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In The City Boat Party
We have a pair of tickets for the floating club night Summer
In The City Boat Party. Click here
for competition details.
LONDON JUSTICE: Archer Gaoled
'Lord' Jeffrey Archer
was today convicted of perjury and perverting the course of justice
at the Old Bailey and sentenced to 4 year's imprisonment. Last
year, when the ex-deputy chairman of the Tory Party pulled out
of the race to be London Mayor, we 'commissioned him' to produce
a unique tourist guide to our great city.
Who knows maybe we did the
great liar a favour. He can now use these touristic notes as
the template for his own post-prison career as a tour guide.
London's Top Sights by the
Man Who Would Not be Mayor:
MY FAIR LADY: We have tickets...
...FOR the show's run at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane which
starts in August.
Fri 3 August 2001: 2 tickets left
From 10 August to 3 November: We have tickets for every Fri and
Saturday evening performances
To book tickets call
(020) 8949 5363 (from U.K.)
++44 20 8949 5363 (from overseas)
Our ticket office is open 9-5.30 Mon to Fri and 9.30-12.30
LONDON DIARY by David Clee
River Thames: Part Two
- Riverboats and River Pubs
There was a lot of interest
in a piece we ran the other week about days out on the river.
We wouldnt be so bold
as to claim credit, but as luck would have it, London Mayor Ken
Livingstone and the people that run the Riverboat service appear
to be similarly enthused about the Thames and have decided to
cut fares by a third to encourage more people to jump on board.
The new third-off price is
available to anyone who shows a one-day or longer Travelcard
when buying Riverboat tickets. Riverboat runs from Hampton Court
in the west to Barrier Gardens in the east, taking in central
London stops such as the Savoy, Waterloo and Westminster piers.
Especially now the summers
here, travelling around London by boat is a not-to-be-missed
experience. In my beverage-biased view, the best bet is to pick
for your destination a place that has pubs sitting alongside
the river, such as Richmond or Kingston in the west or Greenwich
in the east. Both also have riverside restaurants and cafes for
those seeking other varieties of sustenance.
Maybe its from days as
a kid spent making Lego fleets that, despite a worrying tendency
to sea-sickness, Ive always liked just gawping at boats,
lots of them, the more the better. If you share that same strange
habit or, if you like going green (with envy rather than a churny
stomach) at the lifestyles of the rich and famous, I would strongly
advise a trip to either St Catherines Dock or Chelsea Harbour,
both of which have piers served by Riverboat. Then you can always
kid yourself that with the money saved by the new ticket scheme,
one day you will be able to afford a gorgeous cruiser or two.
For Details of Special Travelcard
offers on Riverboats see:
WHERE TO DRINK BY THE
The White Cross
Water Lane, Riverside, Richmond, Surrey
THE WHITE CROSS is a riverside pub and no mistake. With a special
entrance in case of flooding from overflowing riverbanks and
a fine view of Richmond bridge, only those tucked away by the
cosy pub fire could forget where they are. Few would guess, however,
that this is also the site of the former White Cross monastery
of the pub's namesake. The White Cross is certainly the place
for those religious about their pints.
19 Upper Mall, Hammersmith, London W6
THE DOVE would make a lovely little secret. Small wonder regulars
like Graham Greene, Ernest Hemingway and A.P. Herbert kept their
treasured haunt to themselves - it doesn't take much for this
mini masterpiece of architectural ingenuity to get crowded. Experience
the delights of this low ceiling oak beamed saloon with its 17th
century low ceilings and you won't quibble with its Guinness
Book of Records claim to fame as the smallest bar in Britain.
But if you like a knees-up with some knee room, try the dining
area at the back for a relaxed Sunday lunch.
The Duke's Head
8 Lower Richmond Road, Putney, London SW15
HEAD AND SHOULDERS above nearby pubs, the Duke's Head offers
a fine view of the University Boatrace. Indeed back in 1864,
the pub let out its cellars as a boathouse to a rowing club.
