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Punk rock music landmarks in London

We will be traveling to London for a few days next month with my teenaged son. He plays the bass guitar and listens to the original punk rock of the 1970's/80's. I want to make sure we come across a few of the landmarks around London that involve the punk music scene with bands such as Sex Pistols, the Clash, Buzzcocks, Subhumans, etc. I also want to include some of the shops that may sell vintage/rare t-shirts, posters and memorabilia that are a little off the beaten path.

We will be staying in Notting Hill, but have plans to go as far East as the Tower, and everything in between along the Tube line. Can anyone recommend a "cluster" of an area or neighborhood? I've tried to look into it online and it seems a little spread out, plus some of the tours I've come across are a full day. We just want the highlights or the "can't miss" places, there's not enough time for more than that!

Thanks!

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I realize this will make the time problem worse instead of better. But does he have The Rock & Roll Traveler Great Britain and Ireland? (There's also one for the US). It lists and describes all kinds of places he'll want to see. Here's the Amazon listing, where I see that there are some very cheap used ones available: http://www.amazon.com/Rock-Traveler-Great-Britain-Ireland/dp/0679031189/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1407600830&sr=1-1&keywords=rock+%26+roll+traveler

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You've picked the right area in Notting Hill. If he's a Clash fan, have a look around the shops and market stalls under the Westway, London's only urban motorway, in the area at the north end of Portobello Road and around Ladbroke Grove tube station. That's the area where Strummer & co hung out and inspired, in particular, "London's Burning". There's the 100 Club at 100 Oxford Street, although it's now sponsored by Converse in what must be some kind of meaningful sign. The Roxy Club was at 41 Neal Street in Covent Garden, which is now a swimwear store.

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And it turns out that 430 Kings Rd in Chelsea, where McLaren's and Westwood's "SEX" store was, is now a pseudo-French bistro. Bloody hell...

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Thanks for all your feedback! I've got a pretty good idea what to include on the itinerary now. Appreciate the comments!