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56 Best Record Stores in London

London’s rich melting pot of cultures has created one of the most musically diverse cities and spawned one of the world’s digging epicenters.

Over the last few years, we’ve seen a renaissance in record shop culture, with originators now complemented by a host of newcomers who only serve to enrich the scene. With a real cross-section of specialisms and genres laced across the city, this guide to the best record stores by London neighborhood identifies unique characteristics for each and every digger.

We also asked some of our favorite Londoners like Ben Beaumont-Thomas, music editor at The GuardianJamie Atkins of Record Collector Magazine, and more to chime in.

Soho

Reckless Records London Record Store
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Reckless Records

“Today’s second-hand specialists, Reckless stocks a mix of genres…”

Berwick Street’s originator in the mid-1980s and one of those who kickstarted Soho’s record shop golden years continues to represent to this day. Today’s second-hand specialists, Reckless stocks a mix of genres from jazz (in all its forms) to a huge chunk of soul and disco right through to pop and psych, with rarer pieces on walls and in cabinets. Knowledgeable and approachable staff coupled with a high turnover of great records keep this legendary spot amongst London’s finest.

Store DetailsWhere to Find Them
Address30 Berwick St, Soho, London W1F 8RH, UK
Marketplacerecklessrecordsuk
Instagram@recklessrecordsuk
Phonica London Record Store
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Phonica

“London’s flagship for dance music since the early 2000s…”

London’s flagship for dance music since the early 2000s continues to fly the flag. The back wall of new arrivals and the frontline of listening posts draws on New York City hallmarks, alongside a comprehensive dance music cross-section in the crates. Off-the-chain parties, especially on Record Store Day, are hosted in the basement. Its affiliation with The Vinyl Factory — their art projects, record pressing, and culture platform — keep Phonica firmly in the heart of Soho and London’s musical community.

Store DetailsWhere to Find Them
Address51 Poland St, Soho, London W1F, UK
Instagram@phonicarecords
Sister Ray London Record Store
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Sister Ray

“…a lovely balance of formats and genres, old and new, across the two floors.”

Having represented on Berewick Street since the late 1980s, (morphing, adapting, and evolving throughout shifting demands, and decades), the utmost props must be shown to this Soho stalwart. Now residing at number 75, the Sister Ray team strikes a lovely balance of formats and genres, old and new, across the two floors. The upstairs focuses on CDs and records can be found in the basement. They also offer a fantastic selection online!

Store DetailsWhere to Find Them
Address2C, 75 Berwick St, Soho, London W1F 8TG, UK
Marketplacesister_ray_london
FacebookSister Ray Records
Sounds of the Universe London Record Store
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Sounds of the Universe

“Eclectically minded, critically acclaimed, and specializing in all things global…”

From its early beginnings at Stuart Baker’s market stall in Camden, SOTU and its Soul Jazz Records counterpart have grown into an international forerunner and are still situated in Soho’s iconic corner of Broadwick Street. Eclectically minded, critically acclaimed, and specializing in all things global, its compact top floor holds all new releases, while downstairs plays home to second-hand records and publications. No matter your musical preference, there will be something in this wonderful record emporium that will fit.

Store DetailsWhere to Find Them
Address7 Broadwick St, Soho, London W1F 0DA, UK
MarketplaceSoundsOfTheUniverse
FacebookSounds of the Universe

North London

Alans Records London Record Store
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Alan’s Records

“Thousands of records are stacked into each and every nook…”

Alan’s is the jewel in East Finchley’s crown and home to one of London’s last-standing proper record shops. Thousands of records are stacked into each and every nook with an organizational method behind the madness! From punk to electronica, Alan’s boasts an impressive selection of records for all types of diggers. Be sure to set aside some time for your visit because there are listening posts a-plenty and a welcoming atmosphere.

Store DetailsWhere to Find Them
Address218 High Rd, London N2, UK
FacebookAlan’s Records
All Ages Records London Record Store
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All Ages Records

“Camden’s punk rock specialists since 2003…”

Camden’s punk rock specialists since 2003, All Ages thrives in an area synonymous with music and DIY releases. With apparel, gig tickets, and fanzines, this is as much a community hub as it is a record store.

