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19 July 2001
Issue 83
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- Boat Party
- Archer Gaoled
- My Fair Lady
- River Thames: Riverboats and River Pubs

- Hotels
- Music
- Theatre
- Clubs
- Cinema
- Latest news from London
- "Must-see" pages on LondonNet

- Boat Party
- Readers say their piece
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LONDON for FREE: Summer 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.


'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...
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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 wouldn’t 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 summer’s 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 it’s from days as a kid spent making Lego fleets that, despite a worrying tendency to sea-sickness, I’ve 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 Catherine’s 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:


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.

The Dove
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.

Angel 101
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.

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HOTEL NEWS by Peter D. Clee


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 Gate
Summer Rates. Prices from 70 UKP.

Or why not head off to one of the European city's featured on our sister site

This week's hit-parade of the most popular hotels featured in our secure-booking site:

LondonNet's Top Five Hotels*:
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)

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LONDON MUSIC by Catherine Chambers

Finsbury Park
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, " said Livingstone.

Respect kicks off at 12.00 noon until 8.30pm at Finsbury Park. Entry is free.

Other Picks
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.

Music Feature
Why East London is poised to take on North London and Soho as the centre of the capital's music scene

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LONDON THEATRE 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 tube
Wily Jacobean servant woos two masters and finds himself embroiled with four lost lovers.

Theatre Choice
Best Play:
Stones in his Pockets - Hollywood comes to provincial Ireland in this hilarious two-hander from Marie Jones
Best Musical: Cats - Lloyd Webber tames Eliot's feline poems
- For details, tickets and reviews see:

LondonNet's Top Five Shows*:
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.

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LONDON CLUBS by Catherine Chambers

- 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 details.

Club Night of the Week:

Fabric Live Presents Compost Records
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 meaningful."

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 for ages."

Other Picks
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 more info.

Sat July 21 SMUT (Spitafields Market Under Threat), Great Eastern Hotel, E1 7.30pm-12.00am UKP12
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

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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 can’t resist the temptation of a money-spinning franchise, as the third episode of the JP story stomps its way onto the big screen...more (12)

Other New Releases:
Animal Attraction **
Director Tony Goldwyn
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.
A L'Attaque ****
Director Robert Guediguian
Playfully optimistic look at how some Marseille mechanics keep their heads above water.
Ed Gein ***
Director Chuck Parello
Intriguing and inovative addition to the serial killer genre.
High Heels and Low Lives **
Director Mel Smith
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.
The Iron ladies **
Director Youngyooth Thongkonthun
Thai drag queens become volleyball stars in predictable, would-be uplifting, film based on a true story.

New Films
Cinema Menu
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News from London

News Headlines
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

Sport News
Hammers Shun Newcastle Sinclair Bid
- 'He is happy here,' says West Ham chief
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Summer In The City Boat Party
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:
[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 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 Winners:
(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

Dear Londonnet,
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,
Cecile Desnoyers


AHOY! Readers say their piece: Send mail to [email protected]
Notes: The Editor reserves the right to amend your contributions for reasons of elegance, space, legality and plain sheer bloodymindedness. The following letters have been received direct here at Ahoy! Talkback or on our News Talkback forum. Join the diverse debate by sending us an email or posting a message on the forum:
We welcome your views on any subject, questions about your visit and of course feedback about the newsletter or website.

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.
Ticket Shop:

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.

Yours gratefully

Tina Walpole

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 (12th) is the Big Day. Many Thanks

Jill Higginson

Hi LondonNet,

Subject: Diana

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)

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