Music, video, DVD's etc., London
The Basement of Hanbury Hall is converted into a vintage clothing sales location called The Brick Lane Vintage Market. Occasionally records are being sold too.
Just check the neighbourhood when you are around. Sales locations for records seem to shift from time to time.
What to buy: Records.
What to pay: From 50p and up.
With intervals of a couple of years I travel to London to hunt for vinyl gramophone records.
My last trip was in June 2014 and I'll give an update on the newest changes.
First the bad news: On the beat, JB's, Vinyl Junkies, Wyldpytch Records, Sounds, Intoxia, Heavenly Records, Trax and Flying Records are no more.
HMV moved back to it's original location at Oxford St. 363. All others HMV-branches are closed, the last one was located inside Selfridges.
The following is an overview of the present shops per city quarter; most of them I visited and I added links to individual shop tips, where available.
-Music & Video Exchange - 95 Berwick St.
-Sister Ray Ltd - moved from 34-35 to 75 Berwick St.
-Reckless records - 30 Berwick St.
-Harold Moores Records - 2 Great Marlborough St.
-Phonica - 48 Poland St.
-Sound of the Universe - 7 Broadwick St. (have not checked this one)
-BM Soho - 25 D'Arblay St.
-FOPP - 1 Earlham Street, Covent Garden
Notting Hill Gate and Portobello Rd.:
-MVE - Music & Video Exchange, 38 Notting Hill Gate. The Classical Music Exchange moved from 36 to the basement of 38 (the former bargain section) and the Soul & Dance Exchange moved from 42 to the first floor of 36
-Oxfam shop - 170 Portobello Rd.
-Rough Trade West - 130 Talbot Rd.
-Honest Jon’s - 278 Portobello Rd.
-On Saturdays you may find some stalls with vinyl at the Portobello Road Second Hand Goods market
-Haggle Vinyl - 114 Essex Rd.
-Flashback - 50 Essex Rd.
-Rough Trade East - Dray Walk-Old Truman Brewery-91 Brick Lane
-Vintage Market - Brick Lane (occasional sales)
-Old Spitalfields Market - Regular market stalls
-Old Spitalfields Market Record Fair - First and Third Friday of the month
-On Saturdays you may find some stalls with vinyl at Brick Lane and/or Petticoat Lane Street Market
-Out on the Floor - 10 Inverness St.
-All Ages Records - 27 Pratt St.
-Sounds That Swing - 88 Parkway
-Massive International - 43 Camden Lock Pl.
-Like Vinyl - Camden Stable Market
-Vinyl Boutique Records - 229 Village Market (have not checked this one)
-You might find some stalls with vinyl at the Camden Locks Market
-Rat Records - 348 Camberwell New Rd. (haven't checked this one)
-Music & Video Exchange - 23 Greenwich Church St.
-Casbah Records - 320-322 Creek Rd.
Others further out (haven't checked them):
-Boogaloo On Broadway -161 Dawes Rd, London SW6 7EE
-Sounds Original - 169 S Ealing Rd., London W5 4QP
-Audiogold - 308 Park Rd., Crouch End, London N8 8LA
-Flashback Crouch Hill, 144 Crouch Hill, Crouch End, London N8 9DX
-DnR Vinyl - Croydon - 18 Lower Addiscombe Rd, Croydon, Surrey CR0 6AA
-Kristina Records - 44 Stoke Newington Road, London N16 7XJ
-Alan’s Record and CD Shop - 218 High Road, East Finchley, London, N2 9AY
-Eldica - 8 Bradbury Street, Dalston, London N16 8JN
The Notting Hill Gate Music and Video Exchange record shop was one of the best second hand records shop I encountered in London.
Great stuff in each bin you explore and very reasonable prices.
I revisited the shop in 2014. Things are different now due to the fact that both the Classical Music Exchange and the Soul & Dance Exchange have been moved to this location.
It still is one of the places for your record hunt.
There were less great finds than I had in the past and the sleeves of many albums were worn.
Mo-Su: 10AM - 8PM
What to buy: Records
What to pay: Lowest prices in town; from 50p up
To me HMV was the landmark shop to visit in search for the latest records at London. Just exiting the Bond St, tube station and there it was: 4 stories with the latest, the basement having the specials I was looking for.
Well, things changes over time. HMV even left its landmark location and had branches at the North side of Oxford Street. But in 2013 the store moved back to #363 at the South side. Just a ground- and first floor with very little new vinyl, hidden by games, DVD's, CD's, books, T-shirts and other merchandise.
Even the branch inside the Selfridges department store closed in 2014.
Mo-Sa: 8AM - 9.30PM
Su: Noon - 6PM
What to buy: CD's, T-shirts, books and more.