Store DetailsWhere to Find Them
Address27 Pratt St, London NW1 0BG, UK
FacebookAll Ages Records
Audio Gold London Record Store
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Audio Gold

“Records can be found scattered in chunks throughout the shop…”

For the purists, we accept that this is not strictly a record store, but it is still an essential mention for its continued perseverance in analog sound. They carry everything from Icon Audio valve amps to Revox reel-to-reels, all at honest prices combined with great service from the team. Records can be found scattered in chunks throughout the shop, from blues to Bollywood, all of which can be sampled with their fantastic listening posts. They also make a fantastic cup of tea.

Store DetailsWhere to Find Them
Address308-310 Park Rd, Muswell Hill, London N8 8LA, UK
MarketplaceAUDIOGOLD
Instagram@audiogold
Flashback North London Record Store
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Flashback

Islington and Crouch End

“Flashback’s empire … shows no signs of slowing down.”

Second-hand specialists since 1997 and 2006, respectively, Flashback’s empire now boasts three stores in town and shows no signs of slowing down. The original Islington branch is split across two floors with CDs and books dominating the ground floor and 100% wax action to be found in the basement. Crouch End, on the other hand, is a refined one-floor version, offering a concise range of records and CDs across all genres (and all stock can be found via their online Discogs shop). Discogs took a deep dive into all things Flashback in 2014.

For the last two decades, my favorite record shop in London has remained Flashback on Essex Road. It used to be situated, handily enough, a short stumble away from my favorite pub, The Mucky Pup, where I ran a vinyl-only social, The Olde Peculiar, every Sunday for donkey’s years. Funnily enough, most of the staff from Flashback used to drink and DJ there as well. The drinking stopped abruptly for me nine years ago (and even The Mucky Pup is no more) but the other crippling addiction – to vinyl records – continues unabated. It’s as much a social thing as anything else these days. I have friends who work there and it’s good to be able to have a relaxed conversation (about Queen live albums, the likelihood of a comprehensive series of good quality Coil reissues, and what constitutes the right amount of records by The Fall to own) without ever having to feel like you’ve somehow taken a wrong turning in life. I’m not a vinyl obsessive to the exclusion of other formats. I own as many CDs as records and probably somewhere in the region of six times the amount of digital music, but there is something unique, to me at least, about tracking down that doom metal LP, cosmic disco 12-inch, or Gary Numan picture disc 7-inch that you’ve been after for all those years. I’ve bought records from some really interesting places – a gramophone and oud repair shop in Cairo, the world’s largest record fair in Utrecht, and a shipping container in Baton Rouge just after Hurricane Katrina, but Flashback is where I’m most comfortable.”

– John Doran, co-founder of The Quietus

Store DetailsWhere to Find Them
Islington Address50 Essex Road, London N1 8LR, UK
Couch End Address144 Crouch Hill, London N8 9DX, UK
Directoryflashbacklondon
MarketplaceFlashbackLondon
Instagram@flashbacklondon
Honest Jons North London Record Store
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Honest Jon’s

Kings Cross

“A concise slice of all things Honest Jon’s lies here, from label releases to originals and represses…”

Honest Jon’s is sister to one of West London’s originators that opened its doors in 2017 as part of the Coal Drops Yard rejuvenation and a historic corner of London that once played home to the capital’s warehouse clubland. A concise slice of all things Honest Jon’s lies here, from label releases to originals and represses across the musical spectrum all on the doorstep of those passing through Kings Cross or attending an ILM event.

Store DetailsWhere to Find Them
AddressStable St, Kings Cross, London N1C 4DQ, UK
MarketplaceHonest_Jons
Instagram@honestjonsrecords
The Little Record Shop London Record Store
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The Little Record Shop

“…focuses on jazz, reggae, rock, and anything unusual!”

North London’s appropriately named residential gem with treasure in abundance, David’s “Little Record Shop” has had its doors open since 2014 and focuses on jazz, reggae, rock, and anything unusual! With no online store and a fantastic second-hand selection, a visit here is a must. Please be aware to check their Instagram account before you make the trip due to varied opening hours.

Store DetailsWhere to Find Them
Address43 Tottenham Lane, London N8 9BD, UK
Instagram@littlerecordshop
Out on the Floor Records London Record Store
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Out on the Floor Records

“…the home of Tuff Scout Records.”

