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20 January 2005, Issue 170

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Contents:

What's Up: London for Free, Offers, Attractions...
London Diary: Music for the Metropolis, by David Clee
Entertainment: Everything to know about going out in London...
London Hotels: London and Worldwide hotel deals...
News: Latest news from London...
Competition: Bag a Racing Stripes goodie pack - if you're quick enough...
Talkback: When London Cinemas aren't in London...

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LONDON FOR FREE >>

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ACCOMODATION DEALS >>

Hotels:
La Reserve - (1 Jan - 31 Mar 2005) Singles UKP59; Double UKP69; Twin UKP79; Triple UKP89; Superior Double UKP89; Family UKP120

Bed and Breakfasts:
Hyde - Save up to 65% on the hotel's published price when you book online!

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Lincoln House - (1st Jan - 20th Feb) Singles UKP69; Double UKP85; Twin UKP95; Triple UKP115; Family UKP119

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LONDON ATTRACTIONS >>
For the latest information and tickets for a wide range of London's premier attractions, see our regularly updated London Attractions page.

Medieval Banquet
Ivory House
Booking until 31 March 2005; UKP39.50

Join King Henry VIII for a lavish feast in the vaulted cellars of Ivory House, lined with flickering torches. Minstrels, troupers and strolling players will entertain while you enjoy a four-course meal, unlimited wine and beer, and later, a full-on disco.

ATTRACTION TICKETS >>

Top Attraction Sellers
(10 Dec 2004 - 19 Jan 2005)
1) London Eye
2) Madame Tussaud's/Planetarium
3) Bateaux London Restaurant Cruises

London Diary

Music for the Metropolis
By David Clee

GO anywhere in town these days and all you can see is people wearing I-Pods. Anywhere except a few east London Tube stations, which have reduced crime by piping classical music into ticket halls.

The music is apparently not to the taste of local miscreants, who trudge off to find some place less melodic on which to commit various heinous acts. The good citizens left behind can enjoy Mozart in peace and, this is my point when compared to I-Pod-land, can enjoy a shared musical experience. Little nods of appreciation are met by subtle, rhythmic leg-shaking and even, I'm told, by outbreaks of air-piano.

The success of the scheme means it will be rolled out across the Underground network. Why stop there? We could have piped music to suit the mood of each and every area (Waterloo Sunset on Hungerford Bridge in the evenings, the Last Post for people arriving at work in the mornings etc.) and people of all ages, shapes and creeds could share moments of tuneful epiphany as they went about their business. Yeah, I know, if anything like that happened, we' be stuck with shopping-mall muzac and people would buy bigger headphones for their I-Pods.


Entertainment

THEATRE

Webber's Theatres May Sell - Really Useful Group receives a buy-out offer from an unnamed bidder... (more)

THEATRE PICKS >>

Cheap Theatre Tickets - Pick up a bargain with Mayor Livingstone's latest theatre sell-off: Get Into London Theatre 2005, with some ticket prices dropping to even the UKP10 mark... (more)

Offer Includes:

Blithe Spirit
Savoy Theatre
FRESH from its run as part of the 2004 Peter Hall Season, this new production of Coward's own favourite play follows author Charles Condomine and his second wife Ruth as they hold a seance as part of research for Charles' new novel. Expecting little more than after-dinner entertainment, their lives are turned upside down when eccentric medium Madam Arcati inadvertantly conjures up the ghost of Charles' first wife. Click for full review...

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Saturday Night Fever
Apollo Victoria Theatre
Watch the West End go disco with this polyester-loving version of the Travolta-classic. Popstar Kym Marsh and EastEnders' Shaun Williamson (as DJ Monty) help to celebrate the best of the Beegees.
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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
London Palladium
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang we love you - the new mantra of cast, kids, critics and theatre producers. The West End has long been wooing a crowd puller to seduce its dwindling audience, and it seems the long awaited new kid on the block has finally arrived.
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Complete Works of William Shakespeare
Criterion Theatre
The Reduced Shakespeare Company, after reveling in previous successes, widdles the complete works of Shakespeare down to just under two hours, breaking sixteen comedies into a high-speed, jovially entertaining classic of its own right.

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Click here for more productions on offer...

THEATRE TICKETS>>

Top Theatre Sellers
(10 Dec 2004 - 19 Jan 2005)
1) The Producers

2) Phantom of the Opera
3)
Chicago
4) Mary Poppins
5) The Lion King

London Theatre A - Z Guide
London Theatre Reviews

MUSIC

ROCK & POP>>

New Gig Highlights:

Neil Diamond
Earls Court
31 May & 1 June 2005

Known for his large ensemble and tear-jerking wonders, Neil Diamond is it again, with an omnibus UK tour that not only includes London, but Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow and Bristol.

