Finding a decent spot for a quick trim in the capital can be an arduous task at the best of times. If you're a man who's currently on the hunt for your barbering buddy, check out our list of the best barbers in London.
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Ok, so maybe finding the best barber around isn't quite as much of a mammoth task as it is for women to find their hairdresser soulmate, but it's a tiresome one nonetheless. Whether you've just moved to the city, or are simply under the impression that your current barbers scalping skills leave a little to be desired, it's always worth 'shopping around' when it comes to the gent who's looking after your barnet.
Thanks to innovative travel app (grab it here) Pearlshare, which allows users to share travel favourites or 'pearls' in their home city or abroad, we've comprised a list of the twelve coolest barbers in London - enjoy!
London's Best Barbers
Geo F Trumper, Mayfair
Established in the late 19th century, Geo. F Trumper have been cutting men's hair for well over one hundred years. If a barbershop's been able to survive that long, you know they must be doing something right. With the original mahogany cubicles and glass display cases still in place, their interior epitomizes the traditional barbershop look. With a range of products from fragrances to styling gels available as well as being a fully fledged barbers in its own right, G.F Trumper is a one-stop shop for the man who likes quality.
Huckle The Barber, Bloomsbury
Huckle The Barber's mission statement outlines their company beliefs right from the outset - "No gimmicks, independent male grooming of the highest quality with no pretence." Having only launched in 2012, they've quickly gained popularity for their straightforward, traditional approach to men's hair while also remaining aware of the prevailing men's hair trends. With every barber having over 5 years of experience, alongside being hand picked by the founder - you know you're leaving your locks in capable hands.
Barber Streisand, Exmouth Market
Often appearing on Buzzfeed for their... creative name choice, Barber Streisand's audacious branding choice has only proceeded to compliment their styling team's ability. One of the few 'officially' unisex barbers on this list, you can expect a pretty laid back atmosphere, without feeling like you're in a hyper-masc man-cave either.
While they're nowhere near the stuffy archaic barbershops of old, but not quite like the pretentious plethora of 'boutique barbers' that have been cropping up around the capital either; Barber Streisand can best be described as a no-nonsense, easygoing spot to touch up your tresses. Or, the bunch that'll give you “Shit-hot men’s hair and short, sharp cuts for women” - their words, not mine.
Ted's Grooming Room, Fitzrovia
Pure proof that the trend for Ottoman inspired hairdos is well and truly gone commercial, Ted's Grooming Room is a men's grooming spin-off from popular UK brand, Ted Baker. While it's a little pricey, you'll walk out of TGR about as primped and primed as you've ever been. Hot towels, lemon cologne, back massages, eyebrow trimming - THE WORKS. Oh and not to mention you'll get the tidiest cut you've had in years, trust us.
Jack The Clipper, Spitalfields
Established by London's biggest family of Turkish master barbers in 1996, Jack the Ripper continues their legacy with a team of barbers all coming from Turkish heritage (they all speak English, of course). With a combination of ancient techniques, modern tools and a knowledge of the latest trends in male grooming - you really feel like the team are more than ready to both whip up a masterful creation, or just give you a simple trim. Once again, the turks reign supreme when it comes to men's hair!
Ruffians, Covent Garden
Often voted one of the best (if not, the best) barbershops in the UK, Ruffians reputation for quality precedes itself. Although they only opened their first location in 2012, they've quickly become a go-to for men looking to maintain their mane with the best in the business. Offering some of the best men's haircuts in the capital, alongside cut-throat shaves and an expansive range of products - it's a one stop shop for all things grooming.
Genco Male Grooming, Portobello Road
Touting themselves as one of the best one-stop-shops to meet a man's every grooming need, Genco Male Grooming offers exceptional quality cuts, shaves, and other treatments. After grabbing a high-quality cut, Genco can then assist you lovely gents with an abundance of other primping and priming procedures from waxing, deep tissue massages, skin treatments and manicures for men. So sit back, grab one of their (endless) complimentary drinks, and let the professionals do what they do best!
The Pleasant Barbers, Islington
If you're looking for a cheap, cheerful and no-frills experience - no location on this list will fit the bill more than The Pleasant Barbers. While the decor will certainly inject a dose of childhood barber regression, don't let the unassuming location fool you. The perfect marriage of traditional barbershop and modern manscaping vibes, you can expect great customer service, a quciky turnaround and an exceptional cut - what more does a man want?
The Spa and Barber at Alfred Dunhill, Mayfair
The creme de la creme of barbershop experiences, nowhere in London can offer the same level of traditional opulence as The Spa and Barber at Alfred Dunhill. Set in the ever imposing, grade II listed Bourdan house, you can expect a level of service here that few others can replicate. Each cut starts out with a comprehensive consultation which leads into your treatment of choice, whether that be a simple trim, a complete re-style or an added shave, facial or manicure treatment. Regardless of your usual barber, every discerning gent should experience the Dunhill treatment at least once in their life!
Pimps & Pinups, Spitalfields
Of all the locations listed, Pimps & Pinups is definitely up there with the most *ahem* 'Avante Garde' of them all. While it's retro, fifties style salon complete with boudior-esque dressing room lit mirrors and exposed brick wall gives off a classic impression, the staff and service couldn't be further from traditional. Perfect for the guy looking for something a little different, Pimps and Pinups really shine when it comes to colouring. That being said, they're more than capable (and happy!) to simply trim your tresses or guide you through a courageous re-style.
Gents of London Barbershop, Finsbury
While some of the latest barbershops cropping up around the capital can't veer away from the realms of traditional barbering fast enough, Gents of London Barbershop is doing the exact opposite. Considering themselves a 'traditional business with old school values', they strive to deliver a quality service for a decent price. Quintessentially British in appearance, they've stuck with the patriotic theme using exclusively British products throughout. Not ones to pidgeon hole themselves, owner Pete Donaghue claims "We are not a rockabilly style barber or a moustache twiddling one, we are something in between", an everyman's establishment should we say?
The Ottoman Crew, Bloomsbury
Another unique location, The Ottoman Crew in Bloomsbury offers a classic, all-encompassing Turkish service and all the expertise that comes hand in hand with it. Expect to be welcomed with some traditional Turkish coffee, followed by an extensive consultation with one of their highly-skilled barbers. If you've not visited a Turkish barber before, you should prepare yourself for the full works; cut, shave, eyebrow trimming, ear-fuzz flaming hour of grooming mastery. Bear in mind, this all comes as a standard and can take quite some time, so plan ahead accordingly!
Your Quick Guide to London's Best Barbers
- Geo F Trumper, Mayfair
- Huckle The Barber, Bloomsbury
- Barber Streisand, Exmouth Market
- Ted's Grooming Room, Fitzrovia
- Jack The Clipper, Spitalfields
- Ruffians, Covent Garden
- Genco Male Grooming, Portobello Road
- The Pleasant Barbers, Islington
- The Spa and Barber at Alfred Dunhill, Mayfair
- Pimps & Pinups, Spitalfields
- Gents of London Barbershop, Finsbury
- The Ottoman Crew, Bloomsbury
On That Note
And that's your lot! While it's always best to shop around to find your perfect barbers, this list should cut em' down to the cream of the crop so you won't be walking out of a dodgy east end barber looking like an extra from a back shelf eighties movies anytime soon. In the meantime, why not take a look at our grooming pages for some of the best products to maintain your newly primed hairdo!