Hope and Anchor, Islington

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Hope and Anchor
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The Hope and Anchor, Islington. (October 2005)
General information
Type Pub
Location Islington, London, England
Completed 1928 (current form)

The Hope and Anchor is a pub on Upper Street, in the London Borough of Islington. During the mid-1970s it was one of the first pubs to embrace the emergent, but brief, phenomenon of pub rock. With the decline of this movement, the pub went on to become a leading venue in the punk rock movement.[1]

The Hope & Anchor Front Row Festival, which took place between Tuesday 22 November and Thursday 15 December 1977, featured numerous pub rock, punk, and new wave groups. The recordings were issued as a live double album of the same name, which reached No 28 in the UK Albums Chart..[2]

The actual performance space at the Hope and Anchor was, at the time, a spartan and rather grubby basement space, alternately dank or overheated, and always smoky, but this in many ways suited the anarchic ideals of late-1970s live music. It was here that The Stranglers recorded their album Live at the Hope and Anchor.

The English group Keane made its debut at the Hope and Anchor on 13 July 1998. Other bands which played at the Hope and Anchor include The Cure, The Stranglers, The Only Ones, The Police, XTC, The Stray Cats, The Pogues, Dire Straits, U2, Joy Division, Oliver Coates, The Men They Couldn't Hang, The Saints amongst others. The band Madness filmed the music video for their cover version of "One Step Beyond" in the Hope and Anchor.

The Hope and Anchor is still a pub and venue today, though facilities have been improved. It has a jukebox and a pinball table in the main bar and it hosts a folk music choir on the first floor most Tuesdays and a folk club once a month, also on a Tuesday. The pub was also featured in the 1980 film, Breaking Glass.

Since November 2013 The Hope Theatre is housed on the second floor of the pub. It is an experimental theatre started by the King's Head Theatre aiming at giving stage to new writing. [3]


  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  3. ^ The Hope Theatre webpage

Coordinates: 51°32′36″N 0°06′12″W / 51.5432°N 0.1034°W / 51.5432; -0.1034