Got a swanky event to prepare for but can't find the time for a salon appointment? Fancy setting up a spa in the comfort of your own living room? Thanks to an influx of mobile beauty services dispatching therapists to every corner of the capital, you can do just that.
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At-home beauty treatments in London
Stateside import Priv is like Uber’s better-looking sibling. Download the app to find a beauty pro in your local area, who’ll arrive at your home or office within the hour. Services include anything from a gel manicure (£25) to a full-on spray tan (£30) – and they’ve recently added shaving treatments for chaps to their arsenal.
Top treatment: Make-up application, £40
Milk’s crack team of beauty therapists are on call to dispense emergency mani-pedis, waxis and massages in your home, bringing their own treatment beds for extra luxury. They cover most of London, meaning no customers are stuck in a beauty blind spot. From £12.
Top treatment: Shellac manicure, £30
Feeling frazzled, with the posture of a pensioner to boot? A tap of your iPhone will bring one of Urban Massage’s therapists to your home, hotel room or office within the hour - they’ll bring the table, too. The signature Urban Classic uses Swedish techniques to alleviate tension, improve circulation and pummel away toxins in the muscles. From £65 for 60 mins.
Top treatment: Urban Classic massage, from £65
One of the first US-style blow-dry bars to hop across the pond, Blow Ltd have just launched Fast Beauty To Go, an on-demand beauty service which brings their trademark treatments to your door. Speedy blow drys, makeovers and manis are available – as long as your home or office is within the bounds of Zone Two. Download the app to book an appointment in a matter of minutes. From £30.
Top treatment: Luxe Blow, £30
Not just a pretty name, this clever new site has a big team of mobile beauticians, who are vetted by the Prettly team and then rated by its customers for guaranteed good service. It’s reasonably priced, too, starting at £25 for a classic manicure.
Top treatment: Shellac pedicure, £40
Gina Conway Privé
From Gina Conway’s high-end chain of beauty salons comes Privé, a truly A-list at-home service. On top of red-carpet hair and make-up services, there’s also an extensive menu of Murad and Aveda facial treatments (fluffy towels, dressing gowns and candles are provided for a real spa experience). Think of it as the gold standard of mobile beauty, with prices to match. Spa services start at £85, hair styling at £100, so save it for special occasions.
Top treatment: Aveda Skin Renewing facial, from £85
Dispatching beauticians to your door in cutesy branded Minis, Perfect 10 offers an exhaustive selection of treatments: brow threading and tinting, Sienna X spray tan and spendy Natura Bissé facials. Prices start at £30 for a dry blow, and repeat customers can make block bookings to keep costs down.
Top treatment: Eyebrow threading, £15
The brainchild of a Russian princess, this on-demand beauty service is as sleek as its name would suggest, and boasts an impressive range of treatments, covering everything from your tan to your toes. Prices start at £45 for beauty treatments, with a minimum booking of 1 hour, and therapists are available from Zones 1 to 3.
Top treatment: Sienna X spray tan, from £45
New to the fast beauty game is Glosspod, an app that’ll summon a nail technician to tend to neglected talons within the hour. And if – the horror! – your manicure chips the next day, they’ll send someone out to fix it (for free). Prices start at £10 for an express manicure al desko, while home visits start at £25.
Top treatment: GlossPod Classic manicure, £25
One of the capital’s longest running at-home beauty services, Return to Glory’s therapists deliver across all corners of the capital (as long as you’re within the M25). Hair, make-up, nails and even personal training are covered, with appointments priced by the hour – you can even share with a friend to bring down the price. £59 per hour.
Top treatment: Signature facial, from £59
See London's best bargain treatments
Looking for a cheap beauty treatment in London? Whether you want to get your muscles pummelled with a budget massage or whip your brows into shape on a budget, the selection of cut-price primping palaces below will have you looking and feeling your best in no time
A bespoke men's tailor situated in the creative district of Shoreditch and easily reached from the overground station. The shop is simply, but stylishly decorated in shades of black and white, with a few ready-made pieces hung up or on mannequins to show-off the quality of their workmanship. Here you can have a suit or shirt made to order, with a vast range of styles, weaves and colours to choose from. Initial shirt orders must be made for a minimum of three, and the suits require multiple appointments over a period of six to eight weeks.