Goodbye Bongos

By Rob Last edited 168 months ago
Goodbye Bongos

We were sad to see the other week that the legendary Mr Bongo record store on Poland Street has been forced to close.

In order to fill the gap Londonist would like to present our quick guide to some our favourite, like-minded record outlets in the surrounding area (in alphabetical order):

Cheapo Cheapo records, Rupert St. A clearance centre-style shop tucked away in the streets of Soho. Inexpensive obviously but check the condition of the vinyl before you hand over your money.

JB's on Hanway Street. Very small and cramped like a second hand record shop should be, but has a good mix of new and second hand stuff.

Music & Video Exchange, Berwick St. One of central Londion's vinyl Meccas. A great bargain basement and some wallet-emptying rarities on the walls.

On The Beat, 22 Hanway Street. Small and pokey but a decent selction nonetheless. Good for 60s and 70s stuff.

Reckless records on Berwick Street (both the rock and soul/dance outlets). Gets pretty busy and has known to be quite pricey but their rare 'wall items' are always tempting.

Scenario Records on Ingesstre Place. Just off the bottom of Poalnd Street ths is one of the newest outlets for hip hop and the like in W1.

Selectadisc is another Berwick Street stalwart, catering to all tastes with a massive selection.

Sounds of the Universe, Broadwick Street. Soul Jazz's record shop, and one of the nicest places to browse on your lunch hour. Last time we went they in were refitting the place and it was a bit cramped but it's probably sorted by now.

Like we said, these are just some of our favourites, if you think we've made any horrible ommissions then let us know in the comments section.

Last Updated 11 November 2004