Jack The Clipper, Whitechapel
Sporting the perfect name for a Whitechapel barber’s, this haven for dandy east London gents has a treatment menu full of sinister-sounding things you can have done to your barnet or beard. Get a ‘lemon squash, cut and sandy lyle’ (wash, cut and style), £19.50, a ‘Jack’s dig in the grave with a hot Simon Cowell’ (shave and towel), £10 or ‘the full ripper’, £29, which is a wash, cut, style and shave. It’s the home of styled-up cockney.
4 Toynbee Street, E1 7NE
Electric Hairdressing, Marylebone
Based in a trendilicious location – opposite Other Criteria gallery store, which sells products based on the work of artists such as Damien Hirst. Busy types will love super-speedy treatments like the Electric Express Blow Dry, from £50, which gives stylistas a blow dry, a manicure and a pedicure in just 20 minutes. Or when you’re in need of more chill-out time, bust into a secret downstairs area called ‘The Rooms’, where you can plug in your own music and get private hair treatments away from the hustle.
29 Thayer Street, W1U 2QW
Hari’s Salon, King’s Road
Let the barman whip you up a cocktail (or a smoothie if you’re there early). Then take your seat in front of a piano or a mirror surrounded by pictures of musical greats for a haircut by one of Hari’s team of experts. And if you time it right, the experience will be soundtracked by a live jazz band or saxophonist. Men’s cut and styling from £25 and women’s from £48.
233 King’s Road, SW3 5EJ
Blue Tit, Dalston
The independent salon looks more like an Edwardian living room than a 21st-century hairdresser’s, with its vintage leather armchairs, fireplace and black and white photos. It’s best to head here before a big event, because the salon is famous for its fashion-forward, look-at-me up-dos for girls, from £46. If it’s sunny, they’ll cut your hair outside, in a peaceful, covered part of the garden. Get a cut and finish for £49 (girls) or £30 (boys), then hang out at the sweeping wooden smoothie bar afterwards. The salon uses only organic products.
7 Stoke Newington Road, N16 8BH
Flaxton Ptootch, Kentish Town
This place is so hip people aren’t quite sure how to pronounce its name (it’s ‘P-Tooch’). At the hairdresser-meets-art gallery, north London hipsters can kill two very essential birds with one stone, and check out some cutting-edge art while getting that all-important trim. They also host the occasional gig. And you don’t pay silly amounts to get your hair done here – cuts cost from £24 and colour services start at £12.
237 Kentish Town Road, NW5 2JT