About The Flood Gallery
In 2009, all the record shops at that time had closed in Greenwich and the whole record store world was in decline. I wanted to bring back a physical music focussed store to Greenwich where music lovers would browse gig posters in the same way you’d browse records. We opened The Flood Gallery in 2011 initially with the aim to support the art of gig posters and vinyl.
The Flood Gallery is in the historic Greenwich Market, so we have a very broad and mixed clientele, ranging from locals and students to London and international tourists visiting Greenwich for the day.
We mainly stock classic albums and re-issues across a wide range of genres on LP, a ‘greatest hits’ of the best albums from the 1960s to 1990s. We stock a selection of our favourite new releases each week. The depth and diversity of our store is building all time and we also stock a good selection of box sets and special edition vinyl releases.
We are big fans of local artists including Squeeze who began around the Greenwich area, and you will still occasionally see Jools Holland and Glenn Tilbrook around too.
We have a small, dedicated team that shares a strong passion for music. Arun, our store manager, is a big fan of metal and a guitar player. Alessandro is our e-commerce manager who also plays the guitar and is an enthusiast of classic rock music. It’s important our team are invested in music so they can enjoy the environment and engage successfully with our customers.
The first record shop I went to was in Aldershot, in the late 1970s, it was brill, but I can’t remember the shop's name, urgh.
My first record purchases were early 70s 7” singles like T.REX ‘Children of The Revolution’ and Bowie’s ‘The Jean Genie’. The first album was The Bay City Rollers, ‘La Belle Jeanie’ there was a lot of tartan being worn at school for a while.
I love Rough Trade East. It has a really big range of records and I’ve been to some intimate in-store signings, Q&As and live performances there.
The most memorable record store experience was when we sponsored a live stage outside Pie & Vinyl in Portsmouth for RSD. The whole street was full of stalls and amazing bands, it was a full day of music and partying.
The best things about having a shop are the buzz of opening new stock, meeting your customers and sharing enjoyment of all the things in the store. We do love cranking up some great tunes and the events we put on are so much fun. We’ve been lucky enough to have Iggy Pop, Josh Homme and Mark Lanegan all do events in-store with us.
We are newbies to RSD as this is only our second year, both years have been great and exceeded our expectations. We have had some lovely feedback from customers, and I feel each year RSD will be even more successful as more people know we are involved.
The Police at Twickenham Stadium
Any Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett
The Wild Bunch
Tiny Dancer - Elton John
Harvest Neil - Young
Down to You - Joni Mitchell
Tom Sawyer - Rush
Trouble - Little Feat
It would be Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Rush, Neil Young, AC/DC (with Bon) and Little Feat.
‘Little Feat’ by Little Feat their first album