Beards and Barnets

Beards, barnets, bangs…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 hair salons and barbers will show you where to go, so you can get the perfect haircut.


7 Morning Ln, London E9 6ND

If you just catch a glance of WhiP as you walk past, you’d be forgiven for not realising it’s a hair salon straightaway. With a mix of second-hand furniture, plants, a set of decks and a stash of vinyl, it looks likes (a very cool) somebody’s lounge – it’s only the retro barber chairs that give it away. WhiP is an organic and eco-friendly boutique salon and they take the eco thing seriously, stocking vegan products from Evo and Oway, having refillable bottles for shampoos and only serving vegan bevvies.

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Stylist Neil Moodie has been in the hair game for 35 years, during which time he’s created iconic looks for runway, red carpets and magazine covers. Now he’s opened his very first solo sustainable and inclusive studio on one side of Old Spitalfields Market. The two-floor space takes design inspo from the mid-century modern movement whilst also highlighting the character of the Grade II-listed building, so there’s exposed brick mixed in with lots of light wood, herringbone floors and dark blue tiling, with most of the materials being repurposed and upcycled (and all of those mag covers Neil has worked on are displayed on the walls downstairs too). The salon prides itself on offering a VIP level of service for every single client, whether you’re in for a wash or a full head of highlights, so you’re guaranteed to be well looked after. With gender neutral pricing, a commitment to sustainability (they use eco head taps, compostable hair towels, eco-friendly cleaning products and no single-use plastics or gloves amongst other measures), and top service, Neil Moodie Studio really does tick all the boxes.


Philipp Haug, who, along with his wife Siobhan, has opened Haug London Haus, a cute, sustainable boutique salon in the heart of Fitzrovia. The couple were previously at Toni + Guy working in the education department and have huge reps within the hair industry, though more so with trade than consumers, so opening a new salon was quite the gamble. Luckily it seems to have paid off. As well as access to these two master trainers and a squad of great staff, the salon also partners with Schwarzkopf to provide products and cutting edge tech, which allows you to see the health of your hair and offer a bespoke treatment to suit.


29-32 Berners St, London W1T 3LR

Hershesons has a shiny flagship salon in Fitzrovia and it’s pretty mega. Not only does the 5000 sqft space look great thanks to patterned floors, a real mix of seating, plants, and (of course) lots of lights and mirrors, and the open-plan design makes it feel more like a social space than a hairdressers. A host of top beauty talent has been brought on board, so you can also get your nails done by DryBy, facials from Sunday Riley (their first treatment offering in the UK), light therapy from The Light Salon and brows done by Suman Brows. Hershesons is known for their attention to detail and it’s the same here – when you get a hair wash and scalp massage, the chairs you sit in are massage chairs so your whole body gets a good rolling over, and you sit wherever you want too so you don’t have to move around between cut and colour. They’re all about making you feel comfortable.


33 Amwell St, Islington, London EC1R 1UR

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.


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). Each spot has a different look and feel – Brixton is more industrial chic whereas Dalston is quirkier – but they still use all-natural Davines products and will give you a bangin’ cut.


217 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London SW3 2EJ

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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24 Wells Street, London W1T 3PH

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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188 Brick Lane, London E1 6SA

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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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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Adam Grooming Atelier, Liverpool Street, Brushfield Street, London

ADAM have eight barbers around London, with the latest opening up in Spitalfields (where Rola Wala used to be weirdly enough). ADAM successfully fuses the traditional Turkish barbers with some of the more hipster salons that have popped up in London in the last few years. The design is vert futuristic, almost nightclub-y, with lots of mirrors, lights and a thumping soundtrack. There’s beers, whisky, and Turkish coffee on offer so you’ll be well looked after before you’ve even had a hair snipped. There’s a big range of pro services on offer, from a traditional haircut which includes a consultation, wash, cut, dry, second wash, hot towel, friction scalp massage, dry, finish and style, to new grooming services such as facials & manicures. We even had the tiny hairs on our ears singed off with a flaming cotton wool bud – a new one on us! With reasonable prices and top service, ADAM is probably about the most fun you can have at the barbers.


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.


2 Berwick St, Soho, London W1F 0DR

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

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.


68 York Way, London N1 9AG

Pall Mall Barbers is one of the oldest barbershops in London, with a 121-year history. They offer 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?


We all know Chiltern Firehouse and Monocle Cafe, but one of Chiltern Street’s lesser known independent businesses is hair salon Billi Currie. And whilst it might not necessarily have the glitz and glam of Firehouse but what it lacks in plush sofas and champagne it makes up in talented hair stylists and experience, having been resident since 2007. The salon is spread over two floors with wash basins below and cutting chairs above. It offers a super efficient service, they use Evo products (which means they are sulphate-free and not tested on animals) and the whole team have quite the CVs.


