Be it a trim, thin or complete overhaul, most men (should) get their hair cut around once a month. But, from barbers who can be a little over-enthusiastic with the scissors to clipper-happy coiffeurs, it can be difficult to find a hairdresser who is consistently reliable and worth their often hefty price tag. Fortunately, and as ever, GJ is on hand to make it that little bit easier. We’ve done the research and rounded-up the best barbers in the business, who promise to ensure your locks always look top notch.
Read on, and guard yourself against that much-feared Bad Hair Day forever.
For a touch of class: The Barber at Fortnum & Mason
A one-stop shop for the discerning gentleman, The Barber at Fortnum & Mason offers everything from haircuts and hot towel head massages, to bespoke beard styling, wet shaves and hair treatments. A beautiful blend of the traditional and the contemporary, visitors to The Barber can expect first-class service that aims to put a little of the ceremony back into the art of male grooming.
There is a fully-stocked (and fully complimentary) drinks cabinet in place too, should the need for a mid-snip sip arise. The Barber also offers ‘Keeps’ – beautiful wooden lockers designed to hold a gentleman’s personal grooming accessories – which are available to purchase for an annual fee of £850 which includes twenty haircuts and shaves throughout the year.
For a historic appointment: Ted’s Grooming Room at Moorgate
Occupying London’s oldest barbershop, the prestigious Ted’s Grooming Room, have recently opened a new location in Moorgate, ready to offer a comprehensive range of treatments — from the signature ‘Full Ted Service’, to the ‘Cut A Long Story Short’.
Growing up accompanying his father to the barbers, Ted had a longing nostalgia for his happy memories — and so Ted’s Grooming Room was born. Inspired by quintessential British style, Ted scoured the globe for the perfect trim and landed in Istanbul on his travels, where rumour and hype lead him to a legendary barbers nestled down a backstreet. He was smothered with a hot towel, splashed with aftershave and treated with a flaming stick around his face and his ears. He decided to bring this unique experience to London.
Some things just never go out of style.
For a royal-warranted trim: Truefitt & Hill
We’ve already waxed lyrical about the regal services available at Truefitt & Hill but its expert barbers certainly know their way around some of the nation’s most important barnets. The host of significant heads that have been primped, trimmed and tapered over the years in its St. James barber shop has even earned it a royal warrant — so it’s safe to say it knows a thing or two about world-class grooming.
For a grooming experience service fit for a king, opt for the 60 minute treatment. This one hour service offers all the grooming essentials – haircut and shampoo, traditional wet shave and a manicure — expertly performed by Truefitt & Hill’s highly trained team of barbers and manicurists.
For the friendliest service: Ruffians
Ruffians was founded in Edinburgh in 2012 and, a little over a year later brought its barbering skills to London’s Covent Garden. It’s not difficult to see why it’s enjoyed such exponential success and opened further shops in Marylebone and Shoreditch – the dedicated teams provide in-depth hair consultations and serve either bespoke coffee or whisky-based tipples during appointments.
A Ruffians haircut comes with a full consultation as standard – taking into consideration your lifestyle, face shape and hair type – to ensure you leave with a style you love. A refreshing hair wash with conditioning shampoo and an invigorating scalp massage before a cut, finishing and styling ensure you leave feeling as good as you look.
For wherever you are in the city: Murdock London
If you’re a traditionalist who enjoys a quality haircutting service without any fuss, then Murdock is ideal for you. Offering classic barber services such as the wet shave, hair re-styles and beard re-shaping, Murdock has adopted and adapted the grand traditions of the old St James barber shops to ensure the modern, style-conscious gentleman remains impeccably well-groomed.
Every day is different in this city, but Murdock believes that its years of delivering quality can offer a welcome constant in the London man’s life — with a string of salons all across the capital. Alongside this, on your way out after a trim, you can stock up on the barber’s award-winning grooming products.
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