London calling? Of course! And you should make sure you pick up, since Fashion Week is getting started! To help you make your trip a truly flawless beauty experience, here is our guide to the fourth fashion capital, after helping you discover Milan, New York and Paris. So, fasten your seat belts, we are going on a beauty journey!
When you are in such a flurry of shows and presentations, relaxing will become a central thought for you. If you are enticed by the idea of a moment of peace, getting away from the madding crowds on the streets to discover an oasis of tranquility instead, we have a place for you: the LUSH spa in Oxford Street. Yes, on the lower floor of one of the most colorful, perfumed and chaotic shops ever, you will find nirvana. Every spa treatment here is a true gesture of love for your body and your mind, and each treatment will be accompanied by a unique, dedicated soundtrack. We tried the Karma experience, available from 19 March on here, and it was truly unforgettable. Here are a few hints: a 65-minute, 4-hand massage, enveloped by an atmosphere that reminded us of India, and three tailor-made products for this ritual. It was a dream!
If you have no time for a spa, there are still lots of little beauty moments you can treat yourself to in the city. There are two addresses on our list: the first one is Cowshed at Selfridges, which just renovated its space. You can get a manicure here, and try their new LED-light facials, comfortably sitting in an armchair in front of a vintage TV that shows episodes of Friends o Sex & The City. Very hard to beat! The second is DryBy, a new salon started by two sisters, that will offer you the perfect blowdry in a very cozy environment that will feel like a friend’s living room – a very chic, carefully designed one, of course. They also have a manicure and pedicure area: their minimalist gel nail art will make your fashionista friends jealous!
Last but not least, the favorite section of all spendthrifts like me! One of the things we love about London is the shopping, and not just for clothing! So many cult brands are available here, including ones that are not available in Italy yet, such as Charlotte Tilbury. Her branded store in Covent Garden reminds us of a Parisian boudoir, or perhaps of the changing room of a Hollywood star, we really couldn’t drop by. This is a good place to do your makeup for a special event, or even just to try the brand’s new, recently launched products, before falling in love with them, making your bank account cry in the process. Our favorite place to just browse and understand what having an epic assortment really means is Selfridges’ Beauty Hall. Go there to laze away a few hours, looking at the kind of classic you can’t miss, and peculiar rarities, such as the section offering Korean beauty products. We assume no responsibility for what happens to your credit card!
Do you have any other places to recommend to your fellow beauty lovers? If you do, please share in the comments!