What to pay: From 5 pound per CD.
FOPP is an excellent music store with a lot of new vinyl records and also many re-issued old albums. This is a modern store with 2 stories of music.
I went for the special sampler CD's of Sixties music.
Mo-We: 10AM - 10PM
Th-Sa: 10AM - 11PM
Su: Noon - 6PM
What to buy: Music
What to pay: Normal prices
Phonica is a music store with a relaxed atmosphere.
It is an important place for DJ's to look for the newest material.
Mo-We: 11:30AM - 7:30PM
Th: 11.30AM - 8PM
Sa: 11:30AM - 7:30PM
Su: Noon - 8PM
What to buy: Music and/or a T-shirt
Harold Moores Records is a record shop for new classic and jazz records and CD's.
This is not a shop that I normally visit, but it turned out to be the only place in London that had a copy of Frederic Curzon's "Dance of an Ostracised Imp" (a tune of a former Dutch Radio Show).
Mo-Sa: 10AM - 6.30PM
Su: Noon - 6PM
What to buy: Classical or Jazz music.
What to pay: CD's from 12 pounds.
Sister Ray is one of the last landmark London record shops, famous for appearing on Oasis album covers. Unfortunately the financial crisis forced the shop to move to a smaller location at the other side of the street opposite the old location. I visited the shop in 2014 after that move and was welcomed in a very clean place (very different from MVE for instance). Still, there is a bargain section.
What to buy: Second hand records
What to pay: One pound and up for a 7 inch record
All Ages Records is an independent 100% Punk records shop, in business since 2003.
It was truly amazing to visit this small shop cramped with only Punk records and related merchandise.
Mo-Su: 11:30AM - 6PM
What to buy: Punk records
The Old Spitalfields Market Record Fair is held each first and third Friday of the month.
In a corner of the Market Hall a good dozen dealers sell second hand vinyl records.
There is something for everyone.
Business hours: 10AM - 5PM on the fair days.
What to buy: Records,
What to pay: Average prices for common records. Higher prices for the specials and rare records.
Rough Trade East differs from its counterpart Rough Trade West. The East shop is a spacious one with all the merchandise at the ground floor. The surrounding is one for young people in a relaxed setting.
Go here for books and the newest music.
Mo-Th: 8AM - 9PM
Fr: 8AM - 8PM
Sa: 10AM -8PM
Su: 11AM - 7PM
What to buy: New and hip items related to music.
On my way to Haggle I came across Flashback. Outside in front of the shop was a bargain cabinet wit CD's and 7 inches. Some of the vinyl records were in bad shape, some with overheating bobbles or pieces broken off. Still there were some reasonable ones leftover.
Inside the shop there is a great vinyl section on the basement with main stream pop records and a nice Jazz section.
The sales people seemed to be a bunch of Americans.
Mo-Sa: 10AM - 7PM
Su: 11:30Am - 6PM
What to buy: Records
What to pay: Albums from 6 pounds and up.
From various sources I was pointed to the Haggle Vinyl store. In 2014 I visited the store for the first time and met its owner, 72 year old Lynn Alexander. He's a one of a kind and I had fun talking to him. He knows his records that are stored in their inner sleeves in the rear of the place. I was lucky enough to find the album "Shock Treatment" by the Edgar Winter Group, which had been there for 15 years, according to Lynn.
When I told him, that I was looking for flexie disc, he declared me insane and told me that there were none such records in his shop. Well, after finding half a dozen, I was qualified even more mad.
In the past Lynn also sold antiques, but he now concentrates at vinyl. Expect to pay in cash, as the electronics of the shop can be off-line at times.
Do visit this shop. It will be an experience you never forget.
What to buy: Vinyl records
What to pay: Depending on your haggle skills
No other description than Vinyl Heaven suited the MVE Notting Hill Gate record shop's basement.
But when I revisited the shop in 2014, I found that Heaven was missing an angel.
The Classical Music Exchange moved in into the basement and the bargain 7 inch record section was considerable downsized. The classical shopkeeper is very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. He even dug up a box from the rear with 7 inch records for 1 pound each.
Well times changed, but there are still records to find.
What to buy: Records, records and even more records ....
What to pay: From 50p up.
The first floor used to be a heaven for instrumental, documentary and other specialities. Unfortunately the inventory moved downstairs to make room for the Soul & Dance records.
Most good records seem to be gone and having 10 times Saturday Night Fever in the Soundtrack bin is not attractive at all.
Perhaps the Comedy bin has the most unique records, but overall quality of the sleeves went down.
What to buy: That typical British vinyl record, you only will find here.
What to pay: From £ 3.00 for an album.