Five of the best vinyl record shops in London


Sales of vinyl records have risen to the highest level for 18 years.

The resurgence of the format has seen the Official Chart Company announce that it will soon launch a weekly vinyl chart.

More than a million vinyl records have been sold so far this year – the first time the million mark has been hit since 1996, the BBC reports.

According to the Official Chart Company, the milestone was reached earlier this week, and the best-selling vinyl album of the year to date is David Bowie’s Nothing Has Changed.

The resurgence has been attributed to a devoted core of vinyl listeners being joined by a growing number of younger people adopting the medium in revolt against an invisible own-nothing music culture.

In celebration of the return of the medium, LondonlovesBusiness.com has rounded up some of the best places to get your hands on vinyl in the capital.

1. Flashback

Essex Road is glitzy Upper Street’s more edgy neighbour. And it is home to one of London’s best second-hand record shops. Strictly speaking, Flashback wasn’t a record store when it opened in 1997 – it stocked clothes, videos and other second hand curio. But now it focuses on second hand and new vinyl releases. The shop has even started up its own record label. There are regular in-store gigs and this month Flashback opened a new flagship store in Bethnal Green. They also have a small store in Crouch End.

2. Kristina Records

Dalston Junction has been at the centre of hip east London for a few years now; possibly due to the Razorlight tune advising never to go there. Kristina Records is the must-go place for discerning music fans in London. The shop inspires such a level of devotion that it receives visitors who come from across Europe to thumb through its record collection. The shop specialises in new and second hand vinyl, and carries a wide range of underground music across many genres.

3. Sister Ray records

This Soho institution stocks new and second hand vinyl alongside CDs DVDs and books. The store is on Berwick Street, the site of Oasis’ iconic What’s the Story record cover. Since then though, the shop has moved to a bigger premises on the other side of the road, giving it space for two floors of music. In addition, Sister Ray announced a new vinyl only outpost in Shoreditch earlier this year.

4. Honest Jon’s

Way away from the stores in trendy east London remains a cabal of independent record shops near formerly bohemian hangout Notting Hill. Honest Jon’s, on Portobello road is a haven for soul, jazz reggae and funk aficionados and stocks new and second hand vinyl records.

5. Rough Trade

Rough trade is now probably London’s best-known independent record shop. Originally based on Ladbroke Grove, the shop’s record label brought us the likes of The Smiths and The Buzzcocks. The dream almost died in the late 80s, but was successfully resurrected in the early 2000s and saw success with the Libertines and The Strokes.  

The snazzy flagship store in Shoreditch stocks new vinyl releases and plays host to regular in-store events.


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