For over 30 years, this Camden institution has celebrated rock in all its forms as well as reggae, being the home of Tuff Scout Records.

Store DetailsWhere to Find Them
Address10 Inverness St, Camden Town, London NW1 7HJ, UK
Marketplaceupatoutonthefloor
FacebookOut On The Floor Record Shop
Sounds That Swing London Record Store
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Sounds That Swing

“A rockabilly and blues epicenter…”

A rockabilly and blues epicenter, Sounds That Swing has been a firm fixture in Camden since 1995 and delivers a fantastic array of records and memorabilia, from surf and doo-wop to country and blues.

Store DetailsWhere to Find Them
Address88 Parkway, Camden Town, London NW1 7AN, UK
FacebookNo Hit Records/Sounds That Swing
Zen Records London Record Store
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Zen Records

“North London’s reggae go-to…”

North London’s reggae go-to, Zen has been dealing a selection of reggae and soul for many years. Its understated feel is made up of fantastic records and the founder Robert’s charisma. The selection in-store is refined but well-positioned, with pockets of disco and dance throughout. If you’re in need of refueling, Pueblito Paisa Cafe across the road is one of London’s finest Columbian eateries.

Store DetailsWhere to Find Them
Address69 Broad Ln, London N15 4DJ, UK
FacebookZen Records

South London

Lion Vibes London Record Store
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Lion Vibes

“…one of London’s leading reggae specialists situated in the heart of Brixton Village.”

Since its conception in 1997, Lion Vibes has evolved into one of London’s leading reggae specialists situated in the heart of Brixton Village. From original Jamaican presses to current releases, the knowledgeable team sets a high standard that’s tough to beat anywhere in town. New releases from the label and second-hand gems can be found online, but a trip to the shop is highly recommended.

Store DetailsWhere to Find Them
AddressGranville Arcade, Coldharbour Ln, Brixton, London SW9 8PR, UK
MarketplaceLion_Vibes
FacebookLion Vibes Record Shop
Peckham Soul London Record Store
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Peckham Soul

“…celebrates all things soulful in SE15, from Northern to Southern and old to modern.”

“Exactly what it says on the tin,” Peckham Soul celebrates all things soulful in SE15, from Northern to Southern and old to modern. A cross-section of both infamous LP represses and original 45s can be found in the racks with a hefty selection available online via their Discogs store.

Store DetailsWhere to Find Them
Address133 Rye Ln, Peckham, London SE15 4ST, UK
MarketplacePeckham-Soul
Instagram@peckhamsoul
Pure Vinyl London Record Store
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Pure Vinyl

“…a friendly and approachable environment for all types of diggers.”

Champion of the South London record scene, the wonderful Pure Vinyl has created a friendly and approachable environment for all types of diggers. Jams and open deck sessions are regularly held in-store and a nice chunk of stock is available online.

Store DetailsWhere to Find Them
Address246 Ferndale Rd, Brixton, London SW4 7SF, UK
MarketplacePureVinylBrixton
Instagram@purevinyllondon
Rat Records London Record Store
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Rat Records

“…[continues] to serve an eclectic balance of fantastic second-hand records…”

Following its birth in 1988 in an Oxford market, Rat Records opened its Camberwell doors in 1999 and has continued to serve an eclectic balance of fantastic second-hand records ever since. Psych, jazz, classical, electronica — Rat’s broad arsenal caters to all. It’s next to some great food spots (notably Silk Road) on Peckham Road to tie in with the visit!

Store DetailsWhere to Find Them
Address348 Camberwell New Road, Camberwell, London SE5 0RW, UK
Marketplaceratrecordsuk
FacebookRat Records
Rye Wax London Record Store
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Rye Wax

“…specializing in all ranges of dance music and obscurities while championing local labels throughout.”

Situated in the basement of Peckham’s infamous Bussey Building, Rye Wax has been serving heat by day since 2014. At night, the venue transforms into an event space, hosting live gigs and club nights. Record-wise, Rye Wax shines the light on the underground, specializing in all ranges of dance music and obscurities while championing local labels throughout.

