The 17th century townhouse in Denmark Street is to be listed by officials from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport for its significance to British music.

Johnny Rotten, who stayed there with his Pistols bandmates in the mid-1970s, scrawled obscene graffiti on the walls of an outhouse.

Grade II is the second highest category that buildings can be listed as in the U.K. They are protected for their cultural importance.

The house next door to the Pistols' former London headquarters has also been given protected status as one of two buildings to survive on a street built between 1686 and 1691.

Both have retained many of their original features.

British tourism and heritage minister David Evennett tells the BBC, "These 17th Century townhouses not only exhibit well-preserved architectural detail, but helped nurture Soho's influence on the global music industry during the 60s and 70s. I'm delighted to be granting further protection to these buildings which acted as a home and studio to the Sex Pistols."