Pall Mall Barbers

By Adam Monday 24th Aug, 2015

Pall Mall Barbers, Fitzrovia, 45 Fitzroy Street, London, W1T 6EB

The Dapper Chapper took a trip to one of the oldest barber shops in London, Pall Mall Barbers.

We dropped into the Fitzrovia store, one of four with Westminster, Trafalgar Square, Bishopsgate as the others.

Serving London since 1896, Pall Mall Barbers is a name synonymous with grooming, providing a mix of old school services for the modern man – a combination we like here at The Dapper Chapper.

To set the scene for you, the story actually starts in 1896, when the business now known as Pall Mall Barbers at No. 27 Whitcomb Street was branded as Wonters & Charles Mens Hairdressing. In the 20th Century, the name was changed to The Pall Mall Toilet Saloon whose card described the proprietor as “Mr R. Rose”. Mr Rose then bequeathed the business to a relative, “C Rose”, who added his name to the shop front signage.

Polish barber Joe Lesniowski then acquired the business in 1958 and he retained the C. Rose name for the sake of simplicity. Current owner Richard Marshall bought the business in 2005 from Mr Lesniowski’s family and renamed it Pall Mall Barbers London. While retaining its traditional feel, the shop has been extensively refitted to make it one of the most modern, hygienic and comfortable barbers in London.

The rich heritage is clearly on show at varied levels in the stores. The Fitzrovia store I visited combines a mixture of oak panels, ceramic basins and open blades.

The menu includes haircuts, traditional wet shaves and beard trims, managed by a diverse team that includes a mix of local and international barbers. My barber was obviously extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic about his trade and created a comfortable environment. There was little fuss but clear attention to detail and the 30 minute service costs £27 – a fair price for a good cut.

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As you’d expect with a premium barbers, Pall Mall Barbers have their own range of innovative products. The Tea Tree Shampoo was an absolute winner and amazing value for £12.

Before you drop in, just check the opening hours which are:

  • Monday9:00 am – 7:00 pm
  • Tuesday9:00 am – 7:00 pm
  • Wednesday9:00 am – 7:00 pm
  • Thursday9:00 am – 8:00 pm
  • Friday9:00 am – 8:00 pm
  • Saturday9:00 am – 5:00 pm


We are pleased to say that Pall Mall Barbers joins our list of grooming spots aimed at the modern day Dapper Chapper.