Tucked into the Hoxton Holborn, this Cheeky Parlour is small but perfectly formed. Like it’s sister salons, it specialises in beauty treatments that are pretty cheap and pretty speedy (the holy grail of London grooming). A colourful pedi will set you back between £16 and £26.
Watch 'Sex and the City' on the box while your feet are softened with hot wax booties, (more pleasant an experience than it sounds, honest) then filed free of dry skin, lumps and bumps. Skilled therapists offer a perfectionist's finish, with a whopping choice of fruity summer shades applied deftly and quickly. From £40.
Best known for tending to the artfully tousled manes of the Chelsea crowd, Hari’s Kings Road outlet is also home to a top-notch nail bar. New to the menu is the Essie Spa Pedi, a five-step hydrating and exfoliating treatment that’s followed by a lick of colourful polish. They’ll even throw in a free nail varnish with every booking. £50 for one hour.
Imarni is the nail art supremo behind the talons of FKA Twigs and Jourdan Dunn. If you’re after something a little cooler than a French polish, head eastward to her Boxpark pop-up salon. A Mini Pedi in a show-stopping shade costs £20, while the more intensive Lux treatment is £42.
London Grace is a nail bar with an actual bar, so you can order a cocktail or glass of fizz while your toes are tended to. Founder Kirsten has spent time developing a brand of nasty-free nail polishes, too, and the Top Notch pedi (from £25) uses a luxe coconut lotion that’s been specially formulated in-house.
Always fancied having a beautician on speed dial? Thanks to Milk's crack team of beauty therapists, you can live the dream and bring the salon to your living room. A pedi using polishes from catwalk favourite Priti NYC is a mouse-click away: appointments are available seven days a week, and can be slotted in outside work hours. You can even opt for add-ons like an Indian head massage or intensive skin peel.
For top quality treatments in soothing surroundings, the Aveda Institute on High Holborn is hard to beat. Tucked away at the back of the vast, airy salon, you'll find serene treatment booths for manis and pedis. Prices range from £15 to £48, or £43 to £57 if you opt for super-shiny and long-lasting Shellacs.
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Huckle The Barber Holborn
Seasoned hair dude Chris Ward opened his first Huckle barber shop on Old Street in 2012, and this second outpost has been seeing to Bloomsbury’s beards and barnets since 2015. The clean and simple aesthetic carries through to the service. No fussy grooming, vaguely invasive massage or ear-flaming tricks here – ‘our gimmick is: no gimmicks,’ my barber Marshal said. Which sounded slick, but turned out to be bang on. Once settled in a big, comfy barber’s chair, hair-washed and hot-towelled, I got the best cut I’ve had in ages. Marshal took a few minutes to work out what was going on upstairs before getting stuck in, recommended a few products but never went the full sales pitch, and provided great chat without the awkward. The soundtrack was on point (there’s a ‘Band of the Month’ blackboard – this month: Future Islands) and the coffee was very decent. For after-work appointments they’ve also got craft ale on tap and a selection of whiskies. At £45 for a wash and trim and £22 for a clipper cut, this isn’t a budget option. But if that’s in your price range and you're after a top cut without the fake-Edwardian faff, Huckle’s the business.
Venue says: “No gimmicks, independent male grooming of the highest quality with no pretence. Two shops to choose from: Shoreditch and Holborn.”