Treat yourself to a salon with all the trimmings. Here are five of London’s best barbers.

Murdock London

With its first branch in the hip London neighbourhood of Shoreditch, word soon spread about Murdock London. The barbers has since launched in Soho, Covent Garden, and in the US. It’s easy to see why word got out: on arrival, guests are offered complimentary tea, coffee, beer, Harris Gin, or Glenfarclas whisky. Attention to detail matters here, so expect to have a trim surrounded by vintage typewriters and globes, wooden tennis rackets and leather rugby balls and football boots. You may be tempted to have a wet shave, beard or moustache trim, or hot towel facial along with a man-to-barber chat;  after all, staff are trained in mental health first aid. Its own-brand products are gluten-free, mostly vegan and free from parabens, sulphates and phthalates, so they’re not harmful to rivers or sealife. In keeping with the rest of the décor, the recycled plastic bottles are displayed in battered leather suitcases. 

The interior of Murdock barber in Soho in London


With a legacy spanning three decades, Brent Pankhurst is a trailblazer in British barbering and style consultancy. His journey began at Vidal Sassoon, where he earned distinction as its youngest creator at just 19. Pankhurst London was first established inside Alfred Dunhill’s flagship, before gracing Savile Row and opening in its current location inside Thom Sweeney Townhouse in Mayfair. Discontented with men’s grooming offerings, Brent forged his own exclusive line. Renowned for sculpting classic looks, Brent has left his mark on album covers, films, and celebrities such as the actors Daniel Craig and Jude Law and singer Robbie Williams. No wonder the prestigious magazine GQ extols the barbershop’s legendary haircuts, and Dubai requested an outpost. 

Inside Pankhurst barber in London

Jermyn Street Barbers

Established in 1854 on Jermyn Street, this barbers can now be found tucked at the back of Taylor of Old Bond Street on Bond Street. Quintessentially British, the salon is charming and elegant in equal parts. The family-owned salon prides itself on its service and discretion, attracting but not naming distinguished clientele including royalty, government dignitaries, and former US presidents. With a commitment to original designs and natural materials, Taylor of Old Bond Street features treasured relics including two chandeliers dating back to the early 1900s, black and white photographs and historical prints, echoing the bygone era’s grace and sophistication. Once you’ve had a trim, invest in its grooming products, which come in vintage-style packaging. 

Jermyn Street Barbers in London in England

Geo. F. Trumper

Founded in 1875, Geo. F. Trumper is now a cherished London institution, which is renowned for its rich history and unwavering dedication to quality. Named after its original owner, Trumper’s legacy continues under the ownership of the Taylor family. The establishment’s decor exudes timeless elegance, thanks to original features such as intricately detailed mirrors and woodwork that echo the charm of a bygone era. Its services are as traditional as its interiors, as it offers hot towel shaves and mustache and beard grooming with old-world techniques seamlessly combined with modern trends – making it the perfect option if you’re seeking a classic, refined look in keeping with contemporary styles.

The Barber at Alfred Dunhill

Hidden away on the first floor of Alfred Dunhill in the heart of the sophisticated neighborhood of Mayfair, The Barber dates back to 1893. Named after its original founder, this grooming haven remains a testament to timeless elegance. Its interiors harmoniously fuse opulence and originality, with vintage leather chairs, handcrafted wooden walls and patterned floor tiles, which transport patrons to a refined era. Tepia-coloured wallpaper, globes and leather chests are further example of cthe establishment’s commitment to detail. Uniquely, The Barber offers a bespoke service tailored to every client’s preference, encompassing traditional, cut throat wet shaves.

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