It was a decade that saw Londoners protest against apartheid in South Africa and cram into Wembley Stadium in support of Live Aid. A decade when the streets of London were scattered with punks and mods, with record shops and rock stars — and today's Canary Wharf skyscrapers were barely a gleam in a developer's eye.
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