Resplendent with the embossed glass and carved mahogany, the
Victorian Duke's Head makes drinking a civilized affair.
76 Narrow Street, London E14
THE GRAPES has a colourful history and an equally vibrant clientele,
from local Knights and Lords and wealthy Docklands newcomers
to loyal Eastenders. This listed building where Charles Dickens
once stood and sang to customers once served the workers of the
Limehouse Basin. Rumour has it watermen of the 1720s drowned
drunks in the river and sold them for medical dissection - but
don't let that put you off the pub grub. One mouthful of the
Award-Winning seafood dishes and you'll be as hooked as the chef's
freshly caught fish.
Bermondsey Wall East, Rotherhithe, London SE16
THE ANGEL deserves many a song of praise. Bar food for under
a fiver is definitely worth it, and the spectacular view up the
Thames to Tower Bridge don't cost a penny. Advocates of the Angel
find themselves in the fine company of Christopher Jones, Samuel
Pepys and Captain Cook.
More Pubs and Bars
For 'inland' watering holes see our pubs and bars feature:
London Diary Archive
HOTEL NEWS by Peter D. Clee
More SUMMER OFFERS
THE SELECTION of special offers
for the summer season continues to get more enticing.
Rubens Hotel and The Montague
have both dropped their prices for LondonNet readers for stays
through to the end of August. Doubles at Rubens are now only
130 UKP (down from 225 UKP) while at The Montague they drop to
120 UKP (down from 210 UKP). Remember these offers are for a
short time only and are available exclusively to LondonNet readers.
Here are some of the other
exclusive deals available through the summer to LondonNet readers:
The Gore Hotel, Kensington
Summer Offer. Prices from 105 UKP per room per night.
St James's, Piccadilly
3 for 2 Summer Offer, Weekend Special. Prices from 170 UKP.
The Commodore, Lancaster
Summer Rates. Prices from 70 UKP.
Or why not head off to one
of the European city's featured on our sister site Hotelgenie.com:
This week's hit-parade of the
most popular hotels featured in our secure-booking site:
LondonNet's Top Five
1 (1) The Columbia
2 (3) Chelsea Lodge
3= (4) Lincoln House
3= (-) Hazlitt's
3= (-) Berkshire
(*based on bookings between 22
June - 4 July 2001. Previous issue's figures in brackets)
For the full range of London hotels now on offer please see:
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LONDON MUSIC by Catherine Chambers
Saturday 21 July
Walk This Way...
Paying tribute to London's vibrant multicultural community, Respect
brings together local and international musicians for a free
festival in North London.
Organised primarily by the
GLA, Respect is essentially an anti-racist festival featuring
genre-hopping music including saxophonist Courtney Pine and underground
garage star Ms Dynamite. Headlining are none other than influential
hip-hoppers Run DMC.
"It is a great coup for
London that RUN DMC have agreed to play Respect," said Mayor
Ken Livingstone. "As the first rap act to truly cross over
to a mainstream audience, they have been hugely influential and
I am delighted that they have agreed to support our celebration
of multiculturalism in London."
Asian dance percussianist Joi,
Reggae star Pato Banton and the Reggae Revolution and DJ producer
Sam State of Bengal are among the main stage line-up as are the
lesser known Earl 16 and Phi-Life Cypher -the latter, of whom
works with the not-so-unknown Damon Albarn on Gorillaz.
In addition, there will be
a dance stage and a comedy tent featuring the best of local talent.
"Respect is a powerful
statement that Londoners will not tolerate racist attitudes and
behaviour as well as a chance to celebrate one of the many positive
aspects of living in such a diverse city such as London, "
Respect kicks off at 12.00
noon until 8.30pm at Finsbury Park. Entry is free.
Tues July 24, South, Core at Hard Rock Café
Psychedelic Manc-rock from the London boys championed by none
other than James Lavelle. Debut LP From Here On In is out now.
