The Hope & Anchor in Islington was a leading venue in the punk movement of the 70s. The Stranglers recorded an album, Live at the Hope & Anchor, here. Two decades later, British band Keane made their debut. Recently re-launched, The Hope & Anchor continues to showcase exciting new bands.
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207 Upper Street, Islington, London, N1 1RL
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A good spot in North London (Upper Street) if you are looking to see some grungy live music.
The place has a history of punk rock bands including the Sex Pistols.
Looks like a typical grungy pub with a seperate live music part.
I quite enjoy it here - it's live & raw!more
I know, I know, the Hope and Anchor is historic and legendary and all of that, but... o well.
I really hate giving reviews below three stars - and frankly, I think I'm pretty good at just not going into places that I think I would give a one or two star review - but sometimes it cannot be helped.
The beer was overpriced for the selection available. The bathroom was beyond filthy and quite...more
I don't know if I would have ever have been here if weren't for my housemate's troubled and short musical career. Dragged here under the guise of a supportive friend, I didn't really know what to make of the place.
But as the years have passed I've really grown to love it. You can come here and listen to a random band on a weekday night and feel happy that you've done your bit for our music...more
If you haven't been here, you don't know what you're missing. Fortunately, I'll fill you in. On the ground floor, you have what appears to be your typically pub setting. But you are wrong, because some amazing bands have graced the very pub seat or booth that you are sitting in.
As Molly mentioned, they have a signed Specials poster from when they played there, as Jennifer O said, Joy...more
I knew I'd like the Hope & Anchor upon spotting a signed poster by The Specials on the wall (amongst others...) -- it's got a massive punk rock history without being over the top about it.
The basement room where all the gigs are held is certainly intimate. It feels more like a gig at a friend's house rather than a concert venue. The closer I can get to music, the better. The sound system is...more