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This page lists all the sound action recordings in the Economic main category and provides direct links to its sound files. The other four main categories are:

Officialdom. Political. Religious. Social.

The Economic category organises its recordings into nine sub-categories. They are:

Auctioneers. Charity and fundraisers. Fairgrounds. Hustlers and beggars. In-store announcement and promotions. Market traders. Newspaper and other street sellers. Street entertainers. Tour guides.


Deptford car auction. Description: Auctioneer at car auction saleroom in Deptford, south-east London. Duration: 0:39. Recorded in 2008.

Smithfield meat auction. Description: A crowd jostles and shouts outside Hart's the butcher during the Christmas Eve meat auction. Duration: 4:30. Recorded in 2012.


Pearly Kings and Queens Society. Description: Members of the London Pearly Kings and Queens Society charity fund sing to raise money. Duration: 1:33. Recorded in 2010.

Please help the disabled. Description: Fundraiser for a disabled charity holds forth in a distinctive style at City Thameslink station, central London. Duration: 0:59. Recorded in 2009.

Pub charity music box. Description: A Polyphon music box plays in the Lamb pub, Holborn, to raise money for a hospital charity. Duration: 2:14. Recorded in 2010.

Salvation Army band Croydon. Description: A Salvation Army band play 'The First Noel' in a pedestrianised shopping street in Croydon. Duration: 2:38. Recorded in 2010.


Amusement arcade Kings Cross. Description: Sounds of fruit machines and video games machines inside an amusement arcade. Duration: 1:15. Recorded in 2010.

Bank holiday fair Blackheath. Description: Loud music, screams, ride operators' voices and ghost train sound effects at a Blackheath funfair. Duration: 2:22. Recorded in 2009.

Leicester Square funfair. Description: Showmen's voices at prize-winning stalls and girls' screams on a ride in the small Leicester Square funfair. Duration: 2:37. Recorded in 2009.

London Bridge Experience. Description: A 'deathmobile' revs up and a man uses a trick guillotine to 'decapitate' kids as a lure for the London Bridge Experience. Duration: 2:05. Recorded in 2009.

Motorcycle Wall of Death. Description: Fairground motorcycle stunt riders hurtle round inside a wooden drum-like structure called the 'Wall of Death'. Duration: 7:13. Recorded in 2012.

Steam fair Hersham. Description: 1950s rock'n'roll and barrel organ music at Carter's Steam Fair in Hersham, Surrey. Duration: 1:27. Recorded in 2008.

Winter Wonderland Hyde Park. Description: A clattering fairground ride whisks people along a convoluted track high above Hyde Park. Duration: 1:00. Recorded in 2012.


Beggar London Bridge. Description: A beggar near London Bridge station asks quietly for some spare change. Duration: 0:16. Recorded in 2009.

Child accordionist. Description: Romanian gypsy child plays an accordion to collect money from Underground passengers. Duration: 1:37. Recorded in 2008.

Croydon beggar. Description: A female beggar sits on the pavement near West Croydon station and asks for money for a cup of tea. Duration: 0:15. Recorded in 2009.

Joke telling beggar Camden. Description: A beggar tells jokes to drinkers in Camden to raise money. Contains swearing. Duration: 1:15. Recorded in 2010.

Park Lane beggar. Description: An elderly beggar sits in an underpass beneath Park Lane and politely asks for money. Duration: 0:27. Recorded in 2009.

Penny whistle beggar. Description: A beggar sits by a pair of hole-in-the-wall cash machines and plays the penny whistle. Duration: 1:00. Recorded in 2010.

Singing beggar Drury Lane. Description: Brief recording of a beggar singing to the recordist in Drury Lane at night. Duration: 0:26. Recorded in 2010.

Spare change. Description: A man begs for spare change in an underpass near Charing Cross station. Duration: 0:39. Recorded in 2009.

Three card trick. Description: Hustlers off Brick Lane, east London, run a three-card-trick pitch. Duration: 0:22. Recorded in 2008.

Walthamstow cigarette beggar. Description: Outside Walthamstow Central station, a beggar cadges a cigarette. Duration: 0:25. Recorded in 2012.

Wembley touts. Description: Ticket touts at the England vs USA World Cup game at Wembley. Duration: 0:57. Recorded in 2008.


