With the likes of Victoria Beckham, Bella Hadid and Sienna Miller all sporting multiple earrings, piercings have swiftly gone from teen rite of passage to a symbol of understated cool. But a sophisticated ear curations demands an equally sophisticated piercing studio. Thankfully, a new crop of piercing salons are offering a safe and stylish location where you can design a thoughtful curation of earrings that expresses your personal style. Here, discover the most best ear piercing salons in London to visit next.
If ever there was a time to commit to a more decorated ear, it’s now. Extensive earring curation has increasingly become a staple of London’s fashion crowd, such as Adwoa Aboah, Cara Delevingne and more. A far cry from the ear piercings of our youth, today’s multiple piercing devotees are opting for ears dotted with studs, mini hoops, chains and a sprinkling of sparkle, creating an effortlessly cool style.
Whatever ear curation aesthetic you’re after, it’s important to choose a piercing studio that both prioritises hygiene and safety and offers a selection of earrings that live up to your stylish standards. Today’s Londoners no longer have to visit dingy basements in Soho to get their piercings, but instead can opt to visit elegant salons across the city, where expert stylists can help you design your piercing selection and deliver a safe and minimally painful piercing experience. With earrings ranging from playful studs to diamond-dotted hoops, these are the studios that can help you achieve your piercing dreams without having to sacrifice your quality standards.
Fine jewellery designer Maria Tash is an icon of the piercing movement, with celebrity clients ranging from Rihanna to Dua Lipa. Her two London boutiques in Liberty and Harrods are an homage to her vision of fine body art, captured within a collection of delicate, wearable silhouettes that set the studio apart. Eye-catching designs range from twinkling pave diamonds rings to small hoops with a halo of 11 Akoya pearls to simple opal studs. The studio has also curated collections focused on particular styles or needs, including a Bridal selection that offers elegant, diamond-encrusted rings and studs inspired by engagement rings.
Miniature sapphires and interstellar diamond bursts offer up an Aladdin’s Cave of wonders at Lark & Berry best known for their lab grown diamonds. The sustainable jewellery brand launched a piercing studio at its flagship Marylebone store in 2019, underpinned by its ethos of “cool jewels with a conscience”. Its capsule collection of 14-karat gold studs and hoops are set with cultured gemstones, for minimal environmental impact. To mark their reopening, the piercing studio is offering three new packages. The Nova includes a piercing for one, plus complimentary refreshments and aftercare package while the Sparkly Duo, gives the same experience for you and friend, plus 10% off. Finally, the Diamond Trio experience offers 10% off the total cost when you and two friends each get one or more piercings, as well as a personalised ear curation styling, refreshments, aftercare package and one complimentary fragrance for you.
52a George Street, Marylebone, W1, larkandberry.co.uk
Copenhagen-born, Danish-Irish jewellery designer Maria Black had already built a reputation for creating designs coveted by the fashion set when she opened her shop and piercing studio on the third floor of Selfridges in 2019. Offering a mix of dainty, stackable pieces and statement designs, the Maria Black studio exclusively uses 14K yellow and white gold antibacterial, nickel-free and hypoallergenic piercing jewellery to ensure optimal results. Driven by a mission to encourage individuals to express their individuality in fresh and creative ways, the Maria Black team is on hand to consult on size, placement and style to ensure you walk away feeling more confident and more stylish.
Selfridges, 3rd floor in the Designer Studio, 400 Oxford Street, W1A 1AB, maria-black.com
Situated in Coal Drops Yard in King’s Cross, Sacred Gold is the brainchild of Joao Bosco and Guy Saar, founders of the Love Hate Social Club. Their stylish identity is imprinted on this ornate studio dedicated to the art of ear jewellery curation. Here you’ll find Europe’s largest selection of BVLA – the LA-based manufacturer of fine body jewellery – along with a roster of experienced piercing artists. The studio prides itself on its focus on unique custom designs, a wide assortment of styles and the occasional visit from some very impressive piercing artists.
Stable Street, Kings Cross, N1, coaldropsyard.com
Nestled among the stylish shops on Covent Garden’s revamped Floral Street, The Alkemistry is a relative newcomer to the London piercing scene with a beautifully minimalist and serene space. With a bohemian aesthetic, the salon offers a selection of delicate, experimental earrings made from the finest gems and metals, including a 14ct rose gold small diamond baguette stud and a triangle of diamonds set in 14c gold. But the real gem here is the experience — opt for the Zen Package to enjoy a calming drink before moving into the vintage chair for your piercing, or go for the Transformation Package to get some real style expertise and enjoy an hour-long piercing curation consultation.
22 Floral Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 9DS, thealkemistry.com
One of Britain’s most loved jewellers has now opened a piercing studio in the heart of Chelsea. Tucked in Duke of York Square off King’s Road, the expert piercers offer up to 3 piercings per appointment — upper lobe, lower lobe, higher lobe or helix all in one ear or split between both — in just 20 minutes. The selection of piercing earrings to choose from all reflect Monica Vinader’s chic, sophisticated style, and are available in gold or silver which, since April 2020, has been entirely made from recycled silver. Opt for simple gold studs with a simple gem such as natural green onyx or add a touch of sparkle with ethically sourced diamonds.
70-72 Duke of York Square, Chelsea, SW3 4LY
The London-based jewellery brand was founded by childhood friends Tansy Aspinall and Victoria van Holthe, who’ve created pieces that combine Scandinavian design principles with a playful spirit. After hosting a number of piercing pop-ups over the years, the team have now paired up with Ruuby, London’s first digital beauty concierge, to offer a bespoke at-home piercing service. Opt for a lobe or cartilage piercing, or invite a few friends over to make it a piercing party, and book a time slot for a piercing specialist to come to you with a curated selection of Tada & Toy studs, all of which are made from titanium and plated in silver or gold.
For those who still want a little rock’n’roll edge to their ear piercing style, this Notting Hill spot is a perfect choice. This luxury piercing salon just off Portobello Road has achieved cult status thanks to its covetable showcase of diamond, ruby and moonstone clusters. The collections are a candy store dream of piercing inspiration, from yellow gold lightning rods to mercury mystic topaz rosettes, with most pieces handmade in Los Angeles. The five resident piercing artists bring years of expertise to bear in crafting the perfect curated ear, and there’s also a tattoo studio in case you’re tempted to get inked, too.
5 Blenheim Crescent, Notting Hill, W11