Aside from the fairly recent addition of electric clippers, you’d probably think the barbering trade hasn’t changed much since it first made an appearance in Ancient Egypt. But you’d be wrong. From the Middle Ages until the 17th century, your friendly local barber probably offered dentistry and minor surgical procedures in addition to the more obvious services – pop in for a haircut, stick around for the tooth extraction and bloodletting. Leeches and scalpels are no longer part of the traditional barber’s toolkit (not ours, anyway), but there are a few elements of the past we think are worth preserving. From the 19th century up until WWII, traditional barbers London shops were welcoming and lively centres of news, camaraderie and gossip for men of all ages – in some cases, even more so than the local pub. We should know, because we were there. Our first shop on Whitcomb Street, known then as the Pall Mall Toilet Saloon, opened its doors in 1896 and is now one of the oldest traditional barbers London has left.
As one of the top traditional barbers London has to offer, the fixtures and fittings of each Pall Mall Barbers branch across the city have been carefully selected to evoke the feel of the “Golden Age of British Barbering” – from the oak panelling, to the retro fittings and front wash sinks. We’ll even serve you a glass of whiskey upon arrival to complete the full gentleman’s club experience of the fin de siècle man about town.
But more importantly, our barbers are rigorously trained to provide the kind of personalised service you’d expect from a trusted advisor. Each cut, beard shaping or shave starts with a consultation to ensure that you leave with a style that suits your face shape, lifestyle and desired look. You’ll also get advice on the best products to help you maintain a sharp look every day – whether it’s from our award-winning range, or if your loyalties lie elsewhere (we won’t take offense).
Thankfully, dentistry has moved on a bit in the last century – as have fashion, hairstyles and gentleman’s grooming. We like to think we’ve moved with the times as well, but the most important thing we’ve learned in the past one hundred years is that a good relationship with a trusted barber will never go out of style.
About Pall Mall Barbers
Known for giving the best haircut in London, and 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, where we give the best haircut and best wet shave in London. We employ a staff with over 350 years of international barbering experience between them.
We expertly 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 hair care products. We have collaborated with various media titles and television channels in order to provide grooming, haircuts and wet shaves where required. Not forgetting our award winning pop-up barbershop which we have taken to an array of amazing events around the world including The Uefa Champions League.
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