London this weekend

London this weekend

Hallo, I’m going to central London (UK) tomorrow through Sunday morning.
Can anyone recommend a music shop with an ITM section that I can wander through / peruse ?
I’ve looked at the sessions in London but can’t spot any on Fri/Sat night, any advance ?
Thanks, Rosie.

Re: London this weekend

Are you looking for instruments/books or recorded music?

If it’s instruments or books you’re after, there’s Hobgoblin, a stone’s throw from Tottenham Court Road tube station
http://www.hobgoblin.com/shops/london/

I have no idea how good it is, or what kind of collection of Irish trad-related stuff they have, but it has a special place in my heart because I stumbled upon it after being in London for a day or two coming to the end of a long backpacking trip, and on impulse I bought a cheapo tin whistle which (although I didn’t realise at the time) would start me down the long and winding road into the heart of Irish music that I’ve been travelling ever since!

Re: London this weekend

Hi there, Hobgoblin on Denmark st. would be your best bet, haven’t seen any shops with a specific Irish section though. As for sessions, we’re playing at the Colin Campbell on Kilburn high road on Friday from 9 pm (near Brodensbury overground station and Kilburn tube), plenty of other sessions too.

Re: London this weekend

It’s a LONG time since I lived/worked in London so I have no idea about sessions there - I’m sure someone else will be along to help out soon 🙂

Re: London this weekend

… cross post - someone already has been along to help!

Re: London this weekend

The only shop I can think of is Hobgoblin not really ITM more folk selling mainly instruments - what are you after?
Hobgoblin Music London
24 Rathbone Place
London, W1T 1JA
020 7323 9040
Open until 18:00

Some London sessions here (probably the better ones) but check with the venue first - http://irishtrad.org/

Re: London this weekend

Thanks for all the help fellas. This is great.
I’ll head to Hobgoblin for sure and drop by one of the sessions. Rosie.

Re: London this weekend

One nice thing about Hobgoblin is that the staff never mind me trying out as many instruments I like for as long as I like. I’ve sometimes felt a bit embarrassed about the amount of time I spent playing a very nice luthier-made guitar (well out of my price range). But yes, a great shop.