An east London outpost of the Scottish snippers
Business is clearly booming for Ruffians. Originating in Edinburgh, the barbers chain set up its first London premises in Covent Garden in January 2014. A Marylebone branch opened in January 2016; then, just nine months later, this one arrived on Rivington Street in Shoreditch.
Each branch has similarly slick decor – exposed bricks, wooden countertops, Edison light bulbs – but that’s not to say they’re carbon copies of each other. This one caters to the hordes of trendy professionals that work in the area, and so is a little less buttoned-down than the other two. The vibe is friendly and informal; beers or soft drinks are dished out upon arrival. Services offered range from a haircut and cutthroat razor shave (£50 each) to a ‘Ruffians Refresher’, which involves a spot of exfoliation and moisturising, and an upper body massage (£15). And yes, at 50 quid a haircut more than a snip (ba-dum) – but it’s a solid 45-minute session in which you can consult the barber about what you’re after. I was lucky enough to get my locks chopped by the manager, award-winning Tommy Cunliffe. I couldn't have asked for a nicer three quarters of an hour.
That’s the key to Ruffians: you and your follicles are well looked after. It’s presumably a big part of their meteoric success. I came out with a much tidier head, and a cheerful grin on my face. The pressing question is: when and where will their fourth London branch open? This much seems definite.
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|Opening hours:||Mon-Fri 11am - 8pm; Sat 10am - 7pm; Sun 10am - 6pm|
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