It’s Record Store Day today, and what better way to celebrate than a list of the best London has to offer. Record Store Day is the one day of the year when more than 200 independent record shops all across the UK come together to celebrate their unique culture. Special vinyl releases are made exclusively for the day and many shops and cities host artist performances and events to mark the occasion. And it seems, our vinyl-loving friends, that you’re in the best place for it!
1. The Record Deck, Hackney
You can’t really get much more ‘East London’ than a nomadic floating record store, but The Record Deck in Hackney is actually one of the best stores around. With 50p bargains to gold-adorned Motown specials available, this idyllic (and pretty unique) boat-shop has something for everyone. Perfect for a Sunday stroll and scavenge.
2. Lucky Seven, Stoke Newington
This higgledy-piggledy secondhand shop will keep any book or record nerds rummaging for quite some time – just when you think you’ve finished, it turns out there’s a basement down below, filled with LPs at three for a pound! It’s crammed with absolute gems of the musical and literary variety and is in our opinion a true treasure trove of a store!
127 Stoke Newington Church St, N16 0UH
3. Rough Trade
Rough Trade Records is legendary. First open in 1976, it was at the epicentre of the punk explosion right at the start and since then has gone on to release a catalogue that almost defines the genre of independent music itself. In various locations across London, Rough Trade probably has the most extensive collection there is, and it does a lot more than just sell music. Its East branch even has a purpose-built stage, with standing room in front sensibly factored into the planning. Clever!
4. Intoxica, Cecil Court
Stacked with everything from reggae, funk and ’60s beat to exotica and easy listening, a good range of alternative and new wave from the 1970s to today, a great soundtrack selection AND plenty of soul, blues and jazz this niche store is back (newly located in the West End) with all the records you could ever dream of. Ensconced in the back room of a shop called Drummonds, Pleasures Of Past Times – specialists and purveyors of artefacts from the 20th Century Counterculture, it’s a shop with the best of both worlds.
5. Sounds of the Universe, Soho
The racks at Sounds of the Universe are stocked with choice pickings, with a basement full of rare gems including 12” vinyl singles filed under such categories as “Disco-not-Disco”. Bright, breezy and S-oh-so stylish!
7 Broadwick St, W1F 0DA
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