Topic: London - Record Shops

Right, i'm going to London for a little jaunt! Honestly couldn't be bothered trawling around websites, forums etc. So, decided to put the question to you guys and gain all your expert knowledge! What are the best record stores in central London area if you've never been and only got an afternoon to bother with it? Places that would carry typical indie stuff and perhaps some more emo stuff. If you know Monorail Records in Glasgow, places like that! I know about Banquet Records in Kingston, just wondering if there were any more central. Rad.

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There aren't really any decent record stores in town I'm afraid. The only decent one for punk stuff is All Ages in Camden. It's on Pratt Street and is great. Sounds of the Universe on Brewer Street is ok if you like soul/jazz/reggae/dance stuff. Also Honest Jons in Ladbroke Grove is good for similar stuff.

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56a infoshop has a small record shop in it, but its pretty cheap and if you like books/zines then it'll defo be worth a trip. http://www.56a.org.uk/

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I've always found HMV in Oxford Circus to have some excellent gems in their 7" vinyl section, so try there?
Did Sister Ray finally close down or not? otherwise it is a shop i REALLY recommend. It's near Oxford Street.

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Sister Ray took over the old Selectadisc shop on Berwick Street. It's still there although I've never been in there since it changed hands so not sure if it's any good.

http://www.sisterray.co.uk/

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Music and Video Exchanges in Greenwich, Soho and Notting Hill. There's always some good stuff in there, but can be really fucking expensive.

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Thats the one I'm talking about. It went into administration in 2008, but i've not been up there for a while. Last time i did go i thought it was very good if you're after emo and indie stuffs.

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You can fill your indie boots at the Rough Trade in Brick Lane (Aldgate East Tube).

http://www.roughtrade.com/

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All Ages in Camden (mentioned above) is an absolute winner, I can't walk in there without buying something

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HMV in Oxford street did have a good slection of albums and vinyl ones too. 

I think the quality of each HMV depends on who selects the stock at each store. 

Rough Trade Brick lane charges silly prices for certain records.

Second Layer really is the place to go: lots of local/Europan tapes and cdrs.  Specialises in noise but I've picked up some really cool HC cdrs from bands I've never heard of before

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rad, thanks for the heads up guys! checked a few of these websites, sounds neat. i'll let you know how i get on. plus, any other good places which might stock electronicy-folky-ambienty stuff (type, morr, etc.)

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Pure Groove is worth a visit.  It doesn't have a lot of records, but theres usually an instore most evenings - worth it for that alone usually

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cosmorp wrote:

any other good places which might stock electronicy-folky-ambienty stuff (type, morr, etc.)

Second Layer is the place for this.

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HMV? Seriously if you look around you can find some great record shops in London

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Michael wrote:

HMV? Seriously if you look around you can find some great record shops in London

of course there are, but he wanted indie and emo. all ages and hmv would be fine. totally agree with magma on the electronically/folky/ambient stuff.

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there's a dusty old 2nd hand record shop ( i think it's called 'On the Beat') on Hanway St just off Oxford Street at the east end of Oxford St. Worth ploughing through the huge wads of 70's and 80's soul and jazz albums if that's your thing. There's fucking loads of them.  Big sections for prog and 70's rock too.

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nice history of the best record shop in London - Honest Jons http://www.residentadvisor.net/feature.aspx?2076

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http://www.factmag.com/2015/05/07/soho- … as-closed/

Was  there the week before and had no idea - only found out because Chris Bress mentioned it on Friday.

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For the first time ever, I correctly identified what was being played (*) over the stereo in a record shop, asked the shop assistant, and received kudos accordingly.


(* - Don Caballero 2, Rough Trade West basement, 10/05/15 around 2pm)

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you can retire now kunal.

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thank god

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I'm sensing a bitter undercurrent of embarrassing stories