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The Beauty Edit

Pre-Party Prep: The Best Beauty Destinations In London

The most pampering beauty treatments to get you party-ready.

The festive season is in full swing and if you fancy a little indulgence to get ready for a big event, or quite simply want to enjoy a little me-time to escape the madness, these are the best treatments in London to book now. From expert mani-pedi’s, to facials that deliver instant radiance, we have you covered.

1. The Facial – Su-Man


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The best pre-party facials are those which instil skin with an instant radiant glow, with zero downtown, such as Su-Man’s newest facial: Advanced Awakening Oxygen Facial. Combining her expert shiatsu massage techniques with Gua Sha she pummels cheekbones into submission, for a wide awake and lifted visage. Skin is prepared with Su-Man’s skincare range before pure oxygen and brightening serum flood the skin. Next an oxygen bubble is placed over the face to help skin recharge, refresh, and repair whilst an abdominal massage helps clear any emotional blockages. You will leave feeling lighter in yourself and a little less frayed around the edges.

Advanced Awakening Oxygen Facial– £300 for 75 minutes

2. The Manicure – Townhouse at Harrods


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Tucked away on the exclusive 5th floor of Harrods, Townhouse is the go-to place for an expert manicure that lasts. This exclusive outpost is serious Instagram catnip, complete with a pink marble nail bar and shimmering gold accents. Peruse the iPads to select your nail colour, and with an impressive nail art menu, you’ll likely need little convincing to upgrade from your usual hue.

Harrods Gel Manicure – £55 for 5o minutes

3. The Hair Treatment – HARI’s


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Not only is HARI’s the perfect pit-stop for the swishest, bounciest blow dry (with serious staying power), but thanks to their new collaboration with Jasmine Hemsley you can indulge in Ayurvedic hair rituals using 10 carefully selected herbs and spices to soothe the mind and body. Treatments start with a hair test, checking density, volume, and elasticity, to determine which of the four different treatments best suit your hair type. The Dosha Balancing Oil Ritual is perfect for unwinding during the frenetic festive season. Designed to relax, rebalance, and soothe, the formula is applied to the scalp incorporating a suitably indulgent Indian Head Massage and Kansa Wand massage, all whilst you listen to a calming playlist curated by Jasmine herself. You’ll float out feeling ultra-zen and with newly nourished hair to boot.

Treatments from £90 including a blow dry

4. The Tan – James Harknett at W 


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Dubbed ‘the Tom Ford of tanning’, James Harknett is known for his ultra-bespoke treatments and magic contouring. Affable and chatty, sessions pass in the blink of an eye as he not only masterfully creates a ridiculously natural looking tan (to your desired spec) but also makes you look longer and leaner with the slightest swish of his tanning gun. I’d never go anywhere else.

The Bespoke Spray Tan – £60 for 30 minutes

5. The Pedicure – DryBy


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The Beauty Editor’s salon of choice, DryBy is also the perfect place to catch up with friends, and get some beautiful interiors inspo in the process. Top-notch pedicures take place on squishy pink armchairs on the cosy, lamp-lit ground floor, making light work of rough soles and neglected nails. Plus, the nail colour range is expansive.

Classic Pedicure – £70

6.  The Brows – Shavata Singh at Harvey Nichols


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It’s time to discover the power of a good brow, with the newly launched Shavata Singh salon in Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge. Take the opportunity to book in with Singh herself: she’ll quiz you on your current brow maintenance regime, and artfully define your thickest, fullest looking brows through a combination of threading, waxing, and tinting. The result? Polished brows you won’t believe are the same ones you walked in with. The studio also offers lash extensions, semi-permanent lashes, perming, and lifts.

Eyebrow shaping from £28

7. The Full Works – Hershesons


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Hershesons is the definitive one-stop beauty emporium for even the most high-maintenance of party-goers. With a coterie of beauty powerhouses all under one roof there’s no need to hotfoot it across London to various appointments. There’s DryBy on nails, The Light Salon offering LED skin treatments, plus Suman Brows, and the Ministry of Waxing to treat yourself from top-to-toe. Of course, a visit wouldn’t be complete without an expert blow dry: there are an impressive 12 styles to pick from, including mermaid waves to va-va-voom curls.

8. The Recovery – IV Drip at Lanserhof at The Arts Club


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Intravenous infusion therapy may have incited a few eye rolls previously, but now it has found its way into the mainstream wellness market. It combines highly concentrated doses of nutrients, vitamins, and amino acids, delivered directly into the bloodstream resulting in increased absorption rates and an immediate feeling of wellbeing. Lanserhof at the Arts Club has an impressive roster for various benefits. With the dreaded Omicron variant threatening to curtail our festivities once again, it’s never been more important to ensure your immune system is firing on all cylinders, so opt for the Immune Support. Feeling a little washed out? The Hair, Skin, and Nails bundle will have skin and hair gleaming. After a quick fix following a heavy night? Liver Cleanse aids detoxification and will have you feeling sparky in no time.

Infusions for non-members from £210

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