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18 December 2003, Issue 145


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AHOY! Contents:
1. WHAT'S UP: London for Free, Xmas Hours, Offers, Attractions
2. LONDON DIARY: Santa at the Drinks Machine
3. ENTERTAINMENT: Theatre, Music, Clubs, Cinema
4. HOTELS: London and Worldwide hotel deals
5. NEWS: Latest news from London
6. COMPETITION: - London Boat Show Compie Part Two
7. TALKBACK: Christmas in London
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1. WHAT'S UP - What's new on LondonNet

- London Boat Show Compie (Part Two)
We have 40 more tickets to give away for the London Boat Show which takes place at Excel between the 8th and the 18th January 2004.
- Scroll down for competition details.


- LondonNet office hours over the festive season:
Wed, Dec 24: 9.00-12.30
Thur, Dec 25: Closed
Fri, Dec 26: Closed
Sat, Dec 27: 11.00-15.00
Sun, Dec 28: Closed
Mon, Dec 29: 9.00-17.30
Tue, Dec 30: 9.00-17.30
Wed, Dec 31: 9.00-16.00
Thur, Jan 1: Closed
Fri, Jan 2: 9.00-17.30 (and back to normal thereafter)
- GMT times



2004 London Eye tickets now on sale (for flights up to March 31st). No booking fees again for 2004.

- The Gore
(Hotel of the Year 2001) UKP139 double rooms (save UKP61)

Bed and Breakfast:
- Hyde
from only UKP17 per person per night

- Generator
from UKP9 per person per night

- Free updates of all available rooms or tenants in your area


- For the latest information and tickets for a wide range of London's premier attractions see our reqularly updated London Attractions page.
Top Sellers (4 - 17 December 03)
1) London Eye
2) RHS Chelsea Flower Show
3) Bateaux London Restaurant Cruises
4) Tower Of London
5) The London Dungeon



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- Santa at the Drinks Machine


TO ST.GEORGE'S HOSPITAL, Tooting for a spot of Christmas cheer, if you'll permit me some outrageous seasonal sentimentality.

Outside the lifts that serve Lanesborough Wing there's a soft-drinks machine. Yesterday, as my son and I waited for the lift, an old, wheel-chair bound man with violently shaking hands was trying gamely to place some change into the slot.

I assume the fella had spent his active, independent life right-handed as for his first go he used his right hand. Unfortunately, this was the one that shook the most, so he tried again with the slightly more controlled left. The change ended up all over the floor. Quick as a flash a tough looking teenage boy slunk across from next to me to the old man and bent down to pick up the change.

"Don't do it," I thought. "Don't do it." He didn't do it. Instead, he gave the old man a wink and slotted the money home. The old man did his best to make his face smile. Criminally, the dumb machine refused to play its part in the scene and spat out the change. As the old man and teenager swapped a wouldn't-you-believe it glance, I noticed my son was singing the song we'd had on in the car on the way to the hospital. It was Bert Jansch's version of In the Bleak Midwinter and at the exact moment the boy's glance gave way to a shoulder shrug, the second he placed the redundant money in the old man's lap, came the line, 'what can I give you - I can give my love.'

Happy Christmas to everyone.

David Clee (mailto:[email protected])




- Anything Goes with lyrics by Cole Porter
Trevor Nunn's Olivier award-winning production of PG Wodehouse's Anything Goes comes to the Theatre Royal Drury Lane from October.

THEATRE: Special Deals
- Betrayal @ Duchess Theatre
- Top price seats only UKP20.
A gripping study of adultery and marital mayhem beneath the cosy façade of middle class life, Harold Pinter’s Betrayal has never before been seen in the West End until now... Emma runs an art gallery, Robert is a publisher and Jerry is a literary agent. Robert and Jerry are best friends. Robert and Emma are married. Jerry and Emma have had a seven year affair, but it’s over now. Beginning two years after the end of the affair, Pinter’s compelling masterpiece opens with Jerry and Emma meeting for a drink where Emma tells Jerry she has confessed all to her husband. Their relationship is traced backwards in time over 9 years as the tangled emotional world of Betrayal unfolds to the fateful moment when the infidelity began with a drunken grope. Who is betraying who? Is Emma betraying her husband? Is Jerry betraying his best friend? Or is the Betrayal all in the eye of the beholder?
Top price seats only UKP20 (+ NO ppf)! Valid on Monday-Thursday evening/matinee and Saturday matinee performances 15 December 2003 - 10 January 2004.

