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Huckle the Barber Shoreditch

Health and beauty, Hair salons Shoreditch
4 out of 5 stars
5 out of 5 stars
(10user reviews)
Venue says No gimmicks, independent male grooming of the highest quality with no pretence. Two shops to choose from: Shoreditch and Holborn.

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

You don't always get what you pay for with a haircut. Oftentimes a pseudo-sexual head massage and the dubious whiff of heritage are enough to double the price of a snip. So, at Huckle, a no-nonsense barbershop that still charges £35 an appointment, you'd expect the service to be damn good. Luckily, it is. Chris Ward, my barber, and the shop's owner, pays attention to the twist of my crown, styles a trendy sweep across my forehead (we are in the middle of Shoreditch after all) and even shaves off my neck fluff during a 45-minute appointment. The in-trim entertainment is limited to zeigeist-y dream-pop on the stereo, Chris's easy conversation and some locally brewed Howling Hops craft beer, or a glass of Balvenie whisky. The barbershop is located on the site of the recently departed Murdock, and most of the staff have migrated from there. But this is a very different beard-trimming beast. With butchershop-white tiles and swanky but austere Belmont chairs the design avoids the old-fangled clutter of other premium barbers. The attitude at Huckle is that men are grown-up enough to care about grooming without having to pretend to be in 'Mad Men'. 'Guys don't particularly like getting their hair cut,' admits Chris. But in this case, they had us at Howling Hops.

Huckle the Barber Shoreditch says
Huckle the Barber is a smart cut and shave barbershop with two London branches: Old Street and Holborn. We take the drudgery out of getting a haircut and make it something to look forward to.

We offer sharp, modern styles with traditional service in a relaxed and comfortable environment. Our clients build up a relationship with their skilled barbers (minimum five years’ experience) so they know they’ll get a great cut every time.

Each client receives a complimentary drink from a selection including craft ale (on tap at Holborn) and fine whisky. The Shoreditch branch holds a regular comedy night, Cut Throat Comedy.

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Address: 340 Old St
Transport: Rail/Tube: Old Street/Hoxton; Tube: Shoreditch High Street
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5 out of 5 stars

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I don't often bother posting reviews but Chris Mackins is basically the best barber in town. I've been living in London 20+ years and, over that time, have had my hair cut by loads of people in loads of establishments - West End, Shoreditch, Brixton etc - and Mackins is the best I've seen. I've been using him for years now and it's just easy. I turn up, I get a friendly welcome and a nice drink, and I never have to wait long, he's always punctual (I've never waited more than three minutes before sitting down. He's easy to talk to but he doesn't force the conversation, and his hairdressing is excellent, quick and precise. It's basically a pleasure to get my hair cut by this guy. He deserves every success.

Like the idea of going to a traditional Barbershop but worried the barbers will either be hopelessly out of touch or absurdly wallowing in a soup of their own hipster despond? Huckle the Barber at 340 Old Street exists in neither realm. This is the kind of establishment you’ve wanted. Somewhere solid, traditional yet modern, and devoid of pretence. Having now guided you to this haven you’re going to want a recommendation for a specific barber and here I have you covered. While all of the gentleman at Huckle are capable and to be trusted, you’ll do no better than asking for Christopher Mackins. A tonsorial talent who immediately puts you at ease, Christopher knows his business and is dedicated to ensuring you walk away looking the business. Fancy a chat? Christopher is happy to oblige. Prefer to stare out onto the hustle of Old Street quietly and he is but an apparition. When it comes to the cut, he is always considered and skilful and perhaps most importantly, consistent. How often have you had a decent haircut from someone only to be butchered at the next sitting? This is not something you’ll ever encounter with Christopher at the helm. Having frequented Huckle at Old Street for over a year and insisted that Christopher be the only one to tackle my unruly mane, I can say with some authority and assurance that you’ll be very glad you asked for him as well. 

Great barbershop, went in for a beard trim. Chris was incredibly welcoming. Sat down in the chair and immediately felt at ease. Discussed exactly what he was going to do, and knew exactly what I wanted. Can safely say I'm going to be booking myself in for regular haircuts here now too.

Often people will stop me in the street and say "Hey Darren, why does your hair always look so great and voluminous. What is your hair regime?" and the truth is, Huckle makes it this way. Like a butcher at Smithfields, Huckle the Barber delivers only the finest cuts. If I had a hat (and I don't need one) I would doff it to Huckle and the team!

The fact that I recommend this place to any man who has hair above their shoulders says a lot. Top barbers run by top people.

I found this Barbershop on the Time out page and wanted to thank Time out on such a good recommendation. I have recently moved to London and had no idea on where to get my haircut. I had been to two other hairdressers before to which I had bad experiences. Huckle The Barber however ticked all the boxes and more, I had my Haircut with Alessandro the Italian barber and he talked me through what he was going to do. It was buzzing in there with great music that wasnt too loud. THe Hot towell was a nice touch and so was the Redchurch brewery IPA (even the glass it came in was perfect) Great Haircut, Great music, Great Beer. Thanks Huckle the Barber and Thanks Time out.

a great cut from some friendly staff and a relaxed atmosphere, what more can you ask for.

A friend put me on to this place. The service and quality of product is what shines through, there is no pretense and after a nomadic 10 years in the capital my barnet has found a home!

Great barber, really skilled staff with great chat, chris has been my hairdresser for 2 years and i love his work. the cuts are consistant and all the staff remeber my name when mosying about in the street to and always say hi.

Quality barbershop with great music, nice drinks and most importantly talented, friendly staff. Avoid at your peril Shoreditch!