Phonica Records

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Phonica Records Phonica Records in London’s Soho is an awesome music store dedicated to vinyl. Grab the latest – & some of the oldest – great LPs in London with Party Earth. London England 51.514331 -0.137115
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Party Earth Review A cathedral to a dying art, Phonica Records places its faith soundly into vinyl and is a necessary stop for any record lover. Hidden from the chaos of nearby Oxford Street, the clean and simple shop features a wealth... ... read full review

  • Tube:

    Bakerloo, Central, Victoria Lines: Oxford Circus

  • Phone:

    020 7025 6070

  • Links:

  • Hours:

    M–W, Sa 11:30am–7:30pm, Th–F 11:30am–8pm, Su noon–6pm

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot

Party Earth Phonica Records Review

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Phonica Records in London’s Soho is an awesome music store dedicated to vinyl. Grab the latest – & some of the oldest – great LPs in London with Party Earth.

A cathedral to a dying art, Phonica Records places its faith soundly into vinyl and is a necessary stop for any record lover.

Hidden from the chaos of nearby Oxford Street, the clean and simple shop features a wealth of hard-to-find imports and new techno, house, and dance cuts from around the world.

Though large chains are all about commercial splendor, the dedication at this neighborhood favorite is clearly to music, and the cozy vibe usually ensures that even the casual browser walks out with a stack of new music in hand.

Walls flanking the front windows feature an ongoing rotation of posters for concerts, releases, and hidden basement shows, while the front of the store offers couches and a few bubble chairs to relax in during browsing breaks.

The venue’s small size and painstakingly organized selection makes it easy for patrons to navigate the offerings, and those looking to sample something new will find turntables and headphones set up on the counter so shoppers can flirt with several albums before committing.

Aisles are usually full of up-and-coming DJs, rave kids, hipsters, and EP enthusiasts, and there’s even a CD selection for those who prefer to live in the 90s instead of the 70s.

A trustworthy store in an often over-commercialized market, Phonica Records is the perfect destination to listen to tracks and lose track of time.

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Tip from Jonah:

Check out the posters and billings at Phonica for many of London’s above ground and underground music events. The staff is also incredibly knowledgeable about the goings-on around town.

  • Crowd

    Underground DJs, clubbers, music enthusiasts, vinyl worshippers, hip tourists. All ages, though mostly 20s to 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Wide selection of primarily dance, house, electronic and dubstep, as well as some R&B, retro rock, and more on vinyl, and a CD section.

    High-end headphones, DJ accessories, record bags, and music-related apparel also for sale.

    Eight listening stations.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Patrons can also buy music and pre-order new work through the venue’s website.

  • Prices

    Vinyl £7–£18, CDs £5–£20.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual as a record is round.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Any day to browse the stacks, listen to tunes, and lounge on the couch.

  • Close By

    Zebrano (18 Greek Street) is an upbeat Soho nightspot perfect for those looking for an affordable night out without the hassle of guest lists and long lines.

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