Mile End's housing estates, and a bald headed heavy are reflected in the window of The Horn of Plenty pub at gangster Charlie Kray's wake as a mourner kisses another in jest as another looks to camera.
'Dodgy' Dave Courtney enjoys the company of dancers at a private party in London's Mayfair
Prostitutes parade at a casting for a porn film in an upstairs room of a Deptford pub, South East London.
Close-up of Mickey Goldtooth's hands clutching girlfriend maria's bottom, her knickers showing through the flimsy fabric as Mickey's cigarettte burns in his fingers.
Mickey Goldtooth in the shower with Maria, former beauty queen and Miss Tenerife 1996
Exiled British gangster Mickey Goldtooth laughingly points two Uzi submachine guns at his girlfriend Maria's head as her six year old daughter Chanelle watches from the sofa in their borrowed timeshare apartment in Playa del Sur, Tenerife.
Bernie 'The Arm' Davies, an ex coal miner with his gang in Aberdare, South Wales
Bernie 'The Arm' Davies, an ex coal miner and leader of a gang in Aberdare, South Wales, plays with his working pitbull terrier Zeb in the back garden of his home in Cwmaman
Breasts exposed, singer,songwriter, actress, model and 'It Girl' Anouska de Georgiou customises her party dress by cutting off the label with a kitchen knife in her apartment in London's trendy Portobello road before Sir Elton John's summer party, Notting Hill, London, June 2005
Actress Laura Harring puts the final touches to her Roberto Cavalli outfit in her room at the Hotel Majestic before going to the premiere of ‘The King’, the first film of American Director James Marsh, in which she stars.Cannes film festival May 2004
Former actor and son of the late movie actress Sandy Denny, Christopher dennis now makes a living as the premier Superman look-alike in Hollywood. Bearing a striking resembalnmce to the late Christopher Reeve, he entertains the tourists and earns a good living on Hollywood Boulevard by posing as his hero Superman. Here he relaxes at home amongst his unparalleled collection of Superman memorabilia in his apartment behind Graumann's Chinese Theater which he shares with his Bonny, known as Mrs Superman. Hollywood, August 2003
Socialite and 'It' girl Lady Victoria Hervey prepares to ride through the streets of Belgravia for a charity fashion event at London Fashion Week, September 2000
Angelina Jolie gazes ahead icily, cocooned in the back of her limo, flanked by massed fans and press, on the way to the movie premiere of Shrek 2, Cannes, May 2004
6am in the Coco Loco bar at Manumission and as dawn breaks, the party continues. A naked transexual sits on the bar and enjoys the attentions of a tourist and Polly, tattoed and with a wedding veil ruefully watches the proceedings of the out-of-it partygoers.
Started in the early nineties at the onset of rave culture by brothers Mike and Andy McKay, Manumission is the largest weekly party in the world. It is also one of the longest running. Fourteen years of drug fuelled, sex riddled excess in Privilege, the world’s biggest nightclub, in the centre of the Island of Ibiza, the party capital of the world.
Manumission encapsulated and flew the flag of the hedonistic dream. Hot summer nights of scantily clad girls of all nationalities, pulsating dance beats, sordid sex with a theatrical twist topped up with cupitos, red bull and vodka, ecstasy, coke and cannabis.
‘Freedom from slavery’ was the ethos of 90’s club culture and not surprisingly the Latin-derived Manumission, meaning “to manumit”, was soon known as the worlds most infamous club night.
In 2007 Manumission moved venues and is now held in Amnesia.
THE FAMILY - Teddy Bambam, his henchman Rocky and 'J' outside the Beauchamp bar in Knightsbridge, West London
Teddy Bambam and Alan Pyle celebrate Alan's first night out after his release from prison with some female comapanions at The Beauchamp bar in London's Knightsbridge
at The Beauchamp Bar, Knightsbridge
Mitch Pyle at the Unlicensed boxing at Caesar's Palace as Toni and friend look on
- Mitch Pyle greets his niece Honey in the garden of St Theresa's Catholic church before Joe's son Manny's first Holy Communion
THE FAMILY - Joe Pyle in his garden after the first communion of his son Manny
Gold Cup Day at Cheltenham Racecourse, one of the top three dates in the British racing calendar. The Cheltenham Gold Cup has been run since 1819.Unlike the exacting code at Ascot race meetings, visitors to Cheltenham are simply required to dress warmly. For many devotees, this means tweed, a rough woollen fabric that finds its way into many events. The racecourse is one of the few public venues where it is desirable for British people to shed their reserve and strike up conversations with strangers.
