5 barbershops your boyfriend needs to know about

…or your husband… or your brother… maybe your dad too? We share some stellar servants of the short back and sides 

Ruffians, Shoreditch 

There are branches in Edinburgh, Covent Garden, Marylebone and Liberty, but we have a soft spot for the Shoreditch hangout and its ever-smiling manager Tommy. This lot know how to look after you – wee vacuums to suck up those itchy bits of hair from the back of your next, its own label craft beer and even heated lockers for coats when it turns a bit chilly.  

Barberology, Birmingham 

Now, not many businesses need to pop a sign on the door to state that it isn’t a brothel, but Barberology’s Jewellery Quarter of Birmingham location has a rather colourful past. You’ll love this spot for its curated music (that crops up heavily in the multitude of positive reviews), and if your man is a fan of Peaky Blinders, well half the cast pops in for regular cuts. Your other half might be looking for something a bit more 2020 though – Adam and his team are up for anything.  

RW Wolf, Cockfosters  

Looking for something a little more traditional with an established grooming heritage? Then try 150-year-old RW Wolf Barbers, with this North London outpost joining its Monument and Knightsbridge locations. With plush barber chairs, the interiors were carefully curated, and the plan is to #TametheBeast, or help guests take control of their hair alongside their inner wolves. We think this barbershop will see lots more gents join the pack… 

SliderCuts, Hackney 

Mark McIver’s SliderCuts brand has carved an important niche in the barbering world, and impresses celebrity clients including Tinie Tempah, Stormzy and boxer Anthony Joshua. Mark’s skills as an entrepreneur and barber saw him selected to star in ads on the London Underground for iZettle, as well as being featured in campaigns for Nike (the brilliant ‘Nothing beats a Londoner’ film) and Facebook. This is a buzzy place banging out brilliant cuts – and Mark’s laugh is completely infectious. 

Sovereign, Aberdeen

With a passion to teach its clients as much as sharpen them up, the award-winning Sovereign gang have been styling up a storm since 2016. Owner Kyle Ross considers the three pillars of the business – cutting, care and education – to be equally important. “We focus on educating our client, tailoring their haircut to fit their lifestyle,” he explains, often handing the brush and dryer to whoever is in the chair after demonstrating how to finish the hair so that they can replicate that barber-fresh finish at home.