Some of the world’s most respected hair stylists and grooming experts have cut their teeth in London, and it’s still one of the best places in the world to get a great haircut. The growing popularity in men’s grooming has seen a number of new specialist barbers springing up across the city, fitting in alongside the trendy unisex salons and traditional cut-throat men’s grooming institutions.
Here’s our guide to the best barber shops that London has to offer:
1. Tommy Guns
Tommy Guns is now celebrating over 10 years of styling and pampering and has firmly established itself as a Soho institution. This isn’t a traditional old-fashioned barbers, but more of a hangout for the young and hip. Everything from the décor to the staff and the own-brand hair care products screams style.
For the more traditionally minded, Murdock is styled in the manner of an old-fashioned barber, with vintage shop fittings and retro-style grooming products. They describe themselves as a “gentlemen’s haven”, where “chaps can relax”. Murdock also has five branches in London and a website selling their branded grooming and hair products, as well as a selection of fashion and accessories.
American-born Sharps has stores in Soho and Fitzrovia, and branches located at Topman in Oxford Circus and Ben Sherman in Islington. The surroundings are modern and spacious, and haircuts and beard trims are great value.
For a barbershop experience that is both luxurious and traditional, check out Pankhurst on fashionable Newburgh Street. Cut-throat shaves and hot towel facial massages are offered in deliciously retro surroundings.
5. Joe & Co
If faux-vintage isn’t your thing, head straight to Joe Mills’ newest contemporary salon in the heart of Soho. Traditional wet shaves and modern haircuts are offered in a salon that is simplistic and modern, rather than stuffy. Complimentary wine and beer are on offer alongside coffee.
6. Geo F Trumper
Geo F Trumper is one of London’s oldest barbers and has been offering haircuts and grooming services to the city’s gentlemen since 1875. The Mayfair shop on Curzon Street is the original location, offering a heritage atmosphere with mahogany booths and vintage grooming tools, and there is also a branch on Duke of York Street, St James’s.
7. Gentlemen’s Tonic
This Mayfair-based barber offers a mixture of traditional wood and leather décor with high-tech touches such as private LCD screens in each haircutting station and top-range music consoles. They offer a selection of own-brand grooming products, along with handmade premium razors and shaving brushes.
8. Ted’s Grooming Room
This barber, located within branches of Ted Baker in Fitzrovia, Mayfair, Cheapside and Holborn, specialises in the grooming techniques of the Ottoman Empire. Enjoy a Turkish shave, beard trim or haircut in sumptuous surrounding with trendy top-range hair and grooming products.
9. Hobbs Barbers
If you want a straightforward, no-fuss beard trim or haircut that won’t cost the earth, head to Hobbs barber shop in Borough Market. Retro leather seats and vintage posters add to the charm of this small shop and beard trims are only a fiver.
10. Jones & Payne
This ultra-cool Shoreditch salon offers a talented team of stylists with experience working in the fashion industry and you can enjoy their vibrating massage chairs while you’re having your hair washed.