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The Best Music Stores in London

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Updated: 3 May 2017
London’s music scene continues to thrive, no matter whether you’re into jazz or techno – there’s a music store to suit all tastes. From the record crates of Soho to trendy stores in Shoreditch, vinyl has made a healthy return to form. Plus if you’re after instruments we’ve got just the place.
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Wunjo Guitars

Denmark Street has been the musicians go to street for decades and Wunjo has been around almost as long. It sells both new and vintage guitars such as Fender and Gibson plus pedals, accessories and lots and lots of amps. You can indulge all your Almost Famous fantasies here.

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Regent Sounds

Also on Denmark Street is Regent Sounds, who have been working with Fender and Gretsch the longest out of anyone. From acoustics to amps, Regent Sounds are a den of all rock knowledge and they can repair pretty much anything.

4 Denmark St, London WC2H 8LP, +44 20 7379 6111

Denmark St

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Sister Ray

Pop into the Sister Ray store in the Ace Hotel in Shoreditch for possibly the coolest selection of electro and EDM in town. It’s hard to know if you could get any trendier.

75 Berwick St, Soho, London W1F 8RP, +44 20 7734 3297

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Howard of London

Into woodwind? Then it’s off to Howard of London with you – they almost look they belong in a Harry Potter book. This is a traditional expert woodwind shop full of every oboe, clarinet, flute and so on you can think of. If you play an instrument like that then this is your nirvana.

31 Chiltern St, Marylebone, London W1U 7PN +44 20 7935 2407

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Rough Trade

The daddy of all record stores in London, these guys have been slinging vinyl since ’76. Rough Trade has reinvented itself as both a record label and event space in Brick Lane and spears the Independent Record Store Day every 22 April. If you’re into vinyl, then this is the big one.

The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Ln, London E1 6QL, +44 20 7392 7788

Rough Trade East

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Flashback

Flashback on Essex St is one of those record stores to treasure. It sells new and second hand vinyl (and will buy vinyl off you), the guys in there live, eat and breathe music and it supports live performances. Forget digital and spend hours in here rummaging around.

50 Essex Rd, London N1 8LR, +44 20 7354 9356

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Phonica Records

A part of Soho for decades, Phonica has withstood the move to digital with panache. They sell new vinyl releases and merchandise; it’s a great place to find out about new bands and the coolest events in London.

51 Poland St, Soho, London W1F 7LZ, +44 20 7025 6070

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Banquet Records

This little music store is a rock and indie gem over in Kingston and the store put on a lot of instore live events with up and coming bands. Pop by the website to find out the upcoming gigs.

52 Eden St, Kingston upon Thames KT1 1EE, +44 20 8549 5871