Weds July 25, Rialto, Core
at Hard Rock Café
Now this lot I remember from my not-too-long ago student days.
They had everything going for them - a great debut album, a major
label deal and a dashing frontman. Unfortunately things rapidly
took on the shape of a pear and the band was subsequently dropped.
Now they're back with a new LP 'Night On Earth' a dark romantic-tinged
melancholic record that will hopefully get them back on track.
Weds July 25, Four Tet,
93 Feet East
A man of many talents, Fridge lynchpin Kieren Hebden is the brains
behind Four Tet, ambient electronic wanderings without the noodling.
Trust us, it's good.
Why East London is poised to take on North London and Soho as
the centre of the capital's music scene
Music Tickets: You can book tickets for many of the
top gigs in London through our online ticket shop:
For more live listings see: http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/music/rockpoptickets.html
For our music guide see: http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/music/index.html
by Helena 'Spid' Thompson
In the spotlight
If you like theatre to give you a shiver, the Riverside Studios
are worth a visit. You don't have to brave the outdoor bar for
a view of the Thames, but if you dare to enter the auditorium
you'll be hard pressed to avoid a chill down your spine.
'Most of our audience wouldn't
be seen dead in conventional theatres,' says David Rosenberg
of Shunt, whose cabarets under Bethnal Green railway arches earned
an April slot at the Riverside for his highly unorthodox Pink
Orthodox. Those who ventured riverwards were treated to an audience
full of dummies, free vodka on stage - and a show that nimbly
side stepped those theatrical clichés that keep audiences
at a comfortable distance from performance.
These days the far from proscenium
arch theatre is pushing at different sorts of boundaries. Following
hot on the heels of innovative foreign acts like Skeleton of
Fish, Critically Black, and A Ramayan Odyssey (proof of the venue's
prestigious place on the international theatre circuit), Split
Your Riversides promises to entertain with comic performers warming
up for the Edinburgh fringe.
Then there's Creative Entertainment's
resuscitation of waterfront low-life from Eugene O'Neill's Anna
Christie. You never know what you'll find at the Riverside, but
if you take the plunge you won't regret it.
Up and Coming
Nixon's Nixon, The
Comedy Theatre, Piccadilly Circus tube
Richard Nixon's last
night as US president female makes for political farce.
A Servant to Two Masters, The Albery Theatre, Leicester Square
Wily Jacobean servant woos two masters and finds himself embroiled
with four lost lovers.
Best Play: Stones
in his Pockets - Hollywood
comes to provincial Ireland in this hilarious two-hander from
Best Musical: Cats - Lloyd Webber tames Eliot's feline
- For details, tickets and reviews see: http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/ent/theatre.html
LondonNet's Top Five
1 (1) Phantom of the Opera
2 (2) Chicago
3 (3) Mamma Mia!
4 (4) The Lion King
5 (5) Starlight Express
(*based on bookings between 5-18
July 2001. Previous issue's figures in brackets)
My Fair Lady
We have tickets
for the show's run at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.
London Theatre Menu
London Theatre Tickets
LONDON CLUBS by Catherine Chambers
**SITE CLUB COMPIE**
- While registering with Ahoy means you'll have found out about
exclusive club competitions, we will also be running regular
competitions for new club-nights on the club pages themselves.
This week we have a silly amount of free tickets up for grabs
for soulful house night Big Time on Saturday July 28.
Just email us at [email protected]
with the header "I Want It Big Time"
Not only that but those lovely folk at BT have offered LondonNet
readers a concessionary rate of 5UKP before 11 and UKP10 after.
Just tell em we sent ya!