Store DetailsWhere to Find Them
Address133 Rye Ln, London SE15 4ST, United Kingdom
MarketplaceRyewax
FacebookRye Wax
Supertone Records London Record Store
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Supertone Records

“One of London’s longest-serving reggae shops…”

One of London’s longest-serving reggae shops, Supertone evolved from a sound system in the 1960s to a shop in the ’80s. Founder Wally Bryan oversees operations to this day, delivering an assortment of LPs, CDs, and cassettes across the reggae spectrum, including lovers rock, revival, dancehall, and all of its sub-genres.

Store DetailsWhere to Find Them
Address110 Acre Ln, Brixton, London SW2 5RA, UK
Directorysupertone_records
MarketplaceSupertone_Records
FacebookSupertone Records

East London

Atlantis Records London Record Store
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Atlantis Records

“…all styles and genres, from Iranian cassettes to military 78s.”

One of East London’s most recent additions, Atlantis offers all styles and genres, from Iranian cassettes to military 78s. With nothing going up online, this spot is certainly worth a visit if you’re in the area.

Store DetailsWhere to Find Them
Address8 Clarence Rd, Lower Clapton, London E5 8HB, UK
FacebookAtlantis Records Hackney
The BBE Store London Record Store
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The BBE Store

“…the space also serves as the label’s headquarters with food pop-ups and a well-stocked bar.”

Doors opened in 2016 as a celebration of 20 years in the game and The BBE Store continues to provide London Fields with the good stuff. Second-hand and new releases abound. The label plays home to heavyweight artists across the globe. In-stores are a regular feature and the space also serves as the label’s headquarters with food pop-ups and a well-stocked bar.

Store DetailsWhere to Find Them
Address376 Helmsley Pl, London E8 3SB, UK
MarketplaceBBEStore
Instagram@the_bbe_store
Eldica London Record Store
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Eldica

“Eclectically balanced global sounds can be found…”

Eclectically balanced global sounds can be found at this East London vendor. Located just off Dalston’s Gillett Square, Eldica stocks a vast array of books, amps, record players, and miscellaneous memorabilia alongside its records with some choice cuts also available via their online shop linked above.

Store DetailsWhere to Find Them
Address8 Bradbury St, London N16 8JN, UK
Directoryeldica
Marketplaceeldica
FacebookEldica
Flashback East London Record Store
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Flashback

Shoreditch

“Flashback [delivers] its signature blend of fantastic records to the East End via its fantastic double-floor space…”

Since 2014, Flashback has been delivering its signature blend of fantastic records to the East End via its fantastic double-floor space opposite the northern end of Brick Lane. Up top you have jazz, rock, and pop as well as LPs, CDs, 7-inches, and new presses. Downstairs, you have a host of well-priced soul, disco, hip-hop, and more. We strongly recommend a pit stop at Beigel Bake (the white one!) down the road for pre- or post-dig food!

Store DetailsWhere to Find Them
Address131 Bethnal Green Rd, London E2 7DG, UK
MarketplaceFlashbackLondon
Instagram@flashbacklondon
Hidden Sounds London Record Store
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Hidden Sounds

“This gem collaborates with a fantastic cafe space, offering tranquility to the market madness below.”

Hidden Sounds goes by its name, tucked above TFC, one of Ridley Road’s finest. This gem collaborates with a fantastic cafe space, offering tranquility to the market madness below. When it comes to selections, the spot is well versed in obscurities, not defining itself by genre but delivering a balanced selection of great records.

Store DetailsWhere to Find Them
Address89 Ridley Rd, Clapton, London E8 2NH, UK
Directoryhiddensoundslondon
MarketplaceHiddensoundslondon
Instagram@hiddensounds_london
Jelly Records London Record Store
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Jelly Records

“Predominantly selling second-hand records…”

Kev’s Jelly Records holds its place on Chatsworth Road, concealed neatly below a vintage furniture shop. Predominantly selling second-hand records, Jelly also stocks a carefully curated selection of new releases, from electronica to soul. Refuel at People’s Choice Caribbean up the road with some of Hackney’s best jerk chicken.

Store DetailsWhere to Find Them
Address22 Chatsworth Rd, Clapton, London E5 0LP, UK
Directoryjelly_records
MarketplaceJelly_Records
Instagram@jelly_records
Kristina Records London Record Store
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Kristina Records

“Avant-garde, synth, minimal, electronica, house — all live here alongside new releases from independent labels in a similar vein.”