The Jack in the Green group protests the proposed cancellation ofthe May Day bank holiday outside the Houses of Parliament. For hundreds of years, May Day wasa day of ribald festivity. Maids and climbing boys wove costumes of leaves, known as Jack in the Green, and whole towns gave themselves up to drinking, dancing and debauchery.
In straight-laced Victorian times,phallic maypoles and Lords of the May gave way to ribbons and demure May Queens. The Hastings Jack in the Green,r evived in 1963, echoes the old ways.
Royal Caledonian Ball, London, hosted by the Duchess of Argyll. Initially a private party, the gathering morphed into a subscription ball in 1849 with funds raised going to Scottish charities.That tradition continues to this day.The original hosts, the Dukes of Atholl, used to bring their private army, the Highlanders of Atholl, to dance the eightsome reel. The dress code is strict: ladies wishing to dance reels must wear long gowns with clan tartan sashes; while men must wear kilts with sporrans. Wearing a tartan not your own is unacceptable
Guests at a private wedding in Dorset. Once a symbol of the upper class, top hats are now worn mainly at weddings and for riding competitions. In the days when grooms kidnapped their brides, the best man’s job was to ensure that the wedding party arrived at church safely and offer protection if the bride’s family tried to snatch her back. Today his duties are more pacific. Bridesmaids give moral support, from choosing the wedding dress to introducing guests at the reception. Traditionally, women may only remove their hats after the mother of the bride has removed hers.
Port Eliot Festival, St Germans, Cornwall. Primarily a literary festival, it also includes moments such as the one-minute disco, held every hour on the hour. In the 1980s, Lord St Germans and his wife hosted the Elephant Fayre. Unencumbered by Health and Safety rules, they hosted samurai with real arrows and built a cafe in the river. Today’s incarnation asks writers to do ‘something different with words’. There are no dress codes, although interested punters can have a papercostume made by Barbara Hulanicki or create jewellery with the founders of Erickson Beamon. The main requirement is to be interesting.
Cartier International Polo Cup Final, Guards Club, Windsor. Billed as the greatest spectator polo day in the world, it culminates with the Coronation Cup. The largest polo club in Europe, theGuards Club has 160 playing and over 1,000 non-playing members. Very few people actually watch the polo. Trophies are not always limited to the polo field.
Glenisla Highland Games, Angus, Scotland. Highland Games have been held all over the country for a thousand years. The Games were initiated by King Malcolm III in the 11th century: he helda foot race at the base of Craig Choinnich to find the fastest runner in the country to be his royal messenger. Heavy events include tossing the caber and the hammer throw. All competitorsin the heavy events and dancing competitions must wear Highland dress. Sporrans take the place of pockets in Highland dress: they may be turned to hang from the hip when the wearer isdancing, driving or performing other strenuous activities.
Glyndebourne Festival Opera, East Sussex. Since 1934, the Christies have been hosting singers at their family home. Guests, dressed strictly in black tie to show respect for the performers, picnic all over the grounds before the concerts begin.
The Goodwood Revival,Goodwood, West Sussex. A motor race meeting set in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, this aims to revive the golden age of Goodwood Motor Circuit. Drivers raced at the circuit between 1948 and 1966, only stopping when contemporary car design made it impossible to continue on the old track. Vintage cars, fashion and entertainment allow visitors to leave the modern world behind. Hats are possibly the most important part of the Goodwood outfit: beforethe 1960s, they were an essential part of daily life. While men tend to go for Panamas, women’s options range from veiled fancies to berets. Headscarves, trousers and sturdy boots are typical of land girl fashion. The Women’s Land Army replaced men in agriculture during the first and secondworld wars.
Vale of the White Horse hunt, Wiltshire. In 2004, five centuries after its inception, fox hunting was banned in the UK. Determined not to abandon this most English tradition, hunts turned to draghunting, in which an aniseed trail is laid for hounds to follow. Only the Master, Huntsman andWhippers in are allowed to wear red coats – and then only if they are male. Red coats are called ‘pinks’ after Thomas Pink, an 18th century London tailor who designed the iconic huntingcoat. Made of scarlet cloth, the coat was always referred to as PINK in honour of its originator. Meticulous attention to detail, exclusive fabric and exquisite craftsmanship were the hallmarksof a PINK coat.With its cautious flamboyance andundying ritual, hunting more than anyother one activity encapsulates the heartof British entertainment.
British youths at Rescue night club on the Laganas strip, Zante
Jason, 18, I love going clubbing here. It’s much better than home. The birds are fitter and everyone’s more relaxed and you can party all night! I spose it’s the alcohol too…
Fight between British youths on the Laganas strip in Zante
Steve, 17, in Laganas, Zante:
Me, I just like the sun. And the cheap booze!
A couple outside a Harrogate nightclub at 1am in the rain