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5 June 2003, Issue 132

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AHOY! Contents:

1. WHAT'S UP: London for Free, RHS Hampton Court, Theatre Deals, Attractions
2. LONDON DIARY: London Icon Vacancy
3. ENTERTAINMENT: Theatre, Music, Clubs, Cinema
4. HOTELS: London and Worldwide hotel deals
5. NEWS: Latest news from London
6. COMPETITION: London Dungeon Tickets
7. TALKBACK: Eurostar Tells Passengers to Get Smart

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1. WHAT'S UP - What's new on LondonNet
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LONDON FOR FREE:
- London Dungeon Compie

This week we have 4 family tickets (2 adults and 2 children) plus 4 pairs of tickets for the London Dungeon. The tickets are valid throughout 2003 and can be used at either the London Dungeon or the York and Edinburgh Dungeons)
- Scroll down for competition details.

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LONDON DEALS:

Just Released:
HAMPTON COURT: RHS Flower Show 2003
Tues. 8th July - Sun. 13th July 2003, Tickets UKP21
The world's largest and most vibrant annual flower show welcomes you with an explosion of colour and fragrance. The idyllic setting in the parkland of Henry VIII's favourite palace is transformed for six sumptuous summer days. The spacious grounds showcase an exciting range of flowers, plants and gardening accessories, giving you the opportunity to both browse and buy. Show and Water Gardens, Floral Marquees and demonstrations guarantee a lively summer's day out for everyone.
For more info and to book tickets see:
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/guide/about/flower_show.html

THEATRE: Special Deals
Our House @ Cambridge Theatre, London, 2 for 1 Tickets!
Bomb-Itty of Errors @ New Ambassador's Theatre, UKP10 Tickets!
Stomp @ Vaudeville Theatre, Best Available Tickets for UKP12.50!
Fame @ Aldwych Theatre, UKP10 tickets!
Master Builder @, The Albery UKP10 off top price tickets
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/ent/theatre_tickets.html

LONDON EYE: 2003 tickets
This year's online allocation of tickets for the London Eye are selling fast. So to ensure that you get the 'flight' of your choice take a peek at our London Eye Info and Booking page for availability:
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/guide/about/londoneye.html

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LONDON ATTRACTIONS:
- For the latest information and tickets for a wide range of London's premier attractions see our revamped London Attractions page.
Top Sellers (23 May - 4 June 03)
1) London Eye
2) Madame Tussaud's/Planetarium
3) Summer Opening of the Houses of Parliament Tour
4) London Ducktours
5) Medieval Banquet
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/guide/about/attractions.html

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SPONSOR:

MY FAIR LADY
- Trevor Nunn's successful interpretation of Pygmalion comes to the end of its run in July. To book tickets for the remaining performances see:
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/ent/theatre_myfairlady.html

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2. LONDON DIARY
- London Icon Vacancy

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CAB drivers keen to ditch their famous black taxis were thwarted by London
Mayor Ken Livingstone this week who insisted our city keeping intact one
of its more obvious icons.

London is more blessed than most in this department, I think. All big cities
have recognisable buildings but London has more motifs based on transport
than the rest. Apart from the black cab, we have the double-decker red bus,
the Tube map, the Tube sign (‘roundel’ to friends) and the perennially 11
minutes late, signal failure, commuter train from Guildford to Waterloo.

Most of those come from the early part of the 20th century, which is fine.
But maybe the cabbies have a point – after all this time shouldn’t the city
have developed modern icons so that taxi drivers can ditch their old
fashioned cars and buy newer, cheaper models?

There are soft echoes from the future that this may be about to happen – the
Mayor has given the green light to new tram schemes in parts of London for
instance – but there’s nothing I’ve heard about which seems likely to really
grab the attention of the world’s postcard buyers-cum-icon developers.
Indeed, most of the current transport schemes are already associated with
other cities; Riverbus is done better in Amsterdam and the recent
introduction of rickshaws are more Delhi than Soho.

What with the Olympics maybe coming to town, it seems perfectly obvious we
should link it all up and get budding athletes to carry the rest of us
around. Vehicle emissions would decline, the athletes would get fitter and
the fares they could charge would help pay for the whole shebang.

David Clee (mailto:[email protected])

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3. ENTERTAINMENT
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THEATRE
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/ent/theatre.html

In The Spotlight
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/ent/theatre.html#spotlight
Sometimes the old stories are the best. Veteran director David Farr’s
production of Coriolanus promises all the blood and gore of Shakespeare’s
old play, whilst a nasty little fairy tale is currently on its way to the
ICA.

