It’s only been open for four months but the verdict from the beauty cognoscenti is in: for all forms of body topiary, plus knot-busting massages and immaculate manicures, put Privet on your speed dial immediately. Set back from Portobello Road, Privet already has a devoted clientele, won over by the fantastic treatments and unique interiors. Created to be gender-neutral, the feel of the London salon is rustic chic.


There’s an indoor manicure garden surrounded by pages from old books featuring flowers which colour co-ordinate with nail polish shades, while each of the treatment rooms is kitted out like a cabin with cool flea market finds from work benches and old radios to terracotta pots and typewriters. Aspiring authors can request the Writing Room, the green-fingered can try the Potting Shed or book into the Orangery for a speedy spray tan.

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While strip and hot wax cover all your de-fuzzing requirements as quickly and painlessly as possible, the branded treatments themselves have been cherry-picked to offer the best from professional ranges. Nail colours come from Essie, tans courtesy of St Tropez and facials from leading US dermatologist range Murad. Add to that exceptional Swedish and deep tissue massages and it’s easy to see why Privet is becoming a much-loved one-stop-shop.

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For a taster – or a post-work, pre-date emergency – book in for a Bonsai Makeover. The 60 or 90 minute sessions mix mini massages, fast nail maintenance, glow-inducing facials and waxing. My fabulous therapist Erinah treated me to a perfect mani and pedi, luxurious lash tint and virtually painless leg wax in record time and with the added bonus of her lovely company. It may be garden-themed, but garden variety Privet certainly is not.

For more information and booking, see the Privet website. Privet – 214 Kensington Park Road, London W11. Tel: 0207 221 5674