Lonely Planet Writer

Former West End home of punk band the Sex Pistols gets official protection

Two houses that the Sex Pistols once called home in Denmark Street, in London’s West End, have been given listed status.

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Denmark street, London. Image by trecca / CC BY-SA 2.0

The seminal punk band used the buildings as a studio and guitarist Steve Jones and bassist Glen Matlock stayed upstairs – graffiti from singer John Lydon still adorns the outbuilding. The houses at number 6 and 7 have been given Grade II* protection against development, the second highest category of protection in the UK. As well as their musical connection, the 17th century buildings were listed for their architectural detail and character. They were built for the middle classes, became a notorious slum in the 18th and 19th centuries, then became businesses – in the 20th century Denmark Street was the heart of Britain’s music industry.

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