Magic pens Hamleys. Description: A product demonstrator shows off a range of 'magic pens' to customers in Hamleys toy shop. Duration: 1:07. Recorded in 2009.

Mobile phone competition Lewisham. Description: Lewisham Shopping Centre onlookers encourage a boy trying to win a mobile phone. Duration: 0:40. Recorded in 2012.

Place item in the bagging area. Description: Recorded voices instruct supermarket shoppers on using automated self-service checkouts. Duration: 2:54. Recorded in 2005.

Toy helicopters Hamleys. Description: A toy demonstrator in Hamleys gets a bit carried away showing off model helicopters. Duration: 1:27. Recorded in 2009.


Brick Lane traders. Description: Traders' cries at Brick Lane market, East London, on a Sunday lunchtime. Contains swearing. Duration: 2:41. Recorded in 2008.

Columbia Road. Description: Street traders' cries at Columbia Road flower market, east London. Duration: 1:34. Recorded in 2008.

East Street cheapjack 1. Description: Cheapjack trader sells household goods at East Street market, South London. Good banter. Duration: 1:55. Recorded in 2008.

East Street cheapjack 2. Description: Cheapjack trader at East Street market on a Saturday, selling household items. Duration: 2:12. Recorded in 2008.

Lewisham market traders. Description: Market traders' cries for fruit, veg and flowers at Lewisham street market, south-east London. Duration: 1:24. Recorded in 2009.

Petticoat Lane traders. Description: Stallholders' cries at Petticoat Lane clothes market. Duration: 2:20. Recorded in 2008.

Romford traders. Description: Traders' cries at Romford market, mostly for fruit and veg. Duration: 1:50. Recorded in 2008.

Strawberry seller Wood Green. Description: A street trader raises his cry as he sells punnets of strawberries on Wood Green High Road. Duration: 1:48. Recorded in 2015.

The original magnetic bracelet. Description: Market criers touting their wares at Sunday's Petticoat Lane market in London. Duration: 5:34. Recorded in 2005.

Tooting market traders. Description: Traders' cries from stalls on Tooting High Street selling fruit and veg. Duration: 0:42. Recorded in 2011.

Walthamstow market. Description: Street traders' and shopkeepers' cries at Walthamstow market, north-east London. Duration: 1:58. Recorded in 2008.

Wembley cheapjack. Description: 'Cheapjack' trader at Wembley market hawks electrical goods from his stall to a crowd of onlookers. Duration: 2:06. Recorded in 2008.

Wembley demonstrator. Description: Product demonstrator at Wembley market promotes a versatile vegetable slicer. Duration: 1:25. Recorded in 2008.

Whitechapel trader. Description: Clothes trader repeats his cry in Whitechapel High Street. Duration: 0:23. Recorded in 2006.

Woolwich market. Description: Fruit and veg sellers cry their wares at Woolwich market on a Thursday lunchtime. Duration: 0:40. Recorded in 2009.


Anybody lost or needs information. Description: A man with a large London street atlas offers to help tourists find their way around town. Duration: 0:45. Recorded in 2010.

Big Issue 1. Description: Big Issue seller in Hammersmith, west London, repeats his call but no-one's buying. Duration: 1:00. Recorded in 2008.

Brick Lane curry touts. Description: Curry touts in Brick Lane, east London, try to encourage the recordist to go inside different restaurants. Duration: 1:02. Recorded in 2009.

Croydon phone card seller. Description: A man stands behind a tiny stall and repeats his sales cry for international phone and SIM cards. Duration: 1:08. Recorded in 2009.

Dickybird whistle seller. Description: A street seller at Bankside demonstrates a warbling bird toy whistle. Duration: 0:41. Recorded in 2012.

Evening Standard 1. Description: Evening Standard newspaper seller outside Whitechapel tube station, east London. Duration: 0:12. Recorded in 2008.

Evening Standard 2. Description: Evening Standard seller on the forecourt of London Bridge station. Duration: 0:33. Recorded in 2009.

Evening Standard 3. Description: A woman distributes copies of the Evening Standard inside Kings Cross tube station. Duration: 0:30. Recorded in 2015.

Flyer distributor Camden. Description: A man repeats the cry of 'Drum and Bass, Dub, Roots and Culture' while handing out flyers in Camden. Duration: 0:40. Recorded in 2010.

