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London travel guide: The best beauty addresses

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London travel guide: The best beauty addresses

ELLE editors in London share their top shops, salons and spas with us. Read on for the list of luxurious body treatments rounded up by:

Lorraine CandyEditor in Chief of ELLE UK

Anne-Marie CurtisFashion Director of ELLE UK

Marissa BourkeCreative Director of ELLE UK – and the ELLE UK Art Team

Susan Ward DaviesTravel Editor of ELLE UK

Emma StrennerBeauty Director of ELLE UK

Suzanne Scott Beauty Writer of ELLE UK

Georgia CollinsDeputy Beauty Editor of ELLE UK 

LONDON'S BEST BEAUTY ADDRESSES

LIBERTY’S BEAUTY HALL
Great Marlborough Street, London W1B 5AH
44 (0)20 7734 1234
liberty.co.uk
€€€€
Liberty is an iconic shop in London. Founded in 1875, it is one of the oldest and prettiest shops in town. The beauty hall is packed with rare and exclusive brands (Trish McEvoy, Frédéric Malle…).
BT: “Liberty has to be one of the most stunning buildings in London and the beauty hall carries lovely brands such as Diptyque, Frédéric Malle and Rodin.”

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SELFRIDGES
400 Oxford Street, London W1A 1AB
44 011 33 69 80 40
selfridges.com
€€-€€€€
Selfridges is London’s department store king. On the ground floor, you will find all the beauty products (make-up, skincare products, perfume) you could dream of.
SWD: “Lots of beauty brands under one roof.”

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SPACE NK
32 Shelton Street, London, WC2H 9JE
44 (0)20 7379 6384
uk.spacenk.com
€€€
Space NK is both a store and a spa. At the spa, you will be able to undergo the best skincare treatments. At the store, you will have the opportunity to buy skincare products from more than 100 prestigious brands.
MB: “Great for buying the products beauticians use.”

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BEST MANICURE / PEDICURE

COWSHED
31 Fouberts Place, London W1F 7QG
44 (0)20 7534 0870
cowshedonline.com
€€
A lovely and quaint spa where you’ll feel right at home. No clinical decor, no all-white dressed beauticians, everything is cosy here. Come to undergo a treatment (all natural) or buy some Cowshed products.

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DAVID BARTON at PERCY & REED
157C Great Portland Street, London W1W 6QS
44 (0)20 7637 4634
percyandreed.com
€€
This beauty salon in Marylebone is often visited by celebrities who go there to enjoy the great work of the hairstylists. As the owners want their hair salon to be welcoming, there are baby pictures of the staff on the wall. It is a fun game to guess which one your beautician is.
BT: “David is a backstage regular at the shows and does the most flawless shellac on hands and feet.”

NAILS INC
Bond Street Fenwick, Fenwick’s, New Bond Street, London W1A 3BS
44 (0)20 7491 1155
nailsinc.com
€€-€€€
Founded a few years ago by a British woman who thought there were not enough nails salons in London, Nails Inc. is now one of the most famous brands in the world. Go to one of the many salons to be pampered like a queen.
SWD: “Amazing choice of nail colours.”

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SOPHY ROBSON
233 Kings Road, London SW3 5EJ
44 (0)20 7349 8722
sophyrobson.com
€€€
This girl is a real artist who likes to do things that have never been done before. Go if you want a really perfect and original manicure.
MB: “Known for her unique nail designs - as featured in ELLE collections.”

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Outside of London's Elemis Spa

FOR SKINCARE

ELEMIS
2 Lancashire Court, London W1S 1EX
44 (0)20 7499 4995
elemis.com
€€€€
A cool and discreet spa hidden in the heart of Mayfair, where you can go to relax instantly. The place is welcoming and the treatments are simply incredible.
MB: “Experienced beauticians who really know their facts.”

LIZ EARLE
38-39 Duke of York Square, London SW3 4LY
44 (0)20 7730 9191
uk.lizearle.com
€€-€€€
At Liz Earle, the treatments are made for all skin types. The facials are quite famous and if you want, you can also buy the facial products online.
BT: “The signature facial and natural products are just two of the reasons why we love visiting this place.”

SKINESIS SARAH CHAPMAN
106 Draycott Avenue, London, SW3 3AE
44 (0)20 7589 9585
sarahchapman.net
€€€€
This woman wants to perfect your skin, at both the cellular and surface levels. The spa offers a wide range of treatments and you can also buy her products and use them at home.

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THE ORGANIC PHARMACY
23 Great Marlborough Street, London W1F 7HU
44 (0)020 7287 1607
theorganicpharmacy.com
€€€-€€€€
A straightforward and organic shop founded ten years ago with a great range of their own products, as well as a spa. Go if you need something specific or just to hang around: you won't leave The Organic Pharmacy empty handed!
SWD: “Great treatments.”

