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17 October 2002, Issue 116

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AHOY! Contents:

1. WHAT'S UP: London for Free, London Deals
2. LONDON DIARY: Pigeon Advice for the Mayor
3. ENTERTAINMENT: Theatre, Music, Clubs, Cinema
4. HOTELS: London and Worldwide
5. NEWS: Latest news from London
6. COMPETITION: Meal for Two @ Field and Forest
7. TALKBACK: 8 rows from the front

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1. WHAT'S UP - What's new on LondonNet

- Field and Forest Compie
The compie for this week is a meal for two at Covent Garden's new
Mediterranean eatery Field and Forest.
- Scroll down for competition details.


- The Amber Hotel, Earls Court
From UKP 19.00 per person per night including breakfast.

- 125th Street @ The Shaftesbury Theatre, 2 For 1 Tickets
2 for 1 tickets available now on performances to 30 November 2002.


- Pigeon Advice for the Mayor


LONDON'S mayor Ken Livingstone is infamous primarily for his determination
to rid Trafalgar Square of its pigeons.

Some people think it was his decision to make Londoners pay to use roads in
their own city that caused his current unpopularity, but they would be the
kind of people who think Ulrika Jonsson went out with Sven Goran Eriksson
because he could get her tickets to football games.

Ken's policy of starving the friendly birds to death caused squawks all
round as everyone realised he wasn't the easy-going, avuncular figure of
folklore. It's probably too late for Ken to back-track on road-pricing now,
but I believe he has a chance of winning the war on the pigeon front. This
is how he should do it: get his cook book out and make a pigeon pie.

People like pigeons not from the animal welfare angle, but because the
waddling wonders are fun. So Ken should ace the protestors with his own
brand of fun, by introducing a public pigeon-pie event to be held on the
spare plinth on Trafalgar Square.

Not only would this provide sustenance to the homeless and other tourists,
it would also mine a rich vein of British heritage. In my never-ending
project to research every last nook and cranny of London's history, I came
across an astounding morsel - the 'Four and Twenty Blackbirds, Baked in a
Pie' olden days chart-topper was based on fact.

Apparently, parties at royal palaces were often topped off by a giant pie
with a fun surprise hidden beneath its pastry, Kinder Egg style. As often as
not crows and pigeons were the yummy filling. They would come flying out to
much hilarity and mead slurping. If his political and media enemies continue
their campaign against him, Ken might like to know village idiots also
occasionally provided the pie's stuffing.

David Clee (mailto:[email protected])



We now offer online booking for London's sightseeing marvel. Best of all
there is no booking fee! See:




In The Spotlight

- Dance Theatre of Harlem
Sexy, youthful, yet far from naive - now in their third decade the Dance
Theatre of Harlem claim more than most 33 year olds. They're back at
Sadler's Wells with old favourites and new stuff to boot, boasting upbeat
material like Twist and Return.

Never one to shy away from soul or funk, artistic director Arthur Mitchell
has programmed a sound track of Aretha Franklin and James Brown. The brains
behind the premium black theatre company promises a return to Sadler's Wells
that's worth the 14 year wait.

Of course if you like your dance a little more conventional, there's always
the English National Ballet's Nutcracker. Rival to Matthew Bourne's rework
of the classic, this traditional production takes Tchaikovsky's score to the
Coliseum where the choreography alone should set your feet tapping. Who said
dance was dead?
- Helena Thompson, mailto:[email protected]
ENB Nutcracker:

Up and Coming
- What The Night Is For
Ex X Files star Gillian Anderson gets romantic

Special Offer
- 125th Street @ The Shaftesbury Theatre, 2 For 1 Tickets
2 for 1 tickets available now on ALL performances to 30 November 2002
(excluding Sat eve performances).

- Theatre Tickets
Top Sellers (3 - 16 October 02)
1) My Fair Lady
2) Bombay Dreams
3) 125th Street

- Theatre: A to Z of Shows
Our guide to all the leading musicals and dramas running or soon to open in
the West End. With quick links to previews, reviews and ticket pages.



Rock and Pop

Gig Previews
Feeder, Brixton Academy, Fri 7 March 03
- Tickets: UKP 14.50 plus booking fee
Feeder are bringing their unique brand of punky power pop to the capital -
so get ready to mosh.

Gig Listings
Our list of forthcoming London gigs. Plan your gigging and book your tickets
at: http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/music/rockpoptickets.html

Top Sellers (3 - 16 October 02)
1) Primal Scream
2) Shakira
3) Blue
New This Week:
- Counting Crows, 26 Jan 03
Tickets: http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/music/rockpoptickets.html



English National Opera: Autumn and Winter Season
Where: The Colisuem: 7.30 PM, From 24th October 2002
Opens with Barber of Seville, ENO and runs through a selection of fine
operas through to Spring next year. Full programme of events and booking
information at:

Andrea Bocelli
Where: Wembley Arena, Performances: 7.30 PM, When: Sun, 10th November 2002
This concert is a rare opportunity for British music lovers to experience
THE voice, in a programme that will feature the greatest Italian arias. A
few more tickets have now been made available.

