After a morning spent reading the Guardian and tiding my bathroom (room inspection on Monday 28), I took the tube to Camden Town for a haircut at the excellent Mr Toppers.
I discovered the hairdressing chain when I was a first year English Literature student at Sussex University-to paraphrase Phillip Larkin, between the golden years of sixth form and my journalism degree.
You can find Mr Toppers shops in Brighton on Western Road and in the Laines. In London, they are on 13A Great Russell Street (near Tottenham Court Road) and 80 Camden High Street.
A haircut only costs £6, or £10 if your hair needs to be washed. That's really good value, although they may not do the full range of haircuts at that price-I always get a Number 2 on the sides and between 1/2 inch and 1 inch off the top each time.
Apart from one time in Brighton (mid 2006) when a hairdresser was rude about the state of my hair and kept recommending shampoo to me (although I already have plenty of Head and Shoulders), I have found the staff polite and businesslike.
Thankfully, they do not force you to chat like some in "the trade", as I like to daydream. The service is quick and you only have to wait a short while even at busy times. Plants and nice furnishings make for a calm environment, and they have a selection of daily papers.
I only use Mr Toppers, and I recommend it to anyone, whether they need a trim or a good clipping.