Ama The Salon
Best For: Vegan & Cruelty-Free Polishes
Why We Rate It: Founder Am, is known for her impressive A-list clientele, as well as the impeccable manicures she gives. Now, you can enjoy a similar experience yourself by visiting one of her artists at their Brixton salon. Expect everything from simple nail art, to ‘softening’ treatments and gel application, and look out for the ‘free from’ menu which features brands that are up to 90% natural, vegan and cruelty-free. Even the scrubs, creams and sanitisers they use are certified organic. We’re huge fans of the ‘Naked Mani’ treatment – a dedicated session that files, buffs and cleans up cuticles, leaving behind a healthy-looking nail that actually glows.
Best For: Accessibility & Ease
Why We Rate It: Cowshed needs no introduction. One of the best destinations for manicures and pedicures, it’s no longer just London-centric. If you’ve never been before, you’ll love the large, enveloping armchairs, fun TV shows and relaxing atmosphere that immediately put you at ease. We recommend adding on a scalp massage to stimulate your pressure points.
Best For: A Luxurious Experience
Why We Rate It: Located in Battersea, this new one-stop-shop is a great place to switch off. From nourishing lunches served downstairs, to exceptional blow-dries and massages, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. The manicures, however, are one of the best options available. From ‘non-toxic’ manis to those that use gel, the options are endless, with a thorough, albeit speedy, massage per treatment. You can get fun (and useful) add-ons too, including keratin strengthening treatments and jelly masks which protect against the UV rays that often come with a gel manicure. An experience like no other, you can expect the very best here.
House of Lady Muck (HOLM)
Best For: Speedy Results
Why We Rate It: This nail studio offers classic manicures along with fine, detailed nail art that’s subtle yet impactful. You can also opt for speedier treatments for the ultimate pit-stop in your lunch break, or you can go all out and book in for a package with your friends and a glass of fizz – whatever you choose, there’s no doubt you’ll feel relaxed and pampered.
Best For: Delicate Nail Art
Why We Rate It: If you want a manicure that wins compliments and looks chic from every angle, DryBy is your go-to. Best known for their reverse French mani’s and sophisticated colour play, it’s guaranteed to be one of the top manicures you’ve ever had. Check out their well-curated Instagram page before you go to give yourself plenty of inspiration. It’s an investment, but a worthy one given how long their manicures last. A great place to go with friends, you’ll love the neutral-toned interiors and fun layout.
Nails & Brows Mayfair
Best For: Affordability & Longevity
Why We Rate It: With affordable treatments and friendly staff, this is a great, relaxing environment that delivers high-shine manicures at speed. The results are impressive, so expect your manicure to go the distance – whether it’s gel-based or not. The expertise of the hand-picked nail technicians is second to none, too, with great advice and satisfyingly smooth results – your cuticles will be neater than ever before. Look out for their signature manicure which includes a softening paraffin wax treatment, as well as a massage.
Rachel’s Nails & Coffee
Best For: Something Different
Why We Rate It: Located near Goodge Street underground station, this quaint nail bar does exactly what it says: manicures and coffee. Offering everything from men’s manicures to a simple cut and shape, as well as acrylic nails and indulgent treatments that promote healthier tips, the salon itself is a fun as well – full of colour and bold prints, it’s certain to leave an impact. We love that their hours extend to 7.30pm, too, so when you’re back at the office, you can still squeeze in a visit once you’ve finished.
Best For: A Minimalist Mani
Why We Rate It: Townhouse is one of the most popular nail bars in London – so much so, they now have a second home on the fifth floor of Harrods. Offering subtle nail art, their manicures are known for their minimalism and clean finish – expect detailed linework and chic prints that catch the eye. It’s not all about tiny details though – you can get a straightforward polish and shape, as well as plumped up gels, too. Extra points got to their clever ‘nailfie’ booth which is brilliant for some fun with your friends.