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We've had many responses from LondonNet readers, offering their support and opinions on last week's terrorist bombings. We thank you for your comments, and share them with you, below...

South West Four Festival...

SW4 - Win tickets to London's biggest outdoor dance festival - see below...

Big Gay Out, courtesy Ticketmaster,

Big Gay Out - This year's festival hosts Jamelia, Sugababes, and more. Click here for more info!

Paul Weller, courtesy Guilfest. 2005.

Guilfest - The 3-day family music festival is back at Stoke Park, with The Pogues, Paul Weller and more...

Top Attraction Sellers
(22 Jun - 8 July 2005)

1) London Eye

2)Summer Opening of the State Rooms

3)Madame Tussaud's
4) London Ducktours
5)Kensington Palace
London Diary

London Pride

Poetry is always a good bet at times like this. Here's one that felt right:

London Pride by Noel Coward

London Pride has been handed down to us.
London Pride is a flower that's free.
London Pride means our own dear town to us,
And our pride it for ever will be.
Grey city
Stubbornly implanted,
Taken so for granted
For a thousand years.
Stay, city,
Smokily enchanted,
Cradle of our memories and hopes and fears.
Every Blitz
Your resistance
Toughening,
From the Ritz
To the Anchor and Crown,
Nothing ever could override
The pride of London Town.

David Clee

Theatre

Edward Scissorhands
Saddlers Well

Mathew Bourne project his unique style to the sharp-mits of Tim Burton's Edward Scissorhands. Beginning in November, Bourne's adaptation features the design of Lez Brotherson, composed by Danny Elfan.
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Edward Scissorhands...

Open Air Theatre
Regents Park

The promise of sunshine, a bit of fresh air, and perhaps an intermission ice cream kicks off the Open Air Theatre season, at Regent's Park. On the bill for this summer are Twelfth Night, Cymbeline, HMS Pinafore, the ever-summer-classic Wind In The Willows, plus more concerts and comedy. Don't miss your chance to get out of the theatre!
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Open Air Theatre...
Mary Poppins.

Top Theatre Sellers
(22 Jun - 8 Jul 2005)

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


Music

Katie Melua
Kenwood House
27th August 2005

Multiple platinum artist Katie Melua is coming to Kenwood House in the middle of her high-scale popularity push. The corkscrew-haired Georgian is known for her mellow, syrupy blues - a solid Saturday act.

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Katie Melua.  Image: Halsband.

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks
KOKO, Camden
20 September 2005

Former Pavement frontrunner Stephen Malkmus is back with his tequilla-swigging Jicks, only this time bringing a slightly darker and more surreal sound. Malkmus is touring the newest album of his solo career - Face the Truth - making for some of the most vibrant performances to his name. Not a show to miss...
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Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks.

Prodigy
6-7 August; 1-3 December
Somerset House; Brixton Academy

The post-nineties goth-rockers are on their biggest UK tour, ever. A gig-rescheduling, due to London bombings, has set them up for August, and then back again in December. Will the ability to transform on the wave of technology.
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Prodigy.

 

Top Rock & Pop Sellers
(22 Jun - 11 July 2005)

1) Get Loaded In The Park
2) Jazz Cafe Picnic - Royksopp/The Herbaliser
3) Rod Stewart
4) Big Gay Out
5) Backstreet Boys

Backstreet Boys

Classical & Dance
Momix Opus Cactus

Momix Opus Cactus, Dragon Side.  Image:  Don Purdue.

Humour and splendid innovation marks the American dance company Momix, who utilize poles and balance in this celebration of the desert.

Top Classical
(22 Jun - 11 Jul 2005)

1) Swan Lake, Kirov Ballet

2) Buena Vista Social Club

3) Classic FM Live Opera Gala

Cinema

LondonNet Blockbuster of the Week

BEN STILLER is the voice of Alex the Lion in DreamWorks Animation's computer-animated comedy MADAGASCAR.Madagascar (U)
Family (2005) 86mins
US Director: Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath
Starring: Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith
Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe and Gloria the Hippo have lived in captivity since birth, in the plush surroundings of New York's Central Park Zoo. The outside world remains a mystery to the animals so one night, Marty enlists the help of the penguins - Private, Rico, Skipper and Kowalski - to break out of the zoo and explore the city. When Alex, Melman and Gloria realise that their pal is gone, they too escape with the intention of returning Marty to his home before the keepers notice they are missing.

