Nails at The Painted Lady Launch

The words ‘nail bar’ and ‘east London’ conjure up connotations that are very distinctive to me.

Being a Hackney resident, these words mean Mare Street shops  littered with rows of stools where customers get their nails well and truly primed with toxic industrial adhesives to create synthetic claws. And when it comes to nail extensions, there is no such thing as too long – Hackney’s residents sit row upon row getting their talons weighed down by the plastic equivalent of the crown jewels.

Further south, Nails at The Painted Lady in Shoreditch, on the other hand, is a nail bar with a difference. Using the basement of a vintage hair salon, its kitsch interior consists of all the chintz one could muster, with the finest selection of taxidermy. Little trinkets and retro furniture kit out the shop, and there isn’t a trashy fake nail in sight.

The venue officially opened last week with a launch party that treated guests to Drambuie cocktails, pizza and party nibbles while offering makeovers and nail treatments to a soundtrack of retro covers. There was even the chance to have your feet  feasted on by a tankful of garra rufa fish – shipped in especially for the occasion.

The Painted Lady’s 1950s-attired staff ensured all of the guests felt extremely welcome, and the cute shop was rammed to the rafters with those desperate for a nail makeover. So much so that some had to be invited back at a later date as time simply ran out.

We never wanted to leave, but after a delightful evening those lovely Painted Lady people sent us on our way through the cold Shoreditch streets armed with goody bags packed full of healthy snacks, cosmetics and treats. With service like that, it won’t be long until we’re back.

Nails at The Painted Lady
65 Redchurch Street
E2 7DJ

Tel: 020 7729 2154

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