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London’s Independent Record Shops 

Hipsters and music lovers of all ages are dusting off their treasured LPs and building up their collections of every genre you can imagine – and let’s be honest, if you don’t have one your parents old (ahem…) ABBA records squirrelled away at the back of your collection, do you even spin?!

Unfortunately, the lack of interest in them has meant the closure of much loved independent record stores like the vinyl haven, Lucky Seven in Stoke Newington, so we’re hoping this second coming of vinyl connoisseurs will help to halt the closure of any more of our beloved independent record stores in London and beyond.

We decided to plan a day of vinyl hunting to remind ourselves of why we love the whole experience of finding hidden treasures in unique little record shops and share some of our favourites spots with you.

All Ages Records

  • Opening Times: Every day from 11:30am - 6:00pm

  • Address: 27A Pratt Street, Camden Town, NW1 0BG

  • Getting there from citizenM: 23 mins walk or get the underground from Shoreditch Tube Station (directly underneath the hotel) to Camden Town.

We love this independent record shop that celebrates all things punk and hardcore. As soon as you step through the door, you can feel the rebellious, DIY vibes that they champion. They want to make a statement - the shop is cash only, their gig tickets are only sold over the counter (definitely not online) and their walls are proudly adorned with band t-shirts, patches and badges. Even their name screams their punk rock roots, sharing it with a record released by Bad Religion.

Everything from the name to the notice board filled with handwritten adverts by bands looking for musicians gives us a welcome reminder of how music was shared in the good old days.

Casbah Records

  • Opening Times: Mon 11:30am – 6pm, Tue-Fri 10:30am – 6pm, Sat & Sun 10:30am – 6:30pm

  • Address: 320-322 Creek Rd, Greenwich, SE10 9SW

  • Getting there from citizenM: A 10-minute walk from citizenM London Bankside, you can get the tube from London Bridge to Greenwich

We headed to Greenwich to take some advice from punk legends The Clash and “Rock the Casbah” - and this little record shop didn’t disappoint. We had to tear ourselves away from this vinyl heaven, as we could’ve spent hours browsing their collection and chatting to the staff about our favourite topics of conversation - our favourite bands and the best soundtracks from cult films.

Eldica

  • Opening Times: Mon (closed), Tue-Fri 11:30am-7pm, Sat 11am-6pm, Sun 12-6pm

  • Address: 8 Bradbury St, Dalston, London N16 8JN

  • Getting there from citizenM: 30 mins walk from citizenM Shoreditch or get the train to Dalston Kingsland station

We were excited to visit Eldica record shop as, although it looks pretty unassuming from the outside, a quick Facebook stalk at their photos show that international DJs, and self-proclaimed lovers of black music, make time in their busy schedules to drop in. Disappointingly, we didn’t bump into any of them on our visit, but we loved the vibe of the shop regardless - just hanging out in there makes you feel like you’re part of a secret club, where everyone has a love of music in common.

VIP Vinyl Record Fairs

  • Dates:

    • Sat 4th March – London Brentford

    • Sat 29th April – London Victoria

    • Sat 17th & Sun 18th June – Stone Free Festival – O2 London

    • Sat 9th Sep – London Victoria

    • Sat 23rd Sep – London Tolworth

    • Sat 18th & Sun 19th Nov – London Musicmania – Olympia

Wandering round the stalls at VIP Vinyl Record Fair was a joy for music lovers like ourselves as we were surrounded by like-minded enthusiasts, whether behind the stalls or browsing the collections. Our favourite part of the day was overhearing all the in-depth conversations by people who have clearly enjoyed a lifelong affair with vinyl.  

London Record Fair

  • Dates: TBC

After last year, we fell in love with London Record Fair and now we always eagerly check their Facebook and Instagram pages waiting for the next date to be announced.

If, like us, you’re a habitual people-watcher, then there’s nothing better than listening to your new buys at one of the music stations, enjoying a cold beer and watching music lovers from all over the city helping to keep vinyl alive.

We are huge advocates of the vinyl and we’re passionate about keeping the format going – what’s not to love about hearing the authentic pops and crackles coming from the record player?! Plus, there’s something so satisfying about spending a weekend browsing for treasures in the independent record shops in London and then spending the evening alphabetising your collection.

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