To celebrate the upcoming Notting Hill Carnival, we put together a list of our favourite spots to spent an afternoon browsing through the stacks...



Rough Trade West


In the words of Don Letts: ‘If music if your religion, Rough Trade is your church.’ Founded in 1976 in West London, Rough Trade Records has definitely earned its punk credentials. The birthplace of its namesake label that launched a thousand punk, rock and indie careers, it continues to represent the genres with a fantastic selection of records, live performances and signings.


130 Talbot Road, W11 1JA



Sounds Of The Universe


Home of Soul Jazz records, Sounds Of The Universe is about as diverse as the name suggests, with everything from jazz, funk and soul, to dubstep, house and disco – with a splash of Brazilian, African and Latin beats in between. As if this wasn’t enough, their basement is full of second hand treasures as well as a great selection of music books.


7 Broadwick St, W1F 0DA



People’s Sound Records


People’s Sound is the brainchild of the late Daddy VGO, who came to the UK from Jamaica in 1956 and dedicated his life to promoting Jamaican music and culture in the UK. One of the first people to bring Jamaica’s sound system culture to London, his legacy continues to thrive in the selection of rare finds and vintage reggae albums available in the store.


11 All Saints Rd, W11 1HA



Honest Jon’s Records


So the myth goes, this record store began its days as a former butcher’s shop, with displays featuring marble cutting meat blocks. A few moves later and Honest Jon’s has found a home in West London’s Portobello Road, and specializes in jazz, blues, reggae, soul and folk.


 278 Portobello Rd, W10 5TE

All Ages Records


You’d be forgiven for thinking this was one of Camden’s classic ‘alternative’ stores from the outside, as All Ages Records specializes in punk and hardcore music. However, on closer inspection there’s a great selection of tshirts, posters and more from almost every guitar-wielding band since the 70s. They’re also one of the few stores in London that still stocks cassettes.


27 Pratt Street, NW1 0BG



Reckless Records 


The first record store on Berwick St, Reckless Records has both survived and thrived since 1984, its claim to fame being that it features on the Oasis album cover ‘What’s The Story Morning Glory’. Primarily dealing in second-hand vinyl and CDs, they have a team of specialist buyers who are constantly updating their selection, ranging across almost all genres - rock, pop, indie, metal, reggae, jazz, electronic, soul, funk and more.


30 Berwick St, W1F 8RH



Phonica Records


Phonica Records’ motto is ‘fads come and go but we still always sell good dance music’. Not only do they have one of the largest selections of dance music and all its sub-genres in town, they often host in-store performances, parties and live streams, developing a reputation as one of the bastions of London’s international club scene.  


51 Poland Street, W1F 7LZ



FOPP Covent Garden


A slightly different beast from the independent record stores, FOPP is still undeniably a great place to while away the hours browsing without breaking the bank. As one of the biggest distributors of vinyl in the UK, there’s plenty to choose from – not to mention the vast range of books, DVDs and posters too.


1 Earlham Street, WC2H 9LL