Business of the week: London Pianos, Hornsey Road

Klaus Weltner, owner London Pianos in Hornsey Road. Picture: Polly Hancock

Klaus Weltner, owner London Pianos in Hornsey Road. Picture: Polly Hancock - Credit: Archant

In a weekly feature, we profile a fascinating company doing business here in Islington. This week, we visit an obscure shop in Hornsey Road that caters for anything to do with pianos.

Klaus Weltner, owner London Pianos in Hornsey Road. Picture: Polly Hancock

Klaus Weltner, owner London Pianos in Hornsey Road. Picture: Polly Hancock - Credit: Archant

It’s been around for 10 years, but London Pianos is still one of Hornsey Road’s hidden gems.

Run by Klaus Weltner and tucked away at the road’s Hornsey Rise end, it’s a shop that caters for everything to do with pianos.

It has about 20 pianos on sale at any one time, but Klaus, with 25 years in the business, also offers hire, restoration and storage services. His team also gets out and about to help customers move their piano from A to B.

“Our customers are quite varied,” Klaus says. “We get quite a lot of piano teachers, musicians and families who want their kids to learn to play. We even hire out our pianos to restaurants.

“It’s what I like about this job, meeting nice people. If they like what they see, they hire or buy. And being surrounded by music is a good feeling.”

He’s cagey when asked if the shop has had famous clientele, but adds: “Certainly not Justin Bieber.”