Looking for rare vinyl, classic records
or want to discover some new sounds? This list of some of the best record stores in East London
should help you find what you’re looking for.
Flashback Records Shoreditch
As the name suggests, this lot are truly living in the past (in a good way). They mostly sell second-hand stock, and the old records they push are treated as almost sacred by the devoted employees. You can get lucky outside with boxes of bargain-basement 12-inchers, sometimes selling for mere pennies, but inside is where the real magic happens.
Flashback Records, 131 Bethnal Green Rd, London +4420 3780 1900
Rough Trade East
This shoppe, the most famous of east London record institutions, is not just a huge record store but also a great music venue where you can regularly see live sets and album launches from amazing artists from across the globe. The first Rough Trade was opened in Notting Hill in 1976 and, almost immediately, Punk happened. As the music scene morphed and changed over the years, Rough Trade branched out and opened the cavernous branch next to Brick Lane.
Rough Trade East, The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Ln, London +44 20 7392 7788
Kristina likes to take you on a little more of an experimental journey. We’re talking avante garde titles and some pretty far-out electronic music. In the heart of Dalston, this great looking record store is the place to go when you want something a little off the beaten track. Great for enthusiasts of leftfield disco music, worldwide reissues and those looking to pick up some seriously rare originals.
Kristina Records, 44 Stoke Newington Rd, London, +44 20 7254 2130
This newbie on the scene was only opened in 2014, but it has already made a name for itself in the record store world. The shop is split between two counters, one focusing on the latest house, techno, disco and edits, and the best new reggae, soul and jazz; and one offering second-hand records and rarities. The store’s mezzanine hosts their famous in-store appearances, especially around Record Store Day.
Love Vinyl, 5 Pearson St, London +44 20 7729 8978
This cosmic customer on the Hackney road is the place to find regional rarities, private pressing and soul smashes. Even newer than the aforementioned Love Vinyl, this one’s only been going for about two years, but its sister stores are well established in downtown Toronto. They stock around 10,000 records and focus on jazz, soul, rare groove, psych, Latin and disco
Cosmos Records, 324A Hackney Rd, London +44 20 7033 8777