2ND HAND classical music shops in London

Started by bergonzi, August 24, 2023, 03:40:36 AM

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bergonzi

I have one free day in London. Where can I go to look for classical LPs and cds in London? Which are the most reccommended shops where to catch 2nd hand classical music LPs and cds? Tks.

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Quote from: bergonzi on August 24, 2023, 03:40:36 AMI have one free day in London. Where can I go to look for classical LPs and cds in London? Which are the most reccommended shops where to catch 2nd hand classical music LPs and cds? Tks.

I haven't lived in/near London for a few years but sadly I cannot think of ONE specialist CD shop now anywhere in the centre of town.  Foyle's Bookshop (Charing Cross Road near Tottenham Court Road Tube station) had one of the last moderate-sized classical departments along with music books and sheet music but I can't remember if they had a 2nd hand section.  HMV have reopened their flagship store near Bond Street Tube station but I doubt the Classical department will be up to much and they never had 2nd hand.  All the "great" 2nd hand shops - Gramex being the best example again are long gone. 

No idea if there are any good Charity Shops near the centre of town specialise in music/CD's.  Oxfam tend to have specialised "bookshops" which often include decent music and CD offerings - but probably not in the main centre of London - but worth searching.  It is a joke that the capital city of the UK does not have one serious/good music/CD shop any more.

EDIT:  Just remembered one!  Travis & Emery 17 Cecil Ct, London WC2N 4EZ.  Mainly known for 2nd hand sheet music and books but the last time I was there they had a couple of stacks of CD's.  Not bargain cheap and not anything that rare/interesting (but of course that can change by the day!) but worth a visit and Cecil Court itself is rather charming......

Pohjolas Daughter

Quote from: bergonzi on August 24, 2023, 03:40:36 AMI have one free day in London. Where can I go to look for classical LPs and cds in London? Which are the most reccommended shops where to catch 2nd hand classical music LPs and cds? Tks.
You might also try posting this in the vinyl thread ["Thirty three and a third" in the General Music Discussion area]--in case others might not see it here?

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ritter

Quote from: bergonzi on August 24, 2023, 03:40:36 AMI have one free day in London. Where can I go to look for classical LPs and cds in London? Which are the most reccommended shops where to catch 2nd hand classical music LPs and cds? Tks.
I spent a couple of days in London last week. Foyles still has a decent selection of new classical CDs, but their offer of used CDs is limited to just one cabinet with about four shelves. Nothing caught my fancy TBH.

I did not have time to visit it, but a friend of mine said there was some interesting stuff at the Music & Video Exchange in Notting Hill.

https://mfeshops.com/pages/classical-music-exchange

bergonzi

Tks everybody for your helpful advices. I went to Music and Video Exchange at Notting hill gate and it was a good experience. Nothing special as Gramex in the past but some good bargains.