Punk is dead. Or so lingerie salesman Joe Corré would have you believe. The son of late Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren and designer Vivienne Westwood marked the 40th anniversary of the movement by burning £5m worth of memorabilia to protest its endorsement by the likes of Boris Johnson and the very establishment it set out to tear up. But if you were paying attention to social media you’d have noticed that the punk community, which is very much alive and kicking, don’t all agree with Corré’s “bonfire of the vanities”, as one critic called it.*
Although most of the original spaces where punk erupted – squats, art schools, colleges, venues and rehearsal studios – might have gone, there are still pockets of London that show that punk isn’t just an artefact to be peered at inside a perspex box. Whether it’s an angry lyric and a raucous beat at a gig, a two-fingers-to-the-establishment attitude at a political protest, a DIY aesthetic you can’t buy in Urban Outfitters, or – crucially – a fierce sense of comradeship, you’ll find it all still going strong in London’s punk scene. Here’s where.