I love getting my nails done.
When I have my hair and nails done, I feel like a femme fatale – unstoppable and confident. So you can imagine that when the hottest new nail bar in the English capital, London Grace, invited me to their Putney salon for a visit, I jumped at the opportunity!
London Grace is a Pinterest dream. Rustic exposed brick, sparkling white marble counters, cute little glass jars, sparkly golden details, a custom blue La Marzocco espresso machine (in their signature blue!) and copper pendant lights – what more could you ask for? Oh yes, an incredible bar, kitted out with everything from pregnant-friendly Luscombe juices to bottles of wine and champagne. Officially a nail bar, café, and bar, there is something for everyone, including gorgeous cakes, sweets, and savory nibbles.
When we arrived, London Grace’s PR extraordinaire Lauren Williams greeted us warmly and chatted with us about the salon and its services. Char and I were so impressed! Afterward, we were promptly served two enormous slices of amazing chocolate cake (if only this could happen every day), and I enjoyed a Luscombe juice while Char sipped on a classy Cosmopolitan. The ultimate nail experience had begun!
Also, you know how most nail salons have a permanent wafting of polish remover? You get zero of that here. Instead, it feels (and smells) like your favorite cafe, the air carrying hints of espresso.
In business for just over a year, London Grace has already won two awards, Best New Business (2015 FSB London Business Awards) and Best Shop in Putney (2015 Timeout Love London Awards)! It’s impressive that they’re able to offer so much while also keeping prices competitive. Treatments begin at £9 for a No-Fuss manicure and range up to £25 for a Top-Notch normal polish pedicure, £35 for shellac. They also host a variety of special evenings and services, in addition to being open until 10 p.m. on certain evenings.
My favorite detail was the Buggy Park for the yummy mummies in the area! Plus, Mondays by appointment from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.is Pamper & Play, which has complimentary babysitting for moms with young children. Whyyy don’t I live closer? I would be there every week.
What really stood out was the dry pedicure approach London Grace takes, which I had never experienced before. It’s more sanitary to have a dry pedicure, as many germs can survive in the foot baths. Don’t worry; they spray some disinfectant and other nice-smelling products on your feet, so they are clean! Also, a dry pedicure saves hundreds of liters of water per week. Bonus point: a pedicure on dry nails preserves the nail polish for longer, since nails expand when wet. All in all, a win for everyone.
London Grace hires out their large downstairs “Grace Space” for birthdays, hen dos, baby showers, and corporate events. They can accommodate parties of 7 to 24 people. See you there for my 28th in February!
Ladies, don’t be afraid to bring your man. He can enjoy an ice-cold beer brewed in Hackney Wick and a fresh Scotch egg while you enjoy your treatments and bubbly. If you’re in the area but aren’t due for a treatment yet, you can still pop in to relax with a coffee (hand-roasted in Shoreditch) and cake and bask in the beautiful space.
Owner Kirsten Hazell has truly gone above and beyond. Not only has she brought this fantastic beauty concept over to the UK but she has also created a London Grace nail polish range. Their own free-of-nasties polishes are free of the five major chemicals present in most nail varnishes, making manis and pedis safer without sacrificing quality. Each of the colors is named after different people that helped in the creation of the salon, including her accountant, which I loved! The gorgeous periwinkle blue that you see above is the salon’s signature color, Grace.
I was so impressed with the salon, its many services, and the fantastic team there. There’s something to be said for an extremely well thought-out, detail-oriented business. Thank you, Kirsten, Lauren, Tara, and Fabiana for a truly wonderful first experience at London Grace! Looking forward to going back already, this time with more friends in tow!
26 Putney High Street
020 8789 1267
For bookings and more information, visit their website or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday – Wednesday: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Thursday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
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