London's best barbers

Got a face that's fuzzing or a mop in need of buzzing? Here's where to get the best haircuts and wet shaves in London

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Sharps Barbers, Ben Sherman

Trendy haircuts, wet shaves, beard trims and beauty treatments are all on the cards at London's best barbers, and if you're lucky you'll get a leather chair and locally brewed beer to go with them. Make your stubble even more designer.

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Sharps - Ben Sherman

American grooming brand, Sharps, opened up on the first floor of Ben Sherman in Islington last autumn. Beard and moustache trims will set you back £16.50 and hair cuts from £26 in airy but plush surroundings.

  1. Ben Sherman, 1 Camden Walk, N1 8DY
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Murdock Shoreditch

Murdock's artfully over-scrubbed interiors, full of flock wallpaper, vintage shop fittings and retro-packaged products, belies the small London chain's real age. Its first barbershop, in Shoreditch, opened in 2006, and still perfectly delivers the sort of centuries-old faux-heritage that is often copied but never bettered.

  1. 46 Redchurch Street, E2 7DP
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Carter and Bond

This smart Notting Hill barber shop sells an extensive range of men’s grooming products featuring the best brands around such as Baxter, Geo F Trumper and Zihr. They offer all the regular grooming services from beard trims to wetshaves and hair cuts, from £22.

  1. 15-17 Baseline Studios, (Whitchurch Road), W11 4AT
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Hobbs Barbers

Nestled within Borough Market, Hobbs is a proper old-school barbers with old-fashioned prices to match – just £14 for a hair cut and a fiver for a beard trim – decked out with classic leather seats and vintage posters.

  1. 6 Beadale Street, SE1 9AL
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Joe & Co

Joe Mills has been trimming, chopping and clippering Londoners at his unisex Soho salon The Lounge since the late '90s. Opened in December 2010, latest project Joe & Co is an ultra-contemporary space that eschews the stuffy wood panels and badger brushes of traditional barbershops. Haircuts, treatments and a bespoke wet shave are all on offer.

  1. 7 Greens Court, W1F 0HQ
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Huckle the Barber

A no-nonsense barbershop that justifies its £35-a-pop price tag with excellent service. The shop is located on the site of the recently departed Murdock, from where most of the staff have migrated. But this is a very different beard-trimming beast. With butchershop-white tiles and swanky Belmont chairs, the design avoids the clutter of other premium barbers.

  1. 340 Old Street, EC1V 9DS
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The Spa and Barber at Alfred Dunhill

Step through clouds of cigar smoke on the Cellar Bar patio and into the cutting room where barber Jay clips, trims and shaves. The room is packed with oddities: old books, a steel stetson and products from 200-year-old London pharmacists DR Harris. The service is personable, skilled and versatile, with contemporary styles on offer as much as classic, sober cuts.

  1. 2 Davies St, W1K 3DJ
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Tommy Guns

Now over a decade old, and with new branches on Brewer Street and New York City, Tommy Guns remains a very cool prospect indeed. This original Soho space is filled with youthful colourists and cutters and there’s a friendly, relaxed buzz to the place most days. Men’s cuts start from £39, and women’s cuts can be had from £49.

  1. 65 Beak Street, W1F 9SN
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Geo F Trumper

This traditional Mayfair barber has been pampering men since 1875 offering both a range of fragrances and grooming products (aftershave balms, razors, shaving brushes) as well as an indulgent range of treatments from wet shaves to manicures and facials. Branches: 1 Duke of York Street, SW1Y 6JP.

  1. 9 Curzon Street, W1J 5HQ
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F Flittner

In business since 1904, Flittner seems not to have noticed the 21st century. Hidden behind beautifully frosted doors is a simple, handsome room, done out with an array of classic barber’s furniture that’s older than your gran. Within these hushed confines, up to six black coat-clad barbers deliver straightforward cuts and shaves with skill and dignity.

