Nailed It: London’s Coolest Nail Bars

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By Madelyn Slattery | 8th January 2024
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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.

Townhouse 

Townhouse founder Juanita Huber-Millet launched Townhouse with one goal: to elevate the nail salon experience. We can say will all confidence and more that she succeeded. Townhouse has shaped and perfected every aspect of the nail salon experience from start to finish, so we can trust that their treatments will be flawless every time. With a clean, sterilized environment as well as clean and ethical nail polishes to choose from, we can easily leave horror story salon visits in the past and experience the modern age of nail care.

Where: Various Locations

Website: townhouse.co.uk

 

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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: nailsandbrows.me

Nail’d It

One thing this nail bar has nailed is the Instagrammable interiors. It’s 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. With various locations around London, you are sure to find a spot to book your next elevated pedicure.

Where: Various Locations

Website: naildit.com

 

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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: 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: cowshed.com

 

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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: 450 Kingsland Road, Dalston. E8 4AE

Website: 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: londongrace.co.uk

 

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Rachel’s Nails & Coffee

This conceptual salon and coffee bar has placed a focus on perfecting the art and craft of nails care in a cool, calm, collected setting. Enjoy a cup of speciality coffee while being pampered by skillful and experienced technicians. The salon’s setting alone will transport you into a whole new world, so sit back, relax, and enjoy an escape from reality at Rachel’s Nails & Coffee.

Where: 34 Windmill Street, London, W1T 2JR

Website: rachelsnailsandcoffee.com

Linnaean

Linnaean is a luxury hair, beauty and lifestyle destination designed to help you relax, unwind and look and feel your best. With high quality services, food, and beverage options, Linnaean allows you to unwind in a beautiful and inviting setting. Book in today and enjoy nail services with non-toxic products and medical-grade sterilised tools. Want a little more? Add on a massage or wax from highly trained specialists. It’s time to treat yourself – you deserve it!

Where: Nine Elms, Embassy Gardens, Battersea, Vauxhall, Wandsworth, Clapham

Website: linnaean.co.uk

 

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Urban Retreat 

Need an escape from the city? Look no further than Urban Retreat, the premier destination for beauty enthusiasts seeking high end, professional beauty, hair, makeup and wellness treatments. Urban Retreat’s highly skilled professionals pride themselves on their meticulous attention to detail and an unwavering commitment to client satisfaction. If you want to be in great hands (literally during your mani-pedi) Urban Retreat is the place to go.

Where: 18-19 Long LnBarbican, London EC1A 9PN

Website: urbanretreat.co.uk

Margaret Dabbs

Margaret Dabbs London is the globally recognised brand that fuses together the best of medical science and podiatry, with the best of beauty to produce a unique and unrivaled range of effective, results-driven, credible yet luxurious clinic treatments and retail products for Feet, Hands & Legs. Book a slot now to experience luxury treatments that do not disappoint.

Where: Various Locations

Website: margaretdabbs.co.uk

Young LDN  

With a goal of re-defining the skincare and beauty industry, Young LDN is sure to provide you a one of a kind nail experience. The unique studios have been created specifically with Gen Z and Millennials in mind and they offer a wide range of bespoke beauty and skincare treatments. This unique and intimate environment can and should be enjoyed by all.

Where: 228 Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill, London, W11 2RH

Website: youngldn.com

Duck & Dry 

Need the perfect blowout and fresh nails? Duck & Dry has it all! Pop into Duck & File, the company’s nail service, to experience the most flawless, luxury nail treatments for an affordable price. While you’re at it, grab a cocktail and dish out some gossip. Enjoy a luxe and gorgeous time without putting a massive dent in your wallet.

Where: Mayfair and Islington

Website: duckanddry.com

 

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