Holiday looming? Scared to wear sandals? After a long London winter stuck inside boots and thick socks, your toes might need a little TLC. Get your feet up to scratch with the help of London’s filers, buffers and painters. Whether you’re after a total foot MOT or a jazzy polish job, one of London’s nail salons will do the trick. Here’s our pick of the best places for pedicures in London.
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Best for: podiatrist-grade pedis
Margaret Dabbs London is the place to go if your feet are in serious need of some professional attention. The best thing on the menu – the Medical Pedicure – is like an MOT for your trotters. Your therapist is a qualified podiatrist who can bring your feet back from the brink, and also advise on any issues, aches, pains or problems. You won’t feel too embarrassed to get out your unloved feet here, and you’re basically guaranteed to leave with a spring in your step.
Medical Pedicure from £85 for 45 minutes. Clinics in Marylebone, Soho, Notting Hill and Knightsbridge. Find out more here.
Best for: luxe products
Cowshed excels at glossy, long-lasting treatments for tired-out hooves. Prices start at £40 for a quick polish change and go up to £70 for the luxurious Ultimate Cowshed Pedicure. Expect to be treated with Cowshed’s lovely and luxiourious products. The Ultimate treatment includes a rich foot mask paired with a relaxing scalp and shoulder massage.
Ultimate Cowshed Pedicure from £70 for 75 minutes. Studios in Soho, Primrose Hill, Shoreditch and the City. Find out more here.
Best for: pedi parties
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 £32) uses a luxe coconut lotion that’s been specially formulated in-house. Book with your pals for an alternative night out that’s easy on your feet.
Top Notch Pedi from £34 for 30 minutes. Studios in the City, Belgravia, Shoreditch, Angel, Marble Arch, Putney, Canary Wharf and Leicester Square.
Best for: photo-ready shades
Townhouse might be nice to look at, but there’s substance here as well as style. The standard is high. Wooden cuticle pushers, files and buffers are only used once and zipped up in a bag for customers to take away with them, while all metal tools are cleaned using hospital-grade sterilization. Therapists have incredible attention to detail, and take their time to make sure your nails really are healthy and ready for their close up.
Fitzrovia. Signature Pedicure from £49 for 40 minutes.
Best for: me-time
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. Choices range from classic 60 minute pedis to super-shiny long-lasting Shellac, with pedicures tailors to each foot’s individual needs.
Holborn. From £15 for 15 minutes.