The definitive guide to the best barbers in London
Every man deserves a little pampering, especially on Father’s Day, so for a special gift you need to know about the best barbers in London. From the old school shops to the contemporary new hotspots, the capital is home to some of the world’s top barbers who are more than up to the task of giving a man a stylish refresh. Here, we round up the best to book now.
Truefitt & Hill
For the traditionalists, look no further than Truefitt & Hill. The historic barbershop has been serving the gentlemen of Britain for over 200 years — and nine generations of the royal family — and the elegant, dark wood room is still bursting with old world charm. Amidst the glass cabinets, mahogany and intoxicating aromas of the shop’s famous blends, the visiting gentleman can choose from a wide range of experiences. Opt for a traditional hot towel wet shave or haircut, or take some time to really indulge with a massage, facial treatment or manicure at this royal warrant approved barbers in London.
71 St James Street, London, SW1 1PH
Acqua di Parma Barbiere Shop at Selfridges
The iconic Italian perfume and cologne house opened its first London barbiere in one of the city’s most beloved department stores. Wrapped in marble, elegant wood and the signature Acqua di Parma yellow, the contemporary space oozes Italian glamour. Inside, men can enjoy all the finest treatments from a sophisticated haircut and even a soothing facial. The signature here though is the shop’s take on the time-honoured traditional Italian shave. And of course, the barbiere uses the decadent colognes of the house.
Men’s Designer Street Room on 1, Selfridges, 400 Oxford St, London W1A 1AB
Jack the Clipper
For those looking for something a little more unique, look no further than this unique barbers in the heart of the City. Here, sophisticated treatments are offered without any pretension, meaning you can really sit back and relax. Don’t let the laidback settings fool you, though — this place is brimming with expertise, established in 1996 by London’s first and biggest family of Turkish Master barbers, this spot takes pride in the skills of its team, who’ll start off every session with a consultation to make sure the client gets exactly what he wants. The ultimate indulgence? The Royal Ripper, a suitably named regal experience that includes a haircut, shave, face mask, arm massage and styling session. The perfect gift for his lordship.
47 Bow Lane, London, EC4M 9DL
Located in the heart of Soho, this thoroughly contemporary barbershop is famed for its excellent service. Spacious and stylish, Murdock’s own products take centre stage in the shop, with the elegant dark navy of the branding echoed in the design details. Services range from speedy trims to more considered, relaxing treatments, and grooms can also book a full takeover for their wedding party to enjoy some special pampering for the big day. And thanks to the brand creating their own selection of special hair care products, the client can even (attempt) to maintain the style from the comfort of their own home.
83 Brewer Street, London, W1F 9ZN
The original Ruffians outpost, this barbershop exudes a delightfully relaxed vibe that makes it easy to take a breath and really zone out. After being welcomed with the drink of choice — with options including beer and cocktails — the gentleman is led to a cool wingback chair set amongst bare-brick walls and vintage-style furnishings. The curated menu of treatments spans a 15 minute beard tidy to an hour long full restyle, where an expert barber will work with the client to navigate going for a radical new look. Each appointment is prefaced with an in-depth consultation, reassuring the man in the chair that he really is in great hands.
27 Maiden Lane, London, WC2E 7JS