Truefitt & Hill
Where better to send any fathers than the great-grandaddy of barbershops, Truefitt & Hill? Established in 1805 it is officially recognised by the Guiness World Record Book as the world’s oldest barbershop and their client list reads like a gentleman’s Who’s Who – not only have they served nearly all male members of the royal family since George III in the 1800s but Charles Dickens, Oscar Wilde, Alfred Hitchcock, Laurence Olivier, Cary Grant, John Wayne and Frank Sinatra have all sat in their resplendent chairs.
Today, such is the pull of the Truefitt & Hill brand that stores have opened across the world selling their hugely successful range of grooming products (which by the by also make wonderful presents). But for true authenticity, nothing beats a visit to their St. James’s home. Our treatment pick? Their Traditional Hot Towel Wet Shave or if you’re out to spoil, their Ultimate Grooming Experience – comprising hair cut, wet shave, facial and manicure.
The Refinery was well ahead of the curve when it launched in 2000 with a treatment menu that mixed traditional barbering with specially tailored spa treatments for men. Their aim was (and still is) to be the place for men to “relax, rejuvenate and be refined”, which is why it’s one of our favourite suggestions for Father’s Day.
Based in Mayfair, their barbering services are top-notch (and not to be overlooked) but we also particularly love them for their range of treatments. Unlike unisex spas, they’ve been able to specialise in men-only and the result is a carefully curated selection that really delivers. From their Signature Face and Body Treatment (which starts with a back cleanse and exfoliation to restore clarity to this notoriously troublesome spot) to their reflexology, sports massages, hair removal, facials, manicure, pedicures (including proper podiatry treatments) and aesthetic menu, there is bound to be a treatment to suit any Dad you know. But if you’d rather leave it to them to book, they do brilliant gift voucher packages that they can call and tailor to their exact requirements.
Men in the know have followed Vidal Sassoon alumni Brent Pankhurst for years and refuse to let anyone else touch their hair. In Pankhurst, he has created a now globally renowned name with salons in Mayfair and Dubai. Why? Because they always manage to have a certain ambiance that is part barbershop, part speakeasy, which makes it feel more like an elite gentleman’s club than a place to merely get a shave or haircut. Every detail has been designed to delight: from their bespoke Bentley leather upholstered chairs to their own line of bay rum and lime-scented products. Which explains why you’re just as likely to find yourself next to a sports star as you are a global CEO. The shaves here make excellent gifts – our vote goes to their Deluxe Shave (a fabulous classical wet shave with a hot towel massage) or if the dad you’re buying for likes to be savvy with their grooming time, opt for one of their cut and shave packages.
Four Seasons at Ten Trinity Square
Bank some serious brownie points by giving them a full-day away from dad duties: a day to themselves to unwind in a luxury spa, complete with pool, hydropool, steam and sauna and a large, fully-equipped gym. Four Seasons at Ten Trinity Square might be right in the heart of the city, but it feels like a true escape. They offer a variety of gift experiences to choose from – we love the Full Day Facilities pass, or look out for seasonal offers – at the moment you can book the Trinitea Spa, which includes a 60 minute massage, access to all of the spa facilities and then a glorious champagne tea.
For the ultimate gift (and one that you can also enjoy), why not use Father’s Day as an excuse to book a night (or two) away and head to Sopwell House, one of our favourite UK spa escapes that’s only 40 minutes from London? Having invested in a new seriously indulgent spa – complete with hydro-pools, panoramic saunas and a host of brilliant treatments, The Club at Cottonmill feels like a true escape, particularly if you book one of their spa mews rooms, which are housed in the old stables, making them feel like private apartments and houses.