The Hope & Anchor has a lovely ground-floor pub with a small theater space upstairs and music venue in the basement.The basement¿s roster has included The Jam, The Ramones, The Police, The Stranglers, XTC, U2, The Cure, Joy Division and The Pogues.It's covered with graffiti created by the Pistols' John Lydon (Johnny Rotten), including a drawing of the Pistols' manager Malcolm Mc Laren, and another of Nancy Spungen, Sid Vicious' girlfriend.At 100 Oxford St., the 100 Club is marked with a sign and poster for upcoming shows.
London is marking 40 years since that summer with a series of events, gigs and exhibits this year.But I failed to find any sign of punk's past on the quiet thoroughfare, so I settled in the Metropolitan Pub on Great Western Road for a hand-pulled pint.The Rough Trade record shop opened in 1976 on Kensington Park Road.As an early fan of punk, I set out on a personal pilgrimage to explore the neighborhoods and locations that were its petri dishes — from the Pistols' rehearsal and living space to the scene of the Notting Hill riots witnessed by The Clash to the pubs and clubs that hosted their first shows.In some places, I found the opposite of the angry energy that inspired anthems like the Pistols' "Anarchy in the UK" and The Clash's "London's Burning." But I also found some venues still going strong. 10, 2016 photo, guitars hang from the walls of the NO. The short street, once known as London¿s Tin Pan Alley, was home to many music publishers and studios. TOM there¿s a tiny 19th century cottage where the Sex Pistols once lived.The Sex Pistols played here in May 1976 and the venue hosted a punk festival in the fall of '76.In January 2016, '70s bands including 999, The Members, UK Subs and Discharge played here as part of a punk series.In Chelsea, at 430 King's Road, a giant "SEX" sign once hung outside a shop of the same name shared by Mc Laren, the Pistols' manager, and designer Vivienne Westwood.Westwood still runs a boutique here called Worlds End. Today this thriving collection of bars, restaurants, shops and stalls is overrun with shoppers perusing all types of food and fashion, from espresso to T-shirts bearing the Union Jack.And I had become part of the i Phone-toting tribe intent on the next purchase and picture. Where were "All The Young Punks" from The Clash song? This fine music venue, originally a 19th century railway repair facility, has hosted performers since 1966.The Clash played their fifth-ever show here in September 1976.