  1. 86 Moorgate, EC2M 6SE
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Bharat
Bharat

I am a director at Genco Male Grooming with salons in Notting Hill, Chiswick and the City. Hence it would be wrong of me to actually review our own salons here, but did want to say that we are really glad to see the men's salon industry being celebrated through articles like this one. Obviously we would love to be included in your next write up. Come and see us anytime and see what we're about. www.genco-uk.com

Richard
Richard

what about Pall Mall Barbers!? Stocked this place is not on this list......

chris
chris

Hobbs Barbers has now secured me as a lifetime client. It can be a long and exhausting search to find a quality Barber who can deliver not only that first time in the chair, but also to produce a cut that is even better than imaginable time after time. Its a good old fashioned Barbers that i can remember from been a kid. Small, Quick and astonishingly well priced. There is no need to venture further than London Bridge even though other places offer cold beers, because after fifteen minutes in the chair, I'll just nip around the corner to the pub.

neil scothon
neil scothon

Rocket Barber shop, best barber shop in London. Not a 'male grooming salon' a real barber shop.

Craig
Craig

The Pleasant Barbers on Rosebery Ave in EC1 have been my regular barbers since finding them in 2005. Always a great haircut and at really good prices. They are also a good laugh which helps!

Sterling
Sterling

Very surprised to not see my favorite and the oldest barber shop in the world, Truefitt & Hill? Royal hair dressers to the H.R.H The Duke of Edinburgh and it does not make the top 10, sounds rather suspect to me!

Adam
Adam

Where is macko and johnathans? Cant find them anywhere online

Sam
Sam

Jack The Clipper - Toynbee street spitalfield By Far the BEST, and i mean the BEST barbershop by FAR! All the staff are friendly and well manered, the layout, decor and location of the barbers is EPIC! greeted with a nice cold Beer or soft drink, the service in here is amazing, attention to detail sligtly bordering on OCD, but in a barbers this is definatley not a problem, was a once every other month guy for haircuts now go every fortnight for a shave and cut

James
James

Ace of Blades is damn good. They're in Buckhurst Hill. Wandered in after driving past and glad I did - rock and roll with a beer or two!

Vincent
Vincent

billy & Bo brewer st the best

James
James

Brilliant review! Ben Sherman barbers in Bluewater were great!

Deano
Deano

No Pall Mall Barbers, No Truefit & Hill?? Who did this review Stevie Wonder???

adebro
adebro

Macko and Johnathon ,Tried that place today at totally agree with you both. why pay £50- 60 when you can have perfectly good shave at the fraction of the cost. I had a cut throat shave with hot towel and massage. withe added extras of Ear hair wax removal and Eyebrow threading which perfectly tidies up the Eyebrows all for £13. The only negative is what the parrot say when you having your wet shave ...'whoops!'... while you have a razor on your neck, Which i found very and appropriately humorous. If you do like to look at google maps to find places that sandwich shop is replaced by the barbers shop. Total thumbs up

Johnathon
Johnathon

Macko I visited this place on your recommendation today. Absolutely superb. Cheap as chips and the best shave ever.

Christer
Christer

Warning - do NOT go to Briggs Brothers! I had been looking forward to having my first traditional wet shave and went to the one ranked at the top of this list, Briggs Brothers. I left feeling totally mutilated; I have never had so many cuts and bruises in my face in my entire life! This is what happened… The place is indeed tucked away in a cute little room with original features, so far so good. > No hot towel The chrome towel steamers that this article mention broke several years ago and the owner hasn't bothered to repair it (a barber that doesn't need hot water?!). This means that he starts shaving you without making your skin ready for it which is very uncomfortable. > No Pre Shave Oil He didn't use any pre shave oil to soften the skin which could have made up for the lack of hot water. > Dull knife The knife he used was incredibly dull so it really hurt when he was shaving which made it impossible to relax, especially around the throat which is a sensitive area. > Too much after shave When the shave was done he splashes so much alcohol based after shave that I get some in my eye and in my mouth, very uncomfortable. It burns. > Not sanitised equipment There was one cut that was more severe then the others, so to address that he takes out a little white stick of some sort that he holds firmly on the scar and then rubs around. This is clearly an old school technique, but needless to say it was extremely uncomfortable to have something poked around in an open wound. Afterwards it made me think; how does he keep it sanitised between customers that he applies it to. Nothing in that shop suggests that sanitation baths for his tools was a concern of the owner. > Uneven shave Maybe it's the fact the owner is very old, or because there is poor lighting, but when I got out I noticed that he had missed of patches of hair which clearly looks ridiculous. > Cuts More worrying, when I got back out in daylight I could see that my face was covered with red dots. I did the shave because I had a photo shoot at work later the same day, but before I could do it I had to go home to shower my face under hot water for 20 minutes and apply some mild after shave moisturiser and aloe vera to recover. I'm glad I didn't have any meetings that day - it looked like I had been in a fight. I much rather give the guy that runs the place a charitable donation to stop working, and pay twice as much to shave somewhere else, then to have myself shaved there ever again.

