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The Da Vinci Code. Image: Courtesy of Sony Pictures. PA Piceslect

The Da Vinci Code - The long-awaited Da Vinci Code movie is released this week. Tom Hanks and Audrey Tautou star. Check with us for the times and dates of all the shows.

The London Eye

The London Eye - Ride the London Eye and celebrate the city with dinner on a River Cruise...


Top Attraction Sellers
(28/04/06 – 11/05/06)

1) London Eye

2) Summer Opening of the State Rooms – Buckingham Palace

3) Madame Tussaud’s
4) RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show
5) RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park

London Diary

Personality Professionals Wanted

ID cards with iris recognition and DNA details; Oyster Cards that track your every move on Tube, bus and tram; loyalty cards that know what you’ve been buying; a black box in your car that knows where you go and how fast; mobile phone records; bank card histories available on-line… it’s a commonplace that we’re heading for a snoopers’ paradise, but every downside has an up-slope and I think I’ve found it.

There will come a day when would-be employers will be able to access all the snooper stuff and know everything about you even before you step into the interview room: “You say on your CV you are interested in reading, but I notice from your records that the last time you bought a book was in 1972 and that was the Joy of Sex.”

The answer is to employ someone else to carry your various ID cards and pay them to go to all the high-minded things, leaving you free to do what you want. They’ll be LifeStyle experts, hip to the latest cultural happenings and healthy, too, as proved by daily visits of your ID to the gym.

In essence, this scheme is a simple extension of dog-walking services where people want the rewards of pet ownership without the effort and would ideally be carried out by well-read illegal immigrants, whose extra-monetary reward would be to be tramp the streets with bone fide bone fides, free from the attentions of the Home Office. Let them eat cake for the digital age.

David Clee

Entertainment

See below for whats currently happening in and around London :

Theatre

Theatre Guys and Dolls

Set in New York, a group of gamblers gather for "The Oldest Established Permanent Floating Crap Game in New York", but Nathan Detroit needs USD 1,000 to set the game up. As any right thinking gambler would do in that situation, he bets Sky Masterson USD 1,000 that he can't get Salvation Army prude Sarah Brown to accompany him to Havana.

Guys and Dolls – Special Offer: UKP 55 tickets for UKP 37.50
Valid until the end of summer

Please quote special promotional code: Adelaide

Top Theatre Sellers

1 Footloose

2 Mamma Mia!

3 Mary Poppins

4 Disney's The Lion King

5 The Producers

Music

David Gray at The Wireless Festival. Picture: Courtesy of the Wireless Festival 2006 The Wireless Festival
The O2 Wireless Festival returns to London's Hyde Park in June 2006 for five more days of musical frolics. Tickets are available to each day separately, and with such a wide range of musical styles on offer, there's sure to be something to suit every music lovers' taste. Acts include Depeche Mode, David Gray, Massive Attack, The Strokes and The Who.

Top Rock and Pop Gigs

1 Red Hot Chili Peppers

2 Fall Out Boy

3 Take That

4 Iron Maiden

5 Black Eyed Peas

Classical

ClassicalAriodante - London Coliseum
Thu, 1st June 2006 - Sat, 24th June 2006
"David Alden's bold and beautiful staging” (The Sunday Times) of Handel's inspired romantic masterpiece returns to the London Coliseum, featuring world-class Handelian singers. Alice Coote takes the title role in this fascinating interpretation of Ariodante, which creates an emotionally charged world of surreal sensuality, lost innocence and betrayal.

Top Classical Tickets

King Arthur - London Coliseum

1. Tosca

2. Sleeping Beauty

3. King Arthur

4. Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro)

5. London Philharmonic Orchestra

Competition

Josh Wink Competition

Competition Don’t Laugh, Evil Acid and Superfreak are just three of the productions of legendary DJ Josh Wink, whose critically acclaimed new album, Sessions, is launched next month.

