Going to London this weekend

I am going to London tomorrow morning… A few years ago, I would instantly be thinking of Westminster Abbey, the Thames, musicals and… pubs! But today I am the shaving detective. Even though I am traveling with my wife this weekend, it certainly will influence our plans for the trip.

Names like Taylor of Old Bond Street, G.F. Trumper, Truefitt & Hill and other great brands were totally unknown to me when I last visited London. Some of the oldest and most classic barbershops in the World are located in central London – all within perfect walking distance of each other. And London is full of places to visit for me as a shave blogger. Murdock London and others might be on my list as well.

Even though my wife has already planned our trip with an uneven amount of shopping time, I am sure “barbershop strolling” is not part of her initial plans. Anyway, I expect to visit at least a few of the old barbershops and bring some nice products with me back to Denmark on Sunday.

King of Shaves Azor 5 and Shick / Wilkinson Hydro 5

Speaking of nice products. For the first time ever, I will leave home without any shaving gear at all. As I arrive in London, I will get hold of a few products I still need to review on Shaving Detective.

Next week, you can expect my unbiased view on the King of Shaves Azor 5 razor along with the Wilkinson Hydro 5 (known as Shick Hydro 5 to my US readers). None of these razors are available in Denmark, and I am looking forward to get my hands on them.

I will probably not check my email while I am away. If for some reason you need to contact me while I’m in town, I’ll be staying at the Americana Hotel at Gloucester Place. You can always send me a text message at (+45)26828308.

I’ll be back on Sunday – with my mind full of inspiration and my bags full of great products. Or at least as many as I can fit into the bag, once my wife has finished shopping at Westfield.

Did I forget someone? Mail me today (Wednesday) before 9 PM GMT at hans@shavingdetective.com – and I’ll respond before leaving. 🙂

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    • Toby Masson
    • September 4, 2011

    Aw man, sorry I missed this, I could have given you some great tips.

    For future reference here are some products that I am absolutely loving at the moment:

    The Merkur Slant: An aggressive DE that puts a slight diagonal twist in the blade to present the edge at an angle closer to that of an open razor. Great for Across-The-Grain passes and provides a very close shave with the lightest of touches.

    Taylor’s of Old Bond Street St James’ Collection Luxury Shaving Cream: Lovely aroma and produces the richest lather of any cream that I’ve tried so far.

    Crabtree and Evelyn Nomad Shave Soap: Produces a lighter lather, but has a lovely, lasting smell.

    Keep up the good work Hans. Look forward to seeing some reviews of some good DE’s on here soon. I’ll be in the market for an Open Comb Safety Razor soon, so would love to hear your opinion on some…

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