Rod Stewart
Earls Court
9, 11 & 12 May 2005

Find out if Rod did, indeed, write the book of love as he makes Earls Court swoon not once, not twice, but three times in the month of May. Not only have shows been known to refresh the heartstrings of many women, but rumour is they might also include tight leather trousers.

Anastacia
Wembley Pavillion
20 & 21 March 2005

Our Picks:

Whole Lotta Led
Astoria
26 Feb 2005, 7pm

A valid Led Zeppelin tribute? Yours to judge as this highly acclaimed Zeppelin band swings fans back to years where that pretty, ratty hair prevailed.

De La Soul
The Forum
18 March 2005, 7pm

Gig Tickets:

Top Rock & Pop Sellers
(10 Dec 2004 - 19 Jan 2005)
1) Razorlight
2) Feeder
3) Oasis
4) De La Soul
5) Roots Manuva


OPERA, CLASSICAL & DANCE
>>

Classical Picks:

Turandot, Royal Opera
Royal Opera House
26 Jan - 7 Feb 2005
'I will win' exclaims Prince Calaf as he boldly challenges, thaws and wins the heart of Turandot, the Ice Princess. To bring out all the exotic power of Puccini's final score, here in the version completed by Alfano, Mark Elder conducts an exciting cast of familiar and new voices. - Keith Prowse Ticketing

La traviata, Royal Opera
Royal Opera House
31 Jan - 15 Feb 2005

Social scandal provides the setting for Verdi's operatic version of La Dame aux camélias, and scandal is what the opera itself provoked when it was first seen in 1853. Under the baton of Maurizio Benini, La traviata returns in Richard Eyre's popular production with Bob Crowley's lavish designs, while a dual cast of singers brings to life a score that rings with some of Verdi's most famous melodies.- Keith Prowse Ticketing

Classical Tickets:

Top Classical Sellers
(10 Dec 2004 - 20 Jan 2005)
1) La traviata, Royal Opera
2) Turandot, Royal Opera
3) King Lear, RSC
4) Round the Horne...Revisited
5) Swan Lake, Siberian State Ballet & Orchestra

CINEMA

FILM OF THE WEEK >>

Ray (15)
Drama (2003) 152mins US
Director: Taylor Hackford
Starring: Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington, Regina King, Aunjanue Ellis
Throughout the two and half glorious and gripping hours of Ray, the movie only has one particular tragic flaw. Everything about the story seems too good to be true or just too conveniently cinematic to be believed. There is a thin line between reality and the apocryphal. As the cliché goes, however, sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction...


Click for full review...
Showing at these cinemas...

OTHER NEW FILMS THIS WEEK >>

Dear Frankie (12A)
Elektra (12A)

Ladder 49 (12A)
Mean Streets (18)

Trilogy - The Weeping Meadow (PG)
A Very Long Engagement (Un Long Dimanche De Fiancailles) (15)

LISTINGS >>

A to Z of London Cinemas
A to Z of Films showing in London this week

COMEDY

The Comedy Store
London's most popular comedy club has been
splitting sides for twenty two years now.
The likes of Paul Merton, Jack Dee and Jo
Brand have all taken to the stage here.
Click here for info...

ART

EVENT>>

London Art Fair
Business Design Centre
52 Upper Street London

Wednesday 19 January - Sunday 23 January
(Wed 11am-6pm; Thur 11-6pm; Sat 11-7pm; Sun 11-4)
UKP10 book ahead, UKP12 at the door
Crack open a new year of creativity: see the best in Modern British and Contemporary Art in one of the best examples of modern architectural design. The 17th year of the London Art Fair brings more than 1,250 of Contemporary Art's most highly regarded artists.

CLUBS

CLUB TICKETS >>

To purchase tickets for a selection of leading London Club venues try our
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

MOST POPULAR CLUB VENUES >>

Based on Page Visits on LondonNet (15 January)
1) The End
2) Fabric
3) The Cross
Click for Club Venues and Listings
Club Tickets

London Hotels

Exclusive Deal >>

The Columbia - (Hyde Park) Overlooking Hyde Park, an affordable and historic hotel ideal for the independent traveller, families and those on business. Great location for sights, food and shopping. Singles from UKP70!

