Diana Veras

Diana Veras - There are just shy of nine million people in London. And as anyone who's ever tried to find a haircut there will indicate, only one fraction fewer barber shops.

As is the situation with all kinds of things in the administrative centre – bars, flats, romantic partners – the sheer depth of variety makes it nigh-on impossible to discover a suitable barber shop, which is the reason we have now arrive at the streets to track down the cream of one's Big Smoke's crop.

From magnificent Mayfair grooming emporiums fit for that king to South London chop shops offering precision skin fades with regard to a round of drinks, you never need to settle in a bad haircut ever again.

Do not let the name fool you, the highly-skilled staff at the Edinburgh-born barbering establishment are certainly not violent, which is simply well given the array of bladed implements they have perhaps at their disposal.

Ruffians was among the names that spearheaded the barber shop revolution of the past few years, giving rise to a new age of male grooming along the way and helping men to take pride in their appearances once again.

Which includes a history dating back to 1896, the floor at Pall Mall Barbers is certainly no stranger to your smattering of shorn hair. The very first Whitcomb Street shop are probably the oldest in the administrative centre and despite having changed hands repetitions, has never stopped using them to chop mops.

For mid-price cuts, Pall Mall Barbers'includes a glowing reputation, who has seen it get into locations all around the city to handle demand. There's a good New York shop coming in 2010, too.