London has stepped up its game and these days you can get a good quality manicure on every high street, from the bustling shopping centre of Oxford to areas on the outskirts of the city such as Dulwich and Dalston. Best of all, nail salon London options range from budget to luxury: for affordable prices without sacrificing on service, try The Beautiful Nail Studio in Tottenham Street for nail extensions, pedicures and manicures, or Lyttle Minx in East Dulwich which offers both students discounts and first time discounts. If a little luxury is on the cards, head to The Nail Loft at Urban Retreat, which is inside famed department store Harrods and boasts world-class nail technicians.
Long popular in Japan, the nail art trend has swept the globe and nails everywhere are being treated to artistic designs. In London, the trend was fed into the mainstream in the late Noughties thanks to WAH Nails which opened its flagship branch in the lively and culturally diverse Dalston neighbourhood. WAH is considered a kind of cult salon and offers endless inspired patterns and colour combinations. Another salon that's been making creative waves is The Illustrated Nail whose founder, Sophie Harris-Greenslade, keeps her business mobile, treating nails across the city to exquisite intricate illustrations.
Looking for a nail salon in London that offers something a little different? Head to hip fashion and vintage goods hotspot Old Spitalfields Market where you can combine a morning of shopping and brunching with a manicure inside an American Airlines Boeing 747! MW Nails is decked out with authentic parts of an old aeroplane and the nail artists wear air hostess-inspired uniforms. Also try Hula Nails for a virtual trip to tropical Hawaii with a vintage twist. It's situated on Old Street, which is famed for serving as a canvas for graffiti artists such as Banksy and is just a stone's throw away from London's latest trendiest district, Shoreditch.
The gents among us no longer have to feel shy about visiting a London nail salon for a bit of grooming as several men's-only spots have opened up. Featuring a high-end barbershop-style interior, Gentlemen's Tonic is located in the exclusive Mayfair area just near to popular Hyde Park and offers an express hand treatment that revitalises nail and skin condition. They also have their own range of products should you want to take some of their treatment home with you. Ideal for a professional, yet masculine treatment, Genco has a range of branches - including ones in the leafy Chiswick and charming Notting Hill suburbs - and offers an executive manicure using products and techniques developed with men in mind. While you're there you can also look into getting a haircut by their barbers, or even a shave. Groupon has a huge range of great offers available to Londoners and tourists alike.