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19 June 2003, Issue 133

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1. WHAT'S UP: London for Free, London Flatshares, Bombay Dreams Offer, Attractions
2. LONDON DIARY: Company Agents in Plot Against Their Own Boards
3. ENTERTAINMENT: Theatre, Music, Clubs, Cinema
4. HOTELS: London and Worldwide hotel deals
5. NEWS: Latest news from London
6. COMPETITION: Open Air Theatre Tickets
7. TALKBACK: Eurostar Angers Aussie

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

- Open Air Theatre Compie

Today's giveaway is a pair of tickets for the Two Gentlemen of Verona. Valid for any performance Mon-Thurs at the Open Air Theatre, Regents Park.
- Scroll down for competition details.


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THEATRE: Special Deals
Bombay Dreams
@ Apollo Victoria Theatre, UKP15 off top price tickets
- The story of Bombay Dreams is one of universal themes. Dreams and ambitions, the desire to accomplish and the importance of culture and roots all pay dividends in this accessible romance. For at this musical's heart lies a love story set against the backdrop of the colourful and magical Indian movie industry. Like all the best musicals, Bombay Dreams is a celebration of the best of humanity.
More theatre deals:
The Master Builder @ Albery Theatre, UKP10 off top price tickets
Our House @ Cambridge Theatre, London, 2 for 1 Tickets

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:


- For the latest information and tickets for a wide range of London's premier attractions see our revamped London Attractions page.
Top Sellers (5 - 19 June 03)
1) London Eye
2) Summer Opening of the Houses of Parliament Tour
3) Tower Of London
4) The Original London Sightseeing Tour
4) The London Dungeon



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


- Company Agents in Plot Against Their Own Boards


ADVANCES in human knowledge have a habit of overturning conventional
wisdoms. Gallileo stunned the church by proposing the earth moves around the
sun; Columbus helped show doubters the world was round not flat and now
London estate agents could be ready to reveal that turkey’s can, in fact,
vote for Christmas.

One of the blights on the vista of every London street has long been the
huge number of estate agent ‘For Sale’ and ‘Sold’ boards that disfigure the
sides of buildings, but now these eye-assaulting cardboard monstrosities
might become relics of the past.

Two estate agent companies could do legal battle over the practice of
chopping down the boards of rival firms. Winkworth have a former Foxtons
employee on their side, an intrepid man who reckons to have vanquished
180,000 boards in his time with the Foxtons hit-squad.

The figure appears overcooked but I’m not that surprised. As well as
removing rivals’ boards, agents are well versed in installing bogus boards
in order to drum up trade. Only last night a friend of mine had to chase
away from his flat a rogue board-installer - the third time in a week he had
had to take such action. My friend’s flat is not for sale.

Foxtons admit some past misdemeanours, but say they no longer operate an ‘if
it’s not ours, hack it down’ policy and that, in any case, feel they are
more sinned against than sinning. “It was not unusual for hundreds of
Foxtons boards to be removed in a single evening,” a Foxtons spokesperson

Repentant sinners, from reformed alcoholics to born again Zoroastrians, are
often the most zealous goody-goodies and so too with estate agents, it
seems. Foxtons are now contemplating what would once have been heresy in the
house-shifting world – not using advertising boards at all. “Foxtons
supports any initiative which eliminates the current practice of placing
boards all over London, even if this means that boards are removed
completely,” the spokesperson said. It’s not quite Christmas time yet,
though – Foxtons have to persuade its rivals to join in the Turkey shoot.

David Clee (mailto:[email protected])




In The Spotlight
Something strange is afoot in theatreland. The age old cash cow, the
musical, has reinvented itself as an innovative new creature of the stage.

Cue the Bomb-Itty of Errors, a hip hop version of Shakespeare’s The Comedy
of Errors. With a cartoon ghetto set and DJs on stage, this raptastic
production blends lyricism and rhythm. The experiment that’s taking the New
Ambassadors by storm has as much in common with My Fair Lady as a nightclub
with a ballroom.

Mean time Jerry Springer - The Opera continues to please opera and musical
lovers alike, whilst Theatre Royal Stratford East has an unexpected hit on
its hands in the form of Da Boyz. This streetwise musical reworks the
Rodgers and Harts’ Boys from Syracuse, and shows just how funky stage songs
can be.
(mailto:[email protected])

Anything Goes (opens 07/10/03)
More musical magic from the masterful Nunn

My Fair Lady (Closes: 31/07/03)
Drury Lane says goodbye to ‘enry ‘iggins.

- Special Deals
Bombay Dreams @ Apollo Victoria Theatre, UKP15 off top price tickets
The Master Builder @ Albery Theatre, UKP10 off top price tickets
Our House @ Cambridge Theatre, London, 2 for 1 Tickets

- Theatre Tickets
Top Sellers (5 - 19 June 03)
1) My Fair Lady
2) Les Miserables
3) Mamma Mia!
4) Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
5) A Midsummer Night's Dream

- 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

Beck @ Brixton Academy
Wed, 20 August 2003
- Beck is like so many twinkling lights shining through the cheesy walls of commercial US rock-pop. Championing a musical salad of dance beats, funk bass and rock guitars, amalgamating musical styles since the early 90s - before the US got interested in electronica and its crossovers - he's been compared with everyone from The Beatles to Jimi Hendrix and was once even labled the 'new Prince'. A genius - and luckily, a twisted one.