Now situated in its beautiful new home on Well Street, Kristina specializes in the underground and all of dance music’s sub-genres. Avant-garde, synth, minimal, electronica, house — all live here alongside new releases from independent labels in a similar vein. Everything is powered by a La Marzocco and some fantastic wines and beers to keep you fully charged throughout your visit.

Store DetailsWhere to Find Them
Address194 Well St, London E9 6QT, UK
MarketplaceKristinaRecords
Instagram@kristinarecords
love-vinyl-record-store-london
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Love Vinyl

“…great music and obscurities with warm staff to point you in the right direction.”

The space is super organized with new-ins on the back wall and second-hand records in the crates, spanning great music and obscurities with warm staff to point you in the right direction. Love Vinyl also hosts launches and in-stores with the likes of Spinna, Gilles Peterson, Jovonn, and Andrew Weatherall.

Store DetailsWhere to Find Them
Address5 Pearson St, London E2 8JD, UK
MarketplaceLovevinylondon
FacebookLove Vinyl
Rough Trade East London Record Store
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Rough Trade East

“Although volume is heavy, the curation is careful…”

East London’s edition of the famous chain opened its doors in 2007 and has served the Truman Brewery with a brilliant balance of music, books, and gigs since. The building itself is a spectacular double-lofted warehouse with racks on racks of new releases and represses. A stage is situated at the back and, by night, the shop plays host to release parties. Although volume is heavy, the curation is careful and you can expect to get into a broad range of genres. If you want to push your comfort zone and dig deep, this is the spot.

Store DetailsWhere to Find Them
Address91 Brick Ln, London E1 6QR, UK
Instagram@roughtradeeast
Stranger Than Paradise London Record Store
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Stranger Than Paradise

“Exotica, soul, afrobeat, electronic, and more are all arranged beautifully…”

In the beautiful Mare Street Market — which plays home to a number of bars, food spots, and florists — Stranger Than Paradise fits in perfectly, stocking a vast array of new wax to keep you guessing. Exotica, soul, afrobeat, electronic, and more are all arranged beautifully in the racks and warm, approachable staff can put you onto something new.

Store DetailsWhere to Find Them
Address117 Mare St, Hackney, London E8 4RU, UK
MarketplaceStrangerThanParadise
Instagram@strangerthanparadiserecords
Tome Records London Record Store
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Tome Records

“…simplistic and to-the-point with stacks of great records…”

Since their recent relocation to Hackney, Tome Records has grown from strength to strength. The store itself is simplistic and to-the-point with stacks of great records in the wooden crates that line each wall. From reggae to electronica, OST offers a real balance of genres throughout. A large chunk of their stock can also be dug digitally in the Discogs Marketplace.

Store DetailsWhere to Find Them
Address234 Graham Rd, London E8 1BP, UK
MarketplaceTomeRecords
Instagram@tomerecords
VDS London Record Store
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VDS London

“Specialists in Japanese imports, this is a truly unique angle on the London digging scene.”

Vinyl Delivery Service (VDS), touched down from Tokyo on the southern end of Columbia Road in collaboration with Idle Moments. Specialists in Japanese imports, this is a truly unique angle on the London digging scene. Idle Moments brings wine into the mix, giving crate diggers a little slice of Tokyo in E2.

Store DetailsWhere to Find Them
Address86 Columbia Rd, London E2 7QB, UK
Instagram@vds.london
World of Echo London Record Store
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World of Echo

“…focuses on electronic, jazz, art-rock, and DIY while also championing London labels and artists.”

Famed for its flower markets, Columbia Road also plays host to this wonderful little record shop named after Arthur Russell’s seminal LP. Both new and used wax can be found in-store. World of Echo focuses on electronic, jazz, art-rock, and DIY while also championing London labels and artists. Combine this spot with the ritual Sunday flower haul.

Store DetailsWhere to Find Them
Address128 Columbia Rd, London E2 7RG, UK
Instagram@worldofechomusic
YoYo Records London Record Store
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Yo-Yo Records

“The store specializes in U.S. originals and vintage pressings.”

