‘It’s like duty free in the bathroom cabinet, far too many products!’
You will know David Waddington as co-founder of the cult east London restaurant, bar and cabaret space, Bistrotheque. Truth is he has turned the dining experience on its head! The man behind Shoreditch’s Bricklayer’s Arms, 333 and Mother Bar he is now king of London’s dining scene. Whether at the Royal Academy of Arts or in a Stratford car park overlooking the Olympic site, he has provided delicious food in unique venues and for the coolest of crowds.
Mr Waddington is also the inaugural ‘Murdock Man’ and has chosen a selection of collectibles for their Covent Garden branch and curated the store’s book corner for the festive season. Here at The Grooming Guide we know David for his soft well trimmed beard and his appetite for grooming. Here he shares his no-nonsense tips on how to smell great and look your best.
What does being well groomed mean to you?
It means I’ve spent a fortune.
Do you think more guys are taking an interest in their appearance, what has brought this about?
I think guys are just expected to look better these days, its acceptable to spend more time making the most of yourself.
Do you think that being in the public eye makes you even more aware you need to look good?
What is your favourite after shave? Are you loyal to one or a few if so what
I get plenty of attention when I’m wearing Patchouli by Murdock London it’s warm and bohemian in the right way. For daytime Fantastic Man from the boys that have a magazine with the same title is great!
Can you recall a grooming disaster?
Some time ago I peroxided my hair at home, resulting in autumn beech, rather than the Warhol shock I was hoping for.
Do you borrow products from your partner?
Do you have a specific grooming routine that you do daily and if so what products do you use?
It’s like duty free in the bathroom cabinet: far too many products to mention. But generally shower, shave and moisturise before I run out of the door.
What is the one product you cant live without
Simple stuff: Soap.
Who in the public eye do you think gets it right?
Ryan Gosling, Henry holland, Gilbert & George and Richard James.
1. Bistrotheque Interior
2. Murdock Patchouli Cologne £70.00 for 100ml at www.murdocklondon.com and John Lewis
3. Gilbert and George
4. D R Harris Almond Oil Soap-on-a-Rope £11.95 for 200g at www.drharris.co.uk
5. Ryan Gosling
6. Fantastic man by Byredo about £130 for 100ml at Liberty
7. Richard James