- The Snowman
@ Peacock Theatre - Best available seats for only UKP17.50

and from tomorrow:
A Woman Of No Importance @ the Theatre Royal
(Friday 19th, Dec) we have special prices for two seasonal performances of A Woman Of No Importance at the Theatre Royal. Top price tickets (normally UKP40) are reduced to UKP20. NB This is for two performances only 24th December Matinee and 30th December Matinee.

Up and Coming for 2004
- A quick review of what to look out for next year:
When Harry Met Sally (starring Luke Perry)
Jailhouse Rock (Elvis comes to the West End stage)
Mary Poppins (based on new book by Julian Fellowes)
Billy Elliot (music by Elton John)

- Theatre Tickets
Top Sellers (4 - 17 December 03)
1) Les Miserables
2) Tonight's The Night
3) Phantom of the Opera
4) Chicago
5) Thoroughly Modern Millie

- 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

- The Inspiral Carpets @ The Shepherds Bush Empire, 5 December 2003

FOR a brief moment back in 1989-1990 Manchester became Madchester and produced some of the finest indie rock of a generation. Joining Oldham's The Inspiral Carpets on the Mad For It ride were The Stone Roses and Happy Mondays. By a happy quirk of fate I spent six months living in Salford around then and got to see The Mondays and a couple more besides. Much to my eternal shame though, The Stone Roses and The Inspirals slipped my clutches. So I set off to The Shepherds Bush Empire the other day to make partial amends.

Like the Roses the Inspirals did a mean number in catchy art for their covers and promos. Five years previously Liverpool's Frankie Goes to Hollywood told us to Relax, a catch phrase emblazened across a generation's T-Shirts. The Inspirals did the same for the Madchester scene. Their Cool As F**k T-Shirts (inspired by the EP of the same name) were the defining statement of the era. They also managed to bag a rather talented local as their roadie. One Noel Gallagher no less.

Having been on ice for a while, 2003 has been something of a comeback year for the band. This gig was the latest in a series of retrospective shows and the hit hungry were not disappointed.

The Inspirals formula is clear. Blend a couple of teaspoons of hard hitting guitar to a pint of Clint Boon's atmosphere charging keyboards, shake vigorously and wait for explosions.

Saturn Five (January 1994), Dragging Me Down (February 1992), She Comes In The Fall (June 1990) and I Want You (February 1994) have a Boon fuelled nuclear energy that my worn out old frame can hardly handle anymore. Their breakthrough chart hit, This Is How It Feels (To Be Lonely) (March 1990), is more my pace these days. A ballad come northern wasteland anthem it ended the show to wholesome acclaim and mooing (their original label was Cow Records).

P.S. Oh and a special danke to the three friendly Germans outside who sold us a spare ticket for my ticketless mate, Stewart (LondonNet's resident web boffin and damn mean guitarist).

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

- Gig Highlight:
Elton John
@ Wembley Arena
Thu, 1st July 2004, 7.30 PM
Tickets: from UKP40.00 plus fees
Hot on the heals of the massive 3 x platinum selling album Elton John Greatest Hits 1970-2002, which has sold over 1 million copies so far, Elton is back with a bang with his spectacular show featuring all of the classic hits including Your Song, Bennie and the Jets, Crocodile Rock, Rocket Man as well as the latest hits from his multi-platinum selling album Songs From The West Coast, I Want Love, This Train Don't Stop There Anymore and Ballad of the Boy In The Red Shoes.

