A Place to Heal
118B Holland Park Ave., Holland Park
Nestled on a green corner of Holland Park, A Place to Heal is exactly that. Run by psychoanalyst, wild woman, and healer extraordinaire Fiona Arrigo, the space is centered around reviving the concept of the tribe. Weekly workshops, red tents, transformational breath, counseling, and more all happen in the cozy, stylish confines of the living room—replete with velvet sofas to curl up on, soft throws to wrap up in, and plenty of greenery to soothe. It’s a place where visitors feel held, maybe even understood. Arrigo is a huge proponent of sitting in a circle sharing the highs and the lows, of reconnecting with the divine feminine and rooting back to the earth. Whether you stop by to fall into the velvet sofas for a moment of stillness, join a tea ceremony, or immerse yourself in a meditation workshop with one of Arrigo’s roster of experts, you’ll leave feeling nurtured, safe, and part of a like-minded tribe. Arrigo also runs a series of restorative retreats in the heart of the Somerset countryside.
119B Portland Rd., Holland Park
Joanne Evans’s Skin Matters is down a flight of stairs on pretty, Holland Park street. The treatment beds emit infrared light, the neutral-tone rooms and relaxation area encourage deep calm, and the facials are skin-changing. Evans has been tending faces for over two decades, and her specialty is problematic and eczema-afflicted skin. She has a beautifully light touch and uses incredible active formulas, along with collagen-supporting microneedling.
6 Lansdowne Mews, Holland Park
Josh Wood is definitely one of the best salons in London. On any given day, you'll run into London's editors, celebrities, PR ladies, and people in the know. They all flock here because the haircuts are amazing and the stylists, who are cool (not too cool) and friendly, work with the biggest names out there. You are guaranteed to be pleased with your cut or color.
Summerill & Bishop
100 Portland Rd., Holland Park
Born out of a friendship between June Summerill and the late Bernadette Bishop, their store is one of Holland Park's hidden gems, worth venturing a few minutes out of Notting Hill to visit. With an eye for hand-crafted home goods - June & Bernadette forged relationships with many international ceramicists, textile artists and glassblowers - and merchandise their goods in their own style. The best hand painted tablecloths, in an array of patterns all designed in their in house studio, handblown glassware, plus essential kitchenware round out the offerings. This is a dreamy, beautiful store that is 24 years strong. They've also recently opened a second store in Belgravia at 58 Elizabeth Street, and sell internationally through their website summerillandbishop.com
Cowshed Holland Park
119 Portland Rd., Holland Park
We love Cowshed for its minimalist yet cozy vibe and deeply therapeutic treatments that always deliver. The Holland Park location, which has an organic café, is probably our favorite. The Signature Facial is intensely skin-clearing and includes steaming, exfoliation, extractions, and a killer scalp massage. Pro tip: Supercharge it with a 15-minute cryofacial add on, in which your face is whooshed with chilled air to smooth, detoxify, and energize skin.