Richard Marshall, owner and founder of Pall Mall Barbers, a historic gentlemen’s barbers originally founded in 1896 as the ‘Pall Mall Toilet Saloon’ off Trafalgar Square, picks his favourite places in Victoria and Westminster
BY JONATHAN WHILEY
How long have you been in Victoria?
We have been in Victoria for over two years now. Our Victoria barber shop services including the sharpest men’s haircuts, finest wet shaves, and beard trims, using our very own award-winning barber products range which can be purchased in store; it’s an experience that seamlessly blends our history since 1986.
Have you met anyone famous in the area?
Yes, at Regency Café [17-19 Regency Street]. It is a great celebrity- spotting place, and it has the best English breakfast in town.
Where would you recommend for coffee?
Iris & June; it has a fantastic selection of delicious food and tasty, aromatic coffee which is prepared by the kitchen team fresh, on site, every day.
What is your favourite pub?
Fuller’s Kitchen Ale & Pie pub [33 Tothill Street]. You won’t find a better place in Westminster for an expertly-crafted pie and pint – they are famous for their fantastic homemade pies. The pub and [Sanctuary House ] hotel has a lot of history behind it; it was once a railway gazette, a book-publishing house and even home to the London Municipal Society in the early 20th century.
Where is the best place for a cocktail?
B Bar [43 Buckingham Palace Road]. This fun, South African- inspired bar is praised by all who visit for its cocktails. There are classics, or you can venture into more exotic terrority with South African drinks. It’s a classy place to chat and chill after work or have a meeting with clients.
Where would you recommend for a blow-out dinner?
The Dining Room at The Goring – if you fancy a Michelin-starred dinner, then this is the place. It has a rich history and, if you are lucky, you might see a royal or two. Don’t miss out on the eggs drumkilbo – they were a favourite of the Queen Mother.
11 Palmer Street, pallmallbarbers.com