If You're After a Manicure in London, Be Sure to Head to One of These Nail Bars

Whether you live in London or are just visiting, there's no doubt that the city has some incredibly talented nail artists working across different nail bars and salons. If you're after a quick file-and-polish, a long-lasting gel mani or something altogether more fabulous like some nail art, we know the best nail bars in London, and we're more than happy to share our recommendations. Keep scrolling for an expert breakdown of the best nails bars in London.

DryBy London

DryBy is to nails what La Mer is to skincare. It's seriously luxe and not cheap (but so worth it). The salon is beautiful beyond belief, decked out in muted pinks and putty hues. Upstairs, you can book in for a blow-dry, whilst downstairs is where the manis and pedis happen. You choose your colors or nail art (it's seriously chic and understated here), and then you can relax with a glass of bubbly while the manicurist gets to work.

Express Manicure: ВЈ25

Gel Manicure With Nail Art: ВЈ80


Townhouse is the latest nail bar on the block, and it has a distinct NYC vibe to it. Pedicures happen at the back on a bank of chairs that are specially built for pedis. At the front, a long, narrow table is where the manicures happen. There is a menu book from which you can choose your polish colors (gel or paint), and then you choose a design and colorway. There are so many potential combinations, but the manicurists are always happy to help.

If a salon uses Shellac or gel, it is worth asking the manicurist which shade is which when choosing. Shellac tends to last longer than gel.

Manicure: ВЈ35

Gel Manicure: ВЈ39

Nail Art: (1-4 nails + ВЈ9; up to 10 nails +ВЈ19)

Nail Club

Nail Club is like the fun, younger sister of the nail-bar world. It's in the basement of the Skinny Dip store and has all-pink everything. It's also not very big, so peak times get booked out fast. Definitely book ahead online. You can get nail art done here, but I would say it's a great place to go for a straight-up manicure. Mine was perfect and lasted almost three weeks. Sign up to become a member and you'll get money off every time you go.

Basic Manicure: ВЈ14/ВЈ18

Shellac Manicure: ВЈ30/ВЈ42

Nail Art: ВЈ1 per nail

Shoreditch Nails

Whether you want nail art, multicolored nails or a straight-up polish, if you're in East London, Shoreditch Nails is the place to go. We're crushing on the pastel-stripe mani below.

Basic Manicure: ВЈ13

Shellac Manicure With Nail Art: ВЈ52

House of Lady Muck

House of Lady Muck is another East London nail bar, but it's just opened a concession in Topshop at Oxford Circus. The designs are seriously Instagrammable.

Basic Manicure: ВЈ18

Gel Manicure: ВЈ40

Nail Art: ВЈ2 per nail, or ВЈ10 for a full set

Imarni Nails

Imarni Nails is based in the Curtain Hotel in Shoreditch, and it's probably one of the coolest hotel nail bars in the world. The nail art designs are seriously covetable. The team also did the nails for Alexa Chung's debut LFW show, so if that's not cool, we don't know what is.

Basic Manicure: ВЈ15

Gel Nail Art: ВЈ40

Wah Nails

You can't complete a roundup of the best nail bars in London without including the OG. Wah Nails has been creating out-there designs for years and the team is seriously impressive. Each design looks like a work of art.

Basic Manicure: ВЈ15

Gel Manicure: ВЈ40

Nail Art: ВЈ30-ВЈ70

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