In our increasingly digitised society, most of us turn to the internet or any one of the number of streaming services now available to listen to and download music. Despite the popularity of these apps and sites, there is still a market for the die-hard music fans who prefer to appreciate their tracks the more authentic way.
Yes, it’s fair to say that vinyl isn’t dead just yet, and certainly not in London. A trip to the capital is perfect for music lovers who will find an array of stores where they can browse and buy their favourite vinyl records.
If you’re looking for some of the best places to shop for tunes near Paddington, read on for our guide to some of the best record spots the city has to offer.
After an afternoon spent unearthing some musical gems, head back to your room at the Park Grand Hotel Lancaster Gate. Stay in and listen to all your new finds or hit the town, where you’ll find loads of live music venues to satisfy your needs.
All Age Records
27 Pratt St, London NW1 0BG
For Punk and hardcore music fans, this is the place to be when you’re searching for some vinyl records in London. Established in 2003, this small spot situated in Camden Town is home to all the vinyl records you could ever need as well as a range of other items including DVDs, T-shirts, fanzines and books. If you fancy browsing some fresh talent, check out their unsigned section, where they give less well-known and emerging bands the chance to showcase their work. Looking for some live gigs? This place also sells tickets for different events, so be sure to ask the friendly staff members about the best shows coming up in the city.
You could easily spend hours in this store, but once you’ve had your fill, make your way back to your room at the Park Grand Hotel Lancaster Gate where you can listen to some of your new purchases or get ready for a night on the town soaking up London’s diverse music scene.
51 Poland St, Soho, London W1F 7LZ
Those who really have their finger on the button when it comes to what’s hot on the music scene will love this shop, which is known for its commitment to stocking the freshest sounds and new releases. Browse a range of genres including Disco, Hip-Hop and Electro and take advantage of their pre-ordering service if you can’t find what you need.
Now you’ve stocked up on the hottest new tracks, stroll back to your room at the Park Grand Hotel Lancaster Gate where a comfy bed, hot bath and unrivalled amenities will be waiting for you.
30 Berwick St, Soho, London W1F 8RH
This place has been going since 1984 and has become an iconic symbol when it comes to the British music scene, with the front of the store having been featured on the cover of Oasis’s album What’s The Story Morning Glory. Head here if you’re looking for Rock, Pop or Indie tracks, and be sure to check out their vast selection of Jazz vinyls.