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    On the Beat: Remarkable vinyl - On the Beat

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Nov 7, 2013

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    On the Beat Record Shop - London
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    On the Beat is an amazing shop when you look 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 are covered with music related newspapers cuttings, topped with many collectors items.

    You must ask for specific items, because it's all there: the records you never saw before.

    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.

    What to buy: Vinyl albums.

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

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    HMV: Loosing my sense of direction: HMV

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Aug 25, 2013

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    The original Oxford St shop (at 363)
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    The trouble with not visiting London for 25 years is that all major shops are still there, but have been moved or renamed.

    For me HMV was a 4 story shop at the Southside of Oxford street (with vinyl at the time, haha).

    Well, welcome to 2009 London with HMV at these downtown locations:
    -150 Oxford St
    -360 Oxford St
    -18 Coventry St
    -40-42 King St
    -1 Whittington Av
    -332-334 Norwich Rd

    The shop at 150 Oxford St is the biggest, with a huge classic department and many books too.

    Opening Hours:
    Mo-We: 9AM - 8.30PM
    We: 9AM - 8.30PM
    Th: 9AM - 9PM
    Fr-Sa: 9AM - 8.30PM
    Su: 11.30AM - 5.30PM

    My personal tip: Discount merchandise (especially books) is in much better shape at the 360 Oxford St shop.

    2013 Update: The HMV Flagship store will return to the original location at 363 Oxford Street.

    What to buy: CD's, T-shirts, books and more.

    What to pay: From 5 pound per CD.

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    Music, video, DVD's etc.: VINYL RECORDS

    by davidjo Updated Jan 21, 2013
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    If you are looking to add more vinyl records to your collection or even selling your collection then head for Notting Hill as there are three shops next to each other that are stacked to the rafters with a fantastic collection of singles and LP's. All three are around 42 Notting Hill Gate.

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  • Virgin Megastore: Embrace at the Virgin Megastore

    by Mariajoy Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Embrace
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    Virgin Megastore - all the film, music and games CDs, DVDs etc etc you could possibly want. We wanted the Embrace Live in Leeds DVD - and we wanted the whole band to sign it! So we turned up at 6pm for their in-store appearance and queued up next to other die-hard fans (I'm not - but my friend is).

    People had travelled for miles, lied to their employers about having urgent doctors appointments etc, just to be there. So while my friend had her dream come true and met her idols I took a couple of pics. Oh and I nearly forgot to say... the first 200 people in the queue got a free ticket to their gig in Alexandra Palace worth ?25!

    What to buy: CDs, DVDs, etc.

    What to pay: There are various offers available - check the net first to see if you can get them cheaper before paying out hard cash. This particularly applies to *World* films (foreign language) which are around £20 in store but cheaper on the net.

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

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Oct 24, 2010

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    Neil's Yard entrance from Shorts Gardens
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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 (and I still have to check out both shops!):
    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

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    My favorite record shops: Vinyl Record (and some audio CD's)

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Sep 26, 2010

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    BBC Sound FX #8
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    First the 2 big ones:

    HMV, Oxford Street (at 150 and 360)

    In the adjacent Soho are these goodies:

    Reckless records, 26 Berwick St
    Sister Ray Ltd, 34-35 Berwick St
    Music & Video Exchange, 95 Berwick St
    Uptown Records, 3 d'Arblonu St
    Flying Records, 94 Dean St
    On the Beat, 22 Hanway St

    Travel to Portobello Rd, West Paddington & King's Cross for these:

    MVE - Music & Video Exchange, 38-42 Notting Hill Gate (Visit the basement!)
    Intoxia, 231 Portobello Road
    Flashback, 50 Essex Rd Islington
    Disque Record, 11 Chapel Market Islington

    The final ones:
    Choice, 383b Green St Westham
    Boogaloo On Broadway, 161 Dawas Road, Fulham
    Sounds Original, 169 South Ealing Road, Ealing

    2010 Update: Rough Trade is back (and I still have to check out both shops!):
    Rough Trade East-'Dray Walk'-Old Truman Brewery-91 Brick Lane-London E1 6QL
    Rough Trade West-130 Talbot Road-London W11 1JA

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    Beatles shop

    by Britannia2 Written Mar 16, 2010

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    London Beatles Store
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    I came across the shop by chance - this is small shop dedicated to Beatles memorabilia and Beatle related souveniers. There are tee shirts, beakers, posters, glassware, books and a large range of very interesting things to browse at. For any Beatle fan this must be heaven.

