The 5 best record shops for new vinyl

1) Sound of the Universe

Soho has lost many record shops in the past decade or so, but one of the very best thankfully remains. SOTU is the place to go for reggae, Afro, Brazilian, jazz, underground house and electronica, as well as for soul, soundtracks and much more. They run the exemplary Soul Jazz reissue label, and also sell CDs, music books and secondhand vinyl.


2) Rough Trade East

This large new store off Brick Lane has an excellent across-the-board selection that takes in indie, rock, multiple dance styles, ‘world’ music and experimental. There’s also a significant and interesting book selection, a good cafe and a space that’s used for regular free live music events.

exterior of Rough Trade East shop

Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, East

+44 (0)20 7392 7788

3) Phonica

Phonica has the largest stock of new electronic and dance music in London. The main focus is on the various styles of underground house, techno, bass, disco and edits but they also cover jazz, reggae, hip-hop, Balearic, Afro and funk.

people shopping at Phonica

4) Rye Wax

Rye Wax is a new opening in Peckham Rye’s Bussey Building complex. The stock is focused mainly on house and disco styles. Comics and graphic novels are also on sale and there’s a bar and street food pop-up. They regularly host events with DJs, record labels and live artists.

vinyl player

The CLF Art Cafe, 133 Rye Lane, South

+44 (0)20 7732 3176

5) Honest Jon's

Honest Jon’s is a West London institution, established in 1974. The carefully selected stock includes reggae, dub, blues, folk, soul, ‘outernational’ styles, experimental house and techno. They also run an excellent record label that releases pioneering compilations and new artists in diverse, avant-garde styles.

Honest Jon's logo


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