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

Top Sellers (4 - 17 December 03)
1) Elton John - Wembley Arena
2) The Distillers - Brixton Academy
3) Justin Timberlake - Earls Court
4) Basement Jaxx - Brixton Academy
5) Placebo - Brixton Academy




- Cinderella, ENB
I'm off to see Michael Corder's award-winning production of Cinderella this afternoon with my ballet mad daughter. Created for English National Ballet in 1996, I'm told that this production of Prokofiev's score promises to enchant ballet novices and seasoned audiences alike. I'll let you know what we thought in the next issue. The run for Cinderella finishes on Saturday but there are still a few tickets left. For Tickets and Info on this and other ENB productions over the festive season please see:

Top Sellers (4 - 17 December 03)
1. Nutcracker! (Matthew Bourne)
2. The Nutcracker (ENB)
3. Giselle (Royal Ballet)
4. Sweeney Todd, Royal Opera
5. The Sleeping Beauty, Royal Ballet
- Tickets:



- Film Of The Week
The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King
Action (2003) 201mins NZ/US
Director: Peter Jackson
Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Orlando Bloom, Liv Tyler
The final part of the most successful movie trilogy of all time witnesses a titanic confrontation between good and evil for ultimate control of Middle-Earth. After his heroic actions at Helm's Deep, Aragorn is finally revealed as the true heir to the throne and the one man who could, potentially, unite the warring factions in a singular devastating attack on the evil forces of Sauron.

- Other New Films This Week
Freaky Friday (PG)
Good Boy! (U)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (PG)
Amandla! : A Revolution In Four Part Harmony (12A)
The Lady Of Musashino (Musashino Fujin) (PG)
The Life Of Oharu (PG)

- 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...



- New Year's Eve Clubs
Full London listings for the festive season including New Year's Eve are available now:

- London Clubs Chart: Most Popular Venues
(Based on Page Visits on LondonNet, 4 - 17 December 03)
1) Fabric
2) The Metro Club
3) The End
4) The Office Bar
5) The Gardening Club

- Club Venues and Listings




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

The Ritz***** (Piccadilly)
- Style, sophistication and old-fashioned levels of genuine service come together at one of the world's legendary hotels. Great rates currently available.

The Gore**** (Knightsbridge)
- Doubles now from only UKP 139 incl. VAT.

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 (4 - 17 December 03)

1) Columbia
2) Commodore
3) Chesterfield


Best Value Accommodation for 2003:

Bed and Breakfasts:
Budget Hostels:


New additions and highlights from our sister site


5. NEWS: Latest news from London

The Producers Gets London Date
- Dreyfuss and Evans to star in Mel Brooks' hit show
Go-Ahead for Hydrogen Bus
- They're the cleanest and greenest ever, says mayor



- London Boat Show Compie
Following the huge response to last issue's compie we have 40 more tickets to give away for the Schroders London Boat Show which takes place at Excel between the 8th and the 18th January 2004. Please state with your entry whether you would like the chance to win 2 or 4 tickets.

2004 is the 50th anniversary of the London Boat Show. This year the event moves from Earls Court to Excel in Docklands. Savour the boats of your dreams from super yachts to dinghies to canoes. For more info on the London Boat Show see:


Question: When was the first London Boat Show?
Tip: See above:

HOW TO ENTER: All you have to do to enter is send an email with the correct answer and subject header "London Boat Show Compie 2" 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: 29 December 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 144, 4 December 2003
London Boat Show:
Winners: Tine Agelmo (London, SW6), Mark Hrynczak (Middlesex, TW1), A. Coll (Chessington, Surrey), Louise Dulson (London, SW6), Amanda Thomas (Guildford, Surrey), Harry Woolhouse (London, W14), David Merrigan (Wembley, Middlesex), Jasal Chudasama (London, E12), Liz Walker (Carshalton, Surrey), Anjali Hewagama (London EC3R), Maria Gierszewski (London E9), Laurence Sharp (Stanmore, Middlesex)


7. AHOY! TALKBACK: Readers say their piece

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Dear LondonNet,

I am in london on 25, 26, 27 of dec. What can I see in these 3 days? What will be open?


Fremont, California, USA.

REPLY: Thanks for your email Murli. As you may suspect on the 25th of December pretty
much everything is closed, barring a few small general stores.

On the 26th the majority of Restaurants, pubs etc are open as are many of
London's attractions such as the London Eye.

The 27th brings normality back to the capital, all theatres are open on this
day with the majority of shows having a matinee performance as well as the
standard evening offering.

If you would like to check availability for theatre tickets or attraction
tickets click the link below

If nightclubs or cinema are more your thing there is fair amount happening
on the 26th and 27th. To check listings click on the links below.

I hope you enjoy your stay in our city. (Ed)



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