Take time out to treat yourself
Looking after yourself should fall at the top of your list of priorities. Carve out time in your busy schedule and do something that makes you feel good. We have put together a list of places in King’s Cross that are all about self-care and wellbeing.
Switch up your skincare regime and swap to all natural products – a positive move for you and the environment. With the help of Blomma Beauty, discover organic, vegan and cruelty-free skincare and makeup brands that will make you look and feel fabulous. Step into the light-filled store and allow the helpful staff to recommend their favourite products to suit your skin type.
They also offer an online beauty and wellness consultation, beauty treatments, and a sample service, so you can try before you buy. Don’t miss out on their monthly events, such as yoga and how to create a facial at home – to satisfy all your wellness needs.
Try a clean, effective and relatively painless way to rid yourself of unwanted body hair. Sugaring isn’t new – the ancient Egyptians we’re known devotees – but it’s relatively underrepresented in the UK market. Once you try it, you’ll wonder why!
The lemon and sugar mix brushed onto your skin not only removes hair, it reduces regrowth over time, doesn’t block pores or cause ingrown hairs, and exfoliates your skin, leaving you both hairless and beautifully smooth. Though not entirely painless, sugaring hurts much less than waxing, and because the mixture is applied to skin at body temperature, there’s no chance of burning. Sugaring London are Brazilian and Manzilian experts, too.
We Create LDN
A manicure is a surefire, speedy way to upgrade your look and give your confidence a boost.
With over 20 years of experience and a host of celebrity devotees, We Create LDN founder Izzy Bellamy is simply the best in the business and offers a comprehensive range of manicures, from simple and classic coloured gels to intricate nail art. There are also a range of lash and brow treatments on offer.
Radio Hair Salon
You are in good hands at Radio. Being one of London’s favourite salons, the stylists here are real experts. So take your pick from their long list of treatments and settle in for some well-deserved R & R. Keep it classic or change it up completely. Opt for some colour and choose from highlights, the purest blonde, balayage, permanent tint or a gloss colour. Or treat your hair to a deep condition with a treatment such as the Olaplex Intensive.
Soak up a bit of culture while you are at it, and enjoy Radio’s gallery space, which exhibits work from both up-and-coming and established artists across photography, painting, illustration and sculpture
Manifesto is that little more slick than your average barbershop. And let’s face it, you deserve it. Their manifesto is to cut technically and style naturally, working with your hair type rather than creating something that you can never replicate at home. Sink into one of the comfy, retro leather chairs and let the team of skilled barbers do their thing.
They are experts in all things male grooming. Opt for a hair style refresh, a beard trim or a traditional wet shave. If you feel like pulling out all the stops, book in for ‘The Dandy’, which includes a shave, haircut and massage, followed by a glass of whisky. Sounds heavenly!
Find your ideal fitness regime
King’s Cross has a brilliant selection gyms and studios offering everything, from 1:1 pilates training to disco classes. There’s even a free workout plan that repurposes our gorgeous architecture as an outdoor gym!
Head to our fitness page to find your perfect workout.
Kickstart your skin’s metabolism with this dynamic, effective and non-invasive face workout. Designed to make you look great and feel fresh. Expect a full workout of signature moves, such as knuckling, pinching, and whipping strokes to vitalise your facial muscles. Stimulate blood circulation, boost the lymphatic system, encourage collagen production, and increase cell renewal to deliver instantly visible results.
Combined with cruelty-free skincare and high-performance tools, this really is one to try. Rightly so, it’s incredibly popular so make sure to book in advance to avoid disappointment. You can also work out afterwards at home via their Digital Studio.
Stepping into the beautifully designed Aēsop shop in Coal Drops Yard is a treat in and of itself. With their playful use of colour and innovative shelving system packed with their cult products, it makes for a visual delight. And the scent of their unique combinations, such as geranium leaf and mandarin rind, wafting through the space only adds to the sense of relaxation.
Be guided by the highly knowledgeable staff and update your beauty regime with Aēsop’s skin, hair and body products, created with the finest botanical ingredients. Trying on products is encouraged, so fully immerse yourself in the experience and come out feeling pampered and smelling delicious.
