My regular haircut costs me £5 a pop, my barber and I don’t speak the same language and communicate in in charades and the haircut is pretty mediocre (don’t worry, he’s not going to read this). Turns out, there’s another way to do this. London has some of the best barbers in the world, barbers who turn hair cutting into an art and getting your hair cut into a pleasure. No more wildly gesticulating or sharp intakes of breath when scissors slice seriously close to your ears. Whether you’re after a change, or you’re looking for somewhere for your boyfriend, husband or brother, here are a selection of London’s best barbers.
Does that there beard need a bit of a trim? There’s a place for that. Murdock. Bringing a Shoreditchy feel to the whole experience, this is the hipster’s favourite groomer. Creating ‘a memorable, masculine grooming experience’, the barbers certainly know their stuff and the experience is all the more enjoyable given the glass of whiskey in your hand.
Where: 46 Redchurch Street, Shoreditch, E2 7DP
Convenience is a huge aspect of choosing a barber. Realistically, you’re unlikely to take a trans-London expedition just to get a trim. But what about if you could get your hair cut not only close to work but AT work? That’s the concept behind Easton of London. Founded by Joe Easton in a WeWork co-working space in East London, the barbershops can now be found in WeWorks across the capital. And if you don’t happen to work in one of the WeWork facilities, fear not because they’re open to non-WeWorkers as well. Currently they can be found in Paddington, Moorgate and Waterloo with more destinations, including Canary Wharf, being added as they go. The barbers are experienced and versatile and although intimate, one-man jobs, the experience is great.
Where: 2 Eastbourne Terrace, Paddington, W2 6LG
Don’t be lulled into a sense of security by their faux-posho-hardman name, Ruffians come armed with razor blades. Thankfully they’re just for wet shaves, which they offer alongside the full range of hair cuttery you’d expect. From smart surroundings in Covent Garden enjoy a shave, cut and style with a bottle of Ruffians’ own branded beer.
Where: 27 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, WC2E 7JS
Gentlemen shave at Truefitt and Hill. The St James’s barber has to be the smartest in London and its oil paintings and wooden panels immediately give the distinct impression that this is the sort of place that people who are used to oil paintings and wooden panels. In other words, posh people. For a reasonable sum, then, why not take your ragamuffin self down to London’s smartest barber and live like a gentleman?
Also, and this is obviously highly subjective, they do a fantastically sniffable cologne which I’m wearing right now, you
Where: 71 St James's Street, St James's,, SW1A 1PH
What’s the best way to prepare for opening a barbershop? An NVQ in hairdressing? Nope, travel round the globe. Scouser Miguel Gutierrez left Liverpool to see the world as the Nomad Barber. Seeing, and blogging about, different cultures gave him plenty of experience to bring back to London and set up his own joint, Nomad Barber in Spitalfields. Along with their own line of styling products, the barber offers 45 minute slots and a traditional service.
Where: 8 Heneage Street, Spitalfields, E1 5LJ
The name alone sells it, right? This East London, the former stomping (or, rather, slashing) ground of Jack the actual Ripper. Which is exactly what you want to be thinking of as you let a stranger wield a traditional razor blade around your Adam’s apple. But the seriously cool decor and attention to detail make this one of London’s best barbers and certainly a memorable experience. If you come out alive, that is.
Where: 178b Brick Lane, Shoreditch, E1 6SA