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Beards, barnets, bangs or even orangutan… Whatever the size, shape or state of your hair and facial fluff, we recommend you visit one of these. LOTI’s guide to London’s best barbers will show you where to go, so you can get the perfect haircut.


33 Amwell St, Islington, London EC1R 1UR, UK

Gents of London, located on Amwell street between Angel and Farringdon, is one of our favourite barbers in London. Finding the right balance between price and a proper service, this isn’t the kind of place where you feel like your’e being rushed out to make way for the next guy waiting in line, but nor it is it an overpriced salon with unnecessary bells and whistles. It’s traditional and old school in style with a simple list of services that range from a beard trim to a total cut and restyle. The barbers are real pros and take time to understand what you’re after, so that you actually end up with what you asked for. We’ve always been more than happy with any cut we’ve had here and we also like their range of products and styling waxes. Highly recommended.


4 Avery Row Mayfair London, W1K 4AL

For the ultimate grooming experience, Ted’s Ultimate VIP experience is the one. You’re in Ted’s VIP lounge in the basement of Ted’s Grooming Room, Mayfair for this masterclass in Turkish barbering, which includes a hair cut, beard trim and cheeky neck rub. After you’ve got into the chair, you get offered the drinks list, which covers everything from bourbon to tea. Then the towels get flung over you and the barber whips into action with precision, flair and panache. Your eyebrows get trimmed, your skin is covered in black wax and sticks go up your nostrils and are left to set. Then the fire comes out. The traditional Turkish ear-flaming is over before you’ve time to check if you need to sign a waiver. The black wax is quickly and sharply removed (it’s relatively pain-free) and you do feel an immediate lift in your skin, and you also get to see what’s no longer up your nose. After an exfoliating scrub, an eye mask goes on and you’re left to relax before the wet shave kicks in. Finally, there’s a scalp, face, arm and shoulder massage followed by a hot towel. Go on, treat yourself to some VIP love at Ted’s.


Barbers | Hair Salon | Beauty Room
64-66 Redchurch St, London E2 7DP, United Kingdom

Barbour & Parlour brings together men’s and women’s grooming with Cheeky Parlour, Neville Barber and Hair by Josh Wood. Ladies can go for a cut and colour or get a quick beauty fix – their cheeky work’s manicure is the one and there’s even a ‘Bangs Bar’. For the gents there’s cuts, beard trims and wet shaves. Something for everyone.

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342 Coldharbour Ln, London SW9 8BH

Blue Tit’s salons are all about the vintage décor and their friendly bunch of talented stylists. It’s a winning formula that’s gained them many fans (us included). Their Brixton spot has a slightly different feel to the rest and has a more industrial look, but they still use all-natural Davines products and will give you a bangin’ cut.

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217 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London SW3 2EJ, United Kingdom

Paul Edmonds salon in Knightsbridge is certainly swish, but definitely not pretentious. Housed in a Georgian-inspired townhouse you can expect arm chairs and table top lamps, and a personal service. Tailoring all their treatments, it’s definitely not a one size fits all kinda place and perfect for a bit of pampering.

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12 Cheshire Street, London E2 6EH, United Kingdom

Ralph & Rice is big on sustainability from the interiors to the eco-friendly Davines products. They keep things simple and if you’re new to colouring their combo of ombre and balayage is perfect for a softer look. When it comes to the cut, it’s one of the best we’ve had in town.

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188 Brick Lane, London E1 6SA, United Kingdom

Not Another Salon looks like an art gallery, but is the perfect place to get your hair dyed. Specialising in colour they use INNOluxe, a “magic serum” to create any colour you want. And with board games, crazy 80’s books and a Game Boy complete with Super Mario to keep you entertained, you definitely won’t be bored while you’re waiting.

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252 High Holborn, London WC1V 7EN, United Kingdom

If you need a speedy cut but don’t want to compromise on quality, the Matthew Curtis Salon (which picked up Best New Salon at the Most Wanted awards) at the Rosewood London is the place for you. The stylists are on it when it comes to attention to detail but will still have you in and out in before your lunch break is over, although you’ll probs wanna hang around because it looks so damn cool inside…we’re talking major Orient Express vibes.


