Treatment: George Northwood’s Express Service – a full hair and makeup service that will have you perfectly preened for a night out in 30-45 minutes. There are a surplus of good blow bars in London, but George Northwood and his team are in a league of their own.
Where: Smack-bang between Oxford Circus and Tottenham Court Road.
Who is George? Hairdresser to A-listers including Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Alexa Chung, Cameron Diaz and Gwyneth Paltrow. He’s also the go-to-locks guy for London’s biggest magazine editors including the beautiful Jessica Diner (ex-Vogue).
Who goes: Ladies who want the red carpet treatment in super-quick time and think the £60 cost is worth every penny. We were sat opposite model Jacqui Ainsley who was also there getting her locks blown out.
The interiors: George set out to create ‘a holistic, healthy space where beauty fits into lifestyle’, and he has hit the nail on the head. A blend of artsy photography, golden Buddha statues, antique apothecary bottles and fashionable coffee table books - the salon feels like the home of your most achingly-stylish friend.
Our experience: Thanks to Fabz my hair was washed, blow dried and tonged (nowhere does it better) in 30 minutes flat, while amazing Izzy created the perfect makeup look – a natural base, smokey eyes and highlights in all the right places.
Their professionalism and experience is palpable and we felt totally taken care of. It’s the perfect way to kick off a night out – a quick change and you’re ready to go.
Insider tip: If you have an extra 15 minutes to spare (we had 10) book a speedy manicure with Magda. She’s widely thought to be London’s best and holds a stellar record of 10 chip-free days.