There seems to be a barbershop on every corner in London. The London barber scene has exploded over the past 10 years and there are a ton of shops jostling to give you the best cut and beard trim.
With this wealth of options for men comes a wave of indecision. As you can imagine the consistency of quality varies from barber to barber. So, how do you find the barber that is right for you?
Managing your expectations is key to sourcing somewhere you like. Do you want it cheap and cheerful? Or, are you swayed by the extras like a cold beer and swish surroundings?
This list of London barbers is going to help narrow your decision by giving you an overview of our favourite expert cutters from across the capital.
Truefit & Hill
Keeping the hair of some of the capitals most discerning gentleman in check for over 200 years has been St James’ Truefitt & Hill. Recognised as the oldest barbershop in the world, these Royal warrant holders offer a range of hair and grooming experiences.
The full experience of manicure, hot towels, haircut and shampoo is the epitome of grooming luxury for the modern man.
Cuts from £50
Offering a contemporary take on the traditional barbers, Murdock’s is a favourite among the stylish men of London. They have eight shops across the capital so convenience along with quality is high on the list for this barbershop.
You may have also come across their ranges of grooming and hair care products that are as eminently regarded as the cuts.
Cuts from £36
Geo F Trumper
With shops on Curzon Street in Mayfair and Duke of York Street in St James, they are another historic brand, founded in 1875.
As you can imagine with their rich heritage there is a nostalgic feel to the shop and the products bearing their name. We recommend them for men looking for a traditionalist barber that knows the classics.
Cuts from £38
Ted’s Grooming Lounge
The traditional Turkish barber experience is sheer artistry. Not only are coiffed to perfection with a quality cut, but stray hairs are whipped away with flaming precision.
Ted’s Grooming Lounge by Ted Baker is a blend of Turkish barbershop skills with a quintessentially British twist.
Cuts from £34
These guys opened the doors for a lot of the new players in the barbershop world. Originally founded in Edinburgh in 2012 their move down south a few years later set in motion the revolution of traditional barbers.
Not hard to see why they were so successful. An in-depth consultation puts worries at ease. You leave with a cut to suit your style and face shape.
Cuts from £58
Adam Grooming Ateliers
This relatively new chain of barbers has expanded quickly helped by its mantel as being one of the highest-rated barbers in London on Google.
Catering to men who like the added treats, cocktails are made on-site. So, enjoy an Old Fashioned or Shirley Temple while your barnet is expertly cut.
Cuts from £35
Pall Mall Barbers
If you are looking for a classic mid-range cut, then Pall Mall Barbers is the one for you. They have been cutting men’s hair since 1896, and their name bears their eponymous location.
Pall Mall was and still is to a certain degree a bustling hub for men. Some of London’s oldest outfitters, perfumers, barbers and gentleman’s clubs are all located around this central area.
In 2005, the current owner bought the original Pall Mall barbershop from the family running it and has since expanded the business to six locations.
Cuts from £30
They formally had shops in Topman, Oxford Circus and Ben Sherman in Angel. Now you can find Sharps barbers in their flagship store on Windmill Street.
The interiors of their shops are kitted out with 1950s barbers chairs and traditional British fittings. All this adds to the allure of these no-nonsense barbers.
Cuts from £35
This Mayfair institute is a grooming haven for men. It is known for traditional barbering services, but also a wealth of luxury treatments. I mean why have just a trim when you can have an Indian head massage, booster facial or a hot stone treatment as well.
We recommend visiting this grooming parlour for a dose of revitalising relaxation with the footie on your private LCD screen, naturally.
Cuts from £59
Located near Carnaby Street, Pankhurst barbers is perfect for the man who likes a glass of whiskey with his haircut.
This part speakeasy, part gentleman’s club, Pankhurst is a central spot for men looking for a classic cut with a masculine surrounding. All their haircuts and shaves are cultivated using their expert range of products.
Cuts from £60