Get your royal wedding flags. Description: Flag sellers shout their wares at Embankment during the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Duration: 1:00. Recorded in 2011.

Ice cream van January. Description: An ice cream van prowls the streets of south-east London while sounding its chime. Duration: 0:28. Recorded in 2009.

Kiosk owner St Giles Circus. Description: A kiosk owner advertising drinks and sweets keeps up a steady stream of sales patter Duration: 1:07. Recorded in 2009.

Knife grinder East Finchley. Description: A knife grinder raises his cry in an East Finchley street. Duration: 1:03. Recorded in 2017.

Newspaper distributor London Bridge. Description: An Evening Standard distributor near London Bridge station repeatedly calls out the newspaper's title. Duration: 1:21. Recorded in 2017.

One pound your Pope flags. Description: A man in Hyde Park sells flags and badges commemorating the visit of Pope Benedict XVI. Duration: 0:42. Recorded in 2010.

Perfume seller Oxford Street. Description: A perfume seller hands out free samples to a crowd of enthusiastic bystanders. Duration: 1:37. Recorded in 2010.

Rickshaw bells and horns. Description: Rickshaw operators ring their bells and sound toy horns as theatregoers spill out onto Drury Lane. Duration: 1:25. Recorded in 2015.

Show ticket seller. Description: A man working for a ticket agency calls out the titles of West End shows. Duration: 0:21. Recorded in 2008.

Ticket seller Leicester Square. Description: A Leicester Square ticket seller calls out the names of West End shows. Duration: 1:30. Recorded in 2009.


Acrobat South Bank 1. Description: A street acrobat on the South Bank pushes a six-inch nail up his nose. Duration: 1:47. Recorded in 2008.

Acrobat South Bank 2. Description: A street acrobat on the South Bank speaks at length to elicit money. Duration: 1:03. Recorded in 2008.

Bagpipes Kings Cross tube. Description: A busker plays the bagpipes in the ticket hall for the Hammersmith & City and Circle lines at Kings Cross. Duration: 4:50. Recorded in 2016.

Bankside accordion buskers. Description: Two buskers perform with their backs to the river wall. One sings and plays the accordion, the other beats a rhythm on a speaker cabinet. Duration: 2:22. Recorded in 2013.

Bongo busker Oxford Street. Description: A man crouches on the pavement and plays a bongo drum on Oxford Street, near Oxford Circus. Duration: 1:35. Recorded in 2012.

Busker under Hungerford Bridge. Description: A busker sings to a backing track under Hungerford Bridge. Duration: 5:40. Recorded in 2013.

Busking band Clink Street. Description: A two-piece band play drums and guitar in an archway off Clink Street near London Bridge. Duration: 3:13. Recorded in 2015.

Chinese busker Covent Garden. Description: A busker plays a traditional one-stringed Chinese instrument with syrupy backing music. Duration: 1:38. Recorded in 2010.

Conjuror Covent Garden. Description: A street conjuror performs magic tricks to onlookers at Covent Garden. Duration: 2:09. Recorded in 2008.

Daniel Waples busker. Description: By the river near Bankside, a busker plays a small steel drum-like instrument called a 'hang'. Duration: 3:39. Recorded in 2009.

Drum machine busker Oxford Street. Description: A woman sets a rhythm playing on a small drum machine before accompanying it by blowing notes on a recorder. Duration: 3:20. Recorded in 2019.

Dulcimer busker Portobello Road. Description: A man busks with a dulcimer on Portobello Road during a busy Saturday afternoon. Duration: 2:25. Recorded in 2013.

Ebony steel band. Description: A steel band plays 'Rudolf the Red-nosed Reindeer' to an appreciative audience of Oxford Street Christmas shoppers. Duration: 1:08. Recorded in 2009.

Guinean flute busker Blackfriars. Description: A man plays the flute in traditional Guinean style on the Thames Path beneath the south end of Blackfriars station. Duration: 2:00. Recorded in 2014.

Guitar busker Marble Arch. Description: A busker near Marble Arch plays the nursery melody 'Frère Jacques' on an amplified acoustic guitar. Duration: 2:02. Recorded in 2015.

