On Saturday April 19 2014 the world's independent record shops come together to celebrate Record Store Day, and the capital's top music shops are set to join in the fun. Whether you're an avid vinyl collector or just want to catch some great live music, be sure to get involved.
Free special events, gigs and workshops will be taking place at many of London's record shops, and one-off albums and promotions are available exclusively on the day – check out our round-up of the best special Record Store Day releases.
Record Store Day events in London
This Fitzrovia record shop and hangout has some great live acoustic music lined up, including blissed out Afro-soul dude Andrew Ashong at 4pm, plus ‘sound system installations’ planned for the street outside (don’t tell the neighbours…).
London’s best record store hosts a typically stunning live music line-up from 9.30am, including Toy, East India Youth, The Amazing Snakeheads, Ben Watt and Bernard Butler. Eclectic record collector and DJ Trevor Jackson spins, while for the kids there’s a Pete Fowler mural to colour in. Music starts at 9.30am: try and turn up before doors open if you want a decent view.Read more
All Ages in Camden stock exclusively punk and hardcore music, so they’ll only have a limited range of the official RSD releases, but they’ve also directly commissioned an exclusive series of limited edition, handmade punk releases from some of the UK’s best independent labels.Read more
Les Aldrich Music
This venerable Muswell Hill shop hosts an instore DJ from 2pm and a live show by Native Birds at 5pm. There’ll be drinks available instore and a 15 per cent discount on vinyl if you bring in their Record Store Day leaflet (download it here).
At this Greenwich shop you can pick up one-off RSD T-shirts and badges, and also see singer-songwriter David Woodcock perform live at 3pm. Casbah will also be running a special Record Store Day competition with prizes (presumably round plastic ones with a hole in the middle).Read more
There’s no need for music fans in the south-east suburbs to schlep all the way into town for RSD. Instead, celebrate your local record shop Head, which hosts live bands including folky indie-pop band Van Susans.
Top of the shops: London's best record shops
General interest, new, CD only
A great place to add to your collection without being patronised. Stock is CD-only, but you'll find a rock section that sensibly mixes classic albums by Pavement with newer releases from Fleet Foxes, a soul rack where Marvin Gaye snuggles up to Corinne Bailey Rae and eclectic jazz, reggae, pop, country and world sections. Fresh (fairtrade) coffee and baked goods are the icing on the indie cake.Read more
Show tunes, new, CD and DVD
This OTT, thirtysomething temple to show tunes continues to wow professional thesps and drama queens alike with its staggering collection of show tunes on CD and DVD and selection of posters celebrating productions past and present. Head downstairs for scores and books.Read more
General interest, new and second-hand, CD and vinyl
Flashback's mostly second-hand stock is treated with utmost respect. There are usually a few boxes of bargain-basement 12-inches going for pennies outside the front door, but inside stock is scrupulously organised. The ground floor is dedicated to CDs, the basement to vinyl.Read more
Classical, second-hand, CD and vinyl
Browsing here is as comfy and laid-back as flicking through a friend's collection; battered sofas and cuppas abound. The vast selection of quality used LPs and CDs is so constantly in flux that hundreds of records are cluttered on the central table at any given time while they await sorting. This is done by affable owner Roger Hewland, whose allegedly photographic memory is probably the only thing stopping the store sliding into chaos.Read more
Classical, new and second-hand, CD
This is not your stereotypical classical music store: young, open-minded staff and an expansive stock of new and second-hand music bolster Harold Moores' credentials. This collection sees some great old masters complemented by a range of eclectic contemporary music, including plenty of avant-garde and electronic issues by independent labels like Touch.Read more
Jazz, soul, reggae, world and hip hop, second-hand, CD and vinyl
This legendary record shop's owner had the foresight to lend former hired hand James Lavelle £1,000 to set up Mo' Wax records in the early 1990s. Jazz, soul, revival reggae and global sounds remain the house specialities.Read more
General interest, second-hand, vinyl only
Intoxica! is kitted out with bamboo wall coverings and glowering tribal masks, so the browsing experience is as big on character as it is on classic records. The ground-floor shelves are stacked with everything from reggae, funk and '60s beat to exotica and easy listening. The basement is packed with soul and blues, and its jazz section is especially big on British artists.Read more
What's your favourite record store?
Our interactive music map of London plots our pick of the capital's record shops (along with live music venues, musical hangouts and music stores), but if we've missed your favourite record haunt let us know and we'll add it the map.