Whether you are a first timer or an old timer, in the market for a full Japanese bodysuit or something slightly subtler, our guide to the best London tattoo studios and parlours will have you covered (literally!). Home to some of the world’s top tattoo artists, including Valerie Vargas, Mo Coppoletta and Xam to name just a few, there has never been more choice when it comes to getting inked in London.
Frith Street Tattoo
Situated slap bang in the heart of Soho since opening its doors back in 2004, Frith Street Tattoo has fast become one of London’s premier tattoo shops. With a reputation for high quality custom tattoos and a world-class lineup of artists including Valerie Vargas, Stewart Robson and Pure Love front man Frank Carter, FST has an ever-growing customer base, including regulars who come back for more fantastic work.
Artists: Valerie Vargas, Stewart Robson, Jordan Teear, Frank Carter, Stefano.C, Emiliano, plus regular guest artists.
Address: 18 Frith Street, Soho, London, W1D 4RQ
The Family Business
Mo Coppoletta’s The Family Business Tattoo Parlour has grown from strength to strength since its inception in 2003. Situated in Exmouth Market, the studio itself is inspired by Mo’s Italian roots. The style doesn’t end with the interior decoration – this studio is steeped in tattoo talent renowned for both creativity and individuality. The Family Business also has a strong presence on the international scene, attracting some of the best artists from across the world.
Artists: Mo Coppoletta, Dom Holmes, Andrea Giulimondi, Gianluca Fusco, Dalmiro, plus regular guest artists
Address: 58 Exmouth Market, London, EC1R 4QE
New Wave Tattoo
New Wave Tattoo is one of London’s most established tattoo studios and is home to tattooing legend Lal Hardy. Lal opened New Wave back in 1979, tattooing punk imagery onto the disaffected youth around town. The shop can be found in the leafy North London suburb Muswell Hill and offers every style of tattooing on the scene today, with a host of footballers and celebrities attending to get inked.
Artists: Lal Hardy, Adrian Cipollone, Ryan Evans, Claire plus regular guest artists
Address: 157, Sydney Road, Muswell Hill, London, N1O 2NL
Sheltered in the heart of Shoreditch, Good Times boasts a spectacular stable of artists including Nickole Lowe (of London Ink), Nick Horn and Piotrek Taton. The new studio space has character and style, with beautiful curiosities adorning the walls creating an individual but more importantly friendly and relaxed atmosphere. With the likes of Kate Moss and Boy George on its list of clientele, the Good Times waiting list is reassuringly significant.
Artists: Nikole Lowe, Piotrek Taton, Nick Horn, Miles Monaghan, Danny Boy plus regular guest artists.
Address: 147 Curtain Road, Shoreditch,EC2A 3QE
Seven Doors Tattoo
One of the newest tattoo studios in London, having opened its doors in early 2014, Seven Doors Tattoo has attracted a lineup of artists to rival the longer established shops. A 5-minute walk from Liverpool Street Station, the shop boasts Xam, Jondix, Andrea Furci and Claudia de Sabe on the list of shop artists – you really will be spoilt for choice.
Artists: Jondix, Deno, Claudia de Sabe, Xam, Teide, Dani Queipo, Adrea Furci, Marco Serio plus regular guest artists.
Address: 55 Fashion Street, London, E1 6PX