There are certain things that are on everyone’s priority list when they are on holiday in London, whether it is a couple’s getaway featuring romantic hotels in London with romantic packages, or a family trip for half term making the most of special offers in London hotels. Things that are often overlooked but pretty important when they come up, however, is what happens when you need a haircut at the barbers before a business meeting, or some beard-grooming before a romantic date. Well, here is a roundup of all the best barbers in the city to make sure that no lad is left in the lurch when his hair has grown a bit more than he would have liked.
Gents of Kensington
A prime location for those staying in Hotels in Kensington London is Gents of Kensington – it is chic, classy and a top-quality service. You will be in, out and satisfied in such a reasonable amount of time that you could leave your travel compatriots in the Park Grand Restaurant for breakfast while you dash out and they will only just be finishing up by the time you get back. Gents of Kensington will keep you looking sharp, no matter the occasion.
Address: 29 Victoria Grove, South Kensington, London W8 5RW
Book your slot: +44 20 7998 7170
Jack The Clipper
Fancy experiencing that urban barbershop experience in some of London’s quirkiest areas? Head to one of the Jack The Clipper branches around London then. If you are after a quick business or travel snip/shave while in Kensington, then the branch in Mayfair is your closest branch. However, if you wanted to make a bit of an Insta-worthy, explorative day out of it, you could head to the eclectic areas of Brick Lane, Spitalfields or Bow Lane for an equally good service in an arguably vibier location. Jack The Clipper offers all the treatments and services you could ask from a retro-yet-modern barbershop, from beard clippings and shaving to stylish cuts, as well as having a shop for you to stock up on products. The barbers are highly experienced and can offer you advice and tips on which products to use and how to do some male-grooming like the metro-male you have always wanted to be! Both walk-ins and VIP appointments are available, though booking is recommended if you want to avoid disappointment.
Address: 4 Toynbee St, Spitalfields, London E1 7NE
47 Bow Ln, London EC4M 9DL
5 Shepherd Market, Mayfair, London W1J 7PD
178b Brick Ln, London E1 6SA
RP, 250 Cabot Square, Canary Wharf, London E14 4QS
Scissors & Combs Barber
Scissors & Combs Barber in Camden is a top-not(ch) quality establishment, fuelled by experts of the trade who will have you looking like a new man on walking back out into the busy city after a relaxing and efficient cut. Looking somewhat unassuming from the outside, it is neat and stylish inside and you feel safe in any of the barbershop team’s competent hands. They offer male grooming, hairstyling and patterns. They are closed on Sunday’s, but open until 7pm so perfect for a post-work stint, as well as after a day of site-seeing.
Address: 16C Pratt St, London NW1 0AB
Ted’s Grooming Room
Ted’s Grooming Room is the kind of upmarket barbershop experience that makes you feel like a million bucks and forms part of Ted Baker stores across London – an unusual combination but a winning one. It is also the kind of high-brow experience which requires an appointment – walk-ins are available, but this is a popular outlet so it may end in a wait or in your being turned away in the worst case scenario. From locations in Soho, St James’s Park and Baker Street (to name just a few), there are Ted Bakers and therefore Ted’s Grooming Rooms scattered across the city. Treatments include everything from beard threading to Turkish cuts, and are done with the utmost professionalism and style. VIP treatments are available at the Mayfair branch. And when you are done, buy yourself something smart from Ted Baker to match the do.
Pall Mall Barbers
Sprinkled around London are six branches of Pall Mall Barbers, a barbershop chain that keeps things endlessly classy when it comes to all-things-barbering. The most historically significant of the branches is the one located on a historic site at 27 Whitcomb Street, near Trafalgar Square, which has been around since 1896. They have won multiple awards, making their mark by ensuring your looks make an impression whenever you walk down the street. They combine old school simplicity with modern trends and skills, making sure you get the best possible service no matter which of the team of experts you have cutting your hair.
Pankhurst London Barbershop
World-class barbers using GQ Award-winning luxury grooming products – what more could you need? Well, Pankhurst London Barbershop is offering the lot. There is only one of them in London, making it that much more exclusive. It is advised that you make a booking, as it gets choc-a-bloc in there. They go the whole hog, from a friction scalp massage to a simple groom and finish. The barbers can offer you grooming advice for the future, as well as recommend products to help you replicate the look they set you up with in-shop.
Address: 10 Newburgh St, Soho, London W1F 7RN
Yes, the restaurant trips for dim sum, the park strolls in Hyde Park, the theatre stints on the West End and museum trawls in the Natural History Museum are an important part of the London experience, but so are the less touristy but equally necessary things like squeezing in a leg wax or a beard trim. Head to any one of these fantastic barbers and you can sort out any last minute buzz cuts or grooming that you forgot to do before you came.