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8 May 2003, Issue 130

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AHOY! Contents:

1. WHAT'S UP: London for Free, LondonNetDotCom, London Eye
2. LONDON DIARY: The Roads to Success
3. ENTERTAINMENT: Theatre, Music, Clubs, Cinema
4. HOTELS: London and Worldwide hotel deals
5. NEWS: Latest news from London
6. COMPETITION: Tea for Two at the Ritz
7. TALKBACK: Sleeping Eurostar

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

- Tea for Two at the Ritz Compie

Our friends at The Ritz have come up with a great prize for this week's Ahoy!. Our lucky winner gets an afternoon Tea for Two at the hotel's famous Palm Court.
- Scroll down for competition details.


- Omens are Good for our horse in France

LondonNetDotCom is set to run in the French Guineas at Longchamp, Paris, this weekend and has already seen off some of her main rivals.

That's because two of the best French fillies - most notably Six Perfections - were this side of the Channel last weekend trying to win the English Guineas. Both fancied French runners will therefore not appear in their own country's version of the event, leaving the way clear for the inevitable LondonNetDotCom triumph - or so we hope. Another good sign is that thunderstorms have hit central France in recent days, raising the prospect of the kind of juicy ground favoured by our horse.

The French Guineas, aka the Gainsborough Poule D'Essai Des Pouliches, is run over 1,600 metres (about a mile) this coming Sunday, June 11. The race is televised live in the UK on At The Races, time still to be announced.
See: http://www.londonnet.com/londonnetdotcom.html



LONDON EYE: 2003 tickets
This year's online allocation of tickets for the London Eye is proving very
popular. So to ensure that you get the 'flight' of your choice take a peek
at our London Eye Info and Booking page for availability:

- Hyde Park, Sat, 26 July
The UK's premier lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender festival. Tickets on sale now.


- The Roads to Success


THE STREETS of London are paved with gold, they used to say. Nowadays, they
are paved with something altogether more lucrative – publicity.

Already this week we have had Russian quasi-Lesbian duo Tatu drumming up
trade on Westminster Bridge. Then there was the mysterious case of the
missing preview copies of the new Harry Potter that turned up in some field
leading to a wodge of handy PR for JK Rowling and her publishers. The book
comes out next month.

I think our Mayor, Ken Livingstone, is missing out on some much needed funds
here, especially as he has announced that the moneys due from the Congestion
Charge will be about UKP30 million less than projected. Local councils own
London’s pavements and streets, so every time there’s a bit of fluff in the
papers with a celebrity trying to cadge some London glory, Ken should fire
off an invoice.

The potential for this kind of official graft is spectacular. Leicester
Square alone would be worth millions annually, given the number of cinema
premieres that take place.

I can foresee a few tiny problems with the scheme, however. Celebrities
would inevitably claim it was they who were bestowing the glamour on London,
not the other way round. You can imagine a constant stream of legal battles
with poor old judges being asked to decide the relative weight of fame
between a C-list actor and the London Borough of Brent.

But all that is nothing to worry about. Legal mumbo-jumbo is something this
place is good at. Indeed, London has one of the biggest populations of
wonderful lawyers in the world and if they gain, we all gain. Now, about
that parking ticket, m’lud…

David Clee (mailto:[email protected])




In The Spotlight
The London International Festival of Theatre is back with its promise of uplifting entertainment. What with shops becoming stages and museums turning into promenade spaces, performances have taken a turn for the interactive.

But don’t be confused. From shows for kids to all-age extravaganzas, LIFT aims to lighten the serious image of London theatre. Shopworks at a shop in Tooting is a particularly fun affair, in which old boxes breathe with history and objects like umbrellas turn into people as young company Theatre-rites show just how ingenious children’s theatre can be.

