Originally published on Tuesday, 24th August 2010
The Experientialist: Carter and Bond
A treasure of a men’s barbers combining old school cool with quirky West London charm
Women-folk love to wax lyrical about their hairdressers, colourists, stylists, et cetera. For us chaps, however, with just the one scissor-wielder to choose for the whole lot the decision can be tougher. So The Experientialist took a spin in Carter and Bond’s barbers’ chair to test out their skills. Could this be The One?
Nestled opposite The Westbourne pub, past the retro-tastic window display of tin robots and beach books, Carter and Bond hides a veritable hair emporium. In the back beside the glass counter of chocolate cigarettes stands a huge antique Georgian sink – for old-fashioned, head-forward hair washing – and a single barbers’ chair surrounded by a mountain of hair products boutique and curious alike.
The electric clippers stayed on their hook next to the hot towels the whole time, replaced by a whir of scissors, a scrape of cut-throat and a spot of conversation so relaxed it was like hanging out with your favourite old uncle. And then there’s the head massage: none of that namby-pamby scalp-tickling nonsense! This was a fabulous skull-drilling to wake the dead. The cut was absolutely spot-on too – and we’ve heard only praise for their hot towel wet shave.
It might not be the best place for asymmetric styles du jour… But with a strong eye for what looks good, a faultless hand, and a relaxed school of service (not to mention a price) that harkens back to the classic London of their cinematic namesakes, Carter and Bond is definitely worth a spin. Think old school West End meets quirky West London – but with zero pretension. And pick up a pack of those chocolate cigs on your way out.
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Carter and Bond
83 Westbourne Park Road, W2 5QH
Haircuts available every Wednesday and Sunday
Haircut & wash: £27
Haircut, wash & hot towel wet shave: £45