Of all the things most revered about London, the city’s music culture is unique in that it’s adored by residents and visitors alike. Testament to this fact are the thousands of venues scattered throughout the metropolis, all touting the latest and greatest acts on any night of the week you may be in town. Add to this a truly world-beating musical history – unrivalled some would say – and you’ve located the perfect environment for cultivating the world’s very best record shops.
Just as it does with art, food, theatre, fashion and pretty much anything else it gets it hands on, London leads the way in music. If you’re a music lover planning a visit sometime soon, it pays to know where to locate the best record shops.
If you’re in town staying at the Park Grand Kensington London, you’re within easy reach of some of the best record shops the capital has to offer. Likewise, if you’re across town at the Paddington Hotel London, you’ll find it easy to shop till you drop. Choice in this area is not limited to one borough. Not by a long stretch…
If you’re a vinyl lover, here’s our pick of the record shops you won’t want to miss.
Honest Jon’s Records
278 Portobello Rd, London W10 5TE
Founded in the premises of an old butcher’s shop in 1974, Honest Jon’s is one the capital city’s best-known record shops. While meat hooks still adorned the back room until a change of premises, Jon is more interested in dealing rare jazz LPs than joints of beef. If you’re staying at the Park Grand Kensington London, why not take a walk through beautiful Notting Hill and pay him a visit?
75 Berwick St, London W1F 8RP
Nestled in the heart of bustling Soho, Sister Ray has been dealing speciality vinyl from their current location since 1987. With a penchant for anything hard-to-find, a real needle-nerd could lose serious time in this place! You’ve been warned…
Rough Trade East
The Old Truman Brewery, London E1 6QL
First opened as ‘Rough Trade’ in Notting Hill at the height of punk back in 1976, Rough Trade East arrived in 2007. A real Shoreditch gem, this is the place you’ll catch the next big thing live in the flesh, not just on record. Its popularity has grown alongside that of its namesake label – once home to the likes of The Smiths, The Libertines and The Strokes.
51 Poland St, London W1F 7LZ
One for the dance music purists, Phonica is a trailblazing record store that counts many of the world’s top DJs among its regulars. Walking distance from the Paddington Hotel London on a fair day, it’s worth making the time for a visit regardless of your personal take on Balearic house music.
44 Stoke Newington Rd, London N16 7XJ
As purveyors of all things a little bit different, Kristina Records has been doing a roaring trade in London’s east end for a good while now. As well as the unbelievable collection of experimental and avant-garde obscurities and staples on offer, collectors flock here for the sleek design and very laid-back atmosphere.