So you're in need of a fresh haircut? Step away from the scissors and leave it to the experts. Whether you're after a tidy up, quick trim or a deluxe pampering experience, you'll find just what you need at these top-rate grooming destinations. Scroll on for our pick of the best barbers in London.
Ruffians is far more than just a place to pop in for a quick cut. The award-winning barbers, men’s grooming brand and store — which has four locations in London and one in Edinburgh — has nurtured the ideal formula of a laid-back, down-to-earth grooming space. Each outpost is designed as a lifestyle destination, where you can settle into a comfy wingback chair with a coffee, craft beer or whisky as you talk through the treatments on offer with the friendly (and incredibly talented) staff. A combination of old-school and industrial design elements characterises the Ruffians aesthetic. Rustic worktops and Scottish oak cutting desks, stripped back brick walls, tiled facades and exposed filament bulbs create a warm and relaxed atmosphere, restoring the legacy of the barber as a social hub.
For a pampering experience fit for a king, swing by St James’s barbering institution Truefitt & Hill. The world's oldest barbershop still in operation, it was established in 1805 and counts the likes of Laurence Olivier, Cary Grant and Winston Churchill — as well as multiple generations of Royals — among its former clients. Today, it remains the barber of choice for many an A-lister from the realms of stage, screen, politics and sport. Stepping inside feels almost akin to entering an old-fashioned member's club: Timber-clad walls are lined with glass cabinets and mahogany shelves, while leather armchairs are set against a backdrop of original artworks. Whether you opt for a quick haircut and shampoo or indulge in the full 90-minute Truefitt & Hill Ultimate Grooming Experience, know that you're in good hands. The best in London, some might say.
Each of Adam Grooming Atelier's London-based barbershops offer an old world Turkish barbering experience in a classic-meets-cutting-edge environment. The all-Turkish team are expertly trained in age-old techniques that have been passed down through generations — including the traditional Turkish ear flame, which is offered as part of every service — but are just as adept at tackling modern cuts and hairstyles. Whatever you opt for, you're guaranteed to receive five-star service. Sit back with a Japanese whisky or Turkish coffee and let the guys take care of you. You'll emerge feeling replenished and ready for city life.
Huckle the Barber prides itself on its unpretentious approach to grooming, claiming to offer "traditional services with a refreshing, modern feel and a forward thinking attitude". This down-to-earth ethos extends to the clean and simple design aesthetic of its branches — one in Old Street and another in Lambs Conduit Street — as well as the gimmick-free treatments. There's complimentary craft beer on tap, an enviable playlist sounding from the speakers and great chat from the lively barbers. It's just like being welcomed into a mate's place. If that mate so happened to be a world-class barber.
Manifesto is a super-slick operation that offers top notch treatments in an elegantly understated setting. Its branches in Leather Lane and Coal Drops Yard feel more like bars than barbers, with dangling light fixtures, leather chairs, matt black and teal walls and exposed brick — not to mention a complimentary glass of whisky with your haircut. Pop in for a quick tidy up or go the full hog with 'The Dandy' package, which includes a traditional wet shave or beard trim, haircut, treatment and head massage. It's old school luxury for the modern man.
You've found your perfect barber, now it's time to decide on the 'do that's right for you. Will it be a super-sharp buzz cut, preppy Ivy League cut or low maintenance crew cut?
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