Christer
Christer

Warning - do NOT go to Briggs Brothers! I had been looking forward to having my first traditional wet shave and went to the one ranked at the top of this list, Briggs Brothers. I left feeling totally mutilated; I have never had so many cuts and bruises in my face in my entire life! This is what happened… The place is indeed tucked away in a cute little room with original features, so far so good. > No hot towel The chrome towel steamers that this article mention broke several years ago and the owner hasn't bothered to repair it (a barber that doesn't need hot water?!). This means that he starts shaving you without making your skin ready for it which is very uncomfortable. > No Pre Shave Oil He didn't use any pre shave oil to soften the skin which could have made up for the lack of hot water. > Dull knife The knife he used was incredibly dull so it really hurt when he was shaving which made it impossible to relax, especially around the throat which is a sensitive area. > Too much after shave When the shave was done he splashes so much alcohol based after shave that I get some in my eye and in my mouth, very uncomfortable. It burns. > Not sanitised equipment There was one cut that was more severe then the others, so to address that he takes out a little white stick of some sort that he holds firmly on the scar and then rubs around. This is clearly an old school technique, but needless to say it was extremely uncomfortable to have something poked around in an open wound. Afterwards it made me think; how does he keep it sanitised between customers that he applies it to. Nothing in that shop suggests that sanitation baths for his tools was a concern of the owner. > Uneven shave Maybe it's the fact the owner is very old, or because there is poor lighting, but when I got out I noticed that he had missed of patches of hair which clearly looks ridiculous. > Cuts More worrying, when I got back out in daylight I could see that my face was covered with red dots. I did the shave because I had a photo shoot at work later the same day, but before I could do it I had to go home to shower my face under hot water for 20 minutes and apply some mild after shave moisturiser and aloe vera to recover. I'm glad I didn't have any meetings that day - it looked like I had been in a fight. I much rather give the guy that runs the place a charitable donation to stop working, and pay twice as much to shave somewhere else, then to have myself shaved there ever again.

Michael
Michael

I've recently visited The legends barber in Holborn. Traditional old-school shop,excellent hair cut, great attention to details, professional service, definitely will recommend

Macko
Macko

I've had a few shave sin my time but I recently tried out a barbers at 123a Brent Street, Hendon, called Top Class. It doesn't have a website or a phone number I can find on the web but it was simply divine. Hot towels, lather mixed in shaving bowl, moisturise, cut throat razors, scalp, arm, hand, back and neck massage, nose, nape and eyebrow trim and flaming hair removals from the ears. A cracking 45 minutes, and all this for just £12. Visit this place, you will not be disappointed.

Macko
Macko

I've had a few shave sin my time but I recently tried out a barbers at 123a Brent Street, Hendon, called Top Class. It doesn't have a website or a phone number I can find on the web but it was simply devine. Hot towels, lather mixed in shaving bowl, moisturise, cut throat razors, scalp, arm, hand, back and neck massage, nose, nape and eyebrow trim and flaming hair removals from the ears. A cracking 45 minutes, and all this for just £12. Visit this place, you will not be disappointed.

Charlie Boylan
Charlie Boylan

I have just found this amazing barbershop in Bromley, superb service and had a great haircut while supping on a cool beer. Top Shop top staff and a must if you're in South East London.

Rob hingston
Rob hingston

Just moved to shoreditch from Camden and found Rocket barber shop on hackney road. Really surprised this isn't on here too, the prices are so reasonable and a great cut and atmosphere!

Jonathan Burke
Jonathan Burke

Yes, Sue, he'll throw his electric razor in the bin; and rightly so.

Dayglo
Dayglo

I have just moved to South London and have discovered a barbers in Addiscombe (Croydon) that specialise in hot shaves, traditional hot towels and bespoke male grooming. I've never tried a real old school barbers before and it blew me away, the staff are really cool and knowledgable and it was really relaxing. http://www.thevaletmalegrooming.com 0208 656 9222

Sue Starr
Sue Starr

My partner uses an electric razor. I wold like to treat him to a wet shave. will he have a reaction?