This Is What London Looked Like In 1976

By Londonist Staff Last edited 7 months ago
This Is What London Looked Like In 1976

1976 is probably best remembered for its massive heat wave and huge drought. In London, the summer's Notting Hill Carnival was not a success, as 100 police officers and 60 carnival-goers were injured during riots.

1976 also saw the emergence of punk. In September 1976, the 100 Club played host to the first punk festival, helping push the movement from the underground into the mainstream; in December, the Sex Pistols' profanity strewn appearance on Bill Grundy's TV show brought the band public notoriety.

Elsewhere, London had a brand new National Theatre on the Southbank, and witnessed Concorde's first commercial flight taking off from London Heathrow.

King's Road
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The car park at County Hall, with the Houses of Parliament in the background
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Kensington Market
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Carnaby, 1976
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London, 1976
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Chelsea Hospital on fire
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Dartmouth Park Hill
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Her Majesty opening the National Theatre on the South Bank in October 1976
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Notting Hill Carnival, 1976
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The Jam played Soho Market on 23 October, 1976
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Piccadilly Circus, 1976
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The Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Buzzcocks appeared at The Screen On The Green, 1976.
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King's Road
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Concorde over Hatton Cross station
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The 12-metre-long inflatable pig from Pink Floyd's Animals album broke loose above Battersea Power Station in 1976
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Prospect of Whitby, Wapping
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Notting Hill Carnival, 1976
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Piccadilly Circus, 1976
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The car park of The White Hart, Willesden
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Skinheads in London
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George Best outside Craven Cottage, Fulham
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Record shopping in London, 1976
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Regent Street, 1976
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Tom Waits on Portobello Road, 1976
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Marvin Gaye strolling ahead of his Rolls Royce in Notting Hill, 1976
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Gloucester Road station
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Sex Pistols at the 100 Club
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Chelsea Hospital fire
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King's Road, summer 1976.
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Sex Pistols in Carnaby Street
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Lancaster flying over London, 1976
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The Clash in Camden Town
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Piccadilly Circus
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Don Letts on Portobello Road, London during the Notting Hill Carnival riots
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Carnaby Street, 1976
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Peter Jones, King's Road
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Berwick Street
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AC/DC, London, 1976
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The 'Graffiti Boys', London
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Lindsay Wagner poses for a publicity photo for The Bionic Woman
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Piccadilly Circus, 1976
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Urban farming pre-Canary Wharf, around 1976.
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Last Updated 05 April 2017