For the consummate multi-tasker whose idea of heaven is writing up a proposal whilst sipping a latte and having a blow dry simultaneously in the space of an hour, then welcome to paradise- SW1 Salon and Café in the heart of Hyde Park.
The concept is somewhat unique- it’s a space where you can have a sandwich lunch and a haircut – with top-notch products all round. SW1 is a rather fabulous swish London postal code area comprising The House of Commons, Buckingham Palace and Sloan Square- so the theme runs throughout.
And what of its creator? Well, the master stylist, Shallina Kurmaly, trained and graduated at the prestigious Vidal Sassoon academy in London and was motivated to use the high-end Chelsea and Westminster postal address for the name of the salon- SW1. Shallina has 30 years experience, working in the fashion hub of London and attending to celebrities and models as well as mere mortals- her credentials are staggering and her consultations stretch from hair care for all types of hair to styling. Fabulous.
Lunchwise, the menu draws inspiration from wholesome, seasonal ingredients, offering a range of gourmet rye bread sandwiches with delectable salmon, chicken, ham, cheese and veggie fillings, or for the leaf-lovers, some truly gorgeous salad offerings with clever names like Kensington- Norwegian Salmon, Piccadilly- roasted chicken, and Hyde Park- a vegetarian’s dream.
Coffee can be contentious in this city, so only the best is served- Origin coffee – whose beans are sourced ethically and roasted accordingly. Flavoured coffees, like Double Caramel Latte, as well as teas, Chais and hot chocolates are also available.
So in line with fresh ingredients for your sustenance, the salon products are natural and organic, free of parabens, improving not only your “look” but the world at large. The significant brand is Davines, a family-owned, international brand distributed in 70 countries and guided by its core principle, sustainable beauty. These products are not only safe because of the use of natural ingredients, but they are also highly effective due to the cutting-edge cosmetic technology used in their creation.
The authenticity of the products is reflected in the charming décor of the salon, with its teal and bronze accents and natural wood fittings. The work station at the back provides internet and a calm ambiance to get your work done efficiently.
So, if you are hungry, need your roots done, must reply to a hundred and one emails and have a desire to lessen your carbon footprint, head off to SW1- ‘cause what’s not to love?