The King's Canary
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A good hairdresser is easy to find, but one you're likely to commit to long-term comes along once in a blue rinse. In our book, a real keeper is a place that delivers consistently good service but never feels intimidating or uncomfortably posh; that offers you a glass of fizz that you don't mind dribbling on your chin when your hair is being cut, and where you walk away feeling like pals with the chap that just scrubbed your head. The King's Canary is all of this and more. It's nothing flash - but it's clean as a pin, just cool enough but not too cool, and has a few little touches that make you realise every detail has been really thought about. The combined skills of its two owners (Stanley Wright, a swish ladies' hairdresser, formerly of Chandler Wright in Blackheath and Gavin Cornwell, a barber from cool dude coiffeur Joe & Co in Soho) mean its services are equally appealing to guys and girls. The former have a kind of zone at the back offering all manner of barbery as well as Don Draperish refreshments like Whisky, while the girls are up front with chic cutting stations and bubbles on offer. If that kind of gender stereotypeing annoys you, then you're welcome to swap orders - but we were very happy with our lot. Strangely enough, for a place so centrally located, The King's Canary doesn't have much competition in these parts, meaning we think it will be hit among the Fitzrovia lot - it is perfectly pitched for the media types coming from nearby BBC radio. If you're in town and in need of an evening doll up, don't go to the uber glossy Mayfair salons - go to the King's Canary. We promise you'll be back.