Yo-Yo took over the former Cosmos site on Hackney Road. The store specializes in U.S. originals and vintage pressings. Soul, jazz, gospel, psych, fusion, and Latin records can all be found here, neatly arranged among listening posts so you can explore for hours.

Store DetailsWhere to Find Them
Address324d Hackney Rd, London E2 7AX, UK
FacebookYo-Yo Records London

West London

Honest Jons West London Record Store
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Honest Jon’s

“Alongside their own famous record label, the shop advocates independent labels…”

One of our capital’s true originators, Honest Jon’s has held its post at the top of Portobello since the mid-1970s and continues to serve the area with its signature blend of reggae, jazz, and world music to this day. Alongside their own famous record label, the shop advocates independent labels throughout their operation, looking forward as much as looking back. A true London institution, Honest Jon’s represents the raw diversity of this city while sitting very much at the top of the pile.

“Aged 15, I was vaguely aware that jazz was good, but the sheer breadth was intimidating – and our family’s [sic] modem restricted the amount of Napster research I could do. Step up Honest Jon‘s, who recommended me Sonny Rollins‘ Saxophone Colossus and set me on the path. Since then, it’s been twice-yearly pilgrimages for a three-figure sum dropped on their impeccably curated mix of Black-Atlantic styles – from hip hop to gospel, post-bop to Afrobeat, dub to funk – as well as the cream of underground dance. Their label, meanwhile, is so good and reasonably priced that you can buy blind in total confidence. And from Sam Dees to Dillinger, the number of records I’ve bought purely because they’ve been playing on the shop stereo is an embarrassing testament to my impressionability and to Honest Jon’s magnificently cosmopolitan atmosphere.”

– Ben Beaumont-Thomas, music editor at The Guardian

Store DetailsWhere to Find Them
Address278 Portobello Rd, London W10 5TE, UK
MarketplaceHonest_Jons
Instagram@honestjonsrecords
Music and Video Exchange London Record Store
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Music and Video Exchange

“…one of the last remaining relics of a second-hand empire that commanded London for decades.”

Founded in the early 1970s, this is one of the last remaining relics of a second-hand empire that commanded London for decades. You’ll dig through such a broad range of records, from samba to classical, along with memorabilia and a hefty selection of CDs, all of which are well priced. There are no listening posts in this branch, but some fantastic records to be explored across both floors.

Store DetailsWhere to Find Them
Address38 Notting Hill Gate, Bayswater, London W11 3HX, UK
Marketplacesouldance100
FacebookMusic & Video Exchange
Peckings Studio London Record Store
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Peckings

“George “Peckings” Price was one of the first to pioneer the reggae sound in London…”

George “Peckings” Price was one of the first to pioneer the reggae sound in London, opening his store doors in 1973 and founding a now-family-run institution that still stands to this day. Peckings’ record label champions emerging acts while drawing for OG artists, synonymous with George’s early years entrenched in sound system culture. If reggae is you, make the pilgrimage out west to visit George’s son, Chris, at the capital’s reggae mecca.

Store DetailsWhere to Find Them
Address81 Askew Rd, White City, London W12 9AH, UK
Directorypeckingsw12
FacebookPeckings Record Shop
Peoples Sound London Record Store
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People’s Sound Records

“The interior is a time warp, but the store is serious in terms of its selection…”

Founded in the 1980s by Windrush generation’s Daddy Vego, People’s Sound has held firm on All Saints Road through decades of evolution, delivering not only reggae but all its offshoots to Notting Hill. The interior is a time warp, but the store is serious in terms of its selection of 7-inches across calypso, rocksteady, dub, blues, and beyond.

Store DetailsWhere to Find Them
Address11 All Saints Road, London W11 1HA, UK
FacebookPeoples Sound Records
Rough Trade West London Record Store
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Rough Trade West

“…Rough Trade has been a key player in the United Kingdom and global music industry…”

London’s original location of the franchise was founded during the mid-1970s, Rough Trade has been a key player in the United Kingdom and global music industry since. Compared to its East London sibling, the shop is condensed but offers a wide range of books, music, and memorabilia across rock, soul, electronic, and blues.

Store DetailsWhere to Find Them
Address130 Talbot Rd, London W11 1JA, UK
Instagram@roughtradewest
Soul Brothers Records London Record Store
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Soul Brother Records

“Soul Brother has been held in the highest of esteem throughout London’s digging community since its doors opened in the mid-1990s.”

