With a whole host of at-home health and beauty services now on offer, time-poor Londoners can fit everything from mani-pedis to dental appointments into their hectic schedules without leaving their front door. Time not on your side? Keep scrolling to discover the eight mobile services to bookmark now...
WHAT: GP Appointments
WITH: Push Doctor
Whether you’re a busy professional struggling to fit a GP appointment around office hours (the average waiting time is now 13 days) or a mum who finds it tricky to leave home with a poorly toddler, it’s worth remembering Push Doctor. A paid-for service that connects people to a network of more than 7,000 GPs, this new-gen surgery enables patients to book appointments (often within minutes) that take place via video link; GPs can also issue prescriptions, referrals and doctors notes.
Your first 10-minute appointment is just £5, thereafter appointments are £20 with additional costs for prescriptions; visit PushDoctor.co.uk
Having Botox at home has had a bad rap in recent years due to scores of unqualified therapists administering treatments, but mobile beauty app Ruuby is changing the face of the injectables market. While you’ll need to book the appointment with more notice than a mani-pedi, it’s worth noting that slots are available outside usual clinic hours, making Ruuby’s hot-off-the-press service ideal for time-poor professionals on the hunt for smoother, more rested complexions.
Prices for Botox start at £240 for a single area; visit Ruuby.com. SheerLuxe readers can get 15% off all Ruuby services by entering SHEERLUXE17 at checkout.
WHAT: Vitamin IV Drips
WITH: Nosh Detox
From boosting the immune system to tackling a hangover and fighting jet lag, it’s no wonder the popularity of IV drips is soaring. Created to replenish, rehydrate and re-energise, these potent cocktails of vitamins and minerals really do make a difference. While vitamin IV clinics in the capital are few and far between, fortunately Nosh Detox has you covered. Available on Ruuby, a Nosh expert can be at your front door in as little as a few hours – if you’ve typically steered clear of IV drips for a fear of needles then worry not, having a drip in the privacy of your own home is discreet, only takes around 45 minutes, and you can rest assured you’re in good hands.
Prices start at £217; visit NoshDetox.com
WHAT: Hygienist Appointments
WITH: The Sparkle Fairy
One of London’s best kept secrets, Jo Kennedy – aka the Sparkle Fairy – is the very first of her kind. With 14 years of experience, her mobile dentistry service is available from dawn to dusk and takes the hassle out of dental hygiene, especially when it comes to little ones. Services include routine hygienist check-ups as well as teeth whitening,
Prices from £70, or from £50 for children under 16; visit TheSparkleFairy.co.uk
WHAT: PT Sessions
With recent studies suggesting working out with someone else is better for your mental health than going it alone, there’s never been a better time to enlist the help of a PT. Whether you find the gym intimidating or are stuck in a fitness rut, download the TruBe app, specify what kind of training you want to do – from yoga to boxing and HIIT – and a qualified PT will be at your door before you’ve even done up your trainers. Whether you’d like a workout in your garden, living room or local park is up to you. There’s also the option to split the session with a friend.
Prices for a single session cost £50 but are cheaper if you buy packages in bulk; visit TruBeApp.com
WHAT: Health MOTs
WITH: Thriva Blood Tests
Whether you’re concerned with your cholesterol or worried about vitamin D levels, Thriva is one to keep on your radar. While at-home blood tests may seem scary, this simple finger-prick kit is painless and results are fully reviewed by a GP in just a few days. As well as one-off tests, there’s also the option to subscribe for multiple kits, making it easy to track your changes over time and prevent problems before they occur. Basic kits test levels of cholesterol and liver function, while more advanced options can detect B12, folate, vitamin D and iron deficiencies as well diabetes.
Prices start from £24; visit Thriva.co
WHAT: Smear Tests
If you’re one of the millions of British women that failed to attend their smear test last year, consider GynaeHealth. By testing for the HPV virus – the presence of which can lead to the development of cancerous cells (99.7% of cervical cancers are caused by HPV) – this game-changing at-home test could save lives. Up to 25% more sensitive than a smear test, and done yourself from the comfort of home, this simple swab takes just five minutes. If HPV is present, you’ll need to pop to your GP, but nine out of ten women receive the all-clear, meaning routine smear tests could be a thing of the past.
The GynaeCheck Home Test kit costs £95; visit GynaeHealthUK.com
WHAT: Luxe Massages
WITH: Aromatherapy Associates with Perfect 10
No roundup of mobile beauty services would be complete without the mention of Perfect 10 – they’re the best in town and can be trusted for everything from lashes to spray tanning. Recently added to their roster is a range of Aromatherapy Associates treatments – notably the 90-minute Intensive Muscle Release, which will leave you significantly more limber and at least one inch taller. An at-home massage may not sound relaxing, but trust us, when the Perfect 10 pros have had their way, you’ll be grateful you can just stumble to bed.
A 90-minute Intensive Muscle Release Massage with Perfect 10 costs £120; visit Perfect10MobileBeauty.co.uk