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The best music venues in London: 100 Club

The city's 20 best places to see live music, as voted by you – get the latest gig listings and buy tickets

100 Club

The 100 Club is synonymous with punk, hosting shows by the Sex Pistols, The Clash, Siouxsie And The Banshees and Buzzcocks in September 1976 alone. So news of its potential closure in September 2010 was greeted with clamour by outraged music fans.

 Thumb-waggling ‘fourth Beatle’ Paul McCartney played a benefit gig, which led to Converse stepping in to guarantee its safety.

In truth, these days it is more of a hub for blues rockers, pub rockers and trad jazzers, but it comes into its own for secret gigs by A-list bands such as Primal Scream and Oasis.

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Oxford Street
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The 100 Club. Hidden away at the low-rent end of Oxford Street, this is a MUST for music lovers - at least on the right night. Big guns like Paul Weller still take to the stage (at least for the Converse seres) Smaller bands are more likely and they are not all good, but just remember who has stepped out there.

With The Marquee Club now a sterile bar on Wardour Street and Denmark Street being completely sterilised by Camden Council there are only a few truly historic venues left. This is one. Go pay homage ! I may just see you there