10 Of The Best Barbers To Know In London

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From stylish City spots to old-school establishments over 200 years old, here are ten of the capital’s finest barbers, whether you’re in the market for a quick trim or a relaxing head-to-toe treatment…

ADAM GROOMING ATELIER

Best For: Overall Experience

Championing old-world craftsmanship and traditional Turkish technique, Adam Grooming Atelier is a stylish one-stop shop for all your grooming needs. Expect a slick operation at this high-end Turkish barber, whether you opt for a simple beard trim or classic cut. For a payday treat, head to Adam’s Harrods outpost, which offers exclusive treatments with its most senior barbers. Book in for the Face Time treatment – a cut-throat razor shave and beard reshape combined with hot towels and massage.

Need To Know: Adam’s has 11 barbers across the capital, as well as exclusive treatments at its Harrods salon.

Visit AdamGroomingAtelier.com

NED'S BARBERSHOP

Best For: A Friday afternoon

In a tucked away corner of private members club The Ned sits Ned’s Barbershop, a speakeasy-style salon offering treatments to members and friends alike – think beard reshapes, speedy trims and wet shaves. A stone’s throw from the Royal Exchange, you’re slap bang in the middle of the City, making this the perfect spot for some pre-weekend pampering. Leave time for the shoe shining service and you’re good to go.

Need To Know: Got a little more time on your hands? Book in for the Le Labo Experience, which includes a facial, traditional wet shave and full beard reshape, using products from the iconic New York-based perfume house. 

Visit TheNed.com

MANIFESTO

Best For: Hassle-free haircuts

Cool, calm and understated, Manifesto is all about the detail. Expect precise haircuts and grooming services from barbers at the top of their game, all using quality products – think Le Labo, Davines and Tom Daxon. Enjoy a traditional wet shave or treat yourself to ‘The Dandy’, an indulgent 90-minute treatment that includes a beard trim, haircut, hair treatment, head massage and a glass of whisky. 

Need To Know: Manifesto has two salons – one in Leather Lane and a more recently opened spot in Coal Drops Yard.

Visit Man-Ifesto.com
 

SLIDER CUTS

Best For: Afro/textured hair

A favourite of Stormzy, Lebron James and Anthony Joshua, this one’s ideal for men with afro or textured hair. Frontman Mark Maciver has over 20 years’ experience and is renowned for his precision cuts. As one of the most affordable options on this list, a shape-up will set you back £12 while a haircut and beard trim with the top barber costs £50. Scroll through its Instagram to see what you can expect.

Need To Know: Online booking is recommended ahead of your visit to this Hackney-based barber.

Visit SliderCuts.com

RUFFIANS

Best For: Friendly and knowledgeable staff 

Founded a decade ago in Edinburgh’s West End, Ruffians quickly became known for its friendly service, stylish interiors and creative barbering skills. The following year, it moved down south and opened a flagship salon in Covent Garden, and has since opened in Marylebone, Shoreditch and within Liberty. The focus here is on high-quality cuts, beard trims and cut-throat shaves.

Need To Know: Enjoy complimentary drinks with your cut – there’s a good choice of cold beer and coffee, as well as Scotch whiskies. 

Visit Ruffians.co.uk

TRUEFITT & HILL 

Best For: Old-school luxury

Established in 1805 and name-dropped by both Dickens and Thackeray, Truefitt & Hill holds a royal warrant and counts the likes of Cary Grant and Winston Churchill among its former clientele. All grooming needs are catered for at this Mayfair institution – as well as haircuts, it offers traditional hot towel wet shaves, beard trims, manicures, facials and even shoe shines.

Need To Know: Book in for a Traditional Shaving Class to elevate your own razor skills. While you’re there, stock up on old-school grooming essentials.  

Visit TruefittAndHill.co.uk

SUPPLY 91

Best For: Neighbourhood vibes

On a side street off Upper Street, this one is fast becoming a favourite of those in the know. Founded by two of the capital’s top stylists, you’re in good hands, whether you’re booking in for a cut, beard tidy or speedy back and sides. There’s a focus on sustainability – it only uses organic products and plants a tree for every treatment it delivers – and prices are relatively affordable.

Need To Know: If you’re never quite sure what to ask your barber when getting a cut, head here. Every appointment includes a full consultation with one of the team’s barbers, so you can discuss what you’re after.

Visit Supply91.co.uk

ACQUA DI PARMA BARBIERE 

Best For: A treat

A trip to this traditional Italian barbershop feels like a luxury affair. In the Men’s Designer Street Room in Selfridges, the Barbiere has established itself as one of the go-to places in the capital. You can enjoy a range of experiences from a quick-yet-relaxing Express Shave to eyebrow shaping and skin-enhancing face peels, all of which use the brand’s luxury products. All while the marble flooring and suave leather chairs make you feel like you’re in an upmarket corner of Italy.

Need To Know: If you’re a frequent traveller, keep an eye out for Acqua di Parma’s other barbershops in Dubai, Rome and Milan. 

Visit AcquaDiParma.com

MURDOCK

Best For: Stylish cuts

With locations in Soho, Covent Garden and Shoreditch, Murdock is made for the modern gentleman. Each barber has been handpicked by the Murdock team, meaning you’re always in good hands, and each has their own style. Whether you have 15 minutes or an hour, there’s a treatment to suit – book in for the speedy Style & Go to leave you feeling your best ahead of a date or interview, or indulge in an hour-long treatment for top-to-toe grooming.

Need To Know: If you haven’t yet tried Murdock’s products, stock up while you’re here. We’re big fans of the beard balm and the quince and oakmoss shampoo.

Visit MurdockLondon.com

KESMAN

Best For: Affordable options

A recent finalist at the Modern Barber Awards 2022, Kesman in Farringdon is the spot to know for stylish grooming that won’t break the bank. The consultation process is one of the most important factors here – every appointment starts with a thorough chat to work out a style to suit your face and hair shape as well as your lifestyle. A standard haircut is priced at £35; a beard trim is £25, and a signature cut-throat shave £35. 

Need To Know: If you’re struggling with dullness or breakouts, add on an express facial post-treatment. Using steam, hot towels, exfoliation and face massage, it promises speedy results. 

Visit KesmanGrooming.com

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