The Handbook
The Handbook

Getting your nails done is one of life’s little luxuries, so we’ve rounded London’s top nail bars that offer impeccable service and interiors that look like a masterclass in Pinterest pinning. Whether you’re after a quick-fix on your lunch break, glam gels or a grown-up approach to nail art, here are our favourites. Goodbye unloved cuticles, hello nourished nails.

Nail'd It

One thing this nail bar has nailed is the Instagrammable interiors. Like stepping into the pages of Pinterest, Nail’d It is a pink lover’s paradise. Perfect for a girls’ weekend treat and for the ‘gram, obviously.

Where: Various loctions
Website: www.naildit.com

Nails & Brows

If you recognise the name it’s because this is where Meghan Markle gets her eyebrows done – by Founder Sherrille Riley, no less. We’re not sure if she gets her nails done here too but by the looks of her perfectly polished talons it’s quite likely. As you’d imagine the service is impeccable and interiors stylish – think gold pendant lights, clean white lines and lots of marble.

Where: Nails & Brows, 31 Berkeley Street Mayfair, W1J 8EJ
Website: www.naildit.com

DryBy

This is the salon to go to if you’re after the beauty editor seal of approval. Instagram star Alexandra Steinherr has collaborated with them, as has Vogue Beauty and Lifestyle Editor Lauren-Murdoch Smith. Grown-up nail art is their thing, from subtle Bowie lightning bolts to celestial designs.

Where: DryBy, 74 Mortimer Street, W1W 7RZ
Website: www.dryby.co.uk

Cowshed

As part of the Soho House Group you can imagine these are some of London’s top nail bars. With locations all over London, from Selfridges to Shoreditch, Notting Hill to the Ned, there’s bound to be one near you for a talon top-up. Each are uniquely designed but you can expect them all to be as Instagrammable as the next. There’s a wealth of other treatments on offer if you’re in need of an all over beauty sesh.

Where: Various locations
Website: www.cowshed.com

Imarni Nails

Quite possibly London’s hippest nail bar, Imarni at the Curtain Hotel was founded by creative manicurist, Imarni Ashman, who has painted the fingers of everyone from FKA Twigs to Rita Ora. Book in for the star treatment yourself at the Shoreditch salon. The nail art services are the best – go bold or go home.

Where: Imarni Nails at The Curtain, 45 Curtain Rd, Hackney, EC2A 3PT
Website: https://www.imarninails.com

House of Lady Muck

Next time you’re in Oxford Street’s flagship Topshop store, stop by at House of Lady Muck (or HOLM) for a tidy up, gel or one of their famous nail art services. With private clients for shoots including Sophie Hulme, Nike, Maya Jama and Dior, you know you’ll be in good hands.

Where: House of Lady Muck at Topshop, 214 Oxford Street, Oxford Circus, W1D 2AD
Website: www.houseofladymuck.com

Still LONDON

The clue is in the name of this East London nail bar as despite it being on one of East London’s busiest roads, it’s a haven of all things calm and still. It’s also first on the list if you’re after service with an conscience as the brand only use non-toxic, cruelty-free and vegan products. Plus, if you’re looking for a treatment that goes deeper than your nail beds, the brand also sell crystals and do tarot readings.

Where: Still LONDON, 450 Kingsland Road, Dalston. E8 4AE
Website: www.still-london.com

London Grace

Make a day or evening of your nail appointment, or even a hen do, at London Grace where you can book out a whole treatment table for you and your gang to enjoy cocktails and catch-ups. All services are available for one and are just as good, especially if you’re after some R&R.

Where: Various locations
Website: www.londongrace.co.uk

Aldwyn & Sons

You didn’t think we’d leave the boys out did you? London’s dedicated pedicure and manicure parlour for gents, Aldwyn & Sons, can be found in Fitzrovia. Challenging the attitudes towards men and manis, there’s no reason why gents shouldn’t have a bit of pampering too. Book in for a hand treatment or a pedicure in its library-inspired, traditional interiors.

Where: Aldwyn & Sons, Sharps Barber and Shop, 9 Windmill Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 2JF
Website: www.aldwynsons.co.uk