The ultimate & affordable ladies guide from day to night in London....
From day to night in London here’s how to wine, dine, pamper and sleep your way through London during a ladies weekend away…
Day: Duck and Dry
The ladies haven. With plant pots dangling from the walls, a stunning mosaic of vine leaves and a bench positioned for hair selfies – Duck and Dry have topped our beauty salon list.
Champagne is handed to you as your pampered and questioned on your preferred blow dry style by your own professional hairstylist. From tight ringlets to bouncy beach waves Duck and Dry promise to deliver.
Upon entering the gorgeous boutique style salon you’ll be sat at a dressing table with lights around your mirror looking out onto London’s Oxford Circus or Chelsea depending on your chosen salon. The Bikini Girls visited the Oxford Circus branch, the newer salon tucked away a short five minute walk from Oxford Circus tube station.
Duck and Dry wash your hair with their personalised ‘feather light’ shampoo and conditioner, before accompanying you back to the blow-dry bar to work their magic on your locks. The blow-dry takes around half an hour but the chatting and drinking with friends, followed by the photoshoot of hair selfies, can turn a short blow-dry visit into a prolonged stay – especially when the hairstylists are just as chatty as we are!
Put it this way…. You won’t be leaving looking any less than perfect!
Price point? Treatments start from as little as £12 – with the main signature blow dries sitting at £32.00. Check out their site here.
Nail bar: Nail'd it
A manicure in London is normally a no-go hey? Surely your looking at around £40 MINIMUM… Well thanks to Nail’d it it’s all changed.
You don’t even need to change salon! Situated in a floral corner of Duck and Dry the mini nail bar boast a vast array of colours and patterns for all occasions.
My nails were painted with a gorgeous pink chrome colour that lasted two weeks before needing infilling.
Price point? Super affordable – Nail’d it starts from £6.00 for a DIY treatment and there signature Nail’d it treatment which involves a shape, cuticle treatment, a cut, buff, cream, polish and oil is only £20.00 – WOW!
Night - London dining: Kurobuta Chelsea
Looking as glam as you will by now, it’s time to head into London’s night life. Kurobuta restaurant located on Chelsea’s Kings Road is the perfect go-to place for a Japanese meal with a tapas style twist.
Deni and I headed into Kurobuta at 8pm on a weekday evening where it was buzzing with atmosphere. Kurobuta takes its inspiration from Izakayas of Japan and boasts a quirky, contemporary and chilled vibe that gives you a fine dining feel but with a twist.
With vegan, gluten and dairy free menu options Kurobuta hit the marks on specialised dining despite not being renowned for them. To start we shared a plate of delicious ‘Sweet Potato and Soba-Ko Fries with Kimchee Mayo & Jalapeno Dip’ (£4.00). The fries were light, crispy and partnered perfectly with our second snack starter ‘Flamed Edamame with Sake, Lemon,and Maldon Sea Salt’ (£4.00).
Our main courses came in the form of a Sushi and a mushroom dish. Both arrived at our table with immaculate presentation. The mushroom dish, ‘Japanese Mushroom Hoba-Yaki with Gorgonzola, Pine Nuts and Lemon-Miso Dressing (£9.50), were presented beautifully on a large, brown tropical looking leaf and the sushi in seven rolls with wasabi and soy sauce dressing on the side.
The sushi starts at £8.00 and goes up to £16.00 for an extravagant fish range. The mushroom dish was served cool and had a delicious and fresh taste. The texture was smooth with an added crunch from the pine nuts and a zesty kick from the dressing.
The service in Kurobuta Chelsea was glowing, we were recommended house favourites and the waiting staff were extremely helpful when it came to our dining requirements, which I might add – are pretty difficult to cater for. So, if we can dine here anyone can!
Before we forget… You must try the vast array of cocktails they offer! We certainly tried a couple. With fruity flavours and caffeine kicks there is a cocktail choice for everyone. We asked for the restaurants favourites and would definitely recommend you to do the same as each cocktail we tasted was incredible.
Overall we thoroughly enjoyed our time at Kurobuta Chelsea and will definitely return. The price range is very affordable unlike many other restaurants in Chelsea and the food is sublime. We would definitely suggest ringing ahead first as this restaurant can definitely get busy!
Overnight - Travelodge SuperRooms
As night time creeps in don’t worry, we haven’t left you stranded – thanks to hotel chain Travelodge and their brand new SuperRooms.
Travelodge have created the perfect option for those looking to stay in London on a budget without having to sacrifice the comfortable, plush beds or minibar treats.
With easy access to London city centre with Travelodge is the perfect option for a weekend away when you’re trying to save money. We stayed in Travelodge’s Waterloo SuperRoom for one night and were shocked at how comfortable the king-size bed was. The room is decorated in calming blue, beige and white colours and boasts a large dressing table with a hairdryer meaning you can have that extra space in your suitcase after all!
Travelodge offer an incredible choice of breakfasts for those on a restricted dietIn the morning, Deni and I made a coffee in our room from the mini bar, before heading down for breakfast in the hotel. We were delighted at the free-from and vegan options including soya milk, bowls of fruit salad and vegetarian sausages as well as the typical English breakfast for those without any diet restrictions.
Price point? Super affordable (prices vary on hotel and dates booked but start from £68.00)
The SuperRooms are available at Travelodge London Waterloo, London Farringdon, London Euston and London City Road and can be booked here.