Ukulele Shops – Wunjos

This is the first in a series of posts about places to buy Ukuleles. Note that if you buy from a store, it may cost you a little more than online, but you get access to advice and expertise, and you can try out the instrument. If you want your local store to survive, it’s worth paying a small premium for this facility.

If you are visiting London, Denmark street (otherwise known as ‘Tin Pan Alley’) is a superb place to spend some time.


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Wunjos actually has two stores a few doors apart, and though they move things around from time to time, one tends to be more ‘guitar’ oriented, the other has lapsteels, mandolins etc – it is worth going into both as at different times I’ve seen ukes move from one store to the other. (Update: THREE stores, they’ve just opened ‘Wunjo Keys’ for keyboard players)

Wunjos are very friendly, and have a good range of uke from Mahalo costing a few tens of pounds up to antique ukes costing thousands. They don’t pressure sell, and are very good with advice (especially to new players). They also have a good range of hard cases for your uke, as well as accessories like spare strings and electronic tuners. I think they’re best for the ‘mid range’ uke – ukes which start to cost three figures.

Wunjos have a fantastic upstairs room in their larger shop and currently this holds their ‘folk and hawaiian‘ instruments, i.e. ukulele.

Their website (at the time of writing) doesn’t do the shop justice, I think. In terms of ukulele it often only shows a fraction of their range. Wunjos are best visited in person.

To summarise, Wunjos are, to date, my personal favourite ‘bricks and mortar’ shop the Denmark St area of London.

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Mark

The ukulele has quickly got me to a standard where I can play along with a group of people in a pub, something which, when I first picked up a uke, was my goal. Now, my goal is to keep having fun with 'me little ukulele in me hand'.

I have been playing since 2011, and I am a teacher.

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The ukulele has quickly got me to a standard where I can play along with a group of people in a pub, something which, when I first picked up a uke, was my goal. Now, my goal is to keep having fun with 'me little ukulele in me hand'.

I have been playing since 2011, and I am a teacher.