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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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.
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.
- 46 Redchurch Street, E2 7DP
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.
- 15-17 Baseline Studios, (Whitchurch Road), W11 4AT
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.
- 6 Beadale Street, SE1 9AL
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.
- 7 Greens Court, W1F 0HQ
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.
- 340 Old Street, EC1V 9DS
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.
- 2 Davies St, W1K 3DJ
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.
- 65 Beak Street, W1F 9SN
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.
- 9 Curzon Street, W1J 5HQ
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.
- 86 Moorgate, EC2M 6SE