Aside from Leicester’s official cultural quarter, I would say that St Martin’s Square is the place to be for students, hipsters, musicians, foodies, and anyone else who knows what’s up. Boasting vintage clothing shops, independent luxury ethnic restaurants, a gig venue, and popular tattoo parlour Black Market Tattoos, the square is also home to one of the most fascinating barbers I have ever seen, Flappers & Gentlemen.
As the name suggests, this hairdressers imitates the vibe and aesthetics of a roaring 1920s establishment, complete with the ‘speakeasy’ element (an array of cocktails and whiskies are on offer while waiting for your session).
Decoration and furniture are picked out individually by Director Blake Edwards; pieces on display include vintage button tufted chairs, regal looking portraits of chivalrous dandies with animal heads, a collection of small deer skulls mounted on wooden plaques, and an antique camera obscura.
Prices are reasonable and are ranked depending on stylist, with a full cut and finish starting from £25. The money is completely wort it, not only for the fantastic service but for the overall experience of getting a haircut in this unique establishment. It really does feel like stepping into a plush, exclusive club, like something straight from the pages of The Great Gatsby.
They offer both a Corporate Discount of 20% off as well as a Student Discount of 15% off from Tuesdays to Fridays. There is even an adorable salon pooch to pet while you get a sweet hairdo. To be honest, I don’t know what else I can say to temp you.
8 Silver Walk, Leicester LE1 | Tel 0116 2629840 | Tuesday to Saturday 10am-8pm