You could be among the first to hear the new album, as we have five of the things to give away to the first five names out of the hat with the right answer to this question:

One of Josh Wink's most famous tracks is:

1. Lower State of Consciousness
2. Higher State of Couchiness
3. Higher State of Consciousness

How to Enter: Send an email with the correct answer to [email protected], with the Subject "DJ Josh Wink Competition" You must include your name, email address, telephone number and postal address, to be considered for the prize.

More Necessary Info:
- NB MUST include name, email, telephone number and postal address (which will only be used for this compie only - guaranteed). If you don't include your details we can't send you info about the prize!
- First correct answer out of the Editor's hat wins the prize
- Details will be sent to the winners
- LondonNet is not responsible for prize distribution
- The Editor's decision is final

Closing Date: Noon, Thursday 25th May, 2006.

Footloose Competition Winner: Ketan Patel – Streatham - London

Hotels

3 Accomodation Deals

The HempelThe Hempel (Craven Hill Gardens)
The Hempel, West London's stunning Boutique hotel, created by acclaimed British designer Anouska Hempel, is an architectural statement in original design. Simple and minimalist, The Hempel is a new experience in hotel living.

Swissotel The HowardSwissotel The Howard (Temple Place)
Swissotel The Howard, London features 189 rooms and suites offering stunning views over the Thames from the Houses of Parliament to Tower Bridge. The hotel completed its extensive refurbishment by late 2002, which also included the addition of two new floors of luxurious suites, which feature stylish soft furnishings and private balconies.

The Hyde Hotel LondonThe Hyde Hotel London (Paddington)
As Hyde Hotel London is located minutes from Paddington tube station, you will be able to explore London and its surrounds with ease.

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Four of the Best

The St James's Club and Hotel The St James's Club and Hotel (Park Place)
The St James’s Club & Hotel takes luxury seriously. In a quiet cul-de-sac off St James’s Street, the Club & Hotel is the perfect getaway for those who love the capital but value protection from its hustle and bustle.

The GoreThe Gore (Kensington)
One of London's most popular privately run hotels, The Gore first opened its doors in 1892 as an annexe to the neighbouring Queen's Gate Mansions Hotel. The two establishments were linked by a tunnel under Bremner Road.

Gainsborough HotelThe Gainsborough (South Kensington)
The Gainsborough Hotel encompasses all the elegance of a country home in the heart of London, where guests can unwind and relax in its calming atmosphere. The hotel combines the attractive style of bygone days with an easy informality and is named after the celebrated artist whose portrait of the Duchess of Richmond adorns the wall in the spacious lounge and reception area.

The Kenton House HotelThe Kenton House Hotel (Ealing)
As Kenton House Hotel is on a peaceful side street in Ealing, you can expect your stay to be far quieter and relaxing than some of the hotels right in the city centre.

London Hotel Chart
(28/04/06 – 11/05/06)

1 Holly House Hotel

2 Boulevard Hotel

3 Earl's Court Studios

4 Somerset Apartment Bayswater

5 Euro Lodge Clapham

Featured Worldwide Hotel

Caleta HotelCaleta Hotel****
PO Box 73, Catalan Bay, Gibraltar
The 4 star Caleta Hotel is majestically situated on a rocky promontory overlooking the Mediterranean. With stunning views to both Southern Spain and North Africa and providing the very best of Italian and international cuisine and summer al fresco dining.

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Talkback

Hi I need your help. I 'm desperately looking for any information about clubs or bars in London with the scene where artists perform a dance or performance.

I am really interested in something like that with performances from musicals or something similar. If you ever see Cabaret or Chicago musical, you gonna know what I am talking about. Please help me!!!!

Thank you anyway. It is very important for me

Mag Kleszcz

Hi Mag,

What an unusual and good question! Now you've mentioned it, we at LondonNet would like to know the answer ourselves, if only to kick off our fledgling performing careers. Maybe you could start a thread on the subject in our Forum?

LondonNet

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