Rough Trade West

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Rough Trade West
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Rough Trade West

The original branch of Rough Trade offers a pointed contrast to its flashy little sister Rough Trade East: poky and well-stocked, it’s really hardly changed in years.


Venue name: Rough Trade West
Address: 130 Talbot Road
W11 1JA
Transport: Tube: Notting Hill Gate
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Great and friendly staff, easy to talk to or have a normal conversation with. A great selection of records of different formats and genres. Great atmosphere, both new and 2nd hand records. 10/5 would record store again.


A cooler, pared down version of its newer Brick Lane counterpart, with enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff, heaps of free music magazines and flyers, and a weekly changing window display and recommended album. Tip - if you want to celebrate finding a particular rare or hard-to-find vinyl, the 'Ginstitute' is just a couple of doors down, and a most suitable venue.


Iconic leftover of the punk era visited by well to do Notting Hill patrons and borderline homeless vinyl junkies alike. Rough Trade is the place to go for an expert opinion, a revelatory recommendation, or to try and find a pressing of Pink Floyd's Animals that isn't a hundred quid like they are on the internet. RT's prices are steep next to the Music & Video Exchange up at the top of Portobello Road, but this record store has a nicer vibe and a much more savvy team of staff members. Nothing you purchase will be dog eared and covered in Johnny Rotten's spit, as the shop's old image and name might suggest. Everything is in fact well kept, well categorized, and easy to find. If you can't, you have but only to ask; sometimes they have it in, and if it's something extra special they might not even be allowed to keep it out in front for fear of theft. Not many places like this around, but if the vinyl trend continues maybe the future is bright for Rough Trade.