Harmonica South Bank. Description: A busker plays the harmonica on the South Bank near the London Eye. Duration: 1:11. Recorded in 2008.

Human beatbox Oxford Circus. Description: A human beatbox with a mic and portable amp performs at Oxford Circus. Duration: 3:40. Recorded in 2015.

Hungerford Bridge mandolin busker. Description: Hungerford bridge with mandolin-playing busker, fireworks to the south-east and pedestrians walking by. Duration: 2:02. Recorded in 2012.

Improvised drums busker Oxford Street. Description: A busker plays an improvised drumkit on the pavement made up of pots, pans and a plastic container. Duration: 2:00. Recorded in 2015.

Operatic busker Kings Cross. Description: An opera-singing busker recorded at Kings Cross station. Duration: 0:40. Recorded in 2009.

Oxford Street bagpipes busker. Description: A man in Highland dress plays the bagpipes on Oxford Street, changing tune when children have their picture taken with him. Duration: 1:58. Recorded in 2013.

Rabimsha plays the musical bow. Description: Rabimsha the street musician plays a single-stringed musical bow by the Thames Path near Bankside. Duration: 3:58. Recorded in 2015.

Randolph the Remarkable. Description: A fire-eater banters with onlookers and performs his act outside St Paul's church, Covent Garden. Duration: 2:30. Recorded in 2010.

Sax player Soho. Description: A saxophonist plays 'The Girl from Ipanema' at night in Soho, central London. Duration: 0:41. Recorded in 2008.

Soprano sax busker Oxford Street. Description: An Oxford Street busker plays a curved soprano sax in a slow and warbling style. Duration: 1:55. Recorded in 2010.

South Bank blue busker. Description: An otherwise silent busker plays his guitar on the South Bank. Duration: 1:16. Recorded in 2009.

Steel drum busker. Description: On the Hungerford footbridge, a man plays Sleigh Ride on a shallow steel drum. Duration: 1:10. Recorded in 2012.

Steel pan busker Holloway Road. Description: A man busks by playing a shallow steel pan at a bus stop on Holloway Road. Duration: 2:57. Recorded in 2017.

Stratford station didgeridoo player. Description: A busker plays the didgeridoo to a backing track outside Stratford station. Duration: 3:00. Recorded in 2016.

Street band by Hungerford Bridge. Description: Busking band plays to passersby along the Thames near Hungerford Bridge. Duration: 2:30. Recorded in 2009.

Street magician Bankside. Description: A street magician entertains onlookers on the Thames Path at Bankside by performing a trick with a lemon. Duration: 1:57. Recorded in 2015.

The Euston drummer. Description: A homeless man plays an improvised drum outside Euston station. Duration: 1:35. Recorded in 2012.

The Great Franko. Description: An escapologist entertains a crowd of onlookers at the South Bank. Duration: 2:00. Recorded in 2012.

Trumpet busker Euston Road. Description: A busker plays the trumpet against a backdrop of traffic noise on the Euston Road. Duration: 1:07. Recorded in 2010.

Tuneless busker Borough Market. Description: A busker sits at one of the approaches to Borough Market and plays tunelessly on an accordion. Duration: 0:51. Recorded in 2019.

Underpass sax busker. Description: A saxophone player gives a good performance while busking in an underpass at Charing Cross. Duration: 4:18. Recorded in 2009.

Villiers Street poet busker 1. Description: A busking poet with a pitch in Villiers Street recites a poem entitled 'A London Ode'. Duration: 1:07. Recorded in 2010.

Villiers Street poet busker 2. Description: The Villiers Street poet recites a second poem, entitled 'It's a long day, lady'. Duration: 0:38. Recorded in 2010.

Violin busker Oxford Street. Description: A man plays the violin on Oxford Street west of Oxford Circus. Duration: 2:15. Recorded in 2015.

Violin busker Villiers Street. Description: A busking violinist plays on a Saturday night in Villiers Street, central London. Duration: 1:45. Recorded in 2010.

Whistling busker. Description: At St Paul's Underground station, a busker whose act consists solely of whistling. Duration: 0:45. Recorded in 2009.


Thames boat trip. Description: The captain of a Thames pleasure boat talks about the river to his passengers. Duration: 1:23. Recorded in 2008.

This concludes the list of recordings in the Economic category.


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