In need of a nail makeover? Look no further than our round-up of the best mani pedis in London. Whether it’s the best luxury manicures in town or tip-top pedicures at our favourite London spas, book in some pamper time, pronto.
Best Manicures & Pedicures in London
House of Elemis, Mayfair
This tucked-away sanctuary in the heart of Mayfair is a great spot for lunch-break treatments. Check in to the Penthouse Spa for a host of luxury facials and massages, or keep things short and sweet in the speed spa. Thirty-minute manicures start at £35, but our money’s on the classic manicure and pedicure champagne package, £60 for 60 minutes, with a glass of bubbles to ease things along. elemis.com
Nails & Brows, Mayfair
A swanky salon spread over two floors and hidden behind glamorous Berkeley Square, Nails & Brows has only been open for a few years but already boasts the likes of Meghan Markle, Halle Berry and Lady Gaga as loyal customers. It’s pricey but it’s the best – each manicure is bespoke, the nail technicians even going as far as creating customised colour blends to find an exact match for your skin tone. This is the perfect place to experiment with nail art thanks to staff’s impeccable taste and faultless technique – try gold leaf elegantly applied atop the perfect pink, or individual flecks of glitter adorning your cuticles. Prepare for a barrage of compliments. Twenty-minute manicure, £33; Gold kissed manicure £66; Nail art from £15. nailsandbrows.me
Agua Bathhouse & Spa at the Mondrian, South Bank
Check in to the whitewashed paradise of the Agua Bathhouse and Spa at the Mondrian for the ultimate luxury mani or pedi. The new oxygenating treatment, infused with Vitamins A and E, Evo Oxygenating Gel is optimised to mimic the natural transmission of oxygen and water vapour, to encourage healthier nails.
The Made for Life Organic manicure and pedicure includes a calendula exfoliation, plus a soothing leg and foot massage with cooling peppermint, healing rosemary and Spiezia 100% organic oils. The Bio Sculpture’s Gel nail polishes used in the Mondiran’s gel manis and pedis contain no harmful chemicals in line with Breast Cancer UK’s #DitchTheJunk campaign. Choose from a golden pot of herbal tea, or switch the brew for a glass of champagne if you’re on your way somewhere special. The gel nails should last up to three weeks, but you’ll be gifted a removal kit in case you can’t wait that long for your next colour swap.
Bio Sculpture Evo Oxygenating Gel Manicures and Pedicures: File and gel polish, including cuticles and calluses; 60 minutes – £60 (off-peak) or £65 (peak) | Made for Life Organic Manicures and Pedicures: 90 minutes – £85 (off-peak) or £90 (peak) morganshotelgroup.com
Cowshed Carnaby, Soho
If you can’t make the pilgrimage to Babington House for a quick mani pedi, check in to Cowshed in Carnaby Street and give your hands or feet a treat. If you’re in a hurry, a quick polish change is only £18, but the ultimate Cowshed manicure includes exfoliating treatments and a scalp massage. There’s a fully stocked bar to enjoy, too – perfect when you’re waiting for those nails to dry before diving back onto Oxford Street. cowshedonline.com
Margaret Dabbs, Marylebone
The pioneer of the medical pedicure; you know your feet are in safe hands with Margaret Dabbs. For the ultimate treat (a necessity at least once a year, pre-summer, preferably) book in for Margaret Dabbs’ medi-pedi. Carried out by professional podiatrists, your feet will be given a complete overhaul, with the perfect finish to boot. 45 mins | £85.00 or with Director/Principal Podiatrist | £130.00 margaretdabbs.co.uk
Guys & Dolls Parlour, Shoreditch
The perfect beautifying spot for both men and women, this gorgeous retro parlour is set just off Brick Lane. A quick file and polish is just £12, but while you’re in, why not try their 45-minute reflexology treatment on for size? Visit between 10 and 12 Monday to Friday for 15% off all treatments. guysanddollsparlour.co.uk
London Grace, various locations
Nails, coffee and cocktails? Sounds pretty perfect! Upon returning from New York, Kirsten Hazell spotted a gap in the market for a luxury nail bar which offers all three – transforming your regular nail appointments from being something of a chore to a great way of catching up with friends, with a few drinks thrown in! London Grace now has five locations in London, all open late and with plenty of space for you and your friends to all sit together (great for an alternative birthday celebration- check out their party packages). The manicures are top notch, using their own formaldehyde-free lacquers to ensure healthy as well as beautiful nails – and the Lychee Martinis are pretty fabulous too. From £10, londongrace.co.uk
The Hand & Foot Spa, Wimbledon
This is the place to go if you want nails that are pretty and healthy – and it’s no mean feat. There’s a huge range of treatments on offer to tackle hand, foot and nail health, all of which are carried out by in-house podiatrists and specialists to ensure the utmost clinical excellence. You can book in for an anti-ageing manicure, medical pedicure, bespoke podiatry treatments or even just a relaxing hand and foot massage – or if you’re looking for something uber-indulgent, treat yourself to the Damask Rose Manicure which leaves you with beautiful, soft hands that smell as sweet. If regular Shellac has left your nails weak, you should absolutely try the Detox Manicure, using ancient Japanese techniques to restore nail health and resulting in shiny, pink nails without using a drop of paint! handandfootspa.co.uk
The downstairs of swanky hair salon DryBy is home to one of London’s best-kept beauty secrets. A favourite of Vogue staffers, the manicures are both luxurious and thorough, made extra special by the beautiful nail art that they specialise in. It’s elegant and modern as opposed to tacky, with metallic geometric lines painted onto millennial pink nails or cute little symbols stencilled on – each one is bespoke. They’ve just launched an exciting nail art collection with Alex Steinherr, beauty director of Glamour, so you can choose from 8 nail looks that’ll have you staring at your hands for days. dryby.co.uk
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