Located just off Brick Lane, the independent Rough Trade music store is a haven for lovers of rare vinyl as well as CD collectors. There’s a good selection of music books, a small café serving Monmouth coffee, and their stage hosts regular live gigs most evenings from the likes of Dawes and Ladyhawke. Workshops teach you how to solder your own amplifier or get the best out of a vintage Polaroid camera, plus you can immortalise yourself indie-muso style in their 1950s-ish photobooth, which turns out Rough Trade-branded black-and-white images in exchange for a £3 token.
This is an essential place to visit if you're a music bod, especially if you've got a penchant for bang-up-to-date indie tunes. Their selection of CDs and vinyl is overwhelming, and it'd be easy to while away an entire day here. Keep an eye out on their website as they have heaps of great events in store, including workshops, DJ appearances, and intimate gigs. The staff are incredibly knowledgeable and always keen to help (without an air of smugness), which is refreshing for around these parts! Would recommend coming on a Saturday so that you can take advantage of the plentiful street food options close by...
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