The Museum of Modern Oddities at the Natural History Museum in Kensington takes a similarly enlightened approach. Focussing on unusual ways of experiencing the everyday, this show offers a darkened tour through gallery spaces and invites participants to forge their own artefacts from the contents of their pockets. The history of theatre could be changing …
(mailto:[email protected])

Up and Coming
The Two Gentlemen of Verona
(opens 13/06/03)
Impulsive men and pretty girls push the boundaries of friendship in Shakespeare’s early play

Three Sisters

Starry West End revival rivals the National’s forthcoming production

- Theatre Tickets
Top Sellers (24 April - 8 May 03)
1) My Fair Lady
2) Three Sisters
3) Bombay Dreams
4) Mamma Mia!
5) The Lion King

- 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

Eels, London Royal Festival Hall
Wed, 2nd July 2003, 7.30 PM
I've got a growing soft spot for the Eels. Fronted by E (real name Mark Oliver Everett), they mix introverted themes with pumped up guitar riffs to produce some very catchy melodies. I got to see the band during their last European tour. Stuck in a snow bound Zurich I queued up real early and got my hands on a return for the sell out gig. At that point my Eels knowledge was minimal yet their composed performance left me aghast. Amazon must have been delighted at my return to London as within hours I was snapping up the band's back catologue.

This time around fans can expect cuts from last year's Soulblighter album as well as a rather large helping of classic Eels tunes such as Susan's House and Novocaine. If you've seen them before, no doubt you'll be returning, if you haven't enjoyed the privilege take the plunge and I'll see you at the Festival Hall.
(Peter D. Clee, mailto:[email protected])
Click here for Eels tickets

Robbie Williams, Knebworth
Sat, 2nd August 2003, 12.00 PM
Sun, 3rd August 2003, 12.00 PM
A few more tickets for Robbie Williams Knebworth Park shows in August have just been released.

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 (24 April - 8 May 03)
1) Bruce Springsteen, London
2) Courtney Pine/The James Taylor Quartet
3) Jools Holland, Route of Kings
4) Robbie Williams, Knebworth
5) Paul Weller, Route of Kings
Tickets: http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/music/rockpoptickets.html



Top Sellers (24 April - 8 May 03)
1. Jerry Springer Opera, National Theatre
2. Alcina, Hammersmith Apollo
3. Royal Philharmonic, Royal Festival Hall
4. Cathart Spring Prom, Royal Albert Hall
5. Tristan & Isolde, London Coliseum
- Tickets: http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/music/classical.html



- Film Of The Week
Hope Springs
Romance (2002) 92mins
Director: Mark Herman
Starring: Colin Firth, Minnie Driver, Heather Graham
British artist Colin Ware is devastated to receive a wedding invite from his fiancee Vera... to another man. Plunged into misery, he heads for the small Vermont town of Hope, in the misguided belief that maybe he will find a sense of hope among the close-knit community. Colin soon falls under the spell of eccentric local nurse Mandy. However, the peace is shattered when Vera breezes into town to tell Colin that the wedding invite was a joke, meant to spur him into popping the question.

- Other New Films This Week
Balzac And The Little Chinese Seamstress (12A)
Darkness Falls (15)
I Capture The Castle (PG)
The Last Great Wilderness (18)
Old School (15)
Pot Luck (L'Auberge Espagnole) (15)

- Listings
A to Z of London Cinemas:
A to Z of Films showing in London this week:


Best way to soak up the sights of the city as you wine and dine
- Cruises on the Thames...



- Club Venues and Listings



- Trevor Nunn's successful interpretation of Pygmalion comes to the end of its run in July. To book tickets for the remaining performances see:




- Afternoon Tea At The Ritz
by Sarah Booth

There’s not a better way to spend time at a luxury hotel than ‘taking tea’ at The Ritz Hotel's Palm Court. It’s here where one will find an elite but friendly atmosphere.

Palm Court was originally intended to set the mood for visitors entering the Piccadilly entrance. Cesar Ritz fretted obsessively over the lighting until it was perfect. This is why the rose-tinted room is apt to brighten everyone’s complexion and mood. Be sure to arrive in the appropriate attire. Leave trainers and jeans at home. This is a fancy place where the service and the décor would welcome the most dignified.

Be seated and choose from a half dozen teas. The tables are set with silver teapots, milk jugs and tea strainers. Tea is served on fine Limoges china. A three-tiered stand comes with delectable treats including five different kinds of small sandwiches, with the crusts cut away. Scones wait for a smear of strawberry jam and Cornish clotted cream. A variety of pastries and cakes are also included. These treats are produced in the kitchen to ensure that the afternoon tea experience is a fresh and pleasant one.