Showing at these cinemas...
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Critic's Choice of the Week

Vince Vaughn as "Jeremy" in New Line Cinema's upcoming Wedding Crashers, a fast-paced comedy of love turned upside down. Photo Credit: ©2004 Richard Cartwright.Wedding Crashers (15)
Comedy (2005) 119mins US
Director: David Dobkin; Starring: Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Rachel McAdams, Christopher Walken
Divorce mediators and best friends John Beckwith and Jeremy Klein know a thing or two about romancing women. Using a secret set of wedding crashing rules, the serial womanisers strut uninvited - and unchallenged - into various nuptials and worm their way into the affections of a different bridesmaid every week. When John and Jeremy gate-crash the wedding of society belle Claire Cleary, their plans fall apart. John becomes smitten with Claire and he decides to break all of their rules to pursue the woman of his dreams.

Showing at these cinemas...

Indie Pick of the Week

Los Debutantes.  Image: courtesy www.losdebuntantes.comLos Debutantes (18)
Thriller (2004) 114mins
(with subtitles) Chile
Director: Andres Waissbluth
Starring: Antonella Rios, Nestor Cantillana, Juan Pablo Miranda
Silvio and his younger brother Victor visit a strip club to celebrate Victor's 17th birthday, and they both fall under the spell of sexy vixen Gracia, whose act includes wearing a bikini made of freshly whipped cream. Unfortunately, Gracia is the moll to club owner Don Pascual, a gangland boss with many dangerous friends in high places. When Silvio lands a job as a minder for Don Pascual, it seems as if all the young man's dreams have come true, especially when he embarks on a secret affair with Gracia.

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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 more info...

The Comedy Store

Clubs

Clubs

Purchase club tickets via our online service, and at most venues you'll be able to jump the ticket queue. Venues featured include:
- Fabric
- The End
- Borderline
- The Cross

Top Clubs

Based on Page
Visits on LondonNet
(12 July 2005)
1) The Metro Club
2) The End
3) The Cross
Club Venues and Listings
Club Tickets

Accomodation Deals
Lincoln House

Hotels:
Lincoln House
*** (Marble Arch)
Built at the end of the 18th Century, in the time of King George III, the Lincoln House Hotel offers Georgian charm with modern comforts. Special Offer: 26-27 June, book a single for UKP55, and a double for only UKP79! Click here to book now!

Cordova House HotelBed and Breakfasts:
Cordova House Hotel (Lancaster Gate)
Cordova Hotel is situated in the central Bayswater area, just a short walk away from Lancaster Gate and Paddington stations. You'll find plenty to explore right on your doorstep.
Single - UKP59.78
Triple - UKP72.67

Abbey LodgeBudget:
Abbey Lodge (Grange Park)
Intimate in size and generous in terms of service and value for money, the Abbey Lodge, redecorated in 2004, is a great little hotel with quick connections to central London and Heathrow Airport.

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Four of the Best

The lush Milestone hotel. The Milestone Hotel *****(Kensington)
The Mileston is a triumphantly, sumptuously, extravagantly luxurious establishment of the most maximilist order. Dutch revival architecture houses a hotel that has recently been subject to a UKP5 million refurbishment
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Double - From UKP229; Suite from UKP450.

