We send a stubble-covered Neil Simpson to St James’s historic barbershop, to experience a very special treatment.
I have never enjoyed shaving, but if anywhere was likely to persuade me otherwise, the world’s oldest barbershop seems like a good place to start. I visited Truefitt & Hill recently to experience the shop’s sumptuous father and son package, available for one day only on Saturday 16 June.
Established in 1805, Truefitt & Hill is located in well-heeled St James’s and was officially awarded the title of world’s oldest barbershop by the Guinness Book of Records in 2014. It has held several Royal Warrants, polished up the likes of Winston Churchill, Charles Dickens and Frank Sinatra, and currently counts HRH The Duke of Edinburgh among its regulars.
My treatment began by settling back into a leather chair for a traditional, hot towel wet shave. Surrounded by gilt-edged portraits of past clientele and swathes of dark wood, a steaming white towel was wrapped around my stubbly face and neck. The process softens stubble, making it easier to cut and therefore causing less discomfort and damage to your skin. Nightmares of Sweeney Todd flashed through my mind as a razor blade was gently applied to my throat, but 20 minutes and several soothing creams and sprays later, my skin felt amazingly smooth. I was also supremely relaxed, which is not something I can usually say after finishing a shave.
Its Father’s Day package runs on Saturday 16 June (the day before Father’s Day) and Truefitt & Hill has teamed up with other historic, esteemed businesses. So, you and your dad will enjoy fine and fiery Scotch courtesy of Scotland’s The Tweeddale, a platter of traditionally British morsels from the GBR restaurant at Mayfair’s Dukes Hotel and a professional shoe-shine by local experts The Jaunty Flaneur.
This slice of luxury costs £175 (which covers you and your dad) and includes either a haircut and shampoo, a traditional hot-towel wet shave, a beard trim or a facial each. You’ll then share GBR’s rose veal tomahawk steak with all the trimmings, drams of The Tweeddale, as well 25% off for one day only at Gieves & Hawkes luxury meanswear and cufflink specialists Deakin & Francis, which are both located nearby. Finally, you’ll leave with a bag packed with Truefitt & Hill grooming products.
If you want to land in your father’s very best books, you can find out more and book at www.truefittandhill.co.uk.