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22 January 2004, Issue 147


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AHOY! Contents:
1. WHAT'S UP: London for Free, Offers, Attractions
2. LONDON DIARY: Acting Up with the Queen
3. ENTERTAINMENT: Theatre, Music, Clubs, Cinema
4. HOTELS: London and Worldwide hotel deals
5. NEWS: Latest news from London
6. COMPETITION: - Starsky and Hutch @ Nell's Compie
7. TALKBACK: Film Releases, Diana Hearsay
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1. WHAT'S UP - What's new on LondonNet

- Starsky and Hutch @ Nell's Compie

We've got a pair of tickets, plus a two course Thai meal and a bottle of house wine to giveaway for the relaunch of Starsky and Hutch at Nell's.
- Scroll down for competition details.

- Patrick Garvin and Harper Smith

As part of our ongoing involvement in the US based International Enrichment (IE) intern programme we're pleased to welcome Patrick Garvin and Harper Smith to our team. Patrick, from St Louis, Missouri, will be busy writing reviews for our entertainment section and bringing a stateside perspective to our London guide. Harper, from California, is a budding hotshot photographer, so expect to see the site glimmer with a whole new bunch of images and photos.
For details about IE please send an email to: mailto:[email protected]

- Scroll down for competition details.



Get Into London Theatre

Savings on tickets range from 25% to 70% depending on show and performance. Tickets available until 27 Feb 2004 for performances between 15 Jan and 28 Mar 2004. See our theatre page for details and tickets:

- The Gore
(Hotel of the Year 2001) UKP129 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 (8 -21 January 04)
1) London Eye
2) RHS Chelsea Flower Show
3) Madame Tussaud's/Planetarium
4) Bateaux London Restaurant Cruises
5) Tower Of London



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- Acting Up with the Queen


THE QUEEN is often seen by critics as an aloof old thing more interested in
the travails of her horses and dogs than in the deep concerns of her human
subjects. But this week she shattered that republican illusion by revealing
an intimate knowledge of popular culture: Her Majesty answered correctly a
question about Harry Potter.

The question concerned a quote from Harry’s headmaster, Professor
Dumbledore. Such was her relish for the subject that it is not wild
extrapolation to believe Her Majesty yearns to star in a fantasy role
herself. Unfortunately for the Queen, Dumbledore has already been cast for
the next Potter film (out in June) and the Lord of the Rings, in which she
would have been great as one of the Ents, has been completed.

There is, though, a new screen version of the Lion, the Witch and the
Wardrobe about to start production, a story with a few potential roles for
the Queen. The monarch’s long career as a monarch would give her a head
start for the part of Lord Aslan, obviously, though she might balk at that
whole sweaty lion-suit thing. The laws of treason don’t permit anyone to
suggest her turning out as a witch, but Her Majesty’s experience of
changing clothes a few times a day would make her a shoo-in for the crucial
part of the wardrobe.

Luckily for the Queen, this weekend sees celebrations for Chinese New Year
where, I am sure, she would be welcome to practise her performing art by
donning one of the crazy dragon costumes.

David Clee (mailto:[email protected])




What's New?
- Get Into London Theatre Ticket Promotion 2004

It's a New Year and the Mayor of London is feeling generous again. He's got a new wad of public money to put behind his cheap ticket initiative 'GET INTO LONDON THEATRE'.
- The aim? To encourage Londoners and others who don't usually go to West End shows to, you guessed it, 'Get Into London Theatre'.
- The incentive? Astonishingly low prices across a wide spectrum of London shows including Mamma Mia, Anything Goes and The Lion King.
- The small print? Savings on tickets range from 25% to 70% depending on show and performance. Tickets available until 27 Feb 2004 for performances between 15 Jan and 28 Mar 2004. Tickets are not available for all performances, and are subject to availability. No booking fees or handling charges added. All bookings are final.

