of your fuzz; London's best waxers will make the experience one you'll look forward to repeating every four-to-six weeks. Half legs, Brazilians, brows and even full body waxes are on the menus at these soothing salons, so dip into our top ten to find the smooth operator for you.
This chain specialises in one thing - and one thing only : Waxing you within an inch of your lady bits. It's a shade more expensive than many salons, but it is worth every painless penny. Therapists use an assortment of their own specially made waxes - the ones that don't require strips, but rather harden on the skin and get pulled off quickly by the best in the business- we have not encountered a less painful de-hairing service in the capital. The exclusive focus on waxing means that every detail has been considered- from the discreet wetwipe provided on your bed to the locker for your belongings. With pumping music and disco lights, it’s easy to mistake it for a gym; the menu, meanwhile, lists everything you might want from a wax – in incredibly plain English. You can opt for a 'bikini wax and crack', or even a 'labia and bottom'. Which does exactly what it says on the tin.
- 19a Floral Street, WC2E 9DS
Part waxing joint, part lingerie shop, Strip is a one-stop destination for your nether-region needs. There are four branches in London, though we love this dinky Soho outpost with its themed treatment rooms and choice pick of luxury labels. Half leg wax from £25. You can find the other branches in Notting Hill, Chelsea and inside the One New Change shopping centre.
- 69 Berwick St, W1F 8SZ
Purveyor of the Brazilian bikini wax, Otylia Roberts is the most esteemed waxer in town. Her method is quick and fuss-free and limbs are left all soft and smooth. She's recently moved into chichi Marylebone hairdressers Gielly Green where, as well as the usual roster of cuts and colour, there is a spa-style beauty department, where you can go for a 120-minute facial to recover from the stress of your head massage and unctuous conditioning treatment. Otylia's waxing costs from £22 for a brow shape and £25 for bikini.
- 42-44 George St, W1U 7ES
A beauty editor of a very famous glossy tipped us off about Guinot. It is the only place she will allow herself to be epilated, and one trip reveals why. The two-pronged attack of two different waxing methods – Épil Smart (for all areas) and Stick’Hair (for the lady bits) – is genuinely painless. What’s more, the surroundings make the whole experience of waxing almost relaxing. Quite expensive (£54 for a full leg), but very much worth it.
- 17 Albemarle Street, W1S 4HP
The London outpost of Babington House’s Cowshed does its country cousin proud. The chic, white ground floor is buzzy, with a tiny café area on one side, and a manicure/pedicure section on the other. Waxing of all descriptions with prices starting at £20 for a bikini wax. Other locations 31 Fouberts Place, Soho, W11 7QG (7534 0870); Ebor Street, Bethnal Green, E1 6AW (7749 4531).
- 119 Portland Road, W11 4LN
Having changed names and relocated around the corner in Curtain Road, the Pamper Rooms (formerly The Parlour) offers well priced treatments in plush, cosy surroundings. That means prices are very fair for the area, and the spa also regularly advertises great offers on its website. The salon is known for its delicious-smelling Lycon Hot Chocolate Waxing – with an eyebrow shape from just £12 while a half leg will set you back £22.
- 24 Curtain Road, EC2A 2NG
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 orginal purveyors of natural hair and skin products, the brand continues to deliver quality treatments at this vast, airy hair and beauty spa. The waxing – they do both strip and hot wax – costs from £28 for a half leg
- 174 High Holborn, WC1V 7AA
Boosting 32 beauty rooms and 45 hair styling stations, over 20,000sq ft, the Harrods Urban Retreat, something of a super-salon, is the place to get a major top to toe overhaul that includes more hardcore, invasive treatments like Botox and Dermal Fillers at Medispa, Renew Medica through to all the waxing you could wish for. Here you can get brow, body and upper lip waxed from £25 for a bikini wax and £280 for a full body wax. Smooth.
- Harrods, 87-135 Brompton Road, SW1X 7XL
Despite its location in the heart of upmarket Mayfair, this modern two-storey salon isn’t at all snooty, with a staff of very talented cutters and colourists. Book if for a wax while you get your hair done – Odette is the talented wax mistress here – a half leg with her will set you back £33 .
- 45 Conduit Street, W1F 2YN
With a client list that includes Princess Beatrice and Cameron Diaz, this ultra-glam Mayfair super-salon delivers top notch hair and beauty treatments. Waxing takes place in the sumptous beauty rooms downstairs and costs from £25 for a brow wax to £65 for a full leg.
- 25 Albermarle Street, W1S 4HU
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