Record stores in London for Techno & House collectors

There’s no shortage of record stores in London, and each has its own uniqueness.

If you enjoy digging through Techno, House, Disco, Minimal and that sort of music then let me recommend to you 5 record stores in London that won’t disappoint.

Phonica  Records 

Getting there: Soho, Oxford/Piccadilly Circus stations  W1F 7LZ

Recommended for: House, Deep House and Techno heads.

Phonics records from outside

Phonica is one of my dearest record stores in London, it truly stands up to its reputation. The staff have great music taste, I recommend that you grab 5 records from the crates, get a turntable by the wall of new releases (you may have to queue) and then let the guys know what you like and ask them to recommend you music, you’ll be surprised. 

The wall of new releases at Phonica records

Follow their Facebook page and be in the know of their legendary in-store parties, they are simply AWESOME. I’ve seen Richie Hawtin, Four-tet, Tim Sweeney and others there.

By the way, it’s BYOB so remember to hit the off-license by the corner.

Richie Hawtin playing at an in-store party at Phonica

Tim Sweeney playing at Phonica Records

Their online store is also quite good, in my opinion, the best one of the stores I mentioned in this article

Love Vinyl

Getting there: Hoxton station, E2 8JD

Recommended for: NuDisco, Disco and house lovers.

Love vinyl from outside - Hoxton

If you are mostly into Disco and House Love Vinyl should be on your must-visit list.

Love vinyl from inside

The vibe here is definitely more old school, you can feel all those years of experience oozing out of the crates and walls. That’s what makes this place so damn special, the music here has a very distinctive flavour, it reminds me a lot of the 90s in my hometown.
Enter with an open mind and leave with a bag full of house, and disco goodness.

Love vinyl - Turntable

Rough trade East 

Getting there: Shoreditch high street Station, E1 6QL

Recommended for: Everyone

Probably one of the best-known record stores in London, it has two branches one in the hipster district Brick Lane and the other in the Portobello market.

I prefer the one in Brick Lane as it seems to have more of the music that I like. However, Rough Trade has a massive selection of music, doesn’t matter what you are into you’ll find good music here, rock, reggae, techno, trance, house, you name it and you’ll find it.

Also bonus points for their section with drum machines, samplers, and other awesome gadgets that you can demo.

Rough Trade East

Kristina Records

Getting there: Hackney. 94 Well St, London E9 6QT

Recommended for: Techno and Tech-House head

Kristina is a lovely shop, it’s small and classy and has a unique minimalist-hipster vibe. But don’t be misled by its simple storefront, it packs a whole load of great music.

I’m not sure why but for some strange reason I usually end up buying Techno and Tech-house records whenever I visit, I’ve also found a few NuDisco vinyls in here.

There’s rarely any queue to listen to get a turntable to listen to your records and the staff is very friendly. Pay attention to what these guys play over the store speakers as well, I’ve ended up finding some gems that way.

Check out Kristina’s Record online store as well, it could be a better website but if you are patient you can pre-listen to most of their stock in it.

Rye Wax 

Getting there: Peckham Rye station, SE15 4ST

Recommended for: Techno heads

Located in the heart of Peckham, the route to Rye Wax is quite scenic; keep an eye out for street art, and don’t miss out on a good photo op.

Rye wax 1 Street ArtYou enter the store through a small door that’s almost hidden in an alley. You’ll descend to a basement, where you are welcomed by a pub that shares space with the record store. You could say that record stores don’t get any more underground than this.

Rye wax pub

One of my favourite features about Rye Wax is that the vinyl is already inside the sleeves in the crates, you can pick up what you want to listen to and go straight to one of the two turntables.

Rye wax record store

Listening to a record at Ryewax

Sadly due to the pandemic, Rye Wax is still temporarily closed, however, they might re-opened any time soon so keep an eye on the website and socials. In the meantime, along with The Arts Council England, they have the Rye Wax Youth Music Programme which is a series of workshops, mentoring and masterclasses, they also have a radio show called Noods Radio.

Sounds of Universe

Getting there: Tottenham Road Court Station –  7 Broadwick St, London W1F 0DA

Recommended for: Everyone

Sounds of Universe is another well-known record store in London, not only for its prime location but because it stocks many different music genres. If you want to find really good second-hand records, then this is the place to go! You really will be surprised by the number of gems of Techno, House, Disco and Trance music you can find here. 

They also stock many new types of Electronic Music; from Electro, Drum and Base, House, Techno, Disco and many more.

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