Charles Worthington, Creative Director and Co-Founder of Charles Worthington Salons, is internationally recognised as one of today’s most influential and creative hairdressers, with over 30 years of hairdressing experience.
He has won many industry awards, including British Hairdresser of the Year twice, Men’s Hairdresser of the Year and Fellowship Hairdresser of the Year and in 2006 was awarded an MBE for his Services to Hairdressing.
Through London Fashion Week and his own annual Hair Collection, Charles has collaborated over the years with some of the fashion world’s leading luminaries including designers, Erdem, Matthew Williamson, Roksanda, Christopher Raeburn, Pringle and fashionistas Erin O’Connor, Agness Deyn, Lily Cole, Jasmine Guinness and the late Isabella Blow.
Charles is the master of red-carpet glamour and has worked the awards season at the Oscars, Golden Globes, Cannes Film Festival and BAFTAs – for whom the brand has been Official Hair Stylist for seven years. He has styled many of the A-list for the red carpet, including Sarah Jessica Parker, Clare Danes, Sharon Stone, Helen McCrory, Emilia Fox, Jerry Hall, Joely Richardson, Mena Suvari and Goldie Hawn.
Loved and admired by clients and everyone who works with him for his easy-going charm, unquestionable talent and work ethic, Charles is an exceptional ambassador for British hairdressing. He continues to strive for innovation and excellence, and as such, remains at the forefront of creative hairdressing.
We caught up with Charles for the latest in our ‘My London’ interview series.
My favourite neighbourhood has to be Charlotte Street. It is where Charles Worthington first began. It is true media land so always has an exciting creative energy. It feels like a village right in the heart of the city with my favourite restaurant Roka just around the corner from my flagship CW Percy St Salon.
Favourite place for brunch:
Granger & Co (Notting Hill), I lived in Notting Hill for 10 years and really enjoy going back to the area
I love poached eggs with smashed avocado on rye. They do it very well here!
Best coffee in London:
Dean Street Town House (Soho) – My favourite is a tall wet skinny cappuccino but am now moving over to Chai Tea Latte. I first discovered it at ‘Bowl’ the new breakfast hang out in Mykonos, so having a Chai Latte in London reminds me of the Greek sunshine!
Favourite gallery or museum:
Saatchi Gallery, Kings Road – I have always appreciated and enjoyed contemporary art. Tracey Emin is a friend and I’m a big fan of her amazing tapestries and also her neons.
Tell us a secret:
My secret gem of a restaurant is Rabbit in the Kings Road which you can easily walk past without knowing its there. It is so cosy and comforting, the atmosphere wraps itself around you as soon as you enter and the food is delicious with the freshest produce straight from farm to table.
Favourite place to shop:
The Kings Road for the wide variety of boutiques. My weekly extravagance is fresh flowers for my home, from James at the flower stall on the corner of Wellington Square. Designers Guild for fabulous hand made quirky crockery and Anthropology for gifts!
Favourite place to find inspiration:
All of London! It is a melting pot of creativity! The architecture, the people, the fashion, the food – it’s such a buzzing city with people from all over the world making it a beautiful hub full of new ideas and inspiration to draw from. I love the Chelsea Design Centre for interiors inspiration and Lassco reclamation for those one-off unique pieces of history that always tell a story.
Best London destination for a date:
Royal Opera House as I am a lover of ballet – Nutcracker at Christmas time is a must and any contemporary ballet by Matthew Bourne or William Tucket. Bourne’s adaptation of The Red Shoes last Christmas was breathtaking.
Green Park as I have lovely memories of walking my late American Cocker Spaniels, first Sammy and then Baxter. The lake with the swans is beautiful and always felt so serene especially knowing you’re in the centre of town and I never tire of the magnificent sight of Buckingham Palace as the backdrop to the park.
Favourite food market:
Borough Market – I don’t visit often enough but always around Christmas time; it is where I always buy my Organic Christmas pud’s which are delicious. I much prefer buying food that has not been mass produced and has been made with love, it always tastes so much better.
Your sanctuary in the city:
KX Gym Personal with trainer Pete Geracimo who I have trained with 3 times a week for many years. Training with him is an essential part of my week. The restaurant does the most healthy and delicious post work out smoothie so it’s a win win! And for a bit of extra pampering the therapists in the KX Spa are exceptional so I indulge in a relaxing massage every couple of weeks.
What inspires you?
I am inspired and excited by travel to discover new design, architecture and fashion, experiencing the unique way of life and cultures that other countries offer. On a daily basis I am particularly inspired by my life partner Allan and all the team I have around me at CW, their creativity, passion, loyalty and drive is truly inspirational.
This season I’m loving:
Red – as we move into Autumn red is the perfect warm tone for a new and fresh hair look! It’s really having it’s moment and I think we’ll be seeing a lot of it, particularly over the next few months, in all its beautiful tones, from strawberry to auburn… so my message is be brave and confident and go red!