Get Into The Groove

Get Into The Groove

Words: Elliot Lewis-George Images: Boya Latumahina
Published: Spring ‘16

Sales in twelve-inch records are booming right now. For many, the character and crackle trapped in the grooves of sweet-smelling vinyl can’t be replaced by dodgy-quality downloads or streaming services. Elliot Lewis-George selects some of the area’s best record shops for you to spend lazy afternoons flicking through racks of wonderful records.

Vinyl Pimp

14 Felstead St
London E9 5LT

This Hackney Wick store is the place to go if you want to pick up the actual records spun by your favourite DJs. Arguably the best physical reselling record shop in the UK, Vinyl Pimp has been known to give thousands of records away for free and recently amassed a massive 24,000 records from one mysterious collector.


8 Bradbury Street,
London N16 8JN

Located on Bradbury Street, one of the oldest original Victorian shopping streets in Hackney, sits the charming Eldica. Littered with a plethora of records and record players, here is a treasure trove for DJs, producers and bohemian shoppers. Beneath oversized lampshades and chandeliers, discover stacks of wax destined to be snapped up by crate diggers from across the globe.

Love Vinyl

5 Pearson Street,
London E2 8JD

This store opened just at the point when vinyl was becoming trendy again. But don’t be mistaken; this isn’t a shop cashing in on the vinyl boom. In fact this Kingsland Road record destination supplies the city’s leading DJs and collectors such as North London local Gilles Peterson, who has been known to spin surprise in-store sets every now and then.

Zen Records

69 Broad Lane,
London N15 4DJ

Less is most definitely more in the case of this unassuming Seven Sisters record shop. Though the shop might be small in square feet, owner Robert is big on satisfying his customers and will happily whack on whatever you select from his carefully curated collection of rare groove, funk, soul and reggae records.