Shave and a Haircut: The Top 5 Barbershops in London

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There once was a time when London’s top-hatted gentry would regularly pop in their barbers for a weekly or daily shave. Today’s modern day gentlemen may be a little more relaxed in their approach to grooming but a trip to the barbers for a straight razor shave is one London grooming tradition that refuses to disappear.

Perhaps it’s because London’s barbers have been shaving the city’s gents for centuries that makes the city one of the best places on the planet to find a barber. Marie Teather tracks down five of the best.

1 Truefitt & Hill

According to ‘Guinness World Records’, Truefitt is the world’s oldest barbers. Established in 1805, the two-centuries old barbershop is barbers and Royal Warrant holders to H.R.H., The Duke of Edinburgh.

For an exceptional experience of Truefitt & Hill services, visit the salon at St. James’s to enjoy a hot lather shave, haircut, and shoe shine for that special engagement, business meeting, or simply just to relax and unwind.

The Truefitt & Hill Ultimate Grooming Experience lasts for 100 minutes and includes a traditional wet shave, facial treatment, haircut/shampoo and manicure and costs £145.

71 St. James's Street, London, SW1A 1PH
020 7493 2961

2 The Refinery

The Refinery is London's one-stop Grooming Emporium for men. Established in January 2000 The Refinery offers barbering, skincare, and spa treatments in exclusive luxury retreats in Mayfair, Harrods, and Knightsbridge.

Combining the comfort and atmosphere of a gentlemen's club with the vitality and sense of well-being of a health spa, The Refinery provides an environment where

clients can relax, unwind and feel revitalized.

60 Brook Street, London, W1K 5DU
020 7409 2001

3 Murdock

Set in the heart of Hoxton, Murdock is inspired by traditional ideas about men and retail, brought up to date with a modern attitude and laid-back approach. The salon combines the quiet discretion of Jermyn Street with the stylish insouciance of the East End.

The shop stocks a specially selected range of men's grooming products, everyday essentials and accessories, whilst also offering the services you would expect from a modern barber—wet shaves, stylish hair cuts, and other treatments.

The Traditional English Wet Shave , which uses only D.R. Harris products, including pre, post, shave and aftershave costs £32.50

340 Old Street, LONDON, EC1V 9DS

4 Pall Mall Barbers

Pall Mall Barbers is one of the finest independent barbershops in London, offering traditional barber services including wet shaving.

For more than 100 years, barbers at 27 Whitcomb Street have provided discerning men with the finest in haircutting and wet shaving services and grooming products.

“Style is looking good, looking sharp. It is your personal image, your manner of doing things. It can be read in the impression you make on walking into a business meeting or a party or even the local gym. In terms of simple psychology, a good haircut is the apotheosis of style, indicating high self-esteem and self-respect.”

7 Whitcomb Street, London, WC2H 7EP
020 7930 7787

5 Jason Shankey

Jason Shankey, the foremost expert in the male grooming field, created the first luxury, all services modern men‘s only grooming concept back in 1997.

Having worked with innovative companies such as the Honda Formula 1 team and industry giants such as Gillette and Boots, Jason Shankey salons pride themselves on providing highly skilled staff and exceptional service.

Jason has also created Jason Shankey Expert, a collection of hair and skincare products that help men to look and feel their best, using a simple ten-minute morning regime. Jason Shankey Expert took 10 years to develop and has been praised for being both highly efficacious and simple to use. It helps solve many of the shaving problems men experience (such as shaving irritation, shaving rash, ingrown hairs and razor burn) in a simple and enjoyable way.

19 Jerdan Place, Fulham Broadway, London, SW6 1BE
0207 386 3900

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