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Truefitt & Hill is the oldest barbershop in the world. As certified by Guinness Book of World Records in April 2000, Truefitt was established in 1805 by William Francis Truefitt. Truefitt styled himself as hairdresser to the British Royal Court and the firm received their first Royal Warrant from King George III. In 1911, Edwin Hill set up a barber shop on Old Bond Street, also near the royal neighbourhoods in London and it was to this address H.P. Truefitt (William's nephew) moved in 1935 to create Truefitt & Hill. Other Truefitt regional outlets were merged into the present company in 1941. The present location of Truefitt & Hill at 71 St. James's Street, was taken up in 1994. In addition, there are locations on Michigan Avenue in Chicago, and Toronto, Canada.

Famous clients include the British Royal Family, Members of visiting Royal Households, business leaders, Members of Parliament, Ambassadors and the diplomatic service and visiting dignitaries. Today, Truefitt & Hill holds a Royal Warrant by appointment to the Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.[1]


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