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Meet our Bishopsgate Barbers!

Our team of Bishopsgate Barbers are a lively bunch. We spent some time chatting to them to get the lowdown of the local area and find out a bit more about them.

Christian Hayward

Christian Hayward - barber in our aldgate barbershop
Q: Favourite spot near Bishopsgate?
A: Mac & wild in Devonshire Square – great service and even better food. Bar kick Shoreditch for the big games, great atmosphere and always busy, which I like.
Q: What do you like to do in your spare time?
A I play semi professional football every weekend for a local side in Berkshire. Love eating out for steak and seafood. I enjoy shopping, as I’m really into my fashion. And going to concerts, I love hip hop, rnb, funk, soul and rock !
Q: What’s your favourite thing to do in London?
A: Going to watch the mighty West Ham – sadly at our new stadium which isn’t as good as Upton Park! I like eating out at restaurants and like Hawksmoor, Goodmans, Mash, and Rock and Rose, and hitting up the West end on a big night out.
Q: Who are your favourite team?
A: West Ham United – I’m football crazy.
Q: What is your favourite haircut or service at PMB?
A: Skin fades are my forte. I love classic, traditional men’s cuts dating right back to the 1930’s/50’s but with a modern twist – they are the go to haircut for any city gent. I’m a beard guru, too: I love sculpting and shaping beards of any size – the sharper the better. And attention to detail is key – so I love doing any creative or technically challenging haircuts, like blunt fringes, texturised crops, and long layered surfer hair.
Q: What is your favourite Pall Mall Barbers product to use?
A: I love our Texture Enhancer. Top tip: work a pea sized amount into wet hair, from root to tip, then blow dry through into desired style. Always start with less and add more if needed – you can always add more but you can’t take it away. Another top secret tip is to cocktail your products: my perfect combination is Texture Enhancer into wet hair, and once it is dry, add a small amount of Pliable Clay.
And as a bearded gent, I love our Beard Oil. My top tip is to use it preferably 30-40 minutes before you go to bed, so you don’t get it on your clothing for the next day. Use a few drops of beard oil – or more, if you have a longer or bushier beard – and coat the beard from root to tip, combing it thoroughly through the beard. And I can’t leave the house without our Sandalwood and Clove Cologne, it’s the perfect finish to a modern man’s image – smell as good as you look.

Jay Burns

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Q: What’s your favourite place to eat in Bishopsgate?
A: Petticoat Lane Market. There’s food from all over the world, with decent prices and portion sizes. I recommend the Falafel stall – my favourite is the chicken escalope and falafel wrap with extra chilli.
Q: What do you like to do in your spare time?
A: I’m into boxing, cycling, and running, and whenever I get a chance, I like to go snowboarding. I also like to keep an eye on new techniques and trends in the barber industry.
Q: What’s your favourite thing to do in London?
A: Visiting the Palm Tree in Mile End, right on the edge of one of Mile End’s canals. As a Londoner myself, I think the Palm Tree is a little slice of ‘ye old foggy London town’ – and in my opinion, it’s the best place in London for a good knees up! It’s an old boozer with a fine selection of beers and most evenings there’s a three-piece Jazz band playing.
Q: You’re mad about Boxing, right?
A: Boxing is my favourite sport! My favourite boxers are Anthony Joshua, Carl Frampton, and Canelo Alveraz, and my idol growing up was Ricky Hatton.
Q: What are your favourite haircuts to do?
A: Short clipper faded styles are my favourites. I’m also known for giving excellent wet shaves with a razor.
Q: What’s your top tip for shaving?
A: Always make sure to keep everything hot when shaving, and stretch the skin in the opposite direction to the blade for an irritation-free shave.
Q: What are your favourite Pall Mall Barbers products?
A: Pliable Clay is great for shorter textured haircuts and has a good hold but is not too firm. It provides a matt finish perfect for a natural look. And our Post Shave Balm is excellent for bringing your skin back to life after a luxury shave. A rich moisturiser that doesn’t leave your skin greasy whilst keeping it hydrated. A luxurious product to round up a luxurious service!