The classic that’s taking the Old Vic by storm has a suitably intimidating
cast. Gregory Hicks takes the title role in a staging that shows the old
theatre has plenty of life yet. The Bard’s tale of the trusty warrior hated
by his fellow men is given a samurai flavour in this modern reworking.

Mean time a slightly more playful tale of bloodshed is receiving its
premiere over at the Institute of Contemporary Art. ‘Bluebeard’s Wives’
reworks the mythical tale of the man rumoured to murder his unfaithful
wives. Penned by none other than myself, this provocative fusion of dance,
film and theatre tells the tale of one girls’ dangerous dicing with death.
ICA box office: 0207 930 3647
(mailto:[email protected])

Up and Coming
Bluebeard’s Wives (opens 11/06/03)
Grown up fairy tale gets multimedia reworking.
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/ent/theatre_bluebeard.html

Highlights
My Fair Lady (Closes: 31/07/03)
Drury Lane says goodbye to ‘enry ‘iggins.
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/ent/theatre_myfairlady.html

- Special Deals
Our House @ Cambridge Theatre, London, 2 for 1 Tickets!
Bomb-Itty of Errors @ New Ambassador's Theatre, UKP10 Tickets!
Stomp @ Vaudeville Theatre, Best Available Tickets for UKP12.50!
Fame @ Aldwych Theatre, UKP10 tickets!
Master Builder @, The Albery UKP10 off top price tickets
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/ent/theatre_tickets.html

- Theatre Tickets
Top Sellers (23 May - 4 June 03)
1) My Fair Lady
2) Three Sisters
3) The Lion King
4) Mamma Mia!
5) We Will Rock You
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/ent/theatre_tickets.html

- 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.
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/ent/theatre_reviews.html

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MUSIC
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/music/

Rock and Pop

WISLEY MUSIC FESTIVAL 2 for 1 Tickets!
- Courtney Pine & The James Taylor Quartet, Friday 13 June
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/music/rockpoptickets.html

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 (23 May- 4 June 03)
1) Justin Timberlake, London
2) Justin Timberlake, Manchester
3) Eels, London
4) Justin Timberlake, Birmingham
5) Courtney Pine/The James Taylor Quartet
Tickets: http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/music/rockpoptickets.html

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Classical
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/music/classical.html

WISLEY MUSIC FESTIVAL 2 for 1 Tickets!
@ RHS Garden Wisley, 12-14 June 2003

RHS Garden Wisley stages its hugely popular open-air picnic concerts after the resounding success of the first ever festival last year.

On the bill for 2003 is a diverse programme of classic pop with a Stateside Tribute, jazz from Courtney Pine and the James Taylor Quartet and the ever-popular classics at the Last Night of the Wisley Summer Proms, all culminating in a fireworks finale.

2 tickets for the price of 1 available on the following concerts:
- Stateside Tribute, Thursday 12 June
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/music/rockpoptickets.html
- Last Night of the Wisley Proms, Saturday 14 June
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/music/classicaltickets.html

Top Sellers (23 May- 4 June 03)
1. Tristan & Isolde, ENO
2. St Albans Proms 2003
3. Milton Keynes Proms 2003
4. Fuenteovejuna, Spanish National Dance
5. Trojans at Carthage, ENO
- Tickets: http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/music/classical.html

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CINEMA
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/ent/cinema.html

- Film Of The Week
Anger Management (15)

Comedy (2003) 105mins
Director: Peter Segal
Starring: Adam Sandler, Jack Nicholson, Marisa Tomei
Dave Buznik is a mild-mannered, non-confrontational guy... until an airplane altercation lands him in the care of anger management therapist Dr Buddy Rydell.
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/films/thematrixreloaded.html

- Other New Films This Week
Broken Wings (15)
Chihwaseon (Drunk On Women And Poetry) (15)
Dark Water (15)
Day Of Wrath (Vredens Dag) (15)
Dirty Deeds (18)
Fausto 5.0 (18)
Mon-rak Transistor (15)
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/ent/cinema_new.html

- Listings
A to Z of London Cinemas:
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/cinema/index.html
A to Z of Films showing in London this week:
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/films/index.html

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RESTAURANTS:
Best way to soak up the sights of the city as you wine and dine
- Cruises on the Thames...
http://www.londonnet.com/ln/out/ent/restaurants.html

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CLUBS
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/ent/clubs.html

- Club Venues and Listings
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/ent/clubs-venues.html