Brandon House, Borough High Street, London

Chloe & Florence Bellas first launched Clo&Flo in South Kensington, a studio that combines their backgrounds in pilates and hairdressing, and now they’ve expanded to Borough with a second, very Instagrammable salon. It’s a space where you can get your hair done, have a manicure and work out in a pilates session all under one roof making it perfect for busy Londoners.


Yes it might sound like a local boozer but The Lion & The Fox is a creative hair salon that’s a cut above the rest. Founded by hair stylist Tim Pateman and photographer Leo Cackett, this industrial space features a cut and colouring floor, alongside an art and photography gallery. And whilst treating yourself to a new do, you can sip on Square Mile Coffee or even a glass of vino selected by Ruth Spivey. Trust us, you’ll want to make the most of every minute of your cut and colour appointment here.


Blush + Blow, founded by make-up artist and beauty blogger Bridget O’Keeffe, is Fulham’s one stop-shop for all things beauty. As well as offering blow dries, hair extensions and colouring, the salon does manicures, spray tans, facials, massages, waxing, microblading, IPL, eyelash extensions, make-up and aesthetic treatments so you can treat yourself from top to toe. You can even get piercings done here too.


Ethical hair extension specialist Richy Hair is not only good at adding hair to your bonce, they now have their own townhouse in West London with a salon, meaning they can cut, treat and blow dry your locks even if you don’t need extra hair. Located in Chelsea on the super cute Walton Street, RH London certainly stands out from its neighbours with a huge floral display outside, which also doubles as the ideal insta op – just add a new head of hair and you’re influencing in the wild. And with a focus on slowing down and enjoying some ‘me’ time, the four-story townhouse has ample space for clients to relax after treatments.


83 Brewer Street, Soho, London W1F 9ZN

Murdock keeps us in ship-shape condition pretty much all the time. The barber shop has an old-school vibe and won’t only sort your beard and barnet out, but also do full-on facial treatments with a good old scrub, hot towels, beard oil, moisturiser and cucumber eye cream – and it’s so worth treating yourself to one.


309 Portobello Road, London W10 5TD

Expect to feel luxuriously pampered at Taylor Taylor. The salons are dripping in gold with bronzed vintage mirrors and oversized chandeliers…there’s even a brass topped cocktail bar in the Portobello salon. They offer a range of hair services, from cut and colour to straightening and blowouts, and all services are priced based on how experienced of a stylist you prefer so you don’t have to spend loads on a new ‘do’.


36A Newington Green, London N16 9PR

Buller and Rice is big on sustainability from the interiors to the eco-friendly Oway products. They keep things simple and if you’re new to colouring their balayage is perfect for a softer look. Each of the salons serve vino from local wine bars and at the Walthamstow one they have a product refill station too.

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Bond is a boutique women’s-only salon that’s recently been listed as a finalist for the Most Wanted Awards’ ‘Best New Boutique Salon’. It’s tucked away on a quiet street just off Brick Lane – think loft apartment vibes with high ceilings, wood floor, exposed brick and orb lighting. The stylists are super friendly and really make an effort to give you a personalised service. Bond also has full length beds at the basins rather than just chairs so you don’t strain your neck so much, and you can properly relax during the head massage. It’s the perfect balance between a relaxed atmosphere and attentive, personal service, making it the kind of salon you just keep wanting to come back to.


Milan brand Patrizia Manias has a shiny salon in Covent Garden and the space is molto elegante, we’re talking polished floors, orange leather chairs and a sleek black central unit with mirrors rising up from the middle. In fact if you were walking past and couldn’t see someone with foils in, you could easily mistake for it a gallery or high-end furniture store. These guys are known for innovative colouring techniques and super bouncy blow-dries. And, if it’s not just your hair that needs a little TLC Patrizia Manias can take care of your body too, as they offer a range of beauty services.


If you’re after the chop in Deptford, there’s one place you should head for and that’s The Bohemians. As the name suggests, it’s boho vibes all the way with lots of exposed brick, vintage and repurposed furnishings (in fact 80% of everything in the salon is recycled and their working towards making that 100% by looking at ways to recycle hair), and plenty of foliage. Inclusivity is also big for The Bohemians; they have gender-neutral pricing, so you’re paying based on the work and on the stylist’s time, and they’ve recently introduced the option to book a silent appointment for those who find it difficult to chat during haircuts or for those who just want some quiet time in the chair. They also use Oway colour at the salon, which offers 100% colour payoff and grey coverage whilst also being vegan, ammonia-free and made with biodynamic and organic ingredients


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