Bands I've seen in pubs would include:
The Vapours (of one-off hit Turning Japanese fame) - The Wooden Bridge, Guildford run by Mick McManus... remember him?
Ronnie Lane's Slim Chance at the Half Moon, Putney
The Stranglers at the Hope & Anchor, Islington
Stan Webb's Chicken Shack (minus Christine McVie) also at The Wooden Bridge