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SPONSOR:

MY FAIR LADY
- Trevor Nunn's successful interpretation of Pygmalion comes to the end of its run in July. To book tickets for the remaining performances see:
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/ent/theatre_myfairlady.html

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4. HOTELS
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LONDON
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/guide/resources/hotel-shop.html
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Three of The Best
- Top three offers currently available to LondonNet readers:

The Gore**** (Knightsbridge)
- Doubles now from only UKP 120 incl. VAT.
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/guide/resources/offergore.html

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.
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/guide/resources/offerlowndes.html

The Hyde Hotel *** (Paddington)
- Comfortable three star hotel offering the best value ever on LondonNet:
Just 55UKP for a double room!
www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/guide/resources/hotel-shop-mod-budget.html#hyde

- London Hotel Chart
Top Sellers (23 May- 4 June 03)
1) Columbia
2) The Ritz
3) Gore
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/guide/resources/hotel-shop.html

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Best Value Accommodation for 2003:

Hotels:
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/guide/resources/hotel-shop.html
Bed and Breakfasts:
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/guide/accomm/bandb.html
Apartments:
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/guide/accomm/apartments.html
Budget Hostels:
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/guide/accomm/budget_hostels.html

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WORLDWIDE
New additions and highlights from our sister site Hotelgenie.com.
http://www.hotelgenie.com/

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5. NEWS: Latest news from London

Madonna's English Rose Buds
- Singer-turned-novelist wants to 'inspire' new generation of readers
Modern Millie Moves to Theatreland
- Another film becomes a musical
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/talk/news/headlines.html

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6. COMPETITIONS
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- London Dungeon Compie

This week we have 4 family tickets (2 adults and 2 children) plus 4 pairs of tickets for the London Dungeon. The tickets are valid throughout 2003 and can be used at either the London Dungeon or the York and Edinburgh Dungeons)

Description: Kids these days might have grown up on a healthy diet of sci-fi special effects and cartoon gore, but nothing chills the bones quite as much as reality. And that's - almost - what you get here, especially when actors portraying historical ne'er do wells jump out at you.
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/guide/about/attractions.html#dungeon

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Question: Name the nearest tube station to the London Dungeon?
Tip: Read our London Dungeon feature (see link below).
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/guide/about/attractions.html#dungeon

HOW TO ENTER: All you have to do to enter is send an email with the correct
answer and subject header "London Dungeon Compie" to:
mailto:[email protected]
NB: Please state if you would prefer a pair of tickets or family ticket(s).

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 eight correct answers out of the Editor's hat win the prize,
details will be sent to the winners. The Editor's decision is final.
Closing Date:10 June 2003

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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.
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/competitions.html

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WINNERS:
Issue 131, 22 May 2003
Hampton Court Palace tickets:
Eileen Peck (Benfleet, Essex), Erica Perkins (London. NW1), Kate Sharp (Sandhurst, Berkshire)
Answer: Thomas Wolsey became Archbishop of York and took up residence at Hampton Court in 1514.

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7. AHOY! TALKBACK: Readers say their piece

Send mail to mailto:[email protected]
Notes:
- 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.

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Dear LondonNet,

Subject: Eurostar, LondonNet's article:
Eurostar Tells Passengers to Get Smart
- Travellers urged to upgrade from fluorescent casual wear
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/talk/news/eurostar.html

Of course, Eurostar is indecently elitist when targeting its customers.

I can afford travelling on the cheapest of their services though I think that fares are outrageously high compared with the service that is delivered.

Instead of focusing of the dress code of their passengers, they had better concentrate concentrate on their trains arriving on time, the customer service being worthy of a 21st century European company and making the online booking work properly, but all that seems to be of very low priority.

What you say in your article "but the impression remains that ordinary travellers - THE ONES WHO PAID FOR THE TUNNEL'S CONSTRUCTION THROUGH THEIR TAXES - are not greatly appreciated" is so true !!!!!!!

Fabrice Conchon

REPLY: Thanks Fabrice. The questionable service, poor reliability and high costs make Eurostar a rather unattractive proposition. We haven't heard so much from readers about difficulties using Eurostar's online booking system though. We'd love to hear more about your experiences in that respect.
LondonNet's Eurostar Campaign Page
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/talk/news/eurostar.html

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SPONSOR:

MY FAIR LADY
- Trevor Nunn's successful interpretation of Pygmalion comes to the end of its run in July. To book tickets for the remaining performances see:
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/ent/theatre_myfairlady.html

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