There was some light relief during my recent trip to London. Darling C locked the infants under the stairs and booked us in one Saturday for mani pedis at her local place in Highgate as her birthday present to me. (My birthday is in December. And that’s why I love her.)
The nail salon culture that is everywhere in New York & Los Angeles still hasn’t really taken off in London. Whilst there are more salons now than there were when I left in 2007, the price list will come as a shock to anyone used to paying $10 for their nails back in America.
I’ve been having my nails done for years, so I’ve tried plenty of London places, from Nails Inc to the anarchy that is Top Nail on Camden Parkway. C’s salon is on a particularly unprepossessing part of Archway Road, just opposite Highgate Station, but the family who run it are fun & friendly & dole out lovely cups of Chinese tea (you don’t get THAT in NYC).
Oh and they do a mean pedi. It’s a month since I was in there and this is the state of my feet:
My big toes are completely unchipped, with just a little flaking on two nails that don’t show in sandals. Impressive, huh? Please excuse the photography. Have you any idea how tricky it is to photograph your own feet? And what’s with my toes looking all wide-spaced? I suspect I was about to fall over. Figures.
The Nail Bar, 315 Archway Road, Highgate, London, N6 5AA
Tel: 020 8341 0293