Murdock Covent Garden

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Covent Garden

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. With a full grooming package, from wet shaves, manicures and in-chair treatments to simple cuts and clever restyles, the décor may be old but consistent, high quality service is relaxed and contemporary. Accessories, manly gifts, art books and a generous edit of lotions and unguents, including Murdock's own branded cologne (from Black Tea to Vetiver) are all available at the brand's four London locations. This, the Monmouth Street store, houses an expanded boutique with clothing and curios.

Other branches: Shoreditch, Spitalfields and Liberty

Venue name: Murdock Covent Garden
Address: 18 Monmouth Street
Opening hours: Open 9am-7pm Mon-Weds, Fri, Sat; 9am-8pm Thurs; 11am-5pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Covent Garden tube
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I have my haircut here regularly and I cannot fault this. The barbers and service is great and it is such a nice store environment. I feel comfortable and it is worth the money. Well worth a visit even just for a look around!


My husband gets a wet shave and beard tidy at least once a fortnight where we live in Dubai. Whilst we were visiting London he decided to try Murdocks for a wet shave and a haircut. Okay they didn't nick him. But that was where the good stopped. The shave was not very close. The beard trim was beyond bad and his beard looks like a scruffy mess. The haircut was average at best and they used clippers round the sides despite him asking for a sissor cut, shockingly it would appear they used clippers on his neck instead or a proper straight razor. Traditional barber my arse, lazy or incompetent I'm not sure which. Go here if you want a supercuts 90's style short back and sides and a sloppy wet shave. Otherwise steer well clear.