Top 5 Spas and Salons
Blending modern style with fashionable classicism, Pimps & Pinups are unpretentious and treat all comers with the respect they deserve. Their London joint (the other branch is based in NYC) is dark, lit only by softly glowing spot lights, bulb-edged mirrors, and a neon logo on the far wall. It’s like the dressing room of a Hollywood film star. At Pimps and Pinups, they bring a super-relaxed but glitzy atmosphere. The service and treatments are all top-notch making it a fantastic blend of cheaper alternative meets quality style. The ‘cutters’ are fun, sassy, and don’t half know their stuff.
Keira Knightly was spotted here once. Need we say more? We will anyway. Hydrohealing, as the name suggests, uses water as its main tool to cleanse and rejuvenate your whole body. With the colonic cleansing process, for example, you get a quick but thorough detox. You’ll leave feeling healthy and refreshed, even a couple of pounds lighter. Based in stylish Notting Hill, Hydrohealing has a massive range of treatment choices as well as a host of medicinal professionals on hand, making it a standout and much-loved wellness venue in London.
2012 was a prosperous year for Ushvani, netting two ‘Best UK Day Spa’ awards. It’s not hard to see why, especially since it’s based in Knightsbridge, one of London’s most exclusive areas. The treatments and services at Ushvani are of Asian origins and involve botanicals and herbal procedures to cure ailments and aid pure relaxation. For a triple-figure price tag (£180) we’d recommend the full body massage. It’s a two hour session of utter indulgence that’ll leave you feeling so much like jelly you could slip through a drainage grid outside the front door.
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Rated among many as one of London’s top hairdressing salons because of its Spitalfields location, the look of the building itself – listed property with hints of Louis XV style and class – and the professionals within. At Taylor Taylor, while scissors fly above your head and snippets of hair fall down, you can slurp on refreshing cocktails and admire the sparkling chandeliers hanging up (they’re even for sale!). There is another branch over in stylish Shoreditch, full of rainbows of colour and clever simplicity. It’s not their flagship salon like the Spitalfields branch, but it’s a mighty fine alternative.
People consistently come to Windle & Moodie because the guys here are reliable, friendly, and they know their way around someone’s head like the backs of their hands. Based in Covent Garden – a thriving chic and stylish quarter of bustling London – this joint oozes modern charm, compared to the classical affair of Taylor Taylor. The interior is lengthy and minimalist, lessening the chances of drawing attention away from the important stuff: the person going wild with a pair of scissors above your eyesight. Prices here are heavy and vary depending on who cuts your hair. A Paul Windle service is £95 alone.