Wednesday, 15 August 2012

On Penny Lane There is a Barber ...

In his iconic song, Paul McCartney sang about the barbers where the Beatles used to get their hair cut in Liverpool. The barber shop, Bioletti's, like nearly all of the places referred to in the song, was not on Penny Lane itself but on Smithdown Place, overlooking the ‘roundabout’ with the bus shelter.

A change of ownership meant that “Bioletti’s” became “Tony Slavin’s”, but it is still a barber shop (and now also a ladies salon). Where else could you have your hair done at a reasonable price and share in Beatles history at the same time?

The Ladies salon (upstairs) used to be a flat in the Beatles' days, but the barber shop downstairs still looks much the same as when the Beatles used to sit and wait for a trim.

"photographs of every head he's had the pleasure to have known!"

Beatles fans are always welcome – either to have their hair done in the same place as the Beatles ...

Yes, it's Little Jimmy Osmond!  

Take home a unique
souvenir of your visit!

... or to "stop and say hello".  Visitors are welcome to look around, take photographs, and sit in the barbers' chairs.  In return, donations for the Linda McCartney Centre are gratefully accepted.  There are also some unique souvenirs available to buy.

Photos of the Beatles
and the original Biolettis

In the Penny Lane area, there are now other barber shops that try to tempt tourists to visit. But don’t be fooled! Visit Tony Slavin’s where you’ll not only receive a warm welcome, but you’ll be able to experience a real piece of Beatles history.

To make an appointment to have your hair done telephone 0151 733 7171 or, for more information and ways to get in touch, visit the website:

There, beneath the blue suburban skies!


  1. Wow that is so cool, going to have to pop in there for a haircut at some point.

  2. Now that looks like a cool place to get your hair cut :-)

    although I dont have a great deal of hair