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London, UK: Asian music shops?

PostPosted: Mon May 24, 2010 7:55 pm
by kas
We are planning to spend a couple of weeks in the UK this summer, and I would like to ask this:

Are there still any South Asian record / DVD shops worth a visit IN London? The best options I have found so far seem to be in either Southall or Wembley. An excursion to Southall doesn't sound a bad idea at all as such - but: I will have just a day to spend as I like, and most of it will be devoted to the bookshops around Shaftesbury Avenue.

So: any ideas, recommendations?

Re: London, UK: Asian music shops?

PostPosted: Mon May 24, 2010 9:22 pm
by NormanD
kas wrote:....I will have just a day to spend as I like, and most of it will be devoted to the bookshops around Shaftesbury Avenue.
Dunno about South Asian music / movie stores, but some of the bookshops are still hanging in there. A load around the St Martin Lane arcades have gone, quicker than a wink sometimes. Best of the bunch is (north of Shaftesbury Ave) the London Review Of Books bookshop in Bury Place, near the British Museum. The tea shop attached does strong, tasty coffee and lovely cakes and worth a visit on its own.

Re: London, UK: Asian music shops?

PostPosted: Mon May 24, 2010 11:50 pm
by Ted
Likewise, can' t help with Asian music shops, but I guarantee someone will be along soon who can help.

Skoobs is good, for all sorts of second hand academic books (and near Shaftesbury Ave):

http://www.skoob.com/

Re: London, UK: Asian music shops?

PostPosted: Tue May 25, 2010 12:39 am
by Hugh Weldon
You might want to look in Fopp, just off Shaftesbury Avenue. Not many books, but some nicely priced CDs (pretty mainstream mostly) plus a very good dvd selection.

Re: London, UK: Asian music shops?

PostPosted: Tue May 25, 2010 3:48 am
by djritu
Kas, yes the best options for Asian music shops are in Southall and Wembley. There are also retail outlets in Turnpike Lane-N. London and Green St in the east. I'd suggest that you have a look online as well: musicjuice.com
This might save you time and give you a chance to browse at your leisure

Re: London, UK: Asian music shops?

PostPosted: Tue May 25, 2010 9:20 pm
by kas
Thanks for the answers and recommendations, everybody.

The London Review of Books bookshop & café has thus been earmarked as the perfect halfway post between the British Museum and the bookshop belt.

Ritu, you are the very person I was counting on for tips. :)
You are right about relying on online options. ABC Music of Southall also has an extensive online site, and Musicjuice (which was all new to me) looks like a terrific spot for films.

Re: London, UK: Asian music shops?

PostPosted: Tue May 25, 2010 10:54 pm
by Hugh Weldon
If you get lost on your way to the British Museum, you can come and ask me the way while I'm out for my cigarette break. Everyone else does. (Unless I've given up again by then...)

Re: London, UK: Asian music shops?

PostPosted: Wed May 26, 2010 1:59 am
by djritu
Kas, any other questions just get in touch!
Audiorec also have an online shop. I haven't used it nor ABC. Since discovering musicjuice I've also quit trekking to retail outlets on the outskirts of London as I can access all the CDs I need plus at a reasonable price! Wave goodbye to unhelpful shopkeepers too!
Saw your post about Miss Pooja. She's become a huge star of Punjabi music since leaving her job as a music teacher in India. One of the artists featured on the new Rough Guide to Bhangra which will be out later this year.
Also, you may wish to listen to my other radio prog which I think you can hear online only at the time it's broadcast? bbc.co.uk/threecounties which goes out at 7pm on Thursdays UK time, and then via Funkhaus Europa in Germany on Saturdays.

Re: London, UK: Asian music shops?

PostPosted: Sat Aug 14, 2010 9:46 pm
by kas
Just came back after a ten day trip. In the end I decided to do just what Ritu and others suggested and leave the niche things to Amazon and other online shops. Well, we did stop at Foyles, the BBC shop in Brighton and the Chichester HMV...

Instead we had a leisurely family holiday making day trips to Brighton and a few interesting spots in Suffolk, with the not-so-busy coastal town of Littlehampton as our base, and ending it with visits to museums in London.

Special highlights? A sublime Kerala style dinner in the Rasa Brighton restaurant after a day of wind, rain and the full-on sensory assault of Brighton Pier. and the Roman palace of Fishbourne (some impressive floor mosaics among other things).

Re: London, UK: Asian music shops?

PostPosted: Sun Aug 15, 2010 2:20 am
by judith
Welcome back, Kas.

I thought it humorous to say this on the forum as you were in England while you were 'away'.

Re: London, UK: Asian music shops?

PostPosted: Sun Aug 15, 2010 3:04 am
by djritu
Pleased you had a good trip here Kas! Wonder if you caught any of the incessant rain today before returning to Sweden! Tnite's guests on A World In London might be worth a listen. Lokkhi Terra- London band with Bangladeshi roots. Refreshing and distinct from Bolly/ bhangra! http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p007rsy2/DJ_Ritu_       14     08  _2010/

Re: London, UK: Asian music shops?

PostPosted: Sun Aug 15, 2010 3:06 am
by djritu
Oops! Sorry! Finland not Sweden!

Re: London, UK: Asian music shops?

PostPosted: Sun Aug 15, 2010 1:47 pm
by AndyM
Littlehampton ? That was brave!!

Re: London, UK: Asian music shops?

PostPosted: Sun Aug 15, 2010 6:22 pm
by kas
I'm a hardy southern coaster. Littlehampton couldn't scare me away.

While in London we stayed near the Vauxhall bus-metro-overground station and couldn't help noticing the Royal Vauxhall Tavern. At daytime it looked almost out of operation, but in the evening it is apparently very active. Any of you familiar with the place?

Re: London, UK: Asian music shops?

PostPosted: Sun Aug 15, 2010 8:13 pm
by NormanD
The rainbow flag has proudly flown there for many decades. I know of it rather than know it.