Best nail salons in London: where to get the best manicure in the capital


Getting your nails done is one of life’s little luxuries. Spending 45 minutes to an hour relaxing whilst someone tends to your cuticles and your cracked, dry heels is one of the easiest ways to invest in self-care. What is it about a newly painted nail that can make you feel so confident and polished? So with that in mind, you need to know where the best nail salons in London are.

Best nail salon – Cheeky

Cheeky salons are bright, fun and the perfect spot to head to before a night out. The one on Redchurch Street, in Shoreditch, has a drinks menu that’s ideal for pre-drinks and is conveniently situated above a bar… The other salon is in the basement of Topshop Oxford Circus, so that’s your outfit sorted too. They use their own branded nail polishes in almost every single shade, which includes a cracking selection of glitters.

Best nail salon – Cowshed

The best time to go to Cowshed is on a Saturday or Sunday morning. Why? Because it’s the ideal place to soothe a hangover – the coffee is delicious and strong, the chairs are unbelievably comfortable (there’s even a V-shaped cushion that you place around you on your lap to make you even cosier), you’re sat in front of a TV (which often plays Friends) so you don’t have to make small talk and then there are the nails. The manicures and pedicures are so relaxing you’ll totally be forgiven for falling asleep. There are six outposts to choose from, so you’re never too far from one.

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Best nail salon -DryBy

Walk into DryBy and you’ll instantly get your phone out to take pictures. The decor of this place is serious #interiorgoals. It’d not just the colour palette of blush pink, muted greys and rose gold that make this salon a winner, it’s the incredible manis and pedis that are done down in the basement. You can get a simple file and paint, a Shellac or if you’re feeling adventurous, nail art. But this isn’t crazy nail art, this is the chic nail art that looks like jewellery.

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Best nail salon – Townhouse

Townhouse is the newest salon on the list and it’s already a favourite of Beauty Editors. As soon as you walk in you’re offered two menus – one from Beauty & Go juices and one with the nail shades and that month’s nail art specials. Once you’re done with your treatment, head straight to their #nailfie photobooth, which takes a pic of your nails ready to upload and show them off to Instagram.

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Best nail salon – Wah 

The ultimate spot for nail art that wows. Founded in 2008 in Dalston by Sharmadean Reid, it was one of the first nail salons In London to make intricate nail design mainstream. They then opened in Topshop Oxford Circus, before opening up their new flagship in Soho in 2016. The salon itself is exactly what you’d expect – wonderfully hipster and beyond cool.

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Best nail salon – London Grace

There are eight London Grace salons to choose from in the city and each one decorated so beautifully you’ll happily spend hours there. There are three things that make these salons so great –  they prefer dry pedicures, as they say it helps prevent the spread of infections and it helps them stay green by saving water; they display their polishes in a super smart way (see below) and the Happy Hours that happen in every salon on Monday through Wednesday, between 11am and 3pm – 15% off all treatments.

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So if you find yourself in London and in need of a mani, you’ll know exactly where to go.

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