This feature is taken from our End of Summer season.

While the rest of the industry worries about MP3s kicking the chair from under the high street chain and streaming services looming over the shoulder of digital downloads, vinyl is enjoying a revival. Why? Your humble independent record shop. The indies only account for around 3% of all record sales in the UK, but are responsible for over 50% of all vinyl sales. That's right, more than half of you prefer to buy your records from a real shop, from a real person who knows what they're talking about.

With this in mind The 405 is talking a walk around some of London's best known independent record shops – and a few hidden gems to boot – to dig in the bins, breathe in the air and see why we all love our independent record shop.

First up is the wonderful Vinyl Pimp (14 Felstead Street, London, E9 5LT):

"Since 2007 Vinylpimp has been the best vinyl resell agent in the UK, we are dedicated to help individual collectors, DJ's and companies. We are the number one seller on Discogs Marketplace and can assure every item will be sold at the current market price."

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