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9 January 2003, Issue 123

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AHOY! Contents:

1. WHAT'S UP: London for Free, London Eye, London Deals
2. LONDON DIARY: London Laureate: Position Vacant
3. ENTERTAINMENT: Theatre, Music, Clubs, Cinema
4. HOTELS: London and Worldwide
5. NEWS: Latest news from London
6. COMPETITION: Club Classical
7. TALKBACK: Eurostar Standby, Sleeping Beauty

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

- Club Classical Compie

We are giving away 10 pairs of tickets for BBC Concert Orchestra's Club
Classical. The event is at the Brixton Academy on the 1st February.
- Scroll down for competition details.


- 2003 tickets now online

The London Eye, opened in 2000, has now established itself as one of the
capital's prime tourist attractions. The Eye stands a whopping 135 metres
(450 feet) high on the South Bank between Waterloo and Westminster Bridges,
right opposite Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament and provides stunning
views over central London and beyond.

Since we started selling tickets for the Eye it has consistently been among
our most popular offerings. Indeed official figures show it was London's
most visited paid for attraction last year.

This year's allocation of tickets has now been released and there is
currently availability for almost all days throughout 2003. Last year the
weekend dates sold out fairly rapidly, so to ensure you don't miss the boat
we really do urge you to plan and book your visit soon.

Thanks to an increase in the number of tickets allocated to us, availabilty
for non-weekend dates should remain good throughout the year. So if you want
to make a booking closer to the time of your 'Eye Flight' we suggest you
look at weekday slots.

London Eye Info and Tickets:

Free Alternatives:
If you can't afford to 'fly' on the London Eye or you want to experience one
of the many other vistas of the capital take a look at the Eyes Over London
guide (in our London Themes section). See:




- Mamma Mia, Phantom of the Opera and My Fair Lady
New availability for 2003 now online


Best Value Accommodation for 2003:

- Prestige Hotel: The Ritz, Piccadilly
From UKP130.00 per person per night. Exclusive rates at London's finest
prestige hotel.

- Budget Hotel: The Columbia, Hyde Park
From UKP29.20 per person per night. Our most popular hotel for over 5 years.

- B+B: The Amber Hotel, Earls Court
From UKP19.00 per person per night including breakfast. Your No.1 B+B.

- Hostel: Piccadilly Hotel, Piccadilly
From UKP10.20 per person per night. Brand new hostel in the heart of the
West End!


- London Laureate: Position Vacant


SOMETIMES I like to dip my toe into the job market. Not the real one - I
gave up on that when I caught myself lying about my age, marital status and,
most pathetically, my hobbies - but the more interesting one that exists in
a different, better place.

Over there, they have great jobs for people like me. Once I came close to
nailing a position as Chief Head Polisher to Sven Goran Eriksson, but was
beaten at second interview by that 'does exactly what it says on the tin'
bloke from the Ronseal ad. Another time, only Captain Scarlet's late entry
to the field of applicants prevented me taking up a role as bodyguard to
little Elmo out of Sesame Street. They fell for the indestructible line, I'm
afraid, despite clear evidence that plastic puppets melt under intense heat.

The new job I'm now gunning for is London Laureate. This job is quite
similar to the one done on a national level by Andrew Motion except that it
entails much more money and far fewer poems. Motion never stops does he?
Hardly a day goes by when he doesn't seem to be lamenting the demise of some
royal personage or versifying against the impending war with Iraq. For us
laureates less should be more, as we like the dear public to think we weigh
carefully each word before allowing them a chance to tear our work to
pieces. (I got full marks for Artistic Preciousness at the first interview -
a studiously informal meeting co-chaired by Jon Hegley and Ms Dynamite in
one of the pods of the London Eye).

I said all the right things about reaching out to those not usually
interested in poetry, making sure, with a delicate wink, they knew I knew
they knew I was being incredibly media savvy. It all went well until the end
when I asked, in rhyme, who it was I would be replacing. Jon looked at Ms,
Ms looked at Jon and both exploded into an a cappella version of White Man
in Hammersmith Palais. Joe Strummer ain't never coming back and his position
as bolshy bard of London won't ever be filled.

