Whether you’re in London for a special celebration, or want to make a good impression for work, looking dapper and stylish is essential for any man in the city. Luckily, London has plenty of great places to help you stay groomed and stylish, from fantastic suiting tailors, to expert barbers and salons.
Look out for great London hotel packages if you’re planning a trip down to the city soon, and read ahead for some of the best barbershops in the capital to add to your list.
Asashi Barber, Shoreditch
For guests staying in the Montcalm luxury hotel London, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to style, from fantastic independent designers to help you find the perfect outfit, to trend-setting restaurants near Finsbury Square if you’re looking for an impressive place to head to in the evening.
First off though, is getting the right cut, and this hidden Shoreditch marvel is a must-visit destination if you’re in the area. With 25 years of experience, the founder, Asashi Yamaguchi, brought his barber skills from his native Japan to the city, and has won a dazzling client list over the years, that includes collaborations with leading fashion publications and major advertising campaigns from all over the world. His Shoreditch salon is his first dedicated studio space, and you can be sure that your hair is in the best of hands, when you’re in his leather chair.
Dunhill Barber, Mayfair
Upon arrival at the Dunhill spa and barber, you’ll immediately know that you’re in for something special. As the flagship store for the luxury Alfred Dunhill brand, Bourdon House is an historic and fascinating building, and a shave or haircut here can be a truly one of a kind experience.
The small but opulent studio provides bespoke haircuts by a team of expert barbers, with highly personalised and attentive service to make you feel utterly regal. Be warned however that its reputation means that the salon is always highly in demand. If you’re planning a stay at the Montcalm luxury hotel London soon, its best to book a few weeks in advance at the salon, to make sure that you can find a space.
If a formal gentleman’s barbershop doesn’t quite appeal, try this quirky and irreverent unisex salon in Farringdon. Their name might seem comical, but the people within are still serious about the style and service that they deliver to their clients.
Walk in to enjoy a no-nonsense great cut and style, without any pretentious frills or extras to make you feel uncomfortable. With some great restaurants near Finsbury Square nearby, it’s a top spot to head to before an evening out, to make sure that you’re looking your very best.
Acqua Di Parma Barbiere
Located with the luxurious department store, Selfridges, the Acqua Di Parma branded grooming space is the perfect place to enjoy a traditional Italian experience. Enjoy the relaxing ritual of a classic shave, or bask in some extra grooming tips to help you look and feel exceptional.
With the barber located within the men’s designer wear section, there’s plenty of time to shop for an outfit worthy of your new look afterwards.
Reputed to be one of the best barbers in London, a visit to here is essential if you’re serious about your hair. Murdock’s have been around in Old Street since 2006, giving them over a decade of experience in providing City workers and dwellers with the most stylish and dapper looks. They have a variety of locations around London, so you’re never too far away from their expert hands, when you need them.
They offer excellent wet shaves and a variety of services including beard re-shaping and trims. Take a peek at their range of accessories and products too, especially if you’re looking for gifts. Their moustache wax is highly prized.
Pankhurst London, Soho
More of a luxurious gentlemen’s club than a mere barbershop, Pankhurst off Carnaby Street has been providing sharp, timeless looks for London’s men for over 20 years, and is a grooming icon.
The sophisticated and understated elegance of the salon makes it well worth turning up a little early for your appointment, to give you plenty of time to relax and soak up the refined atmosphere. Their selection of award-winning grooming products are also worth splurging on, and will undoubtedly take pride of place in your bathroom cabinet.
Nomad Barbershop, Shoreditch
Youthful and stylish, Nomad is fairly recent to the grooming scene in London but the award-winning salon has already won a faithful following from across the world. A relaxed and trendy atmosphere makes this a great place to go to if you’re looking for a new style, and their complimentary wash, hot towel and neck shave is exceptional.
You’ll find their cuts regularly featured in style pages, so make a beeline for Nomad if you want to give yourself a bold new look.
The Barber at Fortnum and Mason, Piccadilly
For an indulgent and exceptional experience of luxury, it’s hard to beat the Barber at the legendary London institution, Fortnum and Mason. Located in their flagship Piccadilly branch, the Master Barber can be found on the third floor, and provides a one-stop shop for all things related to gentlemen’s grooming needs, and makes a great gift.
Book in for an appointment, where you can enjoy an expert haircut, along with hot towel head massages or a bespoke styling session. If you’re in need of a little tidying up, their wet shave and hair treatments will ensure you emerge feeling on point.
The first class service brings back the elegance and sense of ritual of a classic barbershop experience, with a fully stocked drinks cabinet if you fancy something while you’re waiting. They also offer exquisite “Keeps” – wooden lockers armed with all your essential grooming accessories, which can be purchased with an annual fee that allows you to enjoy a number of haircuts and shaves at the barber throughout the year.