THREE OF THE BEST >>

Royal Garden Hotel*****(Kensington High Street)
A modern hotel of unusually individual character, complete with stunning location and up to the minute facilities.
Single - UKP185 (Inclusive of VAT)
Superior Double - UKP205
(Inclusive of VAT)
Deluxe Double - UKP245 (Inclusive of VAT)

The Rookery****(Farringdon)
Beautifully restored and perfectly poised for the City of London, also within walking distance of the West End. A genteel and welcome entry to the elite band of hotels serving the City. A haven of calm in the heart of Europe's busiest financial centre.
Single - UKP188 (Inclusive of VAT)
Double - UKP205.63
(Inclusive of VAT)

The Willett***(Sloane Square)
A dignified Victorian hotel with the ornate carvings, mosaics and chandeliers to prove it. It has also moved fast enough with the times to have attracted a long list of regulars.
Double - UKP90
Deluxe Double - UKP110

LONDON HOTEL CHART >>

Top Sellers
(10 Dec 2004 - 20 Jan 2005)
1) Columbia
2) Commodore
3) La Reserve

Best Value Accommodation for 2004:
Hotels
Bed and Breakfasts
Apartments
Budget Hostels

WORLDWIDE HOTELS >>
New additions and highlights from our sister site Hotelgenie.

Lapa Palace Hotel*****
Lisbon, Portugal
Once the home of a count and decorated in traditional Portuguese style, the Lapa Palace was built in 1870 as a stately home. You can't help but relax beside the pool.
Set in the garden overlooking the Tagus River and close to the centre of town, the Lapa lets you explore the cultural and commercial side of Lisbon. Dedicated tourists can pop along to the Embassy buildings. Others may prefer to while away the hours on one of the nearby golf courses. As for bedrooms, from 18th century classical to art deco, the Lapa's architecture spans the decades. Pick a suite with a balcony for a view of the city.

News

Homes Plan for the Elephant - New scheme for odd shopping centre site
Ken Goes Up the Pole Over Gay Flag - Rainbow symbol in Mayor/council spat

Competition

BAG YOUR GOODIE BAG COMPETITION>>


RACING STRIPES (U) is the hilarious new family blockbuster for the February half term! To celebrate the release of this must-see movie, we're giving you the chance to get your hands on some ultra-exclusive Stripy goodies.

The film tells the tale of a baby zebra called Stripes (voiced by FRANKIE MUNIZ) who is abandoned one stormy night by a travelling circus. A local farmer finds Stripes and takes him back to meet all the other farmyard residents, Tucker the old Shetland Pony (voiced by DUSTIN HOFFMAN), Franny the wise goat (voiced by WHOOPI GOLDBERG), Lightning the dozy hound (voiced by SNOOP DOGG), Reggie the bird-brained rooster and a deranged big-city pelican called Goose. With the help of his new friends, Stripes' dream of taking on the thoroughbred race-horses next door becomes a reality. Before long the biggest race event of the year is taking place and Stripes has been entered. Finally it's time for one little zebra to prove himself ... will he be able to earn his stripes?

10 winners will each win a goodie bag containing some fabulous Racing Stripes kit including a furry zebra backpack, a set of Racing Stripes pencils, a Racing Stripes pencil case, a Racing Stripes sticker sheet and a zebra plush soft toy. All you have to do to win one, is answer the following question...

In cinemas 4 February - check our cinema listings soon!

Question
: The Zebra is a close relative of what racing-animal (Hint: see above)?

How to Enter: Send an email with the correct answer to "[email protected]", with the subject header "Goodie Bag Competition".

More Necessary Info: 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!

Even More Info: First correct answers out of the Editor's hat win the prizes, details will be sent to the winner. The Editor's decision is final.

Closing Date: 3pm, Jan 28, 2005.

Last Ahoy! winners: Alister(Bucks), Philip Hobday(Suffolk), Amanda J Thomas(Surrey), Athina Papachrysostomou(Pembridge), Maria Ellis(Kent), Hugh Koslover(Essex), Pam Brannigan(Swansea), Yurie Budhu(Baron's Court), Anni Grant(St John’s Wood), Milan Uher(New Malden), Eddie Rabbit(Lincoln) Ms H Bednar(Surbiton).

Talkback
Readers say their piece
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TALKBACK 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.

DEAR LONDONNET:

I think your [Cinema] section is absolutely first-class and could not do without it. Hope any new version will not be too different, as frankly don't see how it could be improved. One purely selfish point which has a basis of reason. You include the Walton Screen but not the Esher Odeon. Esher is a couple of miles nearer London than Walton, and the cinema has stopped advertising in our local paper. -AKL

DEAR AKL,

Thanks. We do try to give our readers the information they need for London Arts & Entertainment. London is ever-spreading, as people discover great things in new boroughs and the population grows outward, and as London grows so will we. We'll look into covering more cinemas as more people come to us, for listings. Meanwhile, keep sending your suggestions this-a-way. -LondonNet

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