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.
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more