London has a thriving music scene and, despite the growing reliance on technology, there’s still plenty of independent music shops to uncover tracks new and old alike no matter your musical tastes.
If you’re a music fan, you’re perfectly located when you’re staying at the Park Grand London Lancaster Gate. In fact, a quick Tube ride on the Central line to the Oxford Circus station and you’ll be at Berwick Street, known as the Vinyl Mile back in the 90s thanks to all the record shops there. If you’re searching for music to take back home with you as a memento of your time in the capital city, be sure to browse through the collections at these six stores.
There are actually three Flashback Records shops across London, making it an easy stop to make as you explore the city. As you browse through the second-hand stock, you’re likely to spot some real bargains. It’s a brand that’s all about the music, so if you have any questions, the staff are experts and fans themselves.
You can get to Talbot Street, where Rough Trade West is located, easily if you’re staying at one of our hotels near Paddington Station, it’s just a 25-minute walk or accessible on the Tube. If you’re into vinyl, this is one of the best places in London to visit, there’s a reason it’s been running for over four decades.
This record store might be small, but it offers far more than you’d expect. Found on Eden Street, Kingston upon Thames, it sells a mix of CDs and vinyl. But it’s not the music collection that sets it apart, the store regularly hosts in-store live events for you to enjoy- you might even see a band set for stardom.
All Ages Records
Over in Camden Town, you’ll find All Ages Records, one of the best-known destinations for punk and hardcore records. Despite its fame, it does still offer a diverse collection of records going back to the 70s, so you’re bound to find something you’re interested in as you browse the significant record collection.
From the Park Grand London Lancaster Street, you can visit Brill by taking a 30-minute Tube ride on the Central line. It’s a record shop turned café, so you can pick up some incredible tracks, from blues to rock, and grab a bagel and coffee as you admire your latest purchase before heading to your next destination.
In Soho, Phonica Records is one of the must visit destinations for any music fan. Specialists in vinyl, they sell the latest releases on records. It’s a great place to pick up the tracks of current and emerging artists, you might even find someone new to plug into. You’ll also be able to find information on the big music events coming up in London to fill your days with.