- And don't forget we have one pair of tickets for the Summer
In The City Boat Party in this week's issue of Ahoy! Click here for this weeksAhoy's competition
Club Night of the Week:
Fabric Live Presents
Friday July 20
Venue: Fabric 77a Charterhouse St, Farringdon
Tube: Farringdon Tube/Rail
Talkin' Loud and Mo' Wax need
no introduction. But German-based label Compost could soon find
itself a household name over here - moreso considering TL's Gilles
Peterson and Mo'Wax boss James Lavelle are singing its praises.
Yet while comparisons to the aforementioned labels frequently
crop up - the roster covers electronic dance music, jazz and
Brazilian rhythms - Compost is far from a Mo'Wax clone.
Formed in 1994 by the multi-talented
Michael Reinboth (music journo, producer, promoter and DJ) Compost
Records sowed its seeds as a small independent artist-led haven.
Its debut release 'Fresh In My Mind' found its way into the hands
of Peterson and Lavelle. "Compost is the honest and independent
vision that has managed to not only keep the correct edge but
has given this scene a true edge," said Peterson. "Its
DJs and artists have a feeling of being a part of something truly
Though intrinsically linked
with its highly influential compilations - the Future Sound of
Jazz Series, no less, Compost is regarded as being at the cutting
edge of Germany's electronic scene and counts contemporary fusionists
Kruder And Dorfmeister among its 70 releases to date. Current
artist include Berlin collective Jazzanova, drum and bass outfit
Fauna Flash and Les Gammas which have helped the label continue
its trend towards eclectic jazz influenced dance music.
This Friday, Compost brings
its finest acts to Fabric. Fauna Flash pound out drum 'n' bass
in room 2 and Less Gammas stir up a jazz-dance vibe in room 1,
whilst Reinboth himself is among the decknicians in room 3. "We'll
be attempting to give people what they should expect from a top
label. Excellent DJs, variety, style and the full spectrum of
intelligent vibrant club music," enthuses an excited Reinboth.
"This is the first big Compost all-star showcase in London
Sat July 21, We Want
You Too!, Brixton Academy, 10pm-6am UKP10
Four rooms of acid, techno, drum 'n' bass, and a chillout room
and it's all in the name of fundraising. A cool night out in
the name of charidee!
Sat July 21, Torture Garden,
Mass, SW2 10pm-6am UKP15
If you've checked out LondonNet's exclusive feature on fetish
clubs, including a chat with TG themselves, then you'll have
a good idea of what frivolities are on offer. Click here for
Sat July 21 SMUT (Spitafields
Market Under Threat), Great Eastern Hotel, E1 7.30pm-12.00am
DJs and live acts - (High Llamas, Les Hommes and the Cuban jazz
sounding Y-Ya) provide the entertainment for this event which
is in aid of the legendary Spitafields Market, under threat from
businesses who want to turn it into office space. No, we can't
believe it either.
Mon July 23, Trash, The
End, 9pm-3am UKP5
Weekly ace indie-pop-dance shindig with much-touted Berlin-based
popsters GonzOther Picks
Sat July 28, Summer In The
City Boat Party, 8pm-2am UKP20
Boat trips along the Thames. Nice. But this ain't no ordinary
boat trip - as the night gets underway a selection of DJs will
be spinning a mix of R&B, house, funk, garage and 70s disco
for your dancing pleasure.
New! Club Feature
It's Not All Whips And Chains, You Know
- Catherine Chambers gets all tied up in London's fetish scene
Club Tickets - You can now book tickets for many
of the top clubs in London through our online ticket shop:
LONDON CINEMA by Catherine Chambers
Film of the Week:
Jurassic Park III ***
Director Joe Johnston
Starring Sam Neill, Tea Leoni, William H. Macey
Yet again Hollywood
cant resist the temptation of a money-spinning franchise,
as the third episode of the JP story stomps its way onto the
Other New Releases:
Animal Attraction **
Men on the chopping block again and it's the tendency of some
of that sex to stray, as noticed by a TV researcher, that is
the point of issue in wholly unoriginal effort. (12)
A L'Attaque ****
Playfully optimistic look at how some Marseille mechanics keep
their heads above water. (15)
Ed Gein ***
Intriguing and inovative addition to the serial killer genre.
