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    It's only Rock 'n' Roll: Rock 'n' Roll Memorabilia Store

    by pieter_jan_v Written Dec 6, 2014

    "It's only Rock 'n' Roll" is a memorabilia store for Rock 'n' Roll items, like T-shirts, records, mugs, posters, bags, wallets, keyrings, badges, photographs and autographs.

    Business Hours:
    Daily: 10AM - 6.30PM

    It's only Rock 'n' Roll - London
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    The London Beatles Store: Yeah, Yeah, Yeah!

    by pieter_jan_v Written Dec 6, 2014

    The London Beatles Store is a cozy store packed with Beatles memorabilia and gifts. I even saw some framed golden records for sale. Please explore their website for the overwhelming number of Beatles related items.

    Business hours:
    Daily:10AM - 6.30PM

    What to buy: Beatles stuff.

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    Music, video, DVD's etc.: In search of Rough Trade: Neil's Yard

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Oct 12, 2014

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    In search for Rough Trade Records I discovered that the shop at 16 Neal's Yard is closed; their website is still alive!

    2010 Update: Rough Trade is back:
    %L[http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/p/m/23bd7d/[Rough Trade East -'Dray Walk'-Old Truman Brewery-91 Brick Lane-London E1 6QL
    Rough Trade West -130 Talbot Road-London W11 1JA

    Nonetheless, visiting Neil's Yard was a nice thing to do. There are interesting businesses around, like:

    -Neal's Yard Salad Bar at #2
    -Neal's Yard Therapy Room at #2
    -Neal's Yard Bakery & Tearoom at #6
    -Nails By Baptiste at #8
    -Hair By Fairy at #10
    -The Walk-in Backrub at #14
    -Neal's Yard Remedies at #15
    -Slam City Skates at #16

    See the pictures of my 214 visit.

    Neil's Yard entrance from Shorts Gardens Salad bar at the left; Remedies at the right The Salad Bar in the yard Hair & Nails at the left Remedies
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    CLOSED: On the Beat: CLOSED: Remarkable vinyl - On the Beat

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Aug 7, 2014

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    On the Beat was an amazing shop when you looked for exotic vinyl.
    I easily could have spend a 100 Pounds on all those great records I saw there.
    And I'm talking about the documentary, TV & movies and adjacent sections in the back of the shop.
    The entrance and the front part of the shop are very small and the back just gives some more room.
    The walls were covered with music related newspapers cuttings, topped with many collectors items.

    2013 update: Thanks to this Misc Forum Thread I learned that owner Tim Derbyshire after 35 years put up his business put up for sale on eBay for £300,000.

    When I visited London in 2014 the shop was gone.

    What to buy: Vinyl albums.

    What to pay: Rare albums from 10 Pounds and up.

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    The Vintage Market: Vintage at Brick Lane

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Jul 16, 2014

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    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.

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    The London second hand record shops: Vinyl Records (and audio CD's)

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Jul 15, 2014

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    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.

    Soho:
    -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

    Islington:
    -Haggle Vinyl - 114 Essex Rd.
    -Flashback - 50 Essex Rd.

    East London:
    -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

    Camden:
    -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

    South:
    -Rat Records - 348 Camberwell New Rd. (haven't checked this one)

    Greenwich:
    -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

    Haggle Records - You are here HMV - To Let Stereo Spectacular Sister Ray - The future is behind you HMV location - London
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    Music and Video Exchange: MVE - Notting Hill Gate - Groundfloor

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Jun 28, 2014

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    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.

    Store hours:
    Mo-Su: 10AM - 8PM

    What to buy: Records

    What to pay: Lowest prices in town; from 50p up

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    HMV: Loosing my sense of direction: HMV

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Jun 28, 2014

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    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.

    Opening Hours:
    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.

    The original Oxford St. shop (at 363) - London HMV Oxford St. 363 - London HMV - First floor HIS MASTER's VOICE HMV in 7 inches
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    FOPP: CD's, DVD's, books (FOPP)

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Jun 28, 2014

    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.

    Hours:
    Mo-We: 10AM - 10PM
    Th-Sa: 10AM - 11PM
    Su: Noon - 6PM

    What to buy: Music

    What to pay: Normal prices

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    Phonica: Dance and more music, and shirts

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Jun 28, 2014

    Phonica is a music store with a relaxed atmosphere.
    It is an important place for DJ's to look for the newest material.

    Shop hours:
    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

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    Harold Moores Records: Jazz and Classic records: Harold Moores

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Jun 28, 2014

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    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).

    Shop hours:
    Mo-Sa: 10AM - 6.30PM
    Su: Noon - 6PM

    What to buy: Classical or Jazz music.

    What to pay: CD's from 12 pounds.

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    Sister Ray: Landmark at Berwick St; Sister Ray

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Jun 28, 2014

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    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

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    All Ages Records: P U N K in Camden

    by pieter_jan_v Written Jun 27, 2014

    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.

    Shop hours:
    Mo-Su: 11:30AM - 6PM

    What to buy: Punk records

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    Old Spitalfields Market Record Fair: Record Fair in East London

    by pieter_jan_v Written Jun 27, 2014

    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.

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    Rough Trade East: Hip at Brick Lane; Rough Trade East

    by pieter_jan_v Written Jun 27, 2014

    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.

    Shop hours:
    Mo-Th: 8AM - 9PM
    Fr: 8AM - 8PM
    Sa: 10AM -8PM
    Su: 11AM - 7PM

    What to buy: New and hip items related to music.

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