46 Redchurch St, London E2 7DP, United Kingdom

Being a modern gent is embedded into the philosophy of Murdock. You’ll find an old school interior is splashed with their latest men’s grooming products from skincare to cologne. It’s not just cuts, trims and shaves they do either…facials and manicures are all on offer these days. Be a man and step up your look.

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55 Lamb’s Conduit St, Bloomsbury, London, WC1N 3NB

You’ve got craft beer on tap, bi-monthly Cut Throat Comedy night that are free for all and top-notch acoustic sessions, all in the sleek and swanky interior inspired by a butcher’s shop. It’s a mix of contemporary style, traditional techniques with some of the top session stylists in the biz attending to your beards and barnets.

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Spitalfields Arts Market, 51 Brushfield Street, London E1 6AA

Run by the eccentric, multi award-winning barber Johnny BaBa, who started working in a barber shop when he was just 11. Barber Barber rock an old school approach that have both the gentleman and the scoundrel at heart. You can even find a secret man cave in their basement where you can enjoy a beverage or two.

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Barbers | Grooming
27 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 7JS

It started in Scotland in 2012 and didn’t take long to open up in London in 2013 which picked them up Best Independent Newcomer at the British Hairdressing Business Awards, and Best New Salon and Best Designed Salon. Ruffians are super easy, it’s like hanging with your mates, they listen and have the skills to make you look boss. Haircuts, beard tidies or close shaves be assured that you are being well looked after. They also have locations in Marylebone and Shoreditch.

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41 Artillery Lane, London E1 7LP, United Kingdom

A Georgian townhouse turned salon; the Drawing Room has bags of charm. Each hairdressing station has it own vintage dressing table and mirror and the place is filled with quirks – including a crooked staircase. We can’t fault the cuts here and when you’re sat in the chair with a cocktail, the hair cut just flies by.

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24 Wells Street, London W1T 3PH, United Kingdom

There’s no other way to describe George Northwood’s salon than cool. As well as offering expert cuts, they do colour treatments and blow dries. And with Alexa Chung as a regular you know it’s gotta be good..

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63 Hackney Road, London E2 7NX, United Kingdom

Your mop definitely won’t get butchered here. Butchers Salon on Hackney Road and they definitely know how to use a pair of scissors. They use eco-friendly products and if you ask nicely they might even give you a head or shoulder massage. With chilled vibes and super friendly staff, you can’t got wrong at Butchers Salon.

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2 Berwick St, Soho, London W1F 0DR, United Kingdom

Uber-trendy salon Bleach specialises in bold and bright dye jobs, so if you’re looking to take your hair to the next level Bleach should be at the top of your list.

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335 - 337 King's Road, London SW3 5ES, United Kingdom

If you’re after a DUCKING good blow dry, you’ll be blown away by Duck & Dry. All blow dry styles cost the same no matter what length your hair is and they even do a blow dry & trim combo if you want a total re-fresh. This place is prosecco fuelled and an instagram dream; perfect for a bit of pampering.


1 Westgate Street, London, London Borough of Hackney E8 3RL, United Kingdom

Netil House is home to the eco-friendly Glasshouse salon. The minimal interiors are intsa-worthy and so is the hair you’ll come out with. Staying ahead of the trends this salon will give you a fresh new look without all the fuss.

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68 York Way, London N1 9AG, United Kingdom

Pall Mall Barbers

Pall Mall Barbers is one of the oldest barbershops in London, with a 121-year history. Their newest new store is in King’s Cross, near the station, right next to The Guardian offices, and offers a reliable range of gents barbershop services from cuts to beard trims and wet shaves. They also make their own products so you can continue the grooming at home. For traditional trims you can’t really argue with a shop that’s been around since 1896 can you?


137 Commercial St, London E1 6BJ, United Kingdom

Taylor Taylor are the guys that really care about your hair. They’ll listen to what you have to say and give you a killer new do. For a new look with someone you can trust, Taylor and Taylor are the ones.

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