Alberto Petrozzi, barber, Camberwell Green

I have lived in the Loughborough junction area for over 42 years, and for 39 of those years I have had my hair cut at Albertos on Camberwell Green.

Albert Petrozzi

In that time we have had many conversations and I learned just a little about his life. He was born like his 5 brothers and 1 sister in Newcastle.  His father and mother emigrated to Newcastle where all the children were born. His father was a shoemaker. They returned to Italy in 1936 when Alberto was 4 years old where his father joined the army. Italy is where Alberto learned barbering.

He returned to the UK in 1948 and started working in London’s West End and Southampton. He opened Albertos in March 1961 having worked in a barber shop around the corner on Camberwell New Road.

Alberto Hair Sylists 1972 London Metropolitan Archives 54533

Photo: London Metropolitan Archives, 1972. reference 54533

He was a fixture in Camberwell ever since.

Alberto Petrozzi (1932-2019), it’s been a pleasure. RIP.



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3 Responses to Alberto Petrozzi, barber, Camberwell Green

  1. Thank you so much for sharing this. I’m a recent tenant of Alberto’s and it’s lovely to get this insight into his life. He was an incredibly warm and genuine man and seemed to mean a lot to so many people in the local community. To Alberto!


  2. L says:

    Hello there,

    I was searching for information about whether the shop is still open and discovered this article.

    I am 41 years old and had been going to Albert’s since I was 4 or 5: no one can remember precisely but he always mentioned me having to sit on the wooden board for the first few years!

    I don’t need to say this to anyone who met him but he really was a wonderful, lovely man and even when I moved out of the area, nearly 15 miles away, I still came back not just to have a haircut but to catch up with him. He remembered something about all of his regular customers which he would talk about as soon as they were sat in the chair, it was lovely and amazing to see.

    Anyone reading this who never met him or has never had the same loyalty/relationship with a barber may struggle to understand this, but I really will miss him and the conversations we had.


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