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Astrid & Miyu
Known For: Stacking & Ear Cuffs
Why It’s Worth Visiting: Popular jewellery brand Astrid & Miyu has a piercing bar in six of its stores including Notting Hill, Neal Street and Selfridges. The bar is great for the ’gram while the expertise of its piercing pros is second to none. Choose from a vast option of jewellery – think dainty, on-trend pieces through to solid steel options. Done with a needle, precision is the USP here and the numbing treatment they use means pain is kept to the very minimum, if felt at all. Prices start from £45. Need more? You’ll get 20% off all earrings when you book your piercing.
How To Book: AstridAndMiyu.com or visit the store in person.
Lark & Berry
Known For: A Luxe Experience
Why It’s Worth Visiting: Lark & Berry specialises in lab-grown diamonds and delicate, flattering piercings. The process is laidback and speedy (max five minutes) – there’s walk-in services Tuesday right through to Saturday. A special shout out to the staff pros, who all specialise in ‘ear curation’, and can help with any questions you may have before or afterwards.
How To Book: LarkAndBerry.co.uk or just walk into its Marylebone store from Tuesday-Saturday.
Known For: Affordability & Fine Jewellery
Why It’s Worth Visiting: Maria Tash first popped up in Liberty London for a one-off during fashion week. It proved to be so popular the retailer famously condensed all of its ‘It’ bags onto another floor to make way for Tash’s permanent residency. The New York-based jeweller’s designs have indeed gone on to be hugely popular, with the piercing bar often booked up – in other words, be quick. Prices start at just £15 for an ear lobe, but the caveat is you must be pierced with Maria Tash’s jewellery. That shouldn’t be an issue though, given the quality of the pieces. If you can’t reach Liberty, you’ll find Maria Tash in Harrods too.
Known For: Accessibility & Speed
Why It’s Worth Visiting: Previously located in Topshop’s Oxford Street store, Metal Morphosis prides itself on accessibility and speed. Launched in 1991, it’s home to some of the best piercing talent and keeps everything affordable – one lobe starts at just £15. Metals are still high quality, so you can expect no tarnishing or visible wear, while everything is surgical grade to keep inflammation and infections at bay. Now located in Shoreditch, Metal Morphosis is easy to get to and takes walk-ins – though we recommend booking a slot to avoid disappointment on the day.
Known For: Bespoke Jewellery
Why It’s Worth Visiting: An SL favourite, Sacred Gold was founded by Guy Saar. Cool with a vintage style, Sacred Gold has a great reputation for good reason. All its experts instantly make you feel at ease, while the jewellery on offer is seriously exciting – they’ll even create you bespoke pieces for different parts of your body, be it ear, nose or helix. For her limitless knowledge and sound advice, we recommend asking for Nicole to do your piercing.
How To Book: SacredGoldPiercing.com or call on 020 7287 0777.
Tada & Toy
Known For: An On-Demand Service
Why It’s Worth Visiting: on Portobello Road, you can visit Tada & Toy at any time to check out its chic jewellery and get advice on piercings. It’s also now available on demand, thanks to a partnership with beauty concierge app Ruuby. That’s right, Tada & Toy will come to your home for a 30-minute piercing service. You can book as a group too, which we highly recommend for big birthday celebrations or hen dos. The piercings will be carried out with a needle, while your therapist will arrive equipped with all the sterilised tools and a selection of jewellery.
How To Book: Book on demand via Ruuby.com.
Known For: A Bit Of Everything
Why It’s Worth Visiting: Stocking a bit of everything – from Colette to Dinny Hall and Poppy Finch – The Alkemistry is the place to go for sheer variety of jewellery options. You’ll find it on Floral Street in Covent Garden, where you can peruse the offering and book in for a piercing too. Quick and straight forward, its speedy service means you’ll be in and out within five minutes. A small team of experts will be on hand to give you plenty of advice – both on aftercare and the type of jewellery that suits you best. You’ll also be given a nice, calming drink to ease any angst over the process.
How To Book: Email email@example.com
Known For: Expert Styling Advice
Why It's Worth Visiting: Mejuri's newest store in Covent Garden is one to know. Not only is it home to the brand's own piercing studio, it also offers a range of additional services alongside its high-quality pieces. From personalised ear styling advice to aftercare support – plus, free check-ups further down the line – there's also a selection of beautiful 14k white and yellow gold studs to choose from. Not to mention, the space itself is seriously chic.
How To Book: Visit Mejuri.com