Fitzrovia Area Guide
Fitzrovia was proclaimed best London district to live in by the Sunday Times in 2016. We wouldn’t disagree. It’s home to a branch of Pall Mall Barbers at 45 Fitzroy Street. That’s technically on the border of north west London, but just around the corner from Great Portland Street, meaning it’s just as easy to get from west London to your appointment with one of our fantastically-talented barbers (who are also the best in London, if we do say so ourselves). Wherever you’re coming from, here are our favourite things to do in Bayswater, Notting Hill, Kensington, Earl’s Court, Russell Square and Bloomsbury.
Barbers Near Bayswater
Queensway is the lively, bustling heart of Bayswater’s cultural melting pot. The W2 postcode is where communities of Greek, Arab and Brazilian expats live side-by-side, making it the perfect place to sample a new cuisine or pick up exotic ingredients for a recipe. By some twist of fate, it’s also home to not one but two bowling alleys. Queen’s, the larger of the two, offers twelve lanes plus an ice rink, plus its own branch of MEATLiquor. Up the road in Whiteley’s Shopping Centre is a branch of All Star Lanes. It’s a bit smaller but what it lacks in size it makes up for with the burgers, buttermilk chicken and truffled macaroni cheese from a huge American-style diner.
Hop on the District Line at Bayswater Station and it’s just fifteen minutes to our Fitzrovia barbershop and some of the best barbers around. We’re at 45 Fitzroy Street, less than five minutes’ walk from Great Portland Street Station. You can book here, or download our app on iOs or Android.
Barbers Near Notting Hill
Take exit three at Notting Hill Gate Station and you’re at the bottom of Portobello Road, and possibly the most famous street market in the world. The antique and second-hand shops lining the way are open all week, but it’s best to come on Saturday for the full experience. We think it’s worth braving the crowds to check out the huge spread of collectables, vintage fashion, costume jewellery and leather accessories on the stalls. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, wind your way towards Westbourne Park Road and make a beeline for the street food market. The menu changes from week to week, but there’s a pretty good chance of finding paella, fish and chips and all kinds of curry no matter when you turn up.
Westbourne Park is the closest station to the northern end of the market. From there, it’s five stops on the Circle or Hammersmith and City Line to Great Portland Street and our barbershop at 45 Fitzroy Street. You can book here, or download the Pall Mall Barbers app on iOs or Android.
Barbers Near Kensington
If you can wear it, sit on it, or hang it on a wall, you’re likely to find a priceless example of it at the Victoria & Albert Museum in South Kensington. Endless galleries showcase masterpieces of the decorative arts from 1920s eveningwear to Chinese ceramics to mid-century modern furniture. The museum has made a splash recently for sold-out retrospectives of David Bowie and Alexander McQueen, so keep a close eye on the events calendar and get in quick.
If your tastes run more towards dinosaurs and spaceships, you’ll find both the Natural History and Science Museums just over the aptly-named Exhibition Road. If you’d prefer not to compete with schoolchildren for a glimpse of the T-Rex, help is at hand. Both museums host regular adults-only evenings of talks, flight simulations and even the occasional sleepover for the still young at heart.
It’s an easy journey from South Kensington Station to our Fitzrovia barbershop. Change from the Circle to Victoria Line at Victoria, and it’s just three stops from there to Warren Street. You’ll find our team of barbers just around the corner at 45 Fitzroy Street. You can book here, or download our app on iOs or Android.
Barbers Near Earl’s Court
18th century London coffee houses were lively centres of gossip and commerce, and a favourite gathering spot for businessmen and entrepreneurs. It was in the same spirit of community and conviviality that The Troubadour was founded in 1954. It’s difficult now to imagine Brompton Road as a frontier in the burgeoning counter-culture scene, but it was The Troubadour where Bob Dylan played his first show in London and the Black Panthers met in the late 60s. Times have changed, but the legendary basement club is still one of the best venues in London to check out up-and-coming musicians or relax with a glass of wine at weekly jazz evenings. The café upstairs serves breakfast, lunch and dinner from a reliable menu of British favourites and roasts with all the trimmings on Sunday.
Just around the corner on Earl’s Court Road, Evans & Peel Detective Agency offers up another bit of retro fun for cocktail enthusiasts. Step through the “secret” bookcase and into an intimate, candlelit bar decked out as a 1920’s speakeasy of booze, burlesque and jazz.
It’s a quick journey from Earl’s Court Station to our Fitzrovia barbershop. Take the District Line four stops to Victoria and change. From there, it’s just three stops to Warren Street on the Victoria Line. You’ll find us just around the corner at 45 Fitzroy Street, under the red and white striped barbers pole. Book your appointment here, or download the app on iOs or Android.
Barbers Near Russell Square
Booklovers will be in paradise on Marchmont Street, just opposite Russell Square Station next to the Brunswick Centre. The quiet road boasts no less than three independent bookshops, all within metres of each other. Start at the northernmost end, where you’ll find arts and humanities specialist Judd Books at number 82. The basement is stacked ceiling-high with social science, history and philosophy titles, while upstairs is devoted to beautifully-illustrated art texts and a small selection of fiction.
Cross over Tavistock Place to find Gay’s the Word. At nearly forty years old, it’s the oldest shop in the UK exclusively dedicated to LGBTQIA books. Most of the titles are fiction, but there is a small, carefully chosen selection of pop culture and history near the front.
The delightfully chaotic Skoob Books is the last stop on our literary crawl. Don’t go in looking for anything specific – although the shop is roughly divided into sections, you’re on your own after that. What won’t fit on the shelves gets stacked on the floor, so mind your step. Keep an open mind and you’re bound to be delighted.
It’s a twenty-minute walk from there to our Fitzrovia barbershop, but if that’s a bit much, the 30 or 205 buses from the British Library will do the job just as well. Jump off at Warren Street and we’re just on the corner of Fitzroy Street. Book your appointment on our website, or download the Pall Mall Barbers app on iOs or Android.
Barbers Near Bloomsbury
The first recorded mention of Bloomsbury is in the 1086 Domesday Book, which helpfully noted that it had enough vineyards and woods for 100 pigs. It’s better known these days as the historical centre of London’s literary and educational institutions. In the heart of it all is the British Museum. Over eight million objects from every continent and civilisation can be found behind the Greek Revival façade on Great Russell Street, spanning human history in its entirety. Visiting the galleries is completely free, so you really have no excuse not to be one of the six million who pass through each year.
Nearby on Gower Street sits the often-overlooked Grant Museum of Zoology. You’d be hard pressed to spend more than an hour here, but it’s a delightful diversion if you happen to be passing by. Pretty much every living species is represented in the floor to ceiling display cases, and even a few extinct ones as well. If you’re not sure where to start, there’s a handy leaflet pointing out the ten “must-see” items in the collection.
A twenty-minute walk back up Tottenham Court Road gets you to 45 Fitzroy Street and into the expert hands of our Fitzrovia barbers. You’ll know you’re there when you spot our red and white striped barbershop pole above the door. You can book here, or download our app on iOs or Android.
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