The Lion & The Fox may sound like an old London drinking hole, but it is, in fact, a new Clerkenwell destination, that aims to reinvent the hair salon. Opened last month by hair stylist Tim Pateman and photographer Leo Cackett, a cut and colouring floor comes with an art and photography gallery, alongside 'The Lion & The Fox Represents,' an agency division representing emerging creative talent in photography, hair and make up. Ruth Spivey of Wine Car Boot and Restaurant Craft selects the wine served at the salon, while steaming coffee, supplied by Square Mile Coffee Roasters, is poured by assistants trained by London's Prufrock Coffee.
The salon works with the highly natural Davines products from Parma. Coupled with Tim Pateman's 23 years of salon experience (which includes a role in the set up of industry-favourite, Percy & Reed) the salon combines professionalism with tranquility thanks to its thoughtfully designed interior. The latter is the work of local Interior Architect, Rich Ryan. Polished floorboards and exposed brickwork form the backdrop for bespoke furnishings. Light floods the industrial space, and colourful artwork brightens the walls. The salon floor is appointed with seven leather chairs and a washing station with a hidden crackle glaze and artwork by Will Broome.
A 450sq ft gallery, meanwhile, fills the lower ground floor, and will be used to for art and photographic exhibitions, starting with a series over the summer curated by the photographer Tom Godfrey. At the Lion & The Fox, a haircut comes with the opportunity to indulge all senses.