Sister Ray Records
34 Berwick Street, London W1F 8RP
- Piccadilly Circus Tube Station (0.3 km)
- Leicester Square Station (0.4 km)
- Contact us:
020 7734 3297
Harrington Road, London SE25 4BH
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13 reviews of Sister Ray Records in English
One of my favourite record shops in London / World.
They still carry CDs and they have a large selection of vinyl – albums, 12" and 7" and a very large range. From indie to full on techno.
they also carry used records as well. And the prices are right on, especially on vinyl.
If you’re a music lover like myself, I highly recommend you check this place out and support an independent shop with great choices.
I agree that Sister Ray has a large variety of alternative vinyls. Some of them are certainly hard to find. Although the price is slightly higher, the variety and depth of music makes up the difference.
Having the thought that vinyl is in decline is a sad thought.
Thumbs up for Sister Ray Records
Sister Ray is a nice record shop in the heart of London. It's not too big but the assortment of vinyl and cds is quite impressive - not so much by number but by quality. They mostly sell Indie music and you can always find a nice second hand deal here. Music lovers will also love the range of Fanzines and books presented at the counter.
My last visit to Sister Ray was in 2009 and I don't know how the shop has developed since then. I came here on the recommendation of a friend who also told me that he had enjoyed talking to the sales people. I may not be as charming as him or it may have been a bad hair day but my conversation was not as inspiring as his.
I will surely pay another visit to Sister Ray next time I come to London and I strongly recommend it to everybody else who is in search of remarkable music and loves atmospheric record shops.
I love this place! This is a great little record store for the true music fan on the hunt for old classic records! The vinyl selection they have here is vast and varied! I would recommend this place to any vinyl lover!!!!
I always visit Sister Ray when I am in that part of town. Like all great record shops it also contains lots of free music papers and fanzines and last time I was in loads of reduced dance music vinyl which is always great to find.
They also carry loads of t-shirts, vinyl and a fairly good amount of dubstep and electronica it isn't all indie rock in the ranks.
If you’re looking to buy good quality LPs from mainstream artists, this is probably your best bet from the multitude of stores along Berwick street.
Whilst they don’t have the bargain basement of the nearby Music and Video Exchange chain, they do have a large selection of vinyl, particularly mainstream releases (indie/rock) which you’d struggle to find in decent condition from the competition. They’re particularly good for buying new releases.
Not the cheapest, and whilst I held off buying anything when I visited, I’m not sure how long I’ll go before I crack and make a return visit.
Nobody seems to have mentioned the “promo” section by the counter!
They sell CDs that aren’t on general release for no more than a fiver!
I got Amander Palmers solo album 2 weeks before it went on sale!
There’s a fine selection of music in here and the accent is definitely on the alternative side of the music scene. Some of the rare stuff is rather expensive but at least these guys are willing to get these bits in. I find the attitude a little condescending in here - smiles are hard to come by and there seems to be little enthusiasm for the music they sell.
I used to buy stuff from the founders of this place when they ran a market stall in Camden in the 80s so it’s sad to think they might not be around for much longer.
As of October 2008, it was announced that Sister Ray is in serious danger of closing down. It’s still open as I write this review but I don’t reckon it’ll be open much longer.
The store is/was dominated by vinyl but with a very decent selection of CDs at the front of the store as well. Although it is famous for being part of Oasis history (on the cover of one of their albums) and Arctic Monkeys history (the first shop to sell their music), the music in there is/was a lot more eclectic than Oasis’ or Arctic Monkeys’ bland indie-pop. There was a good showing of alternative and electronic music and several times I ended up asking the shop assistant what the music they were playing was, because it was usually something unexpected and quality.
Another victim of iTunes and SoulSeek that will be missed by music lovers.
Awesome independent record shop that is the only real competition for Rough Trade East. Great staff recommends at the front of the store with the weekly new releases in the front window.
There is pretty much everything the expert music fan could need here with great racks of vinyl and CD’s ranging from Avant Rock to Bluegrass.
Support Independent record shops!!!
A handy independent records store right in the heart of Soho. Cheap new releases, stacks of vinyl (particularly 7 inches), classic albums at reasonable prices and knowledgeable staff. Never fail to leave the store without making a purchase either! Stores like these need to be supported as they’re disappearing fast, so if it’s a choice between Sister Ray and one of the chain stores, I know which one I’d choose.
Sister Ray is London’s finest major alternative shop for old records-if vinyl is your passion and not cds you will definitely find a huge selection there. I recently most of my old records for a good price.
Sister Ray is a large shop on music-lover's haunt Berwick Street. It has a huge back catalog of indie and mainstream releases in every genre imaginable. Want to buy some avant garde American folk and some death metal? No problem. The staff are knowledgeable and the shop is big for an independent shop. They sell almost all new stock, not second hand, which makes it a nice place to pick up good albums and not unwanted tat.
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