    What to pay: Expensive - however the goods are specialist and many I have never seen before.

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    Music and video: Music players, dont miss Denmark Street

    by PALLINA Updated Jun 3, 2009

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    Also called Tin Pan Alley, Denmark Street are known as the best place where to bay something connected to music in all Europe. You can find very specialized instruments and shops focused on a specific instruments; I had never seen a shops selling just basses. No guitars, just basses. There are both new and 2° hand instruments, both expensive, limited edition and cheap instruments. Not in every shops you are entitled to play, but normally yes, after asking for assistence. If you are a player of something, you cannot miss. If not, go for a walk anyway.

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    Sister Ray: Landmark at Berwick St; Sister Ray

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Apr 20, 2009

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    Sister Ray - London
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    Sister Ray is one of the last landmark London record shops, famed for appearing on Oasis album covers. Although it's well-kown business could be far better, but with a finacial crisis and ever more free downloads; survival becomes difficult.

    It's a shop with something for everyone.

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    Music and Video Exchange - Notting Hill Gate: Vinyl Heaven: MVE Notting Hill Gate basement

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Apr 20, 2009

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    You are WARNED!
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    No other description than Vinyl Heaven suites the MVE Notting Hill Gate record shop's basement.

    Many, many 10 penny items are waiting for you and you have to reserve almost two hours to go through all these goodies here.

    The collection is priced down over time and I must say there's a daily flow of fresh records coming in.

    But you stay at the laughing side, because selecting a BIG pile of records still costs just a few Pounds. It's more the weight you have to carry, that will "kill" you.

    What to buy: Records, records and even more records ....

    What to pay: From 10p.

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    Music and Video Exchange: MVE - Notting Hill Gate - First floor

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Apr 20, 2009

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    MVE - Notting Hill Gate - First floor
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    After the exciting ground floor, the first floor is a heaven for instrumental, documentary and other specialities.

    The shop has a search service and the first floor salesman has a lot of knowledge on hand.

    It's just hard to limit yourself in this environment.

    What to buy: That typical British vinyl record, you only will find here.

    What to pay: From £ 3.00 for an album.

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    Ex-Tower; now Ex Zavvi: Crisis, what crisis? (at Piccadilly Circus)

    by pieter_jan_v Written Apr 6, 2009

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    This store is now closed.
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    No more BIG record shop at Piccadily Circus!

    The doors are close, the name still is on the outside and the empty racks are waiting to be filled.

    But the whole thing is discontinued.

    What to buy: Nothing anymore.

    What to pay: 0

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    Intoxica!: Quality vinyl at a price

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Apr 6, 2009

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    INTOXICA!
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    Intoxica! records sells 60s Beat, Psychedelic, Ska & Reggae, Soundtrack, 70s Funk, Surf, Blues/R and B, Soul, 70s, Exotica, Punk, Music Magazines/Books and Film posters.

    The interior has a slight Hawaiian setting, which links to the exotica records in stock.

    The shop and its basement are not that big, but there are many quality items.

    Intoxia! offers International mail order and a record search engine; see their website.

    Shop hours:
    Mo-Sa: 10.30AM - 6.30PM
    Su: Noon - 4.30PM

    What to buy: High quality vinyl records.

    What to pay: More expensive than other shops.

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    Classical Music Exchange: CME - Notting Hill Gate

    by pieter_jan_v Written Apr 5, 2009

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    Classical Music Exchange - Notting Hill Gate

    The Classical Music Exchange record shop is part of the MVE chain. It is located next to its brothers MVE and Soul & Dance exchange, but I wonder for how long, because the shop has a big TO LET sign on top.

    Nevertheless, this shop is loaded with classical music, both on vinyl as in the form of CD's.

    What to pay: Lowest prices around.

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    Music and Video Exchange: MVE Berwick St

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Apr 5, 2009

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    MVE - Berwick Street
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    Music and Video Exchange is the store for vinyl fanatics. Next to the goodies on the groundfloor, the 10p offers in the basement are just tempting.

    Nothing fancy here; just vinyl that you are looking for.

    What to pay: Lowest prices

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