High Heels and Low Lives **
London gangster movie. This time the twist is the hoods are a
couple of kooky gals. Wait for it to turn up on Channel 5. (15)
The Iron ladies **
Thai drag queens become volleyball stars in predictable, would-be
uplifting, film based on a true story. (15)
Film Listings - Full London listings with our easy
to use guide
News from London
Archer Goes Down for Four Years
- Tory author found guilty at the Old Bailey
Cannabis Enters the Commons
- New Bill calls for legalisation of popular soft drug
Hammers Shun Newcastle Sinclair Bid
- 'He is happy here,' says West Ham chief
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Summer In The City Boat
We have a pair of tickets for the floating club night Summer
In The City Boat Party on 28 July 2001. As the sun goes down,
London the vibrant city, becomes the backdrop for a party. Its
lights, its aura and energy interwoven with DJs spinning R&B,
House, Garage, Funk and Disco all aboard a Thames riverboat.
(Tickets are on sale now for 20 UKP. For further info on the
boat party call: 07931 985904)
Question: Which year saw the release of the
Lovin' Spoonful's 'Summer In The City'.
Tip: England beat Germany in the World Cup final.
HOW TO ENTER: All you have to do is send an email
with the correct answers and the subject header "Summer
In The City" to:
NB Include email, telephone number and postal address
(which will only be used for this compie-guaranteed). If you
don't include your address we can't send you the prize!
RULES and INFO: First out of the Editor's hat win
a prize, details will be sent to the winners. The Editor's decision
is final. Closing Date: 26 July 2001.
Last Issues Competition
(5 July 2001, Ahoy)
Last weeks winners who each
won a copy of the Music To Watch Movies By:
Stuart Dunlop (Rayleigh, Essex)
Marc Caremons (Antwerp, Belgium)
Betty Boynton ( Camberwell, SE5)
Alessia PizziconI (Rome, Italy)
Cecile Desnoyers (Feltham, Middx)
Winners have been sent the CDs in the post
I wanted to thank you for the Music To Watch Movies By CD I received
last week. I never thought I would win one of these competitions.
This is a very good CD. Thanks again,
AHOY! Readers say their piece:
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ED's NOTE: This week we have been delighted to
receive a whole bundle of emails about the recent Madonna tickets.
As regular readers of Ahoy! will know, we were able to help many
Madge fans out with our special hotel and ticket offer. Below
is a selection of your kind comments.
Dear [email protected]
After our fabulous weekend
in London at the Madonna concert, I just wanted to thank you
for all the e-mail replies you sent so rapidly so that I could
grab the last two Saturday night concert tickets. The concert
was excellent and we really enjoyed The Gore hotel. So thanks
once again for your help and patience, I will certainly use and
recommend others to use Londonnet in the future.
Dear [email protected],
Good to see you it's great
putting a face to voice. I hope you
enjoyed the concert. Just like to say thank you for organising
the tickets and hotel, the whole day was superb.
Hello [email protected]
Thank you for the great service
...today (12th) is the Big Day. Many Thanks
I think of you often as though
you were one of my best friends.
I know that if I could have met you in this life that we would
have chatted like soul mates.
I believe in life after death
and the continuation of the human soul,and I have seen you so
clearly still around watching over your children and those people
that you are tied to by the bond of love.
I know that you always loved Charles and that deep down he will
always be bonded to you.
You were a very special person
in this world with a wonderful gift of healing.
I don't think that Camilla
is the soul for Charles at all.
I am sorry for the way you
were treated in this life but I know that you hold no bad feelings
any more as you are in a spiritual now where materiel things
do not hold any importance.
God Bless Di
Love from Lynn
REPLY: Oh please. (Ed)
Diana Conspiracy Theories
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