It was my mum’s birthday this week and in the run up to the day I was racking my brains to find something affordable for her to enjoy. She’s not really one for birthdays but you’ve got to treat the Madre. Considering the final year pressure I am under and the everyday stresses my mum is under, I thought some kind of pampering was due for the both of us.
Looking for something close to home, but also luxurious and relaxing, I came across Smooth You Town Spa located in the heart of Dalston Junction. Funnily enough it was a place I had found a year ago, on an internet hunt for something to do for my 20th. Despite having put down a deposit, I never managed to finalise the plans.
As I looked through their website again I was impressed by the clean, sleek and easy navigation of the site. Considering, I already had a £20 deposit which was valid for a year, it was the perfect time for me to use it. With a Mother’s Day offer available for the month, I negotiated on the phone to upscale the offer from express to luxury treatments for both of us.
We arrived a little late (my fault, guilty as charged), but they were very understanding. We had a beautiful luxury manicure including a massage (it was meant to include a hand mask, but we were running behind time); nonetheless it was beautiful.
Following the manicure we had our pedicures with new technicians. The pedicures included all the nail perks (you know cuticle clean up, buffing, the usual), a foot mask, foot scrub and foot massage.
Literally LUSH. Deluxe. I was ready to take a nap and float in the clouds. All my inhibitions, worries, vanished, just like that.
The technicians were so attentive, calming and friendly. We even had a bit of banter. From taking our coats when we entered, offering beverages, simply moving our bags when moving from one chair to another, and putting on our coats on our departure, the service was exquisite.
Customer service, is such a simple skill, but yet so many companies fall at this necessity. Aswell as the atmosphere, customers pay for the service and attention to detail. Smooth You have this down to the T.
Following our treatments, we headed to Rudies, a caribbean spot in Dalston that I saw a number of good reviews for. It is not a flashy place per say, it does have a slightly rustic aura expressed through the decor and furniture. The customer service is rather relaxed (not bad), just chilled. I sipped on the ‘Jerk it Up’ cocktail (£6 during happy hour);
sweet and tantalising to my taste buds
With a beautiful balance between the generous serving of alcohol and sweetness of the orange, I would highly recommend it!
I had the Jerk Lamb Rump with Rice and Peas – so original I know! Even more original, my mum had the Jerk Chicken with Rice and Peas. Being the indulgent individuals we are, we got a portion of sweet potato fries to share. My lamb was well done (as always); and was gorgeous; perfectly cooked, with a medium heat of spice. There was a jerk sauce served alongside the meal, it was too sharp for my taste buds; a bit of an overkill on the seasoning of the meat in my opinion, but my mum liked it.
All in all, it’s a nice spot to go to with friends or family for a chilled out meal or a drink. It is by no means fancy dining, so do not turn up in Louboutin heels, but it’s a great alternative (slightly pricier, but worth it) to your cheeky Nandos.
So if you are struggling to find a mother’s day gift or looking for somewhere different and affordable to try out, check both spots out (details with site links below).
If you have any other suggestions, please share!
Until next time x
Location: By Dalston Junction
Offers: Mothers Day 2 Express Manicures and Pedicures £99 (saving you £41)
Location: Dalston (next to Nandos)
Delivery option: Uber Eats or Deliveroo