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Monday 14 October 2013

London's Beauty Pitstop: Cucumba

Whilst the rain pelted down this weekend, Middle Mouse and I knew there was only one thing for it...a nice relaxing massage to drift away to thoughts of sun, beaches and cocktails! Basically exactly what HK Mouse was up to on her long weekend off - she even sent us picture evidence just in case we didn't believe her...!

There are so many beauty salons in London that it actually makes it harder to pick, as always give a girl more than two options and you're in for some trouble! I love the super relaxing Sanctuary Spa however this definitely works more as a day out than a quick weekend pit stop; the Cowshed salons across London are once again luxury to the max however be prepared to flex that MasterCard and similarly treatments at The Berkeley Hotel are every bit as extravagant and stylish as the iconic hotel itself! It's safe to say it's not hard to find luxury beauty in London but it's tricky to find some that doesn't cost an arm and a leg!

If, like me, you aren't quite at the stage where amputation is acceptable, then check out our new urban beauty gem, Cucumba

Located on Poland Street just a few minutes walk from Oxford Circus underground, it couldn't be handier whether it be a post work stress release, a reward at the end of a very tough shopping trip or a convenient way to incorporate beauty maintenance with a girlie catch up! 

They cover everything from waxing, massages, manicures, pedicures, facials, eyebrows and even nail art, tanning and lashes! Their treatments are split into categories all based on duration, starting from £9.50 Under 10 minute 'Top-Ups', £14 10 minutes 'Quick Fixes', £23.50 20 minute 'Pitstops', £33.50 30 minute 'Cucumba', £48 45 minutes 'Deluxe' to £65 60 minute 'Supadupa'. The pricing is fantastic value for London and the fab location makes popping in a convenience rather than a labour. 

The ambience in the salon is friendly and upbeat with Ibiza chill out soundtracks humming in the background. In terms of decor we aren't talking ultimate luxury, more urban chic meets paired back simplicity. We both opted for the 30 minute back, neck and shoulder massage and left feeling fully relaxed and ready to face Oxford Circus whilst dropping that impatient, frustrated 'Londoner on a mission' approach! Be aware this only lasts the remainder of the afternoon, they aren't magicians after all!! 

12 Poland Street
+44 20 7734 2020

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