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London’s Little Black Book of Beauty

BWB’s London correspondent Charlotte Rocher divulges the secret addresses for the capital’s best beauty and wellness pit stops.

From age-defying facials and twice cold-pressed juices to the perfect golden tan and high-intensity spinning studios – London has become a veritable hot spot for any beauty aficionado.
BWB’s London correspondent Charlotte Rocher divulges the secret addresses for the capital’s best beauty and wellness pit stops.

The Juice Bar: Roots & Bulbs
Situated in the heart of fashionable Marylebone, health-conscious Londoners flock to this mecca of goodness and greenery to sup on the plethora of rainbow colored juices that hang beautifully in the vast refrigerator cabinets. Each juice is twice-pressed to retain as many nutrients as possible.
Our top pick? Go for G1 green juice, it is deliciously refreshing.

Many a Beauty Editor’s (worst) kept secret pre-vacation, James is known for his sculpting tans that give you a whittled waist in a flick of the spray gun.

The Tan Man: James Harknett, W Hotel
Looking for a deep golden glow without so much as stepping on a plane? Then head to the chic urban oasis that is the W Hotel’s AWAY Spa, where James has a residency.
Many a Beauty Editor’s (worst) kept secret pre-vacation, James is known for his sculpting tans that give you a whittled waist in a flick of the spray gun.

The Fitness Addiction: Psycle
This is the British version of Soul Cycle. The 45 minute full body conditioning sessions at the supercool spinning studio in Oxford Circus, are intense yet highly addictive. You spin to the beat, using resistance, hand-weights and will-power.
Insider tip: Psycle heart-racing playlists are now available on Spotify.

This is a nail boutique that caters to both quick fixes and drawn out pampering affairs.

The Nail Bar: Sophie Gass
This is not your average nail bar – imagine an elegant, minimal aesthetic – the salon has been likened to an Apple Store – this is a nail boutique that caters to both quick fixes and drawn out pampering affairs.
Her USP? The beautiful range of modern jewelry, accessories and one off fashion pieces available in-salon.

The A List Facialist: Alexandra Soveral
Clear your calendar for an hour, book in for the Alexandra Soveral Signature Treatment and watch how she coaxes a glow back into your skin through her muscle manipulation.
Her incredible massage technique de-puffs, decongests and lifts skin instantly. Your skin is left feeling worked out.

The Tress Tamer: Jack Howard at Paul Edmonds London
He has been crowned the King of Balayage and for good reason – Howard is an expert when it comes to creating effortless sun-kissed locks and expertly weaving color subtly free hand.
The result? Expensive looking color that looks as good in the bar as it does on the beach.

Famed for being able to turn unloved feet into their ‘virgin’ state, many clients choose not to paint them afterwards.

The Pedicure Pro: Bastien Gonzalez
Hailed as the world’s best pedicurist, Bastien Gonzalez takes the ‘cure’ in pedicure in the truest sense.
Famed for being able to turn unloved feet into their ‘virgin’ state, many clients choose not to paint them afterwards. One visit to Gonzalez and you’ll leave with a spring in your step.

The TCM Guru: John Tsagaris
Tsagaris’s private Clinic in Chelsea is as discrete as the clients who see him.
Based on Chinese concepts for the elements that keep the body healthy, TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) includes therapies such as acupuncture, herbal medicine and massage.
Tsagaris combines TCM and western medicine to treat ailments harmoniously.

Expect to see time-poor CEOs and Fashion Editors sumo squatting and hanging from the vast frame-work that dominates the gym floor.

The Boutique Gym: GymClass
Think high-octane interval training coupled with strength training. Ex-Barry’s Bootcamp owner and motivational machine Helle Hammond is as pumped as her workouts.
Each 50 minute session burns between 700 to 1,000 calories.
Expect to see time-poor CEOs and Fashion Editors sumo squatting and hanging from the vast frame-work that dominates the gym floor.

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