Sara Darkazalli

Q: Where is your favourite spot in the Bishopsgate area?
A: Devonshire Square – I find it’s really relaxing and always sunny, well, when it’s actually sunny! A nice place to each lunch and take in the surroundings.
Q: What do you do in your spare time?
A: I read, and love to see my friends and family. I like to play video games from time to time, and get to yoga as much as I can (which is never as often as I’d like!)
Q: Where’s your favourite place in London?
A: I love walking around South Bank stopping in the food and book markets, and walking along the river. And for going out, I love Camden – the buzz is great!
Q: Who’s your favourite football team?
A: Chelsea, of course!
Q: What’s your favourite kind of haircut?
A: My favourite is a traditional scissor cut – a classic look for the modern gent.
Q: Which is your favourite Pall Mall Barbers product to use?
A: The Texture Enhancer (which works so well with scissor cuts) and Pliable Clay. Sometimes if I’m feeling crazy, I’ll cocktail the two to get the perfect hold.

Martin Baker

Q: Where is your favourite spot in the Bishopsgate area?
A: Devonshire Square – great to chill in.
Q: What do you do in your spare time?
A: Coaching my boy’s football team, and spending time with the family.
Q: Where’s your favourite place in all of London?
A: The British Museum is amazing.
Q: What’s your favourite sports team?
A: Tottenham Hotspur, through and through.
Q: What’s your favourite haircut to do?
A: Classic City gents cuts – can’t go wrong.
Q: Which is your favourite Pall Mall Barbers product to use?
A: Pliable Clay – but we have a great range of styling products at Pall Mall Barbers which will suit most gents!

Jessica Larsh

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Q: Where is your favourite spot in the Bishopsgate area?
A: I like Petticoat Market, it has an amazing Caribbean stall as well as a Ghanaian stall – great food, great flavours and huge portions for a small price.
Q: What do you like to do in your spare time?
A: Dancing, gym, boxing, going to the theatre, going out to eat with friends, going to the cinema, comedy club, funfair and having a great laugh while doing so.
Q: Your favourite place or thing in London?
A: I love going to restaurants that do amazing food – I’m a food lover. I also love Thorpe Park. I am a thrill seeker and enjoy going on roller coasters and great rides.
Q: What’s your favourite sports team?
A: Manchester United of course, who else?
Q: What’s your favourite type of haircut?
A: I like watching skin fades being done, or a nice side part scoop over a layered scissor cut too.
Q: Which is your favourite Pall Mall Barbers product?
A: The Sea Salt Spray is amazing – it gives guys with thinner hair more volume and a nice healthy look.

Our Liverpool Street barbers is on Houndsditch and is near to both Shoreditch and Spitalfields. Tucked neatly between Bishopsgate, Commercial Street and Aldgate, our Bishopsgate barbers are right in the heart of the City of London.
Pall Mall Barbers team of expert barbers are always on hand for beard trimming, wet shaves, men’s haircuts and styling – sharing their expertise to provide the best service in the square mile. Book in with one of our barbers in Spitalfields now!

About Pall Mall Barbers

Providing a traditional service in a modern manner, Pall Mall Barbers has a long-established history of providing hairdressing and grooming to gentlemen, dating back over 120 years. Founded in 1896 at No. 27 Whitcomb Street, The Pall Mall Toilet Saloon, as it was historically known, was a standout in St James’ and Pall Mall. Pall Mall Barbers has grown and evolved over the years, and across our 6 London locations in Trafalgar Square, Fitzrovia, Bishopsgate, King’s Cross, Westminster and Paddington, we employ a staff with over 350 years of international barbering experience between them. We train our barbers on the fundamentals of exceptional hair cutting, beard shaping, and wet shaving and base our service around educating our clients to help them get the best of their look and grooming routines. We produce award-winning grooming including a 5-Step Shave System for use at home and in barber shops, as well as a selection of styling and haircare products.

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