If past offers are anything to go by, we expect to see the tickets for the most popular shows sell out very quickly. So if you want to take advantage of these great deals take a look at prices and availability now: (click on link to Get Into London Theatre)

- Anything Goes with lyrics by Cole Porter

Trevor Nunn's Olivier award-winning production of PG Wodehouse's Anything Goes.

Special Deals
Secret Rapture @ Lyric Theatre - Best seats only UKP12.50...

When their father dies, two estranged sisters - Marion, a hard-nosed Thatcherite government minister, and Isobel, a warm-hearted liberal - forge an uneasy reconciliation. Cast includes Peter Egan, Jenny Seagrove, Belinda Lang and Simon Shepherd.
Best available tickets for only UKP12.50 (+ NO ppf)! Valid on all performances (except Saturday evenings).

Up and Coming for 2004
- A quick review of what to look out for this year:
When Harry Met Sally (starring Luke Perry)
Mary Poppins (based on new book by Julian Fellowes)
Billy Elliot (music by Elton John)
It's A Wonderful Life (music by Steve Brown)
The Woman In White (currently being adapted by Andrew Lloyd Webber)
The Producers (Tony award winning musical)

- Theatre Tickets
Top Sellers (8 -21 January 04)
1) The Lion King
2) Les Miserables
3) Phantom of the Opera
4) Tonight's The Night
5) Mamma Mia!

- 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 Highlight: Britney Spears @ Wembley Arena
Mon, 3rd May 2004, 7.30 PM
Tues, 4th May 2004, 7.30 PM
From UKP27.50 + booking fees

Tickets to Britney Spears’ concert will last about as long as her
weekend-long marriage. In the five years since she came on the scene, she’s
garnered the attention of 13-year-olds, beat enthusiasts, hip-hopper Missy
Elliott and Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst. She’s graduated from schoolgirl
uniforms to sequins, and released enough hits in her teen years that she’s
now a one-name-icon of the type that the pop biz loves to create.

Her fourth album, "In The Zone," featured collaborations with the Ying-Yang
Twins, R. Kelly and of course, her idol and mentor, Madonna. The songs are
anything but the bubblegum that helped her make her mark. She’s still
singing of love and the like, but this time, it’s a lot more sexual and she’s not afraid to get graphic, either. On the heels of the kiss seen by millions on MTV, this pop show should be anything but boring. (Patrick Garvin)

- Gig Highlights:
The Distillers

Wed, 11th Feb 2004, 7.00 PM
From UKP14.00 + booking fees
The NME Awards 2004 take place on February 12 in London, and these recent NME cover stars will be playing this London date in the run-up. After their recent incendiary live shows, this is your next chance to catch one of the world’s hottest bands on these shores.

The Thrills
Thurs, 5th Feb 2004, 7.30 PM
From UKP15.60 + booking fees
Drawing from the likes of The Beach Boys, Neil Young and the softer sides of The Pretenders, Dublin's The Thrills have created a nostalgic sound of jangly folk rock that is nothing short of beautiful.

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

Top Sellers (8 -21 January 04)
1) Britney Spears, Wembley Arena
2) The Distillers, Brixton Academy
3) The Thrills, Brixton Academy
4) Tower of Power, The Astoria
5) Hundred Reasons, The Astoria



Classical and Dance

- Carmen, Savoy Theatre
Bizet's great masterpiece bursts from start to finish with a score that is amongst the best known in opera. Gypsies, soldiers, smugglers and toreadors add colour and excitement to the story of the doomed love of Don Jose and the fickle gypsy-girl, Carmen. The final juxtapostion of roaring crowds and violent death is horrifyingly breathtaking.
Conducted by Stuart Stratford. Directed by Gale Edwards.

Top Sellers (8 -21 January 04)
1. Giselle, Royal Ballet
2. Les Contes d'Hoffman, Royal Opera
3. The Ring of Nibelung Prologue: The Rhinegold, ENO
4. Carmen
5. The Barber of Seville
- Tickets:



- Film Of The Week
Scary Movie 3 (15)

Comedy (2003) 84mins US
Director: David Zucker
Starring: Anna Faris, Charlie Sheen, Regina Hall
Recovering from the murders which seem to have trailed in her wake, Cindy Campbell has become a popular TV anchorwoman. She is asked to investigate the mysterious appearance of crop circles, as well as the suspicious death of a close friend. En route, she discovers from the enigmatic Orpheus that she is "The One" and Cindy joins forces with the beleaguered US President to prevent an alien invasion.

- Other New Films This Week
Game Over: Kasparov And The Machine (PG)
The Human Stain (18)
Big Fish (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...



- Candybox @ Hombre on Wednesdays
At this gritty punk-friendly discotheque in Oxford Circus, Justin Timberlake and other pop darlings do not rule the roost; local boy Joe Strummer does.

Not much has changed since this club night moved to Hombre from Propaganda last year, except it’s bigger and a little less intimate than before. Still, the atmosphere is as it was, as DJ Jamie keeps it unpolished and true to what these people want. It’s a hump-day sing-a-long to some of the best things British music has ever had to offer, mainstream or underground: Bowie, The Beta Band, The Clash, New Order, The Smiths, The Chemical Brothers, Primal Scream and other things that span from London punk to new wave to the Madchester sound and beyond.

But it’s not just for music fans who are bored with the U.S.A.; there are exports such as The Pixies, Outkast, Violent Femmes or The Strokes. No matter where the music comes from, though, everyone in this mainly 18 to 35 crowd knows all the words, whether they were alive for the song’s hey-day or not.

Dress code is non-existent; you can go for a mod-punk look by wearing dreadlocks with shirts, ties and ragged jeans, or just come after work, or wear your favourite band’s T-shirt, or hell, just wear whatever you want. No one cares, and no one is paying attention. They’re too busy singing “Jean Genie.” (Patrick Garvin)

- London Clubs Chart: Most Popular Venues
(Based on Page Visits on LondonNet, Top Sellers 8 -21 January 04)
1) Fabric
2) The Metro Club
3) Turnmills
4) Vibe Bar
5) Cargo

- 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. New even better exclusive rates for 2004, with half price deals on selected suites.

The Gore**** (Knightsbridge)
- Doubles now from only UKP 129 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 (8 -21 January 04)
1) Columbia
2) Commodore
3) Chesterfield


Best Value Accommodation for 2004:

Bed and Breakfasts:
Budget Hostels:


New additions and highlights from our sister site


5. NEWS: Latest news from London

Cannabis Law Change is 'Stupid', Says Howard
- Tory leader would reverse reclassification
Ken: I'll Cut Crime By Half
- New scheme and new officers will do the job, says Mayor



- Starsky and Hutch @ Nell's Compie
We've got a pair of tickets, plus a two course Thai meal and a bottle of house wine to giveaway for the relaunch of Starsky and Hutch at Nell's tomorrow night (Friday 23rd Jan). So for a free feast of "70'ssoulfunkjazzdisco" enter our competition below.

1 Dover St., London W1
Opposite The Ritz Hotel
Tube : Green Pk.


Question: Name the street smart police informer with the swagger from the 70s cop series Starsky and Hutch.

HOW TO ENTER: All you have to do to enter is send an email with the correct answer and subject header "Starsky and Hutch 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: Noon, Friday 23 January 2004


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- 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.


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,

Re: Cinema

Please can you tell me when the movie "Under the Tuscan Sun" starring Diane Lane opens in the UK?

Claire Askew

REPLY: No problem, it's currently scheduled for release on 26th March 2004. (Ed)
For more movie details see:


Dear LondonNet,

Re: Diana Death.

My chiropractor's father is a surgeon at the Paris hospital where Diana was taken for treatment after the crash. His friend treated her and said for sure that she was pregnant. her body was soooo quickly placed in formaldehyde.....why was that?

Kimberley Matthews

REPLY: Ever heard of hearsay Kinberley? It's soooo unreliable it can't be used as evidence in a court of law. (Ed)



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