Ace & Tate
Your eye can focus on 50 different objects every second, so it is important to take care of them. Book yourself in for a free eye test with Ace & Tate at their unique shop in Coal Drops Yard. And why not pick up a pair of new frames whilst you are at it?
The dutch brand designs super stylish eyewear at affordable prices. They use only the best materials and are committed to sustainability. Their glasses are timeless – round, square, bold and classic – meaning they really do look good on everyone. With prices starting at £110 including prescription, there’s really no reason not to.
Astrid & Miyu
Be bold and book in for a piercing at Astrid & Miyu. Schedule an appointment with one of their expert technicians that will take the ‘scary’ out of getting a new piercing. If you are not quite ready for such a commitment, then browse the beautiful, affordable jewellery perfect for stacking, to create a completely unique look tailored to your style.
With pretty pastel pink walls, Monstera plants and cool neon lighting, stepping into the Astrid & Miyu store is a delight from the outset. It’s a place time can really run away from you. The perfect stop off during a long afternoon of retail therapy.
Lose yourself in 800sqm of the very best in Nike products, from clothing to footwear – for men, women and kids. There really is something for everyone. Take advantage of the knowledgeable staff and receive expert advice on the best products for your running and training needs. So you can push your performance that little bit further.
Exercise is a key component when it comes to wellbeing. Not only does it lower your risk of developing many long-term (chronic) conditions, it is proven to drastically improve your mental health and mood. So head to Nike Central, grab yourself some kit and get out and about.
A beauty mecca offering over 70 brands, spanning makeup, haircare, skincare, and fragrance. Specialising in the most in-demand, highly innovative and boundary-pushing beauty brands, Space NK on King’s Boulevard is somewhere that will satisfy all your wellbeing needs. Stock up on amazing products to boost your self-care regime.
Take it to another level and check out one of their events, including masterclasses, facials and makeovers. And be sure to tap into the knowledge of the staff, ask questions and make sure all your beauty needs are being met.
Purchase a pair of spectacles that will stand the test of time, meaning that you can reduce consumption and instead repair regularly. Treat yourself to something that you will enjoy wearing day in, day out. Each pair of glasses are handmade in the traditional way, going through fifty crafted stages of production. With this attention to detail and level of craftsmanship, they make for a really special buy.
Also if your glasses ever need a bit of TLC, pop into Cubitts for a free polish and adjustment, to make sure they feel brand new again. They also come with a two-year product fault guarantee.
Sweaty Betty is one of the best activewear and lifestyle brands out there. Their whole ethos and vibe will get you moving. Check out the Sweaty Betty Foundation, which does great work in empowering women and girls from every background to get active, and stay active, for life. They also care for both your body and planet, using responsibly sourced materials and recycled bottles.
They stock bottoms, leggings, tops, outerwear, underwear, swimwear, accessories and footwear – making it your one stop shop for all your health and wellbeing needs. Their bold prints and comfy fit will definitely bring a smile to your face.
At Sacred Gold customer service is paramount and they have created an atmosphere that is friendly and relaxed. It is the ideal place to take the leap and get your first tattoo, or equally a great place to build on the ones you already have. All of the technicians are experts and will help you express yourself creatively.
They also offer piercings with Europe’s largest selection of BVLA fine jewellery for the body. So whether you opt for a tattoo or piercing, the final results will always be top quality. The shop has a real unique vibe, bursting with creativity and good tunes. What’s not to love?
Earl of East
Just smelling one of the Earl of East cult hand-poured candles will propel you into a realm of relaxation. So imagine what an afternoon browsing their lifestyle emporium in Coal Drops Yard is like. Get lost in a wonderful world of ceramics, furniture, fashion and skincare, all carefully-curated by owners, Niko Dafkos and Paul Firmin.
Leave feeling inspired and smelling great. But not before you have sampled one of their freshly brewed coffees available in-store. Also what better way to spend an afternoon of self-care, than at one of their creative workshops, which include candle-making, terrazzo tiling, terrarium building and bouquet arranging.