James Harknett has photos of himself and Kylie Minogue on the wall of his small tanning studio at the W Hotel spa in Leicester Square. This charismatic spray-tanner to the stars has been in the game for more than 20 years, and rest assured, he’s good at what he does. His bespoke tanning sessions last for around 30 minutes and start with a chat: discussing your skin type, how dark you want to go and how to care for your tan once it’s done. I have fair skin and was terrified of turning orange, so opted for a subtle shade that made me look like I’d spent a few days in the sun, rather than a month in Morocco. On completion, it looked natural, streak-free and lasted longer than a week. I walked back out into central London with the confidence of someone who’s just spent a week in Spain. A great entry-level tan, in a super convenient location. Kelly Pigram.
Despite brief hot spells, it’s fair to say that summers in the city tend to be quite the washout. But before you even think about using a sunbed to turn your skin tone from pasty to peppy (UV rays suck), make for a salon instead. Not only are they better for your largest organ, but they’re also now subtle enough that you can own a ‘tan’ that will look completely natural – and there won't be a streak or patch in sight. Not sure where to start? No worries. We’ve rounded up the best fake tans in London so you can glisten all year long.