Don't I know it! I think I just brazened it out, didn't throw my weight about, acted like I was entitled to be there but didn't own the manor, if you see what I mean. I only once got in a bit of bother and I faced that down (I was sweating a bit, thought, I can tell you!).
Now I come to think of it, there were a couple of good reasons why this happened.Firstly, in S E London there was only one big dance hall, the Savoy in Catford. It attracted youngsters from all over the place, from the N Kent suburbs to the docks. The result was you got to know people from all different manors south of the river, and if you went from place to place chances are you would know someone. Secondly, on a number of occasions I would meet people (like that girl) 'up West', or somewhere like Hyde Park, all of which was kind of neutral territory. Occasionally I would get invited to go to a club or somewhere north of the river. Again, knowing someone got you tolerated, so long as you didn't 'come it'.
Edited by Man-of-Mystery - 9/10/13 at 10:13pm