London’s Raddest Nail Salons

Photo: Courtesy of Bliss.
London has finally caught up with the rest of the world and now boasts a nail salon on every High Street. But, as we know to our cost, not all nail bars are created equal. Sometimes, we save in price only to end up with subpar finishes and questionable artistic details. Well, our talons and egos can’t handle another dodgy mani-pedi experience.
So, we tracked down the city’s best offerings — including retro-style parlours, indulgent spas with champagne on tap, and mini-salons specializing in gorgeous nail-art designs — where you can treat yourself, worry-free. They're all ahead, right at your soon-to-be-stunning fingertips.
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Photo: Courtesy of Hari's.
Sophy Robson Nails
Sophy Robson’s experience working for British Vogue and countless celebrities (hello, Kylie, Kate Moss, and Paloma Faith!) is apparent in her treatment list and nail-art options. If you’re feeling fashion-forward, you can even get painted with runway-inspired styles. We are particularly taken with the “Eek!” design seen at the Giles Deacon show.

Sophy Robson Nails, Hari's, 233 Kings Road, London, SW3 5EJ; +44 (0) 207 349 8722.
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Photo: Courtesy of Nails Inc.
The Paint Shop by Nails Inc. at Selfridges
Nails Inc. teamed up with the luxury department store to create The Paint Shop, a mini-salon that claims to have more polish colours available than there are days in the year. The next time you head up to Selfridges’ second floor to shop its incredible shoe department, why not treat yourself to one of the many offerings at The Paint Shop? From crystal pedicures to intensive cuticle therapies to express manicures, the shop's unique services are bound to perfectly complement your next purchase.

The Paint Shop by Nails Inc., Selfridges, 400 Oxford Street, London, W1A 1AB; +44 (0) 207 318 3322.
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Photo: Courtesy of Bliss.
Bliss
Before sandal season kicks off, we head to Bliss for a "fabulous feet pedicure." The pampering and the company's signature quirky, minimalistic decor always charm us. Dare we say it's pure bliss?

Bliss Spa, 60 Sloane Avenue, London, SW3 3DD; +44 (0) 207 590 6146.
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Photo: Courtesy of Chanel.
Chanel Nail Bar
Chanel's beauty store was only meant to be a pop-up, but it proved to be so popular that it is now a permanent fixture in Covent Garden. And, we can see why. Not only is the brand's entire beauty offering available for sale, you can also get your nails painted in any shade from Chanel's extensive repertoire. The treatment is simple — only a file and a polish — but who cares when you have Rouge Noir fingertips?

Chanel, 3 The Market Building, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 8RF; +44 (0) 207 240 2001.
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Photo: Courtesy of Coco Nail Bar.
Coco Nail Bar
Coco Nail Bar is currently undergoing a bit of a makeover. So, the next time you step inside, prepare for even bigger and better things than this picture suggests. In the meantime, be sure to peruse its extensive list of cocktails, as well as its treatment offerings. This fun-loving salon caters parties, too. (That’s your next birthday party sorted.)

Coco Nail Bar, 267 Portobello Road, London, W11 1LR; +44 (0) 207 243 1113.
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Photo: Courtesy of Cowshed Spa.
Cowshed Spa
When the city gets to be a bit too much, retreat to the luxury and comfort of Cowshed Spa. The beauty emporium shuns traditional glossy fixtures and fittings, instead offering pristine, white armchairs to envelop you during your manicure. If you’re in the mood, you can sip on a glass of wine or nibble at any of the delicious items available at the spa’s communal table. And, the salon’s never-ending supply of new-season Essie nail colours means your fingertips will be as on-trend as the place where they were styled.

Cowshed Spa, 119 Portland Road, London, W11 4LN; +44 (0) 078 1944.
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Photo: Courtesy of Cucumba.
Cucumba
Chipped your polish and want a quick fix? Enter: Cucumba, the Soho establishment that sells treatments in 10-, 20-, and 30-minute slots depending on what you need. This no-frills “urban pit stop” prides itself on offering therapies that pack a punch. And, its central location can't be beat.

Cucumba, 12 Poland Street, London, W1F 8QB; +44 (0) 207 734 2020.
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Photo: Courtesy of WAH Nails.
WAH Nails Topshop
Founder Sharmadean Reid’s expert eye and strong business know-how have transformed the way Londoner’s think about their fingertips. Reid single-handedly kick-started the city’s love affair with nail art, which is reflected in the popularity of the business' Topshop branch. Whatever you’re after — leopard-print nails, talons as long as your finger, or something more subdued — the WAH Nails team can make your manicure dreams come true.

WAH Nails Topshop, Lower Ground Floor, 214 Oxford Street, London, W1D 1LA; +44 (0) 207 927 7844.
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Photo: Courtesy of MWnails.
MWnails
Themed spas usually aren't our taste, but a spa that looks like a Boeing 747? Now that we can get behind. At MWnails, customers are “passengers,” and therapists are “flight attendants” tasked with delivering top-class treatments for London’s time-poor and over-stressed. Whether you’re seeking an express manicure or a luxurious pedicure, the treatment you're looking for will be found in the salon's extensive therapy list. Plus, you can earn “frequent-flyer miles" each time you have a treatment — no passport necessary.

MWnails, Old Spitalfields Market, 111B Commercial Street, London, E1 6BG; +44 (0) 207 247 8566.
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Photo: Courtesy of Urban Retreat.
Urban Retreat Nail Loft
The next time you’re in the mood for some pampering, may we suggest making an appointment at Harrods Urban Retreat Nail Loft? The unassumingly elegant surroundings, award-winning staff, and ergonomically designed treatment chairs aim to make each experience an absolute joy. This is a definite pre-summer beauty ritual in the making.

Urban Retreat Nail Loft, Harrods, 5th Floor, Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7XL; +44 (0) 207 893 8333.
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