Always On Time

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Occupying two floors on Poland Street in the heart of SOHO and just moments away from one of my favourite social clubs Milk & Honey is the no-frills beauty salon Cucumba.

Established in 2005, Cucumba were the first salon in London to sell beauty treatments by time. And as time is of the essence and with no grooming time booked, I was delighted when the award winning beauty crew checked me into the fast lane.

To be quite honest with you, I really can’t believe that it had taken me this long to visit  The Urban PitStop Cucumba. I’ve strutted down Poland Street so many times before but have never turned on my heel and walked in. With a red carpet event rapidly approaching I needed to get red carpet ready in a jiffy and Cucumba didn’t disappoint.

My therapist Teeja looked after my feet first and delicately immersed my tired feet into a warm and comforting foot-spa. She then goes to work fast turning my worn out gladiator feet into a stylish pair with toe cleavage to die for. We decide on the natural nail colour Mademoiselle by Essie a celebrity must-have and compliments my skin tone.

A favourite amongst many celebrities and preferred gel manicure product amongst the a-list is Artistic Nail  Colour Gloss Soak Off Gel Colour. There is no nail-soaking  involved in the treatment and nails are buffed and shaped.  Still focusing on the nude trend I opt for the colour FOREVER  that will last up to two weeks. Perfectionist Teeja evenly  paints each nail and I place each hand (one at a time) into the Artistic LED PRO 30 lamp that accurately cures the gel to smooth and sleek perfection.

Looking as ‘Cool as a Cucumba’ and with both eyes fixed on the clock I was happy to see that we had crossed the finish line.Screen Shot 2015-09-17 at 20.34.24

Whispering to Teeja I ask, what goes on downstairs? Smiling back she says, “Our long-haul treatments such as waxing, massage and Dermalogica facials. We also run activity pampering events that include make-over beauty workshops and sometimes pole dancing”.

Mmm pole dancing with a little help from Lady Marmalade now that sounds good to me!

Cucumba PitStop Express Pedicure is priced at £23.50 and Deluxe Manicure Gel Polish treatment is £48.00 – To find out more on the Activity Pampering Events and Beauty Workshops visit or call Tel:+44 (0)20 7734 2020

Pop into The Urban PitStop Cucumba on 12 Poland Street, W1F 8QB