FOR A MASSAGE

COWSHED
31 Fouberts Place, London W1F 7QG
44 (0)20 7534 0870
cowshedonline.com
€€
A lovely and quaint spa where you will feel at home. No clinical decor, no all-white dressed beauticians, everything is cosy here. Come to undergo a treatment (all natural) or buy some Cowshed products.
MB: “Feel the different treatments.”

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ELEMIS
2 Lancashire Court, London W1S 1EX
44 (0)20 7499 4995
elemis.com
€€€€
A cool and discreet spa hidden in the heart of Mayfair, where you can go to relax instantly. The place is welcoming and the treatments are simply incredible.
SWD: “A really luxurious relaxing spa.”

ESPA LIFE at THE CORINTHIA HOTEL
Whitehall Place, London, SW1A 2BD
44 (0) 20 7321 3050
espalifeatcorinthia.com
€€€€
ESPA is a space dedicated to beauty and well-being, where you’ll find everything you need to feel healthy and beautiful. In an extremely aesthetic decorum, the spa houses an incredible swimming pool, Turkish baths, steam room and even private suites. What are you waiting for?
BT: “ESPA life is a huge spa with heavenly treatment rooms, the most incredible reflective pool, luxurious saunas and treatment pools. The design is out of this world as well.”

SPACE NK

32 Shelton Street, London WC2H 9JE
44 (0)20 7379 6384
uk.spacenk.com
€€€
Space NK is both a store and a spa. At the spa, you will be able to undergo the best skincare treatments. At the store, you will have the opportunity to buy skincare products from more than 100 prestigious brands.

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The Organic Pharmacy in London

HERBALIST / WELL-BEING PLACES

NEAL’S YARD REMEDIES

15 Neal's Yard, London WC2H 9DP
44 (0)20 7379 7222
nealsyardremedies.com
€€-€€€
A wide range of organic skincare, hair care and body care products. And you can also try a treatment at Neal’s Yard Remedies.
SWD: “Lovely products, great packaging.”

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ROSS BARR ACUPUNCTURIST
Urban Bliss - 333 Portobello Road, London W10 5SA
44 (0)78 3620 5076
www.rossbarr.com
€€€
Acupuncture is known to work wonders especially with Ross Barr. Take an appointment to find out more.

THE ORGANIC PHARMACY
23 Great Marlborough Street, London W1F 7HU
44 (0)020 7287 1607
theorganicpharmacy.com
€€-€€€€
A straightforward and organic shop founded ten years ago with a great range of their own products, as well as a spa. Go if you need something specific or just to hang around: you won't leave The Organic Pharmacy empty handed!
BT: “Prescribed herbal tinctures and homeopathic solutions.”
MB: “The staff really knows their stuff and help you find the right treatments for you.”

VITAMINS & SUPPLEMENTS

BOOTS
105-109 Strand, London WC2R 0AA
44 (0)20 72405 963
boots.com
€€
At Boots, you will find everything you need to fill your bathroom: beauty products to be beautiful, medicine (it’s also a pharmacy) to be healthy and as many skincare products as a store can possibly offer.
SWD: “All your health needs under one roof.”

VICTORIA HEALTH
victoriahealth.com
€€
A website specialized in well-being. You will find everything you need to be in good shape through vitamins and supplements here. And if you want to know more about how your body works and what it needs, you can also read the articles written by the editorial team, featured on their homepage.
BT: “We buy all of our supplements from Victoria Health - it has the biggest selection and great advice so you know what to take.”

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WHOLEFOODS
Many locations in London
wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/uk
€€
This chain of organic stores is really famous amongst health nuts. It is the perfect place to find natural remedies for everything.
MB: “Sells everything you will need to feel healthy and well.”

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HAIRDRESSERS

ADAM REED at PERCY & REED
157C Great Portland Street, London W1W 6QS
44 (0)20 7637 4634
percyandreed.com
€€€€
This beauty salon in Marylebone is often visited by celebrities who go there to enjoy the great work of the hairstylists. As the owners want their hair salon to be welcoming, there are baby pictures of the staff on the wall. It is a fun game to guess which one your beautician is.
BT: “Adam is a backstage regular; we pay him a visit regularly to keep our hair in check.”

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CRAIG PURVES, ANDREW JOSE
1 Charlotte St, London W1T 1RB
44020 73 23 46 79
andrewjose.com
€€€€
This house has built a reputation for itself on understanding hair. Afro hair, hair extensions, haircuts, blow dry, colour… whatever you want to do with your hair, they will achieve it.
SWD: “I've been going here for ages - he is brilliant!”

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HERSHESONS, HERSHESONS BLOW DRY BARS
36-38 Great Castle Street, London W1W 8LG (inside Topshop at Oxford Circus)
44 (0)20 7927 7888
hershesons.com/blow_dry_bar
€€
Need a trendy haircut for a night out? Just go to Hershesons, pick out a look and give your hairdresser 30 minutes to recreate it on you. But be aware, even if you can just walk in and ask for a haircut, it’s better to book an appointment!
MB: “A must for a haircut and blow dry bars are handy for perfect 'night out' hair.”

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