David Clee (mailto:[email protected])



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




In The Spotlight

The Royal Shakespeare Company finally has a hit on its hands in the form of
five undiscovered Jacobean classics. Edward III, Eastward Ho!, The Roman
Actor, The Island Princess and The Malcontent are running in repertory
following a successful transfer from the Swan Theatre in Stratford.

The ambitious project, involving a cast of 28 and five separate directors,
marks the RSC's first success in a long while. Former artistic director
Adrian Noble left the company in the lurch when he pulled the RSC out of its
Barbican home, made plans to destroy the company's historic Stratford base
and resigned in April 2002; now the company is back with a vengeance.

In mounting the finest work of Shakespearean contemporaries such as Philip
Massinger, George Chapman and Ben Jonson, the RSC has won new audiences without losing its loyal following. The future looks surprisingly bright for their forthcoming production of Salmon Rushdie's Midnight's Children.
- Helena Thompson, mailto:[email protected]

Up and Coming
- Auntie and Me
Morris Panych's new comedy is set to star Alan Davies and Margaret Tyzak as
the bachelor and auntie locked in excruciating banter.

- Umoja (Closes: 08/02/03)
South Africa's musical heritage prepares to tour the world.

- Theatre Tickets
Top Sellers (18 December 02 - 8 January 03)

1) My Fair Lady
2) Mamma Mia!
3) The Lion King
4) Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
5) Our House, The Madness Musical

- 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
Lamb, Brixton Academy
February 21 2003
Tickets: UKP 15.00 plus booking fee
The drum and bass duo whose third album What Sound was released last autumn to critical acclaim.
- For Lamb info and More Previews see:

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 (18 December 02 - 8 January 03)
1) Feeder
2) Joan Armatrading
3) Dionne Warwick
4) Supergrass
5) Lamb
Tickets: http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/music/rockpoptickets.html



Matthew Bourne's Nutcracker!
@ Sadler's Wells:
Until 1 Feb 2003

A New Adventures Production. Directed and choreographed by Matthew Bourne,
designed by Anthony Ward, original scenario by Matthew Bourne and Martin
Duncan, music by Tchaikovsky performed by The Royal Philharmonic Concert

Award winning British choreographer Matthew Bourne returns to Sadler's Wells
with a dazzling new production for New Adventures of his Nutcracker! This
delicious production is full of his trademark style of wit, pathos and
theatrical magic. From a hilariously bleak Christmas Eve at Dr. Dross'
Orphanage, through a shimmering ice-skating wonderland, to the spectacular
candy folk of Sweetieland, Clara's journey passes through Oliver Twist, the
Icecapades and the kaleidoscopic fantasy of Busby Berkeley musicals. Teaming
up again with Olivier award winning designer Anthony Ward and Tchaikovsky's
most accessible and much-loved score, Matthew Bourne's Nutcracker! promises
a fresh serving of the traditional Christmas fare and creates a lip smacking
feast for all the family.

Matthew Bourne has achieved both artistic and commercial success with his
imaginative new versions of classical ballets. His Swan Lake with male
swans, which opened at Sadler's Wells in 1995, went on to become the
longest-running ballet in the West End, winning over 25 International awards
culminating in a Tony Award winning season on Broadway. Nutcracker!Further
West End success followed with Cinderella and The Car Man which won the
Evening Standard Best Musical Award. For the musical theatre he restaged
Oliver! and My Fair Lady for which he won an Olivier Award this year both in
collaboration with Anthony Ward who has also recently designed Chitty Chitty
Bang Bang to much acclaim.

