• Step into a barbershop that’s part speakeasy, part gentlemen’s club
  • ​Grab a hefty whiskey drink and listen to vintage records
  • ​Stay for a classic wet shave in a bespoke chair from Bentley

It's been said that London is a man’s town; the city’s barbershops certainly live up to the reputation. Prime among them is Pankhurst, just off Carnaby Street (that Swinging 60s hot spot turned pedestrian shopping strip) in a space billed as “part speakeasy, part gentleman’s club.” This means you can sit back in a Midcentury Modern man cave with a hefty drink from the Johnnie Walker basement bar and listen to vintage records (Ziggy Stardust, anyone?). When it’s your turn, you’ll take a seat in a bespoke chair upholstered by Bentley’s leather craftsmen. On the menu? A haircut, a classic wet shave, or a scalp or hot towel face massage (or all four). Looking for a souvenir? Founder and master stylist Brent Pankhurst has stylishly packaged a range of his products, from a shaving set to a “silver fox” shampoo.

In Soho, you’ll find this barbershop just off Carnaby St. It’s nestled on the corner of Newburgh and Foubert’s Place. You can’t miss the signature barber’s pole on the stylish black storefront.

​​PANKHURST: 10 Newburgh St.; 44-(0)20-7287-9955;