I was rather apprehensive about coming here after my bad experience with other outlets of this chain but the visit was a very positive surprise.
It's friendly, clean, well equipped.
They currently have "Monday madness" running each Monday: Half price tanning on all single sessions.
Express pedicure. I envisioned a bit of sloughing, a bit of scrubbing, a bit of filing, a bit of polishing, a bit of drying, and I'd be on my way! Hey, when you're in The City, you need things done FAST. When me and my colleague noticed the sign for Urbanbeach down the road from our office advertising express pedicures, we jumped at the chance to pamper ourselves on our lunch break.
First of all, this is not your typical nail salon. Mostly because there are no pedicure seats and only one manicure station. We got our pedicures in separate rooms that looked more suited for a wax or a facial. Yes, we had to sit on those movable lounger seats.
The usual polite chitchat went on while my beautician filed and polished away (apart from a quick lotion application, that was IT). Probably 20 minutes total. But then we were both told to wait in the reception for our nails to dry for at least 20 minutes. ANOTHER 20 MINUTES?? Nothing express about that! There were no nail dryers, no fun flip flops to wear on the journey home. From my vantage point, Urbanbeach seemed to have an upscale client base... what gives?
My beautician came back to check on me after 20 minutes by FURIOUSLY rubbing her thumb into my big toenail, which clearly smudged the polish. I maintain that it was probably dry enough to go, but she just ruined it with her thumbrape of my toe. So, she got down on hands and knees, ON THE FLOOR OF THE RECEPTION, wiped the polish off and started again. Luckily, my friend was sitting next to me, so that I could sigh and roll my eyes with her. Otherwise, all that frustration would have come out in a much less dignified (read: british) way. Unhygenic and completely avoidable!
If we didn't have to get back to work, I might have stayed sitting there, reading trashy mags and enjoying my (sort of) pampering. Instead, I had to slip and slide the short walk back to the office in what can only be described as packing foam sandals. I am still wearing them as I type this.
Oh yeah, and it cost me £26. Needless to say, I won't be returning.
Have been here twice, not long after it opened (a little while ago now) once for eyelash tint and then a manicure. Eyelash tint was superb, best I've ever had and can't recommend it enough.
Manicure?! Well, an encounter with a stroppy manicurist who hacked my cuticles and was generally peeved off meant that I vowed never to go back. My nails broke within 24hrs as the manicurist had filed the sides with the wrong file and I had snags upon closer inspection when I got home.
It's easy to find, clean and the receptionist was super friendly and helpful. I would consider going back if I couldn't get into my usual salon.
I visited this salon in April and was treated extremely rude by the pregnant blonde manager, I left a review about that because I was so shocked that business get away with that kind of behaviour towards their client who PAY for services. Then I went back in May to give it another go as they had a great offer on everything. The facial was perfect and the beauticians are always lovely and very nice. Once at the till and the manager put through my name she saw who I was and that it was the name that left the bad review about her, she left the counter as I was standing there ready to pay. So a brunette puts through my payment and tells me she needs to have a word with me outside ( you know like when you are naughty at school)just for her to tell me I was extremely mean and vicious to post a review like that about her colleagues and that day her colleague heard terrible news and I shouldn't have posted a review about staff but about the business and if I don't remove it I will be prosecuted LOLI was so shocked I just looked at her then said my lunch break is over and I have to go. Thinking about their audacity and unprofessionalism I posted another review to mention they need to deal with rudeness and the bad reviews will stop. I guess they had to delete both of my reviews now..I'll just copy paste this message and post it everyday :) City girls, if you need a wax or anything else please go to St Pauls shopping centre, you can get everything done there and you will be treated with respect!
Urban beach specialises in all aspects of Beauty and Tanning including-
All aspects of Waxing - Brazilians and hollywoods including Hot wax.
Dermalogica prescriptive facials.
Manicures and pedicures including OPI gel 2 week manicure.
Eyelash and brow tinting.
Lets go noveau lashes.
Shrinking violet body wrap.
UV tanning both stand up and Sunangel laydowns.
Mens manicures/ pedicures.
Established in 2009.
Urbanbeach is the second salon opened after our first branch at Canary Wharf, Jubilee place opened in 2007.
Laura is our manager at Urban beach Cannon St. She has worked here for 5 years.As well as manager she is our Senior Therapist and specialises in all aspects of beauty.
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