Soul Brother has been held in the highest of esteem throughout London’s digging community since its doors opened in the mid-1990s. While evolving to encompass its record label, which brilliantly illustrates everything Soul Brother is about, the brick-and-mortar store has remained constant, serving London with the good stuff.

Store DetailsWhere to Find Them
Address1 Keswick Rd, Putney, London SW15 2HL, UK
FacebookSoul Brother Records

London Suburbs

The Book and Record Bar

“The Book and Record Bar opened in 2013 in an old corner pub a few steps from West Norwood station. It’s by far my favorite place in the whole city for just great old records. I’ve spent hours at a time in there in the past few years and always pick up records I’m gonna listen to again and again rather than file away. The selection is immense too. The owner, Michael, is a contributor to the Rare Records Price Guide, and he’s collected over 10,000 records over the years. I take bands from overseas there a lot when they’re looking to pick up some records while they’re in town. It’s like watching kids in a sweet shop. They also have an equally impressive collection of books for sale and the curation there is just as impeccable.”

– Paul Bridgewater, editor-in-chief of The Line of Best Fit

Store DetailsWhere to Find Them
Address20 Norwood High St, West Norwood, London SE27 9NR, UK
FacebookThe Book and Record Bar

Banquet Records

Having flown the flag across various sites in the South West since the early 1970s, Banquet continues to deliver a fantastic selection of new CD and LP releases, as well as represses. There is a real diverse selection of genres throughout the racks, illustrated perfectly by their in-store programming, from Nile Rogers and UNKLE to Craig David and Blink-182. Expect the unexpected.

Store DetailsWhere to Find Them
Address52 Eden Street, Kingston upon Thames, Greater London KT1 1EE, UK
FacebookBanquet Records

Casbah Records

Situated in one of London’s most quintessential corners, Casbah’s wonderful surroundings of Greenwich are a must-visit in themselves. Graham has migrated from stool runner to shop owner through the decades, specializing in the classics of rock, soul, prog, and jazz.

Store DetailsWhere to Find Them
Address320-322 Creek Rd, Greenwich, London SE10 9SW, UK
MarketplaceCasbahRecords
FacebookCasbah Records SE10

Crazy Beat Records

Since the early 1990s, Gary Dennis’ Crazy Beat has been a firm fixture on diggers’ radars, consistently purveying the finest in dance floor-centric records. We took a closer look at the shop here — be sure to pay him a visit if you are ever that way. King of the East.

Store DetailsWhere to Find Them
Address87 Corbets Tey Rd, Upminster RM14 2AH, UK
Directorycrazybeatrecords
Marketplacecrazybeatrecords
FacebookCrazy Beat Records

Cruisin Records

Tucked away in Welling but worth the commute, Cruisin has been open for a while, stocking a cold selection of pop, soul, reggae, and R&B.

Store DetailsWhere to Find Them
Address132 Welling High Street, Welling, Greater London DA16 1TJ, UK
FacebookCruisin Records

DnR Vinyl

Croydon mainstay and UK dance floor specialist DnR has been supplying South East London with a ridiculous selection of UK garage and a focus on house, dubstep, and beyond since the early 2000s. This flag-bearer of a distinctly British sound also has a wealth of stock available on its Discogs page above, so check it out wherever you are in the world.

Store DetailsWhere to Find Them
Address352 Lower Addiscombe Rd, Croydon CR0 7AF, UK
Marketplacednrvinyl
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The LP Cafe

“Although not technically in London (despite what people from Watford try and say about their hometown), The LP Cafe is worth the trip on the Overground. Since its inception, it’s given a whole new lease on life to the young creatives of the town. It’s a meeting place for bands, artists, and the birthplace of so many collaborations. A coffee shop with a wide range of vinyl records, you’ll be able to spend a while looking through crates full of everything from African disco to Norwegian black metal. There are plenty of mainstream offerings, too, along with soundtracks and more obscure vintage finds.”

