Coffee on tap with your Back, Sac and Crack? Here are the cafés that are revolutionising the painful world of waxing and buttering up your beauty treatments…
A Wanted Man
From the outside, this hypnotic café, with its interiors of exposed brick and eastern patterned fabrics, looks a bit too bohemian to find a place in amongst the white-walls of Chelsea. But then you find out that the dark wooden staircase in A Wanted Man winds up to a Browhaus brow-bar and Ministry of Waxing salon and it starts to make sense. The ultimate lifestyle bar, where else should the first of its kind house itself than immaculately groomed Chelsea?
Menu items include ‘Avocado’ (half an avocado filled with a soft-boiled organic rookery farm egg, bonito flakes and sea salt – healthy fats, potassium, deep umami joy, £7) and a BSC (Back, Sac, Crack £79). Yep, Boyzilians are a thing.
Look out for the cute logo on the inside of each mug and the hard-boiled eggs you can buy at the counter.
Barber and Parlour
Barber and Parlour on Redchurch Street, East London, goes a couple steps further in the mix of glamour and gastronomy. Not only does it house the ‘Cheeky Parlour’ for nails, waxing and henna, but a ‘Neville Barber’ for men, ‘Josh Wood’ for colours, cuts, blow-dries and styling, a kitchen, beauty shop, house-pressed juice shop AND an electric cinema. If they did apartments, we would live there. Forever.
Dishes include halloumi burger (£8), Tofu scramble (£7) and a barber’s breakfast that comes with black pudding, chorizo, fried egg, bacon, crushed potato, avocado and tomato (£9.5).
Established in 2004, developer Kicul Lee calls Hurwundeki a ‘creative concept space’. There are four sites in East London offering four services: Hair Café Room Junk. With haircuts from £15, this is the ultimate affordable urban arena.
FYI, ‘Room’ means free wifi, power and couches and ‘Junk’ is the latest addition to the concept space, a gallery of art and ‘curation of anything’ which is coming soon.
This one’s slightly more specialised. A simple nail bar where you can get a ‘Slap Dash polish’ for £9 and a lychee martini with a price to match. London Grace is the perfect place for pres, with 2-for-1 cocktails with any treatment from 5 to 6pm. Plus you can host a party or reserve a treatment table for up to 5 guests so no need to drink solo (not that we mind).
Located in Putney, Clapham or Leicester Square (pre Fez, Infernos, Club 49…)
Duck and Dry
An even simpler system, Duck and Dry does what the name suggests. Another King’s Road cracker, Duck & Dry’s blow dry bar gives the best blow drys and updos in London. With a Gents Cut also available, this is the perfect place to head before a special event for drinks, nibbles and a new do.
So you can pretty much get anything, eat anything and do anything at Liberty London. Head to the second floor for Café Liberty and a Ragston Goat’s Cheese, beetroot & Walnut Tart (£14.95) and a Gluten free Avocado & Chocolate Fudge Brownie (£6.95) and then down to ground level for the blinkbrowbar and a perfectly honed arch.