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Any music lover should pay homage to the legendary Rough Trade. They have been supporting independent music since 1976, when they championed new genres like punk, reggae and new wave. They went on to... Read More
Any music lover should pay homage to the legendary Rough Trade. They have been supporting independent music since 1976, when they championed new genres like punk, reggae and new wave. They went on to launch a record label, and signed the likes of The Smiths and The Libertines. Ignoring the commercialised mass music market, they stick to their guns to bring real music to the people. The flagship Notting Hill store is quite small, but offers the quintessential eighties, indie record store experience, with posters on the walls to prove it. Rough Trade East is bigger, with an in store coffee shop, picnic tables and a peerless collection of records.
Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane
London, E1 6QL
- Best Shopping: "Rough Trade East hosts free gigs, workshops and discussions most evenings. Check the website for details."
- Recommended as Best Shopping Because: The staff here are known for their encyclopaedic music knowledge. Ask and they shall deliver.
- Hackney's Best Shopping: "Rough Trade is a great place to pick up new music and amaze your friends when you come back from London with some little gems and great new sounds."
- Best for Hackney's Best Shopping Because: Rough Trade is a great music store, beloved by musicians and those in the know.