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Cool Britannia: London icons on film

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With the spotlight firmly focused on London thanks to the Olympics, now's a great time to celebrate the capital city and some of its biggest icons.

The picture team from Sonic Editions has put together a special collection of London photos featuring home-grown stars such as Twiggy, Jean Shrimpton and Cary Grant, alongside bands like The Beatles and Sex Pistols photographed beside iconic London landmarks.

The Sonic Editions collection perfectly captures the making of modern London - from The Who performing in front of Tower Bridge in the swinging 60s to a shot of Damon Albarn during the reign of Brit Pop in the 90s - and the photos are real collectors items with each image limited to just 495 prints. Prices begin at a very reasonable £45.

We've selected some of our favourite London icons below; check out the full London collection online at soniceditions.com

ABOVE: British model Jean Shrimpton at London Airport (now Heathrow), 20 August 1965

ABOVE: Actress Marianne Faithfull backstage with her boyfriend Mick Jagger after her first night performance as Irina in Chekov's The Three Sisters at the Royal Court Theatre in London, 24 April 1967

ABOVE: The Who perform on Dick Clark's Where the Action Is TV show on Tower Bridge, 18 March 1966

ABOVE: Twiggy, the East End fashion model pictured surrounded by fashion shots of herself, modelling a shirt dress from her own collection, 19 May 1967

ABOVE: British-born American actor Cary Grant sheltering in a hotel porch as he waits for the rain to stop, 15 April 1957

Which photo is your favourite? Tell us what you think on Twitter @StylistMagazine or in the comments section below

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