Whether you’re looking for a straight forward ear piercing in London or something a little more alternative, the capital is filled with plenty of places to indulge your body art habit.
Though areas like Camden are famous for their vast strip of tattoo and piercing parlours, there are great places to visit all over London. Check out our hand-picked selections below.
Chioko, Camden – Considered one of the best piercing parlours in London, this long-running outlet offers all types of body piercing, from the standard ear piercing to the more intimate areas, as well as extreme body modifications.
7/9 Ferdinand Street, London, NW1 8ES. Open 10am-10pm Monday to Sunday.
Shiva, Greenwich – Perhaps more on the hippy side, this South London studio has a relaxed ethos, allowing walk-in piercings with no need to book. You can expect reasonable prices too, with ear piercing starting at just £7.50.
330-332 Creek Road, London, SE10 9SW. Open 10am-6pm Monday to Sunday.
Into You, Clerkenwell – Based in an office block in the City, this hip tattoo and piercing parlour has held its own since 1993, counting Alexander McQueen and Britney Spears amongst past clientèle. Perfect for the city worker who has a passion for piercing on the side.
144 St John St, London, EC1V 4UA. Open 12-7pm Monday to Saturday.
Jolie Rouge, Caledonian Road – As well as amazing tattoos, this studio also provides piercing services of all kinds for North Londoners. Despite looking a bit grungy on the outside, this store’s interior is crisp, contemporary and cool.
364 Caledonian Road, London, N1 1DU. Open 12-7pm Monday to Saturday.
Cold Steel, Camden – If you’ve ever been to Camden you won’t have missed this parlour – it’s famed for its huge shop front, decorated with oversized metal rings. One of the longest standing piercing go-tos in London, Cold Steel offers a wide array of services with a mix of body jewellery for you to choose from.
238 Camden High Street, London, NW1 8QS. Open 11am-7pm Monday to Sunday.
Harrods, Knightsbridge – Who knew the luxury London department store offered ear piercing? The store’s Urban Retreat Spa accepts customers aged ten and above, using only the best 18-karat gold or titanium studs. As a result, it’s quite pricey at £50 a go, but includes a follow-up consultation.
87-135 Brompton Road, London, SW1X 7XL. Open 10am-8pm Monday to Saturday, 11.30am-6pm on Sundays.
Extreme Needle, Covent Garden – The name says it all with this one; expect to find everything from your standard facial piercing to microdermal implants at this central London studio. Nestled in the heart of tourist-filled Leicester Square, it’s easy to find once you’ve exited the tube.
36 St Martins Court, London, WC2N 4AL. Open 12.30-8pm Monday to Sunday.
Portobello Piercing, Notting Hill – Established in 1989, this parlour has an experienced and dedicated team on hand for all types of piercings. You’ll find it right in the heart of West London’s Portobello Road market, with a bit of retro rockabilly vibe inside.
261 Portobello Road, London, W11 1LR. Open 10-6pm Monday to Friday, 10am-6.30pm Saturdays and 10.30am to 5.30pm Sundays.
Fifth Dimension, Shoreditch – This ethical parlour prides itself on being 100 percent vegan, only using cleaning and after care products free from animal additives. Despite being relatively new to the scene having launched in 2012, Fifth Dimension is already gaining loyal customers thanks to its chilled out and creative atmosphere.
16 Bacon Street, London, E1 6LF. Open 11am-7pm Wednesday to Saturday, 1pm-7pm Sundays.
Forevermore Tattoo Parlour, Shepherd’s Bush – From the outside, this parlour is seemingly just a door nestled within Shepherd’s Bush busy shopping strip, but inside you’ll find a fun retro interior with comfortable private rooms. Facial piercing is this West London studio’s speciality, offering any type of service you can imagine.
166B Uxbridge Road, London, W12 8AA. Open 11am-7pm Monday to Saturday.