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Rough Trade East


Best for
Exclusive vinyl releases

Don’t miss
The in-store gigs and events

How much?

Though it arrived 30 years after its big brother in W11, Rough Trade East has fast become the company’s definitive London outpost. Located in the bustling Old Truman Brewery, its primary function is as a retailer of expertly-curated vinyl, CDs and books. Boasting considerably more space than its Notting Hill counterpart, it also contains a café and a purpose-built stage, with standing room in front sensibly factored into the planning.

In-store gigs commonly kick off at 7pm and wristbands are obtained by pre-ordering a CD first. The sets are sometimes shorter than most regular gigs, but we’re certainly not complaining.

  1. Old Truman Brewery,
    91 Brick Lane, E1 6QL
    Aldgate East tube
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Users say

Paula H
Paula H

Really, these are the best?  Just in London 2 weeks ago.  Took pictures in Harrods but did mad shopping in Primark and H&M!  Not even on the list.  

Would recommend both Primark and H&M over these places with more walls than merchandise.