English National Opera: Autumn and Winter Season
Where: The Coliseum:
Runs through a selection of fine operas through to Spring 2003. Full
programme of events and booking information at:

Top Sellers (18 December 02 - 8 January 03)
1) Matthew Bourne's Nutcracker!
2) Carmina Burana Monumental Orchestra, London
3) Der Rosenkavalier, ENO
4) Rigoletto, ENO
- Tickets: http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/music/classical.html



- Film Of The Week
Gangs Of New York (18)
Director: Martin Scorsese
Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Day-Lewis, Cameron Diaz
The Dead Rabbits and the Native Americans are the Italian and Irish gangs who rule the Big Apple with an iron fist in Scorcese's long-planned mob epic.

- Other New Films This Week
City By The Sea (15)
The Good Girl (15)
Innocence (12A)
Perfume De Violetas (Violet Perfume: No One Is Listening) (15)

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



- 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:




London hotels have been a lot busier of late. The budget end particularly
seems to have recovered to occupancy levels not enjoyed since before
September 11th 2001. This means that the best bargains are still to be had
at the upper level.

Take our offer at the Lowndes Hotel, Knightsbridge. It's one of the best of
London's new breed of boutique hotels and with our exclusive offer of UKP120
for Deluxe Double Rooms it's now within the reach of many. The Lowndes
makes a great base for shopping trips as Harvey Nichols, Harrods and the
boutiques of Sloane Street are all close at hand.

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

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- Comfortable three star hotel offering the best value ever on LondonNet:
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- London Hotel Chart
Top Sellers (18 December 02 - 8 January 03)
1) Columbia hotel
2) La Reserve
3) Chelsea Lodge


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 UKP10 per person
per night. Reservations can be made instantly using our secure booking

Budget Hostels:
Bed and Breakfasts:


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


5. NEWS: Latest news from London

Side Street Fears Drive Tram Campaigners to Ken's Door
- Mayor's West London scheme under the spotlight
Theatreland Up In Arms
- Actors balk at congestion charges



Club Classical Compie
- We are giving away 10 pairs of tickets for BBC Concert Orchestra's Club
Classical. The event is at the Brixton Academy on the 1st February. More
details below.

Programme Details:
- Club Classical @ Brixton Academy, 1st February 2003

Slip into something more comfortable and unwind to an intoxicating mix of
laid back grooves and upbeat classics. Let Moby's Porcelain/Why does my
heart feel so bad?, Roger Sanchez's Another Chance and Groove Armada's At
the River wash all over you.

Anne Dudley (Art of Noise) puts a new spin on the art of chill with new
arrangements of tracks from Akasha, Kinobe, Jakatta, Goldfrapp, Morricone,
The Verve and Cafe del Mar. A fusion of club and classical, mixed for total
pleasure and topped with raw energy.

On stage the BBC Concert Orchestra and sound goddess Anne Dudley, conduction
and playing piano are introduced by Late Junction presenter Fiona
Talkington. Chillout master Rob da Bank (Sunday Best/Blue Room) then brings
us his irresistible chilled vibes 'til late. If you have ever bought a CD
with Chill in the title then this will be the ultimate live experirence. An
undeniably lush night out!
See: http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/ent/clubs.html


Question: Where is the latest Club Classical event taking place?
Tip: Read the programme details above.

HOW TO ENTER: All you have to do to enter is send an email with the correct
answer and subject header "Club Classical 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: 15 January 2003


LondonNet 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 122, 19 December 2002
- Sleeping Beauty:
Winners: Theresa Snooks

Question: In which century did Perrault pen Sleeping Beauty?
Answer:17th Century


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,

As a shareholder in the Channel Tunnel I think it's absurd that Eurostar
don't have standby prices.

In fact I've only travelled to Paris once by train - it's so much cheaper by

Francis Pettitt

Ed: We've been asking for standby prices for years now. But as Eurostar
actively ignore budget travellers, we may have to wait several more.
LondonNet's Eurostar Campaign Page:


Dear LondonNet,

Re: Sleeping Beauty Compie Winner

Hi there - just to let you know that the show was great and we thoroughly
enjoyed ourselves! Many thanks for everything, and Happy New Year! Theresa
Theresa Snooks xx

Ed: Our pleasure Theresa.



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