Afternoon tea is £29 per person. Due to the popularity of afternoon tea, reservations are required; at least two to three weeks in advance is recommended. Three sittings are offered seven days a week: 13:30, 15:30, and
17:30. We don't currently offer booking for teas via our site but these can be made directly through 'The Tea Reservation' office on 0207 300 2309.

- The Ritz Hotel***** (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.


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

The Gore**** (Knightsbridge)
- Doubles now from only UKP 120 incl. VAT.

The Lowndes**** (Knightsbridge)
- One of the best of London's new breed of boutique hotels, The Lowndes is
right up there for location and attention to detail, in terms of both design
and service. Great rates currently available.

The Hyde Hotel *** (Paddington)
- Comfortable three star hotel offering the best value ever on LondonNet:
Just 55UKP for a double room!

- London Hotel Chart
Top Sellers (24 April - 8 May 03)
1) Columbia
2) Hazlitt's
3) Ritz


Best Value Accommodation for 2003:

Bed and Breakfasts:
Budget Hostels:


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


5. NEWS: Latest news from London

MPs Warn of Asylum-led 'Social Unrest'
- Cross party group boosts anti-immigrant currents
Another Three Sisters Join Theatreland
- Chekhov revivals compete
Omens are Good for LondonNetDotCom in France
- Rivals no-show and weather reports raise hopes for Guineas win



- Tea for Two at the Ritz

Our friends at The Ritz have come up with a great prize for this week's Ahoy!. Our lucky winner gets an afternoon Tea For Two at the hotel's famous Palm Court. There really isn't a grander place to enjoy this old English tradition so this is a must for all you cucumber sandwich fans.


Question: What feature of the Palm Court did Cesar Ritz 'fret obsessively over until it was perfect'?
Tip: Read Sarah Booth's review of Tea at the Ritz in our London Hotels section above.

HOW TO ENTER: All you have to do to enter is send an email with the correct
answer and subject header "Tea for Two at the Ritz 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 May 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 129, 24th April 2003
1st Prize (A pair of tickets for the Regents Park Open Air Theatre):
Louise Higgins (London, SE16)
Answer: Cole Porter


7. AHOY! TALKBACK: Readers say their piece

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Dear LondonNet,

I could not agree with you more about le rip off Eurostar and its no 'trainspotters' attitude. Now their profits have fallen to zilch because of their policy and attitude they are expecting Joe Public to bail them out. We ought to agree only if they :
1. Have trains all night. Its ludicrous that we spent billions digging the tunnel but have to leave London or Paris at 9pm or that you can't get between the two biggest capital cities in Europe during the night !
2. Have through trains from our other big cities including sleepers.
3. Have through tickets from other uk stations
4. Be able to handle luggage. Years ago, if you were going on a big journey by rail they would come and collect your luggage and it would be waiting at your arrival address when you got there the next day !! If they could do that they would leave the airlines far behind. Come to think of it, why can't the UK railways do something like that ? If they refuse to live in the real world as they have so far, then let them sink ! They would go the way of the big Liners.

Good luck,,
Leonard Wells

REPLY: Thanks Leonard. The usual Eurostar combination of excessive prices and poor service means I had no hesitation in booking flights to go to Paris this weekend to see our horse LondonNetDotCom run in the French Guineas. I should be an ideal customer for Eurostar as my local train station feeds directly into Waterloo where the Eurostar is based. But flying from Gatwick or Heathrow is in my experience faster and cheaper. I do use the tunnel regularly though, driving with Le Shuttle. That's a cheap and useful alternative only marred by the horrific passenger terminals on both sides.

I agree that sleepers make sense if you are travelling from the North but it remains to be seen if these would be cost effective. As I understand it the sleeper to the Scottish Highlands is now in a real mess so let us hope that Eurostar learn some lessons. Connections to major cities on the other side of the channel will be improving soon with extensions well under way to Cologne (Germany), Antwerp (Belgium) and Amsterdam (Holland). I think that the luggage idea sounds great, just wonder though whether people would pay for the privilege.
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Our Horse in the French Guineas:



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