Despite some of the negativity you may hear about this city, the influx of wealth at the cost of its culture, London is still capable of surprising us with the reimagined and unexpected. Clerkenwell is an area central to the city, dominated by a clash of old and modern architecture. Yet despite its centrality, the area maintains a grandfatherly charm with its warrens of quiet streets too narrow and meandering to attract much of the endless traffic that follows the Clerkenwell Road.
If you were to chance a turn down one such street, Eyre St Hill, you would soon find yourself outside The Gunmakers, a public house standing so haphazardly in the midst of modern construction that you might think you had stepped directly into the imagination of a children’s fantasy author. And if you were to peak further inside, and find the hidden staircase, and follow the impossibly crooked stairs right to the top, you would find the surreally but altogether wonderfully located Gun Club, and Tim Whiting the proprietor, poised with a wry smile. At this point Tim would most likely welcome you in and offer you a drink, and it would be a bloody good one too.
Inside Gun Club is immaculately styled, with elegant contrasts of textures; leathers, chromes, woods, and marbles riffing off the patination of the original brickwork and its parallels untrue. It’s all ridiculously charming, and so befits its proprietor quite well, as Tim’s visual flair is matched by his unpretentiousness and easy charm.
Over the course of the sixty odd minutes Tim and I spent together styling my hair, it became clear to me through his work and studio that Tim has a genuine passion for visual expression, and yet also the human sensitivity required to truly work around an individual in a very involved manner. It’s rare to meet an individual with these two character traits woven together, but they are surely what makes a good stylist.
In its central seclusion, the Gun Club is a highly exclusive, quirky and yet relaxed studio, from which I left refreshed, relaxed and energised. Thanks in no small part to Tim’s abilities and that bespoke bottled cocktail.
13 Eeyre Street Hill