Close Shaves and Toilet Requisites in EC2

You’re a chap out in the City and you feel a real need for......a haircut. Perhaps you’re also keen to underline your Square Mile credentials, so any ordinary barber would not do.

If you were in the West End you would have plenty choice, out of which possibly George Trumper in Curzon Street or Jermyn Street might be considered the pick.

A City contender, certainly on shop front appearance, is F Flittner of 86 Moorgate.

As can be seen, it declares its origins as being from 1904, and in its Google entry it promotes itself as being “The City of Londons (sic) most established and traditional Barber Shop”.

There is a small slip through the absence of an apostrophe in a possessive pronoun. This is forgivable in a Google entry, but perhaps less forgivable is the use of “Gentlemens Hairdressing” in the shop front – if you’ve been going since 1904, you must have been through some period of English education when punctuation was taught.

There is then the mystery of the inner sanctum – shelves full up with products, and no peeking in space as the remaining glass is obscured by curtains.

But the Services section of the website explains the offerings, provided by “six experience (sic) professional staff”, who are available throughout the day.

“Shampoo’s (sic) [yes, there is a theme here]
Beard trims
Full range of Cuts, from basic cuts to modern styles

Additional Services
Wet shaves with hot towels if requested

Also check out the soundtrack loop – a dreamy 1920s sounding theme that is quite pleasant until you have spent more than a couple of minutes on the site, by which time for me it was doing head in time.

And Flittner does offer Toilet Requisites.

Meeting a gentleman's needs

However, closer scrutiny indicates exactly what products are available.


So no bleaches or loo brushes there.

But the hyperbole does remind me of having a Saturday haircut as a lad and hearing the barber asking adult customers if they wanted something for the weekend. It took me a while to learn that this did not mean toilet requisites.