I'm going to let you in on a little secret: a little luxury at a budget price. If you go to the Fortnum & Mason Beauty Rooms between 12pm and 2pm Monday - Friday, you can get a lunchtime revival. That means getting any mini treatment for £20! Clearly we opted for the mini manicure, which isn't actually so mini.
The Fortnum Beauty Room manicure / pedicure room is wonderful! You get a sumptuously luxurious room all to yourself. My therapist was the lovely Lynette. During my mini manicure, my nails were cut, filed, scrubbed with a little brush and soapy water, cleaned, and my cuticles were tidied (but they didn't have the full cuticle treatment). Lynette gave me a mini hand massage and then applied some very lovely Ciate hand cream. The manicure consisted of a Jessica base coat, two coats of gorgeous colour and a Jessica top coat. Lynette then cleaned with an orange stick wrapped in gauze.
I felt like a princess. You get the room all to your self. It has beautiful, pale green walls with double, white sash windows. They were playing Nora jones in the background. There was a lovely comfy chair at a very pretty table for the manicure and a throne like station for a pedicure (I'll have to try that one of these days). Lynette was lovely to chat with and incredibly meticulous with applying polish.
The manicure lasted about 3-4 days before it started chipping. If you want a bit of luxury and pampering at a fraction of the price, definitely try to take advantage of the lunchtime revival.
Salon: Fortnum & Mason Beauty Rooms
Location: Piccadilly / Green Park
Treatment: Mini Manicure
Description: Nail shape and tidy, polish to finish.
Colour: Jessica Nail Polish - Regal Red