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2 July 2004, Issue 158

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AHOY! Contents:
1. WHAT'S UP: London for Free, Offers, Attractions
2. LONDON DIARY: Send Sand Packing
3. ENTERTAINMENT: Theatre, Music, Clubs, Cinema
4. HOTELS: London and Worldwide hotel deals
5. NEWS: Latest news from London
6. COMPETITION: - Toast Life - Toast Australia
7. TALKBACK: Hotels
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1. WHAT'S UP - What's new on LondonNet

- Toast Life - Toast Australia Competition
This week we have a pair of tickets for Toast Life - Toast Australia at Syon Park, West London on Sunday 11th July 2004.
- Click here for competition details.




- The Gore: Summer special: UKP139 double rooms (save UKP85.25)

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 regularly updated London Attractions page.
Top Sellers (19 June - 2 July 2004)
1) London Eye
2) RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show
3) Summer Opening of the Houses of Parliament Tour
4) Madame Tussaud's/Planetarium
5) Summer Opening of the State Rooms, Buckingham Palace


- Send Sand Packing


Plans to create a beach alongside the Thames close to Tower Bridge have been
turned down by the local council, which agreed with local residents that
problems of noise, litter and crowds would be too much to cope with.

Those reasons seem a bit flimsy to me when there was a much bigger potential
objection staring them in the face. I mean by this sand. What’s so good
about it? Children under the age of ten get a few minutes of fun building
castles out of the stuff and then whine about it getting in their eyes and
GameBoys. The weapons of choice vary from beach mat and towel to flip-flops
and rubber sandals, but anyone older than ten spends most of their time on
the beach waging a relentless war against sand.

The great thing about London is that there are plenty of lovely places
available on which to sunbathe without getting sand between your toes or in
your sandwiches. Central parks even have comfy deckchairs for hire,
ice-cream vendors and pigeons standing in for seagulls to complete the
seaside minus sand experience. In other words, parks are already better than
beaches. Instead of building an artificial beach on a park, I’m backing the
launch of a campaign to grass over all sandy beaches. Only then might I be
tempted out of London for the summer.
(David Clee)




Theatre Pick:
- Oleanna
(last few weeks)
David Mamet's 1992 script gets a fresh West End outing with Aaron Eckhart
playing John, the college professor lost in a sea of political correctness
after a bust up with his challenging pupil Carol (Julia Stiles).
Ticket Price: UKP25-35 + Fees

Julia Stiles Interview
The Hollywood actress currently starring in Oleanna (see above) talks about London, life, love and her latest film role in The Prince and Me.


Special Deals:
Lorna Luft, Songs My Mother Taught Me @ The Savoy Theatre - UKP15 tickets

After a lifetime in show business, writing a best-selling book (Me and My Shadows) and producing an award-winning television miniseries (Life with Judy Garland), Lorna Luft is bringing her story to the London stage and celebrating her mother's magnificent musical legacy. Direct from its award-winning Hollywood engagement, this phenomenal new one-woman show makes its triumphant European premiere at London's famed Savoy Theatre.
Exclusive preview offer! Top price tickets for only UKP15 (usual price
UKP39.50). Offer valid on evening performances 2 - 5 July only.

- Theatre Tickets
Top Sellers (19 June - 2 July 2004)

1) Phantom of the Opera
2) The Lion King
3) Jerry Springer, The Opera
4) We Will Rock You
5) Les Miserables

- 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.



- Gig Highlights:

NEW! Diana Krall, Royal Albert Hall, London
Sat, 6th and Sun, 7th November 2004, 7.15 PM, UKP37.50 + fees
The Canadian mistress of modern jazz displays her ample skills as a pianist and singer, live in concert.

NEW! Turin Brakes, Somerset House, London
Thu, 5th August 2004, UKP23.50 + fees
The funky underpinnings of Turin Brakes' mellow rock sound make it the perfect accompaniment to a summer's evening in the city.

Lou Reed, London, Carling Apollo Hammersmith
Tue, 17th August 2004, 7.00 PM, UKP30.00 + fees
The legendary NY art rocker formerly of Velvet Underground returns to London. With a solo repertoire including Walk On The Wild Side, Perfect Day, Satellite of Love and Sweet Jane this is set to be an aural treat. The tour follows the release of a new live album, Animal Serenade.


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

Top Sellers (19 June - 2 July 2004)
1. Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra
2. Gypsy Kings
3. Lionel Richie
4. Bryan Ferry
5. Razorlight




- NEW: Andrea Bocelli, Wembley Arena, 7th Nov 2004
Andrea Bocelli's concerts are always the classical music events of any year. Seven UK hit albums (three certified platinum) in five years have confirmed Andrea Bocelli as not just the British public's favourite classical artist, but simply one of the British public's best loved vocalists. This concert is a rare opportunity for British music lovers to experience Bocelli's voice, in a programme that will feature the greatest Italian arias.


Classical and Dance

- Club Classical: The Ultimate Chillout Live, Kenwood House
The ultimate chillout live, sequenced by Anne Dudley from Art of Noise.