Gig Listings
Our list of forthcoming London gigs. Plan your gigging and book your tickets

Top Sellers (5 - 19 June 03)
1) Justin Timberlake, London
2) Eminem, Milton Keynes
3) Meatloaf, London
4) The Waterboys, London
5) Zero 7, London



Music for the Royal Fireworks @ Kenwood House
- Sunday 24 August 2003

'Music on a Summer Evening' is one of the UK’s most prestigious picnic concert series at the spectacular English Heritage settings - Kenwood, Marble Hill and Audley End. Once again there is a fantastic line up of artists from the worlds of jazz, opera, classical music and entertainment. It's a great way to spend a summer evening. Gather a group of friends and a mouth-watering picnic and enjoy the stunning music, relaxed atmosphere and fantastic fireworks at these breathtaking settings.

Music for the Royal Fireworks
The English Chamber Orchestra
Stephanie Gonley - Director/Violin
Anthony Pike - Clarinet

A programme of Baroque masterpieces which concludes with the music written for an open-air performance in Green Park in 1749, Music for the Royal Fireworks. Performance will include Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto and Handel’s Arrival of the Queen of Sheba. The evening will, of course, be accompanied by spectacular fireworks.

Top Sellers (5 - 19 June 03)
1. Mixtures: Organ & Orchestra
2. Twyla Tharp Dance
3. Fuenteovejuna, Spanish National Dance
4. Lacock Proms 2003
5. Music for the Royal Fireworks
- Tickets:



- Film Of The Week
2 Fast 2 Furious
Action (2003) 108mins
Director: John Singleton
Starring: Paul Walker, Tyrese, Eva Mendes
Following the disaster of the undercover sting operation on Dominic Toretto, cop Brian O'Connor is stripped of his badge and shunned by his colleagues. He is given one last chance to redeem himself.

- Other New Films This Week
Basic (15)
Bolivia (NC)
The Crime of Padre Amaro (15)
Etre Et Avoir (U)
I'll Be There (12A)
Max (15)
The Most Fertile Man in Ireland (15)
Summer Things (Embrassez Qui Vous Voudrez) (15)
Tadpole (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...



We are currently undertaking a huge update of the clubs section. If you promote a club night and would like to be listed in the beefed up guide please contact Helenka for details:
mailto:[email protected]

- Club Venues and Listings



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




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

The Gore**** (Knightsbridge)
- Doubles now from only UKP 129 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 (5 - 19 June 03)
1) Columbia
2) Gore
3) The Ritz


Best Value Accommodation for 2003:

Bed and Breakfasts:
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New additions and highlights from our sister site


5. NEWS: Latest news from London

Death of the Dome Agreed
- Stadium and homes to replace Greenwich mega-tent
Master Builder Reconstructed
- Ibsen classic back on stage



- Two Gentlemen of Verona Compie

Today's giveaway is a pair of tickets for the Two Gentlemen of Verona. The tickets are valid for any performance Mon-Thurs at the Open Air Theatre, Regents Park.
More details:


Question: How many years has the Open Air Theatre been performing?
Tip: Read our Two Gentlemen of Verona review (see link below).

HOW TO ENTER: All you have to do to enter is send an email with the correct
answer and subject header "Open Air Theatre 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: 26 June 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 132, 5 June 2003
London Dungeon Compie tickets:

4 family tickets (2 adults and 2 children):
Jasal Chudasama (London, E12), Teresa Rudd (Upminster, RM14), Lee Colmer (Dartford, DA1), Jill Scott (Leek, ST13)

4 pairs of tickets
Michael Stephen (London E3), Alicia Montes (London SE12), Nicolas Clement (London, NW1), Claire Twine (Berkshire, SL4)

Answer: London Bridge station.


7. AHOY! TALKBACK: Readers say their piece

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Dear LondonNet,

I agree with your Eurostar Pricing feature comments and especially Fabrice’s comments re booking on the Internet. I found their web site cumbersome and not particularly intuitive to use. Advance purchase prices for adults and children appear to have increased by almost 100% in the past 12 months.

Though we’ve not used the service yet, we hear of delays and late running, especially on the U.K. side. We’re travelling on Eurostar to Paris July this year as part of our English visit to meet with our relatives.


Rob Shepherd, Australia

REPLY: Thanks Rob. This an an interesting new angle on the shoddy service that Eurostar appears to excel in. Generally we have noticed a few better deals creeping in for off peak Eurostar travel. However, standard returns for business and leisure travellers remain at sky high prices.
LondonNet's Eurostar Campaign Page



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