Concierges’ Guide to London: Salons & Spas

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AMAN SPA LONDON AT THE CONNAUGHT The Asian hospitality brand’s “first and only” spa that does not reside within an Aman resort. Set in a serene contemporary space in the Connaught’s basement. (AH) +44.20.3147.7305, www.the-connaught.co.uk

BLISS At the U.S. spa chain’s first London outlet, in Chelsea, expect a “youthful” staff that handles the basics well. A “great” spa choice for “young girls.” (BM, ST) +44.20.7590.6146, www.blissworld.co.uk

BOURDON HOUSE, THE LONDON HOME OF ALFRED DUNHILL A barbershop and spa are among the highlights at this “discreet” flagship store. Enjoy a “great shave and a massage” in “an interesting little room.” (MB, AD) +44.84.5458.0779, www.dunhill.com/en-cn/thehomes/london/

CLARIDGE’S SPA Located on the sixth floor of the hotel, this spa offers La Prairie skin-care treatments and Old Hollywood–themed spa packages that evoke “timeless glamour” (for women) and “debonair style” (for men). “A lot of guests step off the airplane and come in for a massage first thing.” (MB) +44.20.7409.6565, www.claridges.co.uk

THE DORCHESTER SPA After a treatment at this recently remodeled spa at The Dorchester hotel, retire to The Spatisserie for light lunches, afternoon tea, or spa cocktails. (AD) +44.20.7319.7109, www.thedorchester.com


GENTLEMEN’S TONIC “A very masculine” and “modern” traditional barbershop that “caters in everything from a haircut and a shave to waxing and God knows what else.” Staff provides “absolutely amazing” shaves, as well as grooming advice—seeing that “a lot of men don’t know how to shave properly.” Several London locations. (AH, BM, CS, ST) www.gentlemenstonic.co.uk

GEO. F. TRUMPER For a “very traditional” barbershop experience, book “an old-fashioned shave” at one of the oldest salons in London, affectionately known as Trumpers. “As soon as you walk in, you can feel the tradition.” “Prince Charles used to go there. Kings going back 100 years have gone there. We have clients whose grandfathers have gone there, and their own sons will go there. It’s just a thing that you hand down.” (MB, MDC, AH, BM, GM, CS, MW) Original Mayfair location, +44.20.7499.1850; St. James’s shop, +44.20.7734.1370; www.trumpers.com

GUINOT Guinot in Mayfair is “one of the most exclusive” day spas in London. Recommended for “a very discerning” client who is “looking for a specialist in skin care.” (ST) +44.20.7491.9971, www.rrobson.co.uk

HERSHESONS “Cutting-edge” women’s salon founded in the ’90s by “fashionable hairstylist” Daniel Hersheson. Expect catwalk-style looks, as well as traditional cuts, color, and styling. Several locations, including three blow-dry-only bars. (GM) +44.20.7434.1747, www.hershesons.com

JO HANSFORD Known as the go-to tinter, stylist Jo Hansford “is the best in London for hair color.” But “any staff member will do” at this Mayfair salon, which employs more than 40 colorists, stylists, and assistants. (AH) +44.20.7495.7774, www.johansford.com

KX A “stylish” and “elegant” private members’ club in Chelsea with a spa, gym, and restaurant. The KX Spa—devoted to the balance of physical, mental, and emotional well-being—is the only area of the club open to nonmembers. (GM) +44.20.7581.7250, www.kxgym.co.uk

MICHAELJOHN For nearly 50 years, this “marvelous” Mayfair salon has “constantly remained very, very good.” Find hair coloring and styling, facials, waxing, manicures, tanning, and other services. (MB) +44.20.7629.6969, www.michaeljohn.co.uk

MURDOCK LONDON Recommended for men’s cuts, shoe shines, and wet shaves, as well as grooming accessories. Four locations in London, including a newer shop on Stafford Street. “Around the corner and a little bit more down to the ears, but still in Mayfair.” (ST) +44.20.7495.7310, www.murdocklondon.com

NEVILLE “A serious salon” on Pont Street, led by its namesake celebrity hair stylist and a team of stylists and colorists. (CS) +44.20. 7235.3654, www.nevillehairandbeauty.net

NICKY CLARKE Cuts, color, and a “full range” of beauty treatments at the Mayfair salon of one of Britain’s best-known hair stylists. Clarke is available by appointment on select days. (MDC, AD, GM) +44.20.7491.4700, www.nickyclarke.com

NYUMBA Stylist Michael Charalambous opened this “trendy and modern-funky” hair and beauty salon on Mount Street in 2003. The “young” staff is “very good at what they do”—including “making you feel very welcome.” “You wouldn’t be offered a cup of tea, but a glass of Champagne.” (AH) +44.20.7408.1489, www.nyumbasalon.com

THE REFINERY Indulge in the “clubby atmosphere” at this “sophisticated” grooming emporium for men. “The place to go” for “great” shaves, as well as manicures, skin care, and spa treatments with “fantastic” products. The “very professional” staff “really knows what it’s doing.” Locations in Mayfair and in Knightsbridge at Harrods. (AH, GM, CS, MW) Brook Street, +44.20.7409.2001; Harrods, +44.20.7893.8332; www.the-refinery.com

THE RITZ SALON Recently “revamped” and reopened with a “new team,” the hotel’s seventh-floor salon is worth a visit. In-room treatments also available. (MDC) +44.20.7493.8181, www.theritzlondon.com

SANCTUARY SPA An elegant, full-service day spa in Covent Garden featuring an atrium pool, Jacuzzis, more than 40 treatment rooms, and a restaurant with afternoon tea service. Originally designed as a place for the female dancers of the Royal Opera House to relax and unwind. Still “for women only.” (BM) +44.84.4875.8447, www.thesanctuary.co.uk

SPA AT FOUR SEASONS HOTEL LONDON AT PARK LANE Opened in March, this glass-walled, rooftop retreat has “striking” 360-degree views of London. Nine treatment rooms plus steam rooms, saunas, and a “skylit” vitality pool. (GM) +44.20.7499.0888, www.fourseasons.com/london/

SPA ILLUMINATA A “fantastic” day spa in Mayfair that’s “beautifully” modeled after traditional Roman-Greco spas. Treatments for both men and women, including the must-try “hot-stone massage.” (AH) +44.20.7499.7777, www.spailluminata.com

THE SPA AT MANDARIN ORIENTAL, LONDON A rejuvenation oasis offering full- and half-day bespoke spa packages, traditional Chinese medicine consultations, and soothing facilities such as an amethyst crystal steam room, vitality pool, and Zen color therapy relaxation lounge. “Everyone absolutely loves it.” (MW) +44.20.7838.9888, www.mandarinoriental.com

TAYLOR OF OLD BOND STREET “Old-school gentlemen’s shop” (located on Jermyn Street) that sells shaving accessories, manicure sets, soaps and oils, and an array of grooming products and gifts. (BM) +44.20.7930.5544, www.tayloroldbondst.co.uk

TRUEFITT & HILL Established in 1805, this St. James’s Street barbershop gives “cut-throat shaves with hot towels—the traditional way.” Maybe that explains why “Prince Philip still goes in there.” (MDC, ST) +44.20.7493. 8496, www.truefittandhill.co.uk

URBAN RETREAT AT HARRODS This “very high-profile” beauty bastion is “the place to see and be seen.” Pop in for facials, treatments at the medi-spa, or diet and “intuitive healing” consultations. Also find hair, nail, and makeup services and products, and a perfumery. (GM, CS, MW) +44.20.7893.8333, harrods.urbanretreat.co.uk

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