So, whether you’re looking for a pre ‘out out’ blow dry or the ultimate nail art gel mani, keep on reading for a selection of my favourite beauty tourist hotspots…
To Pamper: Gazelli House
Until I was kindly introduced by Emily, I hadn’t heard of Gazelli House before. Hidden amongst Belgravia and South Kensington (and a stone’s throw from my favourite Italian, Daphne’s) this little sanctuary is the perfect spot for some R&R in central London. With a thorough prescriptive consultation before every treatment (which actually felt like a therapy/heart to heart session), Alexandra gave the most magical treatment- combining everything from physio, stress management and well being- with tips and advice to take home with you too, meaning the treatment doesn’t end there either.
On top of that, they also have a stunning outdoor garden, which feels like the perfect quiet haven to unwind afterwards (which is without even mentioning the dreamy tiles). Heavenly!
174 Walton St, Chelsea, London SW3 2JL
Other Dreamy Pamper Spots:
House of Elemis (for a central London retreat), Pai at The Beaumont Spa (incredible skincare), Lush Spa (immersive and theatrical treatments) and Aveda (all round great bet).
Tucked behind the bustle of Redchurch street, this spot feels like a bit of a hidden gem in such a bustling part of town. Not only oozing a cool exterior (and interior), the girls are not only incredibly skilled, but ridiculously lovely too. Being dab hands at everything from nail art, gels and perfect pedis (all at a reasonable cost)- Shoreditch Nails has quickly become my one stop shop for all things nail, plus they’re also partial to using the space for everything from birthdays to hen do’s too- noted!
13 Cleve Workshops, Boundary Street, London E2 7JD
Trust me when I say Harvey Nics is more than just Fenty Beauty queues and a mind-blowingly brilliant beauty hall. As well as those things, it also holds home to the beautiful Hershesons Blow Dry Bar. With a menu of 12 different styles (including everything from Chung-style waves to braids to Hollywood style curls- it’s a one stop shop for any pre night out pampering.
Harvey Nichols Beauty Lounge, 109 – 125 Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7RJ
To Trim Yer Barnet: Larry King
How could I do a post about beauty and not include my total hair haven that is Larry King? Having been going since January of this year, it’s the kind of place that could be intimidatingly cool, but isn’t. That’s not to say the interiors and staff aren’t achingly chic- but everyone is just bloody lovely too. Having had my hair coloured by Amy there for a couple of years and recently started getting my cut done there too by Scott- they’re pretty much a dream team and I couldn’t recommend anyone more.
34 -36 Harrington Road, London SW7 3ND
Not necessarily a brand known for their beauty , & other stories has quickly become one of my favourite spots to pick up quality make up and skincare whilst doing a clothes shop. Not only is the packaging dreamy (duh) but there’s plenty of substance as well as style here. Having turned to their hand creams, moisturisers, quads and cream blushes since time began- I’ve recently discovered their nail polish remover and micellar water too- can they do no wrong?
Stores across London
Although I’m a huge fan of the beauty experience at Selfridges too (their perfume hall is unrivalled), I couldn’t not mention Liberty when it came to my favourite spots for all-round beauty shopping. With everything from cult beauty favourites, a wonderfully unique fragrance department and an area dedicated to Diptyque candles- it’s a total treasure trove of goodness here, and you’ll be hard pushed to not leave with a little purple bag.
Regent St, Carnaby, London W1B 5AH
And others to note:
Best for UK drug store buys: Boots
Best for hard to get/special picks: Space NK
Best for fragrance and on counter: Selfridges
Best London Pharmacy: John Bell & Croyden
Best for brows: Blink & Benefit
Best single brand Store: Fresh (go for their soy cleanser if you haven’t tried it)!
Where do you love visiting for beauty in the big smoke?