Top Sellers (3 - 16 October 02)
1. The Nutcracker, English National Ballet
2. The Rite Of Spring Triple Bill, English National Ballet
3. Barber of Seville, ENO
- Tickets:



- Film Of The Week
All Or Nothing (18)
Director: Mike Leigh
Timothy Spall, Lesley Manville, Ruth Sheen
Phil and Penny Bassett are forced to re-evaluate their crumbling marriage
when son Rory is rushed into hospital with a suspected heart attack. (2002)

- Other New Films This Week
Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatre (PG)
The Powerpuff Girls Movie (PG)
Slap Her, She's French (12A)
xXx (12A)

- Listings
By Cinema: http://www.londonnet.co.uk/cinema/index.html
By Film: http://www.londonnet.co.uk/films/index.html



Dusted @ Pacha
Next Event: Saturday 2nd November
10pm - 6am UKP 15/ UKP 10 Serious members
Main Room: Norman Jay, 2Funky, Mr Pink, Roo
Dress Code: Cool funky club wear, if in doubt don't wear it

From the dingy depths of clubs that more closely resemble storage cellars,
Dusted has clawed it's way to the top of the London scene. At its new
Ibiza-exported Pacha venue, it brings premiere house amidst a scene that
cannot be described as anything but classy.

Softly lit booths line the perimeter of a fleshy cauldron of funk while in
the lingering mist above, sharply groomed club monkeys hang over the
Victorian woodworked second-level balcony, grunting for attention. Bouncers
that look like they could take on the Denver Bronco defensive line lead you
up the marble staircases into a lively crowd of costumed women and attendant
fellas. You'll feel like royalty in the bathrooms, which smell better than
most people's living rooms.

Boasting some of the best beats in the capital, Pacha rattles until the
early morning hours. And as the London house scene goes, they're not

(Dan Schreiber, mailto:[email protected])

- Club Venues and Listings



- Thanks to a recent increase in our allocation we have tickets for almost
all upcoming performances. To enjoy big savings today, see:





The Carlton Tower Hotel
Knightsbridge, London

- It's been six years since we started visiting London hotels and compiling
our handpicked selection. Over that time I've seen a wide range of
properties each adding a little something to the overall list.

But there's one feature that we have missed so far. The tall hotel. This may
sound odd as we now have fifty hotels in the guide. Some have great views,
notably the Howard's magnificent Thames panorama and the Royal Garden's
splendid Hyde Park view. But for the commanding position only enjoyed by a
seriously tall tower London is rather bereft of choice.

I am pleased to say that the wait is now over. One of my longstanding hotel
chums has recently joined the lofty Carlton Towers in Knightsbridge. She
invited me over for lunch and a chance to take a look at the hotel and its
views. I have an insatiable appetite for fine Italian food so we dined in
the hotel's Grissini-london restaurant, one of three eateries in the hotel.
Filled to the brim with extra virgin olive oil we leapt aboard an elevator
and took a ride.

The guest rooms and suites are all of a good size and finished with some
beautifully elegant fittings. Next stop was the hotel's rooftop healthclub.
Replete with a sumptious pool and more gym equipment than you can swing an
exercise bike at, this place is one of the most exclusive venues in town to
tone your body.

I'll never tire of seeing London from up on high. I've seen the old dog from
many a spot and they all appeal to a London-phile like myself. The Carlton
Tower is no exception. Like other vantage points, the first surprise is how
green it all looks even in busy central districts. Most rooms enjoy these
views and for spendthrifts the Presidential Suite offers the true penthouse
pad. Of course at UKP 3,500 it may be a little out of reach for most of us,
but you can always dream. The more practical option is to take advantage of
our handsome discount at the hotel or better still the following exclusive
shopping package:

Carlton Tower Harvey Nichols Offer
@ UKP 199 ex VAT per night including:
- Full English Breakfast for two
- UKP 50 shopping voucher for Harvey Nichols
- Minimum 2 night stay
- Valid for arrival on Friday, Saturday or Sunday only.

(Peter D. Clee, Publisher, mailto:[email protected])


Three of The Best
- Top three offers currently available to LondonNet readers:

The Ritz***** (Piccadilly)
- Even bigger savings on your favourite deluxe 5 star London hotel. More
than 40 per cent off selected rooms/dates exclusively for LondonNet readers.

