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+44 20 7776 9766
+44 20 7776 9767

About Us

The London School of Beauty & Make-up was established in 1995 and moved to its current location in 2012. The school became part of the Urban Retreat group of companies in the same year and is devoted exclusively to make-up and beauty therapy education. The school is one of the UK’s largest private educational providers in this sector.

In January 2016, the school incorporated sister company; Urban Retreat to emphasise the link between the salon at Harrods and the school. This link will improve the already high standard of education and will position the school at the forefront of the Beauty Education industry.

With over 45 beauty and make-up courses available, The London School of Beauty & Make-up incorporating the Urban Retreat Academy provides an exceptional level of education, coupled with a real life salon and spa experience. Located in the cosmopolitan, cultural and vibrant city of London, LSBM offers internationally renowned courses by industry leading lecturers and expert guest freelancers.

The school benefits from an onsite commercial salon, spa and IPL medi-suite. With 9 individual, private treatments rooms where clients can book a treatment with a professional or student therapist. Clients can expect the exceptional standards of client care and attention to detail that are expected at Urban Retreat, Harrods.

Why not come and visit us at the school? Please click here to find out when our next open day is. We look forward to meeting you.

We are based on Long Lane, in Barbican, London

We are based in Long Lane, Barbican, London

Luxury Professional & Student Basement Spa

Luxury Professional & Student Basement Spa

Professional Nail Bar

Professional Nail Bar


The London School of Beauty & Make-up, Salon & Spa
18-19 Long Lane



Telephone: 020 7776 9766 (from overseas dial: +44 20 7776 9766) | Course Enquiries: info@beauty-school.co.uk

Salon Booking Line: 020 7776 9767 (from overseas dial: +44 20 7776 9767) | Lifestyle Salon & Spa: salon@beauty-school.co.uk

Media | PR | Communications & Events Management Enquiries: 020 7776 9766 | Email: hayley@beauty-school.co.uk


Our Mission

To deliver industry ready graduates through high quality, relevant, beauty & make-up education.


Key Facts

  • Central London location
  • In-house Student Salon & Spa provide essential practical experience with clients
  • Prestigious international reputation with world-class qualifications
  • An independent school partnered with leading brands and industry experts
  • UK’s top tutors
  • Hands on experience at London Fashion Week with our Events Team
  • Leading freelance make-up artist guest lecturers
  • Close connections within the beauty industry, brands and beauty leaders
  • Automatic membership of the Artistry Network for make-up artists
  • Sister company to Urban Retreat at Harrods
  • LSBM Events Team attending the best of London’s fashion and beauty events
  • Over 1000 students per annum
  • Guaranteed employment opportunities
  • Students from across the globe
  • Business support
  • UK Border Agency Highly Trusted Status and Tier 4 Sponsor Status
  • IPL Medi-Suite Exclusive
  • LSBM Graduate Student Alumni
  • CPD courses
  • Post Graduate Master Classes


Professional Make-up Artist Courses

We offer courses by international working make-up artists, for those who wish to make a professional career in the world of high fashion and beauty make-up artistry. Courses range from basic to creative and photographic, TV, catwalk and film and are taught in our state of the art make-up studios, following an intensive and comprehensive curriculum, with emphasis on practical sessions and ‘hands on’ experience.


Beauty Therapy Courses

We offer internationally renowned beauty courses which are designed to provide as much practical experience as possible so that students can the reach the very high standard required by the school. Students gain hands-on practical experience on paying clients in our onsite commercial salon and spa, using the latest products. Every student who graduates from the school is industry ready, and our graduates are highly sought after in the industry.


Lifestyle Student Salon & SPA

We have a fully operational beauty salon, spa and retail area, where students perform supervised treatments on paying clients, as a vital part of their formal education.


Events Team

Our highly sought after Events Team have gained invaluable experience working at exclusive venues such as London Fashion Week, Central Saint Martins University of Arts, Sky TV, The Dorchester Hotel and the BBC.  Some of the events we have supported have included Children In Need, Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital Snow Ball, 118 118 Beauty Card Promotion, Central Saint Martins The White Show, Fashion for the Brave, Elite Model Management, Men’s and Women’s Fashion Weeks at the BFC Showspace, Miss Teen Queen UK, The One Show, Barts and London Charity, fashion design launches and numerous TV/Film and Music Production Videos.


Intensive 2-day and home study courses

The Open Beauty Learning programs are designed for those who are unable to attend full or part-time further education or fit into a rigid pre-set timetable. Click here to learn more about our open learning courses for make-up.


One-2-One make-up tuition tailored to your needs

Imagine being able to talk to an expert about your bespoke skin care and make-up needs. This is your time with your own personal Make-up Artist who will discuss your individual requirements. The artist will then guide you through a step by step look using the latest products and brands. For more information, please click here.


Recruitment and job opportunities

The school is the first point of call for all Urban Retreat Salon recruitment needs and we also offer excellent career opportunities through our close connections within the industry and our Student Alumni Membership. Graduates have worked; on cruise ships, in luxury spas, health clubs, prestigious stores, hotels and as freelancers.



We are one of the first schools to offer an NVQ industry recognised qualification in laser hair removal and IPL skin rejuvenation.  Our dedicated medi-aesthetic suit is open for both training and client treatments.

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Policies & Procedures

We have a number of policies and procedures in place available to all students and employees. These policies are available in the administration office, or alternatively please email info@beauty-school.co.uk to request a copy.

  • Learning Support Policy & Procedure
  • Equality & Diversity Policy
  • Anti-Bullying Policy & Procedure
  • Maladministration & Malpractice Policy
  • Further Career Development Chart
  • Attendance Policy
  • Health & Safety Policy & Procedure

Our Complaints Policy & Procedure can be downloaded by clicking here.

Government inspections

The London School of Beauty & Make-up holds UKBA Highly Trusted Status and is regularly inspected by ASIC, Accreditation Service for International Colleges and the ISI, Independent Schools Inspectorate 2016.



ISI Independent School Inspectorate Report 2016