– Alexandra Furssedonn Howard

Store DetailsWhere to Find Them
Address173 The Parade, Watford WD17 1LU, UK
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The Record Deck

“London can be a stressful, pretty bloody, grimy place to live. Just check how much unspecified dark gunk appears up your nose after a commute across town, much of which tends to be spent uncomfortably close to a stranger’s armpit. I know, glamorous right? So what could be more attractive than a record shop situated along an idyllic canal walk, when you’re relaxed enough to actually enjoy rifling through the (beautifully curated) vinyl on offer? The Record Deck is a floating music shop that pops up, usually along the River Lea or Regent’s Canal, to offer Londoners enjoying a weekend stroll the chance to add some music to their day, as someone once said. Necessity dictates that the stock is all about quality rather than quantity – but there’s always been something that catches my eye. And it’s run by a fella who is clearly a real music fan – he knows his stuff inside out, and prices are reasonable. It’s certainly barged its way into my affections. All aboard!”

– Jamie Atkins of Record Collector Magazine

Store DetailsWhere to Find Them
AddressSpring Hill, London E5 9BL, UK
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Music and Video Exchange

“Music and Video Exchange in Greenwich is the only spot I always make a visit to when passing by. I’ve found so many records from my Discogs Wantlist in there at decent prices. They even have a bargain basement, which never disappoints.”

– Chris Royle of DJ Mag and Diffrent Music

Store DetailsWhere to Find Them
Address23 Greenwich Church St, Greenwich, London SE10 9BJ, UK
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Palace Vinyl

With a personal 25-year trading history, Palace Vinyl continues to grow, having opened up the brick-and-mortar shop recently and now stocking over 40,000 records! Specializing in electronica and dance music throughout the years as well as new releases, Palace Vinyl offers a large chunk available online, but we firmly advise any dance music lover to make a trip down there.

Store DetailsWhere to Find Them
Address1 Victory Pl, Crystal Palace, London SE19 3RW, UK
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Record Detective

With a method behind the madness, Record Detective has been cramming its suburban wonderland full of wax for decades. It’s one of North London’s real, under-the-radar time warps. It boasts second-hand records only and has zero online sales, so a visit to this unassuming London doorway is the only way to get a sense of what this detective is all about.

Store DetailsWhere to Find Them
Address492 Green Lanes, London N13 5PA, UK
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Rollin Records

An infamous spot in southeast suburbia, Rollin Records is one of London’s gems since the early 2000s, stocking a real variety of genres. Rollin Records was championed by Mr. Thing and you don’t get a better co-sign than that. It’s all second-hand and it’s all in-store only, so pay a visit.

Store DetailsWhere to Find Them
Address6 Station Rd, West Wickham BR4 0PR, UK
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Second Scene

Another outpost in Watford, but certainly worth the visit if you’re up that way, Second Scene has a vast array of second-hand records to dig through, from jazz and classical to folk and ska. The prices are fair and the crates are deep, with a huge chunk listed on their Discogs store.

Store DetailsWhere to Find Them
Address125 Pinner Rd, Watford WD19 4EJ, UK
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Shaks’ Stax of Wax

This Kingston Upon Thames record pusher stocks a vast array of wax in-store and some select pieces on their Discogs store. Over 40,000 second-hand records can be found in-store!

Store DetailsWhere to Find Them
Address54 Old London Rd, Kingston Upon Thames KT2 6QF, UK
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Sounds of the Suburbs

With a focus on punk, mod, ska, and indie, Sounds of the Suburbs stocks a vast array of DVDs, memorabilia, and CDs alongside its LPs and 45s. It’s certainly worth the pilgrimage!

Store DetailsWhere to Find Them
Address110 Victoria Rd, Ruislip Manor, Ruislip HA4 0AL, UK
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Sounds Original

Curating original sounds since 1983, Paul Green has been delivering fantastic records to his corner of London. The lion’s share of stock consists of first presses from the early 1950s to the late ’60s, from LPs to 45s, and scaling up to the ’90s.

Store DetailsWhere to Find Them
Address169 S Ealing Rd, London W5 4QP, UK
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Wanted Music

Beckenham’s treasure trove of over 20 years crams in a vast amount of records from all walks of life. Well-organized and well-priced, there is truly something here for all diggers. We advise you to allow yourself some time when it comes to your visit.

Store DetailsWhere to Find Them
Address415 Croydon Road, Beckenham, Greater London BR3 3PP, UK
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