The Gore, located at  Kensington Gore.The Gore ****(Kensington Gore)
The Gore offers old fashioned comfort with up-to-date facilities and is justly famous for its mellow surroundings and intelligent, friendly staff. The Gore is located near Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens.
Single - UKP136 (Inclusive of VAT)
Double - UKP168.03 (Inclusive of VAT)

The Willett. The Willett ***(Sloane Square)
The Willett is 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, while its rooms retain the spirit of old.
Double - UKP90
Deluxe - UKP110

The Chelsea LodgeThe Chelsea Lodge (Budget) (The Strand)
A great little hotel over one of west London's restaurants, the Chelsea Lodge scores highly for value for money, location and efficiency of service.
UKP46 - 69


London Hotel Chart

Top Sellers
(22 Jun - 11 July 2005)
1) Commodore
2) Columbia
3) The Ritz

Featured Worldwide Hotel:

Annabelle HotelThe Annabelle Hotel *****
Paphos, Cyprus
This family run hotel takes advantage of year round Mediterranean sunshine to offer a wide range of sports including tennis and scuba diving. The balcony offers the perfect setting for an al fresco lunch.

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South West Four Competition

South West Four FestivalSpringing off of the sell out success of last summerís August Bank Holiday event the South West Four Festival returns to the grassy knoll of Clapham Common as part of this summers Metro Weekender, this year offering London's biggest outdoor dance event!

Three massive arenas will pump out the sounds of some of the biggest and best DJs on the planet such as the legendary Sasha, Danny Rampling, Carl Cox and John Digweed alongside some of the brightest new stars on the scene including The Shapeshifters, Eric Prydz, James Zabiela and many more vibe-thrusting DJs.

For the first time ever in London the South West Four Festival will also be recreating Ibizaís legendary Space Terrace Arena on the Common giving Londoners the opportunity to find out eaxactly why Space is the best club in the world!

LondonNet is offering three pairs of tickets to this hot event, rocking out Clapham Common on Sat August 27th. All you have to do? Answer the following question...

Question: South West Four is London's biggest what?
a) craft show
b) miming troupe
c) outdoor dance event

How to Enter: Send an email with the correct answer to "[email protected]," with the subject "SW4 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! First correct answers out of the Editor's hat win the prizes, details will be sent to the winner; LondonNet is not responsible for prize distribution. The Editor's decision is final.

Closing Date: Noon, Friday 22 July.

Letter's Special Edition:
Here are your thoughts on the past week, from getting the 2012 Olympics, to the terrible terror attack in London's centre. We thank you for your words, as our great city moves on...

Dear LondonNet,
I think this is terrible, what's going on in London. Those poor innocent (sic) people who have lost there lives just doing their (sic) day 2 day things and you get this. Just as London gets good news, the [2012] games, and you get this terrible news, the next day. My heart goes out to them, sad news. - Shaun

Dear LondonNet,
Has any one considered who would benifit from the london terror attacks? who would have the most to gain? ....AMERIKA. - anon anon

Dear LondonNet,
I think it is disgusting and should not be tolerated that something like this happens in our country. Hundreds of innocent people dead or injued,with everything else going on in Scotland, there was a gap in security. Since the awful 9/11 in America,security should always be given top proirty to keep people safe, they awful people have no consideration at all for human life, and it is about time these people were caught whoever they are,and people should live in peace,and be able to enjoy beautiful cities like London, and not be in fear of their lives. - P.L. Bowen

Dear LondonNet,
"The world knows that Al-Qaida is a product of the CIA and that the Bushes and the Ben Ladens have been long-term business partners!!!!"
- Bob Melick

Dear LondonNet,
It was sad to hear that bomb exploded in London killing so many people and causing a lot of damage.

The British should take time and programed investigation to uncover the real people but they should not quick conclude that it can only come from Arab as Arab don't feel and think that British can harm their interest,although British always following US Policy to fight in Iraq. Strategically change of British Policy to attack French when French assisted corrupt Elite to ruin to Africa and other Third Nation and siphoned their wealth to France and encourages wars in Africa.

Some Experts posited that french network is likely to be used to Arab terrorists to bomb in Arab but the London case is very different as Us supported London to win to host the Olympic of 2012,which French was billed to use french Nations' numerical strength to win, can cause the up-set, which can result in using french network for bombing as British are known for being very careful and as to have this type of access,which Arab person can not have such access. - Mr. O'Patrick

Dear LondonNet,
I and my whole family form Sofia, Bulgaria are very, very sorry for this terrible bombs in the Tube of London. Virtually yours, - D.K.

LETTERS NOTES
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