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Easy Romance - Forget the planning. We're giving away a romantic Valentine's dinner at Colebrookes Wine Bar (+ Champagne). See details, below...

London Eye.

Such Great Heights - See London from on top - ride the London Eye, and cuddle up with dinner on a River Cruise, too! Click here for info...

Personals

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Top Attraction Sellers
(8/12/05 - 12/1/06)

1) London Eye

2) Madame Tussaud's

3) London Flower Shows
4) London Dungeon
5) London Travelcards
10 Years Up

As of 2006, we're ten years old.

Peter Clee, PublisherAnd in internet years, ten makes us the oldest guy on the block. No London site has been going this long - it's as simple as that.

I regularly check our Ahoy! subscriber list, and what makes me so happy is that so many of you have been here for the duration.

We've experienced good times and bad times together. As for the good times, I'd say reaching a hundred thousand readers a week counts top; as for the bad, September 11, 2001 (NYC) , and July 7 2005 (Lon), were the sorrowful lows. We lost friends and readers - some of you lost family. But the rest of you stayed with us through thick and thin, and that's what's make us a real community.

The big news is that 2006 will be our finest hour.

Your support means we'll be investing time and money in bringing you a bewildering amount of new stuff this year. And the emphasis will be on FREE. Fed up of paying for web features such as dating, jobs and classifieds? My promise is that these things and more will be free, here on LondonNet, for the foreseeable future. No more silly subscriptions on rival sites. LondonNet has always aspired to be free at the point of use (just like the glorious NHS). That's the beauty of the internet - and we'll deliver it whenever and wherever we can.

The good folks here at LondonNet never stop innovating, and the future is beyond bright - it's white hot. Here's my guarantee to you, my gorgeous readers: We love and adore London and we'll keep on telling you why.

Help build more community on our spanking new Forums, and we all win. Together we are strong.

Enjoy and get involved. And hey, thanks to you all - you're what makes it special.

I would also like to thank David, M&D, Iain (you’re a scumbag and a maggot but I still love you), Emilie, Mark, Megan, Lynne, Hels Bells, Milena, Marcela, Antoinette, Stewart, Dan, Patrick, Harper, Steve, Brandon, Jackie, Rennie, Neville, Helena, Vic, Flavio, Pam, Alison, Leanne, Mark and Ian, Electric Scooter Mike, Max, 4U, and my darling Anna.

Take Care.

Peter Clee, Publisher

Theatre

Wicked
Apollo Victoria
The musical based on Gregory Maguire's fantastic novel about the 'true' story of the Wicked Witch of the West comes to stage, after gaining rave reviews from its debut in New York. Tickets are available soon - keep checking back here!
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Wicked

The Producers
Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Witness the magic that launched this year's hit film, as the favourite Mel Brooks musical celebrates its second year running. Fred Applegate and John Gordon Sinclair star.
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The Producers.
Disney's the Lion King

Top Theatre Sellers
(8/12/05 - 12/1/06)

1) Mamma Mia!
2) Phantom of the Opera
3) Billy Elliot
4) Lion King
5) The Producers


Music

José Gonzalez
Shepherd's Bush Empire
1 February 2006

Gathering popularity from a Sony Bravia commercial, José Gonzalez brings his quiet, gentle folk to Britain. Touring his first album, Veneer, Gonzalez continues the driving force of the Quiet Is The New Loud continuum, styling himself much like Kings of Convenience and Elliot Smith.
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Jose Gonzalez

Flaming Lips
Royal Albert Hall
22 April, 2006

The Flaming Lips are back in Britain, bringing piles of fans and their world-famous and equally memorable gig to Albert Hall. With a huge following and a setting like the Royal Albert Hall, this is not to miss...
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The Flaming Lips
Nada Surf

Top Rock & Pop Gigs:

1) José Gonzalez
2) Sigur Ros
3) Kelly Clarkson
4) Nada Surf
5)Flaming Lips


Classical

Sir John In Love
The Coliseum
ENO proudly reaffirms its commitment to celebrating English opera with a delightful new production of Vaughan Williams’s rarely seen Sir John in Love - based on Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor. Vaughan Williams, one of Britain’s finest composers, wrote a ravishingly buoyant score that is conducted by Oleg Caetani, while the distinguished director Ian Judge brings an idyllic portrait of early 20th-century England to the stage.
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Sir John in Love.  Image: MICHELE TURRIANI

Flamenco Festival

Top Classical Tickets

1) Rigoletto
2) Macbeth
3) Wozzeck
4) Sir John in Love
5) Requiem Mixed Bill


Cinema

LondonNet Blockbuster of the Week

JarheadJarhead 15
Drama (2005) 123mins US
Director: Sam Mendes
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Peter Sarsgaard, Jamie Foxx

Following in the footsteps of his grandfather and father, Swoff enlists in the Marines, where he trains as a sniper and forms a lasting bond with fellow soldier Troy, as well as a love-hate relationship with demanding platoon leader Staff Sergeant Sykes. Through the raw recruit's eyes, the war unfolds as a series of poignant and sometimes blackly humorous episodes in the scorching desert heat....
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Critics Choice

Freak of the Week

Memoirs Of A GeishaMemoirs Of A Geisha 12A
Drama (2005) 145mins US
Director: Rob Marshall
Starring: Zhang Ziyi, Michelle Yeoh, Gong Li, Ken Watanabe

Lavish adaptation of Arthur Golden's novel, chronicling the extraordinary life of geisha Sayuri through 20 years of Japan's turbulent history. Beginning in 1929, the film introduces Sayuri as an orphan living in a tiny fishing village...
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Breakfast On PlutoBreakfast On Pluto 15
Comedy (2005) 128mins Ire/UK
Director: Neil Jordan
Starring: Cillian Murphy, Liam Neeson, Stephen Rea, Brendan Gleeson

Patrick "Kitten" Braden is a cheery and quick-witted young man growing up in '70s Ireland, who discovers a penchant for dressing as a woman. Unperturbed by his harsh environment or the cruel jibes of his neighbours, Kitten vows to express himself as...
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Comedy

Comedy StoreThe 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.

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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 Jan)
1) Fabric
2) The Cross
3) The End
Club Venues and Listings
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Accomodation Deals
La Reserve

La Reserve***(Fulham Road)
Contemporary design is the watchword at La Reserve, where attention to the details of furniture and decorative style is immediately evident. Wooden floors and arresting blocks of colour predominate. Special Rates: Single UKP59; Double Twin UKP69; Superior Double UKP89

The GoreThe Gore***(South 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 Gore offers old fashioned comfort with up-to-date facilities and is justly famous for its mellow surroundings and intelligent, friendly staff. Single - UKP136.00; Double - UKP168.03

CommodoreThe Commodore***(Hyde Park)
Keenly priced, lavishly refurbished, 4 star hotel close to Hyde Park. This privately owned hotel is ideal for families and business travellers. Superb location for sights, restaurants and shops.
Single - UKP82.00
Double/Twin - UKP95.00

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Four of the Best

The ChesterfieldThe Chesterfield ****(Mayfair)
Any hotel that offers internet access from all its rooms knows how to move