Wiggling through the ancient wiggly streets that lie between Spitalfields market and the City of London, I knew I was looking for a charming and quirky Georgian townhouse, dating from 1750 (that’s a long time ago) which is where the new (and stunning) Drawing Room Salon now lives… and then I found it.. and it had me at hello. Or, perhaps, this little fellow did…
As soon as I walked in I knew I loved it – it feels as though you are in someone’s home. Someone’s really AMAZING home. There are the magazines I want to read, the comfy sofas I want to lounge on, beautiful pieces of shiny wooden furniture (instead of the cold and sterile benches you might expect).. and a cocktail bar in the corner. Obvs.
The whole salon has been a real labour of love for partners James and Oskar, and they have done an amazing job. Every detail, tile, tap and and trinket has been carefully found and placed in its perfect spot.
And then it was time for me to have my hair washed and cut. Oskar Pera, who is I’m certain, the friendliest and kindest man in all of East London, is a hair wizard. But he doesn’t have a wizard’s hat. (As far as I know…)
He trained in Seville and began his sparkling and ever progressing career in Palma De Mallorca, serving Europe’s higher than high society. He saw the light in 2006 and moved to London, where he worked in many of the top Shoreditch salons. He soon began working independently for fashion labels, magazines, models and artists.. and the rest, as they say, is history.
(All the while we were chatting, Poquito was there manning reception and making clients weak in the knees. What a cutie…)
Oskar has styled for a huge number of exceptional brands, including (if you don’t like name dropping, then please avert your eyes, for I am about to drop so many names you’ll think me extremely careless) Dior, Vivienne Westwood, Kenzo, Chloé, Erdem, Fred Perry, Lacoste, JW Andersen, and Peter Pilotto.
He has also delivered creative editorial work for magazines such as Vogue, GQ, Ponystep, Volt and Dansk. Models, musicians and artists served include Florence Welch, Cara Delevigne, George Michael, Sharleen Spiteri, The Alpines, Trudie Styler, and Kate Nash… and Poppy. (Me.) I’m certain I am the highlight of his career to date.
Oskar and James were so sweet and lovely, my hair looked completely amazing and the whole experience was the perfect balance of urban, artisan and luxury.
Some good news? You’ll get 30% off your first haircut if you mention Poppy Loves! So there you go – name dropping isn’t so bad after all…
The Drawing Room Salon
41 Artillery Lane
London, E1 7LP
+44 (0)20 7247 6083