In need of a mani, a wax, a blow dry AND a facial?
More than a little bit pressed for time?
As our lives gradually return to being as frenetic as they once were, traipsing from one postcode to the next for beauty bookings becomes ever more impractical.
The answer? The Super Salon. A new breed of beauty one-stop-shop where you can get plucked, snipped, waxed, lacquered and generally zhuzhed to glossy glory, all under one roof.
Whether you’re looking to spend half a day having a full overhaul, or just fancy multitasking with a simultaneous mani-pedi-blow dry, these are London’s finest super salons.
Paul Edmonds, Battersea
Step into the Paul Edmonds salon in Battersea (located in the luxey new development surrounding the power station) and you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d accidentally slipped into a sexy cocktail bar. There’s no reception desk, instead charming hosts will check you in and in the same breath ask what they can get you to drink - the tea is loose leaf loveliness, the champagne’s Ruinart.
The space, designed by Waldo Works (who also did Selfridges and the Laslet Hotel), boasts an express blow dry bar, a private VIP area (which can be closed off for privacy), a colour consultation bar where you can see you colour being bespoke mixed and weighed for you and a full service brow and lash bar. The real highlight here is however quite possibly the hair washing area, which comes with fully reclining chair-bed hybrids that allow you to have your locks washed using the full Shu Uemura Art of Hair range (it’s the brand’s flagship salon) while lying horizontal. It's a total gamechanger, trust me.
Battersea Power Station, 3 Circus Road West, Nine Elms, London SW11 8EZâ. pauledmonds.com
Neville Hair and Beauty, Belgravia
Tucked away on Belgravia’s Pont Street, this six-storey townhouse is the perfect place for head-to-toe pampering. In addition to all the usual hairdressing services, there’s a 'Power Bar,' an area focussed on treatments to protect and perfect the hair and a four-seater nail bar (although most of the nail technicians are sat on stools attending to people while they have their hair done). The swish salon is credited for perfecting the 5-day blowout for a blowdry that lasts all the working week, Ombralyage which combines ombre and balyage and Palm Painting, a trademarked colour technique where colour is applied with the palm of the colourists hands. When it comes to luscious locks, the team at Neville really know what’s up.
5 Pont St, Belgravia, London SW1X 9EJ. nevillehairandbeauty.net
Hersheson's Berners Street and Hersheson's Harvey Nichols
When it comes to creating super luxe salons that cater to all your hair and beauty needs under one roof, few do it better than Hersheson’s. At the Berners street salon they opened in 2018 Dry By manis, Light Salon and Sunday Riley facials and Su-Man brows all sit alongside the haircare services in a vast, and incredibly stylish, 5000 sq ft. space. Rose lattes and avo toast come courtesy of delicious Aussie café Farm Girl.
And their outpost on the fourth floor of Harvey Nichols, which opened in 2019, is equally as impressive. Facials from Denis Gross, a nail bar, a VIP ‘entourage’ service and, again, uber-Instagrammable food from Farm Girl all make Hersheson's a superior salon experience.
29-32 Berners St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 3LRâ, and Harvey Nichols 4th Floor. hershesons.com
Radio King's Cross
Located in the heart of Granary Square in King’s Cross, this huge, light-filled space is a super salon for the artistically inclined. The New York loft-inspired space is all polished concrete floors and exposed industrial details, and the artwork hung on the white walls is from an ever-changing roster of up-and-coming artists who partner with the salon to show their works for four months at a time.
When it comes to beauty, Radio has partnered with Margate-based natural skincare brand Haeckel’s to offer manis, waxing, massages and facials. The music is curated by award-winning music media company P&S, there’s a coffee bar from hipster favourites Allpress, and complimentary Fever Tree gin and tonics on tap. There’s even a cinema space where you relax and watch a film while having your head washed and massaged. If that isn’t living I don’t know what is.
Unit 1B, The Arthouse, 1 York Way, London N1C 4ASâ. radiohairsalon.com
Richard Ward, Chelsea
Hairdresser to the royals, Richard Ward opened his 5000sq ft flagship salon in Duke of York Square back in 2005, which in some senses makes him the godfather of super salons. And boy does this one have everything. In addition to the supremely talented hairdressing team, Ward has a roster of ‘Guest Artists’; from nutritionists to physiotherapists, bookable on appointment.
The Metrospa, meanwhile, offers an extensive menu of over 250 beauty treatments, from the holistic to the high tech - think Carita and Skinceuticals facials, permanent makeup and radio frequency treatments. Pressed for time? Opt for one of their ‘multitasking packages’ and you can have a team of beauty therapists tend to you simultaneously – mani while you’re waxed? No problem.
The service, like the interiors, is warm, understated and professional and there’s a gloriously relaxing (fully licensed) bar area serving everything from champagne to smoothies and snacks prepared by the salon’s in-house chef. It’s no wonder this place has become a Chelsea institution. It’s so popular in fact that the salon’s bank of receptionists answer over 4000 calls per week, with a client calling every 45 seconds to make a booking. Best get on the blower pronto.
82 Duke of York Square, Chelsea, London SW3 4LY. richardward.com