There was a time when central London was full of record stores, but On The Beat records is one of the few survivors.
Tucked away in Hanway Street off Tottenham Court Road – and just a short stroll from the legendary Bradley’s Spanish Bar – On The Beat is a wonderful survivor from the time when vinyl reigned supreme.
[*update November 2013: the shop is up for sale on eBay – see feature here]
Inside you’ll find a feast of old (and some new) vinyl singles and albums, plus vintage magazines, memorabilia, rarities and some mod-style clothing. There’s all sorts of music on offer, but with a strong focus on 60s, 70s and 80s material.
The shop is stuffed full of interesting goodies, and it’s easy to find yourself spending hours browsing all that lovely vinyl.
Pages from old music mags like New Musical Express cover the record racks, and the shop is clean and scruffy like a proper record shop should be.
Sharp eyed readers should be able to spot records from the likes of King Crimson, Bob Dylan, New York Dolls, Marc Bolan, Led Zep, Rufus Thomas and the incomparable Peter Wyngarde on the wall. All quality stuff!
Read more about Hanway Street here.
On The Beat records
22 Hanway Street, Bloomsbury
London, W1T 1UQ
020 7637 8934
Map here: http://goo.gl/maps/y2a7p
2 Comments on “On The Beat Records, 22 Hanway Street, London W1 – a great old record store”
I realy miss Tower Records on Piccadilly Circus Loads of New vinyl as well as the CDs and the staff knew what they were doing
On the Beat, sadly, is closing down due to the owner failing to find a buyer. Unless things change (as of 27 Nov. 2013), the demise of this shop is imminent. Too bad…I love walking little Hanway Street where there are at least a couple record stores. And Virgin Megastore used to be right along from the Oxford Street opening of Hanway… with HMV (still) just up the street. And Tower at Picadilly not so far away. It was an adventure to visit those shops and se what was new. But with the exception of a few small shops in Soho and HMV on Oxford, it’s all gone…