The Lowndes**** (Knightsbridge)
- One of the best of London's new breed of boutique hotels, The Lowndes is
right up there for service, location and attention to detail, in terms of
both design and service. 25 per cent discount for Londonnet readers. See:

The Hyde Hotel *** (Paddington)
- Comfortable three star hotel offering the best value ever on LondonNet:
Just 53 UKP for a double room!

- London Hotel Chart
Top Sellers (3 - 16 October 02)
1) Columbia hotel
2) Hazlitts
3) La Reserve


New additions and highlights from our sister site Hotelgenie.com.

Cardiff, Wales
We have upgraded our selection of Cardiff hotels on Hotelgenie. You can
now choose from 8 of the finest hotels in the Welsh capital.


Travelling on a shoestring? We have got together with some of London's best
value accommodation providers to bring you a fine selection of Hostels, Bed
and Breakfasts and Student Halls. Prices start from around UKP 10 per person
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5. NEWS: Latest news from London

Mayor in Fight for West London Trams
- Locals agitated about traffic effects of Livingstone's scheme
Adams Supports New Writing
- Football captain helps Royal Court theatre



Restaurant Compie
- The compie for this week is a meal for two at Covent Garden's new
Mediterranean eatery Field and Forest.

Restaurant Info:
Field and Forest
22 Shorts Garden, Covent Garden
London, WC2H 9AU
Tel: 020 7240 5777
Nearest Tube: Covent Garden
Mon - Sat for Lunch: 12:00-15:00, Dinner: 18:00-24:00

A spanking brand new Mediterranean eatery in the heart of Covent Garden - in
the ever so trendy Shorts Gardens to be exact, nestled under one of the
arches offering an island of tranquillity amongst the hustle and bustle of
the madding crowds. Location is apparently everything but the chef, Rufus
Wickham, has an equally as impressive resume - previously cooking up his
stuff at the River Cafe, Bibendum, Bush Bar and Grill and ooh la la la, La
Tante Claire. Deeply trendy, casual and contemporary with dark wood polished
tables and banquettes Field and Forest is popular with local working crowds,
tourists and shoppers alike and why do they like it? - 'Rolex food for
Swatch prices'. Favourites include seared tuna nicoise, merguez sausages,
couscous salad, half grilled chicken and French bean vinaigrette. Inspiring
side dishes such as celeriac slaw and sprouting salad make for a yummy lunch
or dinner. Proud puddings of peach and almond tart and Colston Bassett
Stilton and quince cheese are very tempting. Average Price: UKP 25


Question: What kind of Stilton does Field and Forest serve?
Tip: Read the restaurant info above!

HOW TO ENTER: All you have to do to enter is send an email with the correct
answer and subject header "Field and Forest Compie" to:
mailto:[email protected]

NB Include email, telephone number and postal address (which will only be
used for this compie-guaranteed). If you don't include your details we can't
send you info about the prize!

RULES and INFO: First correct answer out of the Editor's hat wins the prize,
details will be sent to the winner. The Editor's decision is final. Closing
Date: 25 October 2002


NEW! Competitions Page
- Details of some of the best free competition sites on the web. Register
today for your chance to win cash, cars and lots, lots more.


Issue 115, 3 October 2002
- Club Classical Compie:
Winners: Ms S Rahman, London E5 0LJ, Brenda Phinn, Motspur Park, Surrey,
Helen Kabednar, Surbiton, Surrey, Julie Watson, Sydenham ,London SE26, Linda
Lewis, London W1, Rachel Kerr, London NW1, Tine Agelmo, London W14, Laetitia
Larriau, West Kensington, W14, John Sands, Sidcup, KENT, James Barr, Esher,

Question: To which 80s band did Club Classical arranger Anne Dudley once
Answer: b) Art of Noise


7. AHOY! TALKBACK: Readers say their piece

Send mail to mailto:[email protected]
- The Editor reserves the right to amend your contributions for reasons
of elegance, space, legality and plain sheer bloodymindedness.
- We welcome your views on any subject, questions about your visit and of
course feedback about the newsletter or website.


Dear LondonNet,

Re: Will, Gareth & Zoe Tickets

Hi - we went to the concert on Friday night and had a wonderful time - the
seats were fantastic - 8 rows from the front - Thankyou very much!!

It was the first concert ever for my daughter and her friends and they can't
wait to go again!!. how did you get such a good area?

Many thanks again - Mabelcatmude

Ed: Glad to hear that you enjoyed the show. We always try to get the best
seats we can. After all there is nothing more frustrating than sitting half
a mile away from the stage. While we can't guarantee that you'll be in the
8th row, rest assured that we'll try!


Dear LondonNet,

Thank you very much for the Club [email protected] Royal Festival Hall tickets,
it was a very enjoyable evening.

Brenda Phinn

Ed: Good to hear you enjoyed it, don't forget to keep your eyes peeled for
more compies.



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