Where to buy vinyl in Hackney
Here's our run down of some of the best record shops in Hackney selling rare items to build your collection, or bring back fond memories.
Cosmos Records London, Haggerston
The 'London' in this record shop's name is testament to the fact that it has come along way to settle in Hackney Road. The original premises are still in downtown Toronto. It's one for all you soul sisters and brothers, although Cosmos London has a pretty impressive second hand collection that spans most genres, particularly jazz.
Cosmos Records London, E2
Crypt of the Wizard Records, Haggerston
The website says it best: "If the sound of steel and thunder makes your heart sing, if you were born too late clad in denim and leather, if you're a child of the night living in a heavy metal daze then Crypt of the Wizard Records in Hackney Road may be the place for you!" If you are into S Club 7, on the other hand, perhaps give it a wide berth.
Crypt of the Wizard, E2
An institution on Bradbury Street, Eldica has been showcasing and selling music of black origin for 17 years. Rummage through rare reggae, funk, soul and calypso records, in a comfortingly cluttered interior that is packed to the rafters (and then across them) with retro merchandise.
Hackney Record Fair, Dalston
"The idea was to create a place were vinyl lovers like myself could hunt for rare records, discover new independent labels, local DIY music, and buy some quality vintage hi-fi," says Mark Farhall, founder of Hackney Record Fair. It worked. These days, the market is held at Epic in Stoke Newington Road. Entry is free and with DJs, a bakery and craft beer onsite too it is, as Farhall says 'a paradise for all lovers of vinyl and hi fi'.
Hackney Record Fair, N16
Kristina Records, Dalston
Specialising in new and second hand vinyl, Kristina Records, in Stoke Newington Road stocks everything: mainstream, rare and esoteric records across myriad musical genres. Luckily, it also receives rave reviews from grateful music fans, who go into raptures about how well its stacks are organised.
Kristina Records, N16
Lion Coffee and Records, Lower Clapton
Part coffee shop, part record shop, part live music venue and occasional supper club. However you classify it, Lion Coffee and Records in Lower Clapton Road is a great place to sit, sip coffee and sift through some golden oldies and interesting new tracks.
Lion Coffee and Records, E5
Love Vinyl, Dalston
This 'mecca for dance music lovers' is off the beaten track, round the back of the Geffrye Museum on Pearson Street. Inside Love Vinyl's Aladdin's cave you'll find new house and techno as well as second-hand disco, soul and funk, lovingly curated by the DJs Stuart Patterson and James Manero and record dealers Zaf Chowdhry and Jake Holloway.
Love Vinyl, E2
Sister Ray, Shoreditch
The Shoreditch branch of this legendary Soho record shop sells new releases, re-releases, rarities and retro records... anything, in fact, as long as its on vinyl. Based right inside the ultra hip Ace hotel, they're bound to have something for you, whatever gets you toe-tapping.
Sister Ray record shop in Ace Hotel, E1
Vinyl Pimp, Hackney Wick
They started out in 2007, stocking small collections from local DJs. Today, Vinyl Pimp's online shop has a legendary status among vinyl fans, while its Hackney Wick shop on Felstead Street - due to a towering shelving unit - is known as 'the Great Wall of Vinyl'. You won't need to scale it, however, to search through its comprehensive dance music catalogue. There's a tablet computer on site to help you browse without breaking a leg.
Vinyl Pimp, E9