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Honest Jon's Rocord shop
Honest Jon's Record shop, portobello

London for vinyl junkies

Make the most of Record Store Day at some of the best vinyl haunts in the city

By Katie McCabe
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Are your shelves buckling under the weight of your vinyl collection? We don't blame you, those liquorice pizzas are addictive. This is especially true when you live in London, where there seems to be a vintage vinyl fair every other week, and thanks to the vinyl revival, we’ve still got a brilliant selection of surviving record shops across the city. 

To celebrate Record Store Day on April 21, we pick some of the best spots in London to go record shopping, take over the turntables or just enjoy some pure vinyl geekery. 

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The Run Out
The Run Out

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Get yourself down to Peckham for The Run Out 2018, a day-to-night music marathon with DJs, live bands and an independent market stocked with grassroots labels. Copeland Park & Bussey Building. Unit 9i, 133 Copeland Rd, SE15 3SN. Peckham Rye Overground. Sat Apr 21. Free.

Do some canalside searching at Grow Hackney’s DIY Art & Vinyl Market. Stallholders will be taking turns on the decks before an after-party with Vinyl Pimp takes you to the run-out groove of the night. Grow, 98c Wallis Rd, Main Yard, E9 5LN. Hackney Wick Overground. Sat Apr 21. Free.

Secret 7

See original cover art created for seven newly-pressed vinyl singles at the Secret 7" exhibition in June. Works by famous artists will be hidden within the show (previous years included works by Peter Bake and Yoko Ono). Take one home for £50, and contribute to charity Mind in the process. You won’t know who designed the sleeve until you’ve handed over the cash. It might just be priceless. The Jetty on Greenwich Peninsula. North Greenwich tube. Jun 8-23, sale day Jun 24. Free-£50.

Music venue The Social is ringing in Record Store Day with a triple-header of classic albums from The Stooges, NWA and Boards Of Canada played all the way through. 5 Little Portland St, W1W 7JD. Oxford Circus tube. Sat Apr 21. Free.

Phonica Records will be stocked up with hundreds of new Record Store Day titles this Saturday. See a rolling line-up of DJs firing up the soundsystem from 9am-9pm. 51 Poland St, Soho W1F 7LZ. Oxford Circus. Sat Apr 21. Free.

Have a nosey around the Brixton Hill Studios rehearsal space at the BXHS 2nd Annual Record Store Day Market, where they’ll be live music and carby-vegan goodness from The Chunky Buddha foodstand. Brixton Hill Studios. Brixton. Sat Apr 21. Free.

Honest Jon's
Honest Jon's

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Portobello Road’s technicolour beacon Honest Jon’s is one of the best record shops in the city. Jazz, soul, revival reggae and global sounds are in-house specialities. 278 Portobello Rd, W10 5TE. Ladbroke Grove tube.

Spend an afternoon crouched over plastic crates in the affordable, unassuming Alan’s Records in East Finchley. Wobbly towers of techno, soul and punk take up every corner of the tiny shop, and if a you’re willing to wade through the jumble, you can find just about anything. 218 High Rd, N2 9AY. East Finchley tube.

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Lion Coffee + Records

Drink here

Thursday is ‘Whisky & Wax’ day at Brickfields Bar: bring your own LPs to grace the turntables and you’ll get a free chunky whisky glass. You might need a flashlight to make out the sleeves – it’s dark in there. 293 Brockley Rd, SE4 2SA. Brockley Overground.

Coffee and cigarettes? Too ’90s. At Lion Coffee + Records, the Clapton kids are taking their Allpress americanos with a stack of indie labels instead. 118 Lower Clapton Rd, E5 0QR.
Hackney Downs Overground.

Spiritland
Spiritland

Eat here

Spiritland is a mellow mix of a vinyl shop, bar, café and recording space. Where else can you can munch on a posh sausage roll while a DJ mixes behind you? The food menu is light, unlike its high-fidelity soundsystem. 9-10 Stable St, N1C 4AB. King’s Cross tube.

Combine a bit of lunch with record hunting at Chiswick cafe Rhythm & Brews, where the room is cosy and the croissants are plentiful. Do flip through the Brews’ music collection and find something you like: the staff will let you soundtrack the whole café. 22 Walpole Gardens, W4 4HG. Chiswick Park tube.

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