Plus more open air music at Kenwood House, Hampstead:
Bryan Ferry, Classic FM Live – Music from The Movies, Club Classical - The Ultimate Chillout Live, Gypsy Kings
Jamie Cullum, Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, Kenwood Summer Prom, Last Night of the Kenwood Proms, Music to Watch Girls By, Opera Gala


- The Bolshoi Ballet @ The Royal Opera House:
Don Quixote, Romeo and Juliet, Spartacus, Swan Lake and The Pharaoh's Daughter
For full details and tickets for season see:

Top Sellers (19 June - 2 July 2004)
1. Carmen, ENO
2. Andrea Bocelli, London, Wembley Arena
3. Don Quixote, Bolshoi Ballet, Royal Opera House
4. Club Classical - The Ultimate Chillout Live, Kenwood House
5. Music to Watch Girls By, Kenwood House
- Tickets:



- Film Of The Week
Shrek 2 (U)
Comedy (2004) 92mins US
Director: Andrew Adamson, Kelly Asbury, Conrad Vernon
Starring: Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Antonio Banderas
Shrek and Princess Fiona return from their honeymoon to find an invitation to dinner from Fiona's parents, King Harold and Queen Lillian. Reluctantly they accept and travel to Far Far Away, where Fiona's father schemes to break up the happy couple and marry Fiona off instead to Prince Charming, with some nefarious help from the Fairy Godmother.
Showing at:

- Other New Films This Week
Andrei Rublev (15)
The Best Of Youth (La Meglio Gioventu): Part II (15)
Blue Gate Crossing (12A)
Club Dread (15)
La Fleur Du Mal (The Flower Of Evil) (15)
Godsend (15)
The Grudge: Ju-On (15)
Highwaymen (18)
One For The Road (18)
A Thousand Months (Mille Mois) (12A)
Tupac: Resurrection (15)

Special Previews (Limited screenings - check carefully)
Around The World In 80 Days (PG)
Fahrenheit 9/11 (15)
The Story Of The Weeping Camel (U)

- 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! Buy your London Club tickets online
To purchase tickets for a selection of leading London Club venues try our new online service. You'll have the peace of mind of knowing you've got your tickets and at most venues you'll be able to jump the ticket queue. Venues featured include:
- Fabric
- The End
- Borderline
- The Cross

- London Clubs Chart: Most Popular Venues
Based on Page Visits on LondonNet (4 - 18 June 2004)
1) Turnmills
2) Metro Club
3) Herbal
4) Bar Rumba
5) Fabric

- Club Venues and Listings




Melia White House **** (Regents Park)
- Special Offer: Double rooms from 99 UKP

High levels of facilities, including a health and fitness centre, and service coupled with a fine restaurant and handy central location make for an excellent choice of London hotel.

Set next to Regent's Park (the one that contains London Zoo), the White House is within walking distance of Oxford Street and the British Museum. Via the nearby Great Portland Street underground station, the rest of London's attractions are within easy reach.

Rooms feature a long list of facilities including satellite TV, radio, voice-mail, hair-dryer, tea/coffee making equipment, mini-bar and trouser press. No smoking rooms are available on a special floor and the outstanding Royal Service Floor at the top of the hotel provides penthouse accommodation plus a host of executive add-ons.

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)
- Summer special: UKP139 double rooms (save UKP85.25)

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 (19 June - 2 July 2004)
1) Columbia
2) Royal Garden
3) Melia White House


Best Value Accommodation for 2004:

Bed and Breakfasts:
Budget Hostels:


New additions and highlights from our sister site

NEW! The Burj Al Arab, Dubai:
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5. NEWS: Latest news from London

Mandela in Statue Spat
- Mayor and council fight over position of tribute
Slain Police Remembered in Black Wall

- Work starts on memorial on The Mall



- Toast Life - Toast Australia Competition
This week we have a pair of tickets for Toast Life - Toast Australia at Syon Park, West London on Sunday 11th July 2004.


- Toast Life - Toast Australia Info:

Get a taste of Australia on Sunday the 11th of July at the only festival in
the UK celebrating Australian fine wine, food, sport, music and live

Set in the stunning grounds of Syon Park, West London, visitors will be
entertained with a non-stop line up of performances, celebrity chef
demonstrations in the delicious Magazine kitchen, tutored wine tastings and
sporting matches.

Try many of the great number of boutique Australian wines including Tyrells
and Yalumba and food from leading restaurants such as Australian owned
Smiths of Smithfield.

Watch as English and Australian teams battle it out on the sports field in
the Cricket, Polocrosse and the Global Visas Rugby Match of the Day as
London Irish take on an Aussie Invitational 7.

Question: What is the capital city of Australia?

HOW TO ENTER: All you have to do to enter is send an email with the correct
answer and subject header "Toast Australia Competition" 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: 5 July 2004


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 157, 18 June 2004
Leeds Castle Children's Concert Competition
Question: Who composed Pomp and Circumstance?
Answer: Elgar
Winners: Athina Papachrysostomou (London, W2), Susan Foulger (Kent, ME10),
Laura Cairns (London, W1D)

7. AHOY! TALKBACK: Readers say their piece

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- 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
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Dear LondonNet,

Dear Helenka @ LondonNet:

You were so much help to me when we were planning our trip to Italy, that I have forwarded your email address to two friends of ours who are planning a trip, as well. You may hear from them, or you may not, but wanted you to know I had given your name to them. Thank you for any help you can give to them....

Cris Belli

REPLY: Thanks Chris, we've already heard from one of them! (Ed).



Dear LondonNet,

Re: Rubens Hotel featured on LondonNet

Last Wednesday, my wife attended a day conference at The Rubens and I later
joined her around 4.30 p.m. We spent the rest of the evening in the bar
area, listening to the female singer/ pianist and enjoying a drink or two!

I would just like to say that speaking as someone who has stayed at some
of the best hotels in the world, the quality of service we received from
their staff was second to none.

The hotel itself is superb, but they really are to be congratualated on their choice of staff. In particular, the two young ladies who waited on us in the bar area and the female duty manager for whom nothing was too much

I would be grateful if you would pass on my comments to the general manager.

We look forward to staying with you in the future.

Thank you,

David Evans.

REPLY: We've passed it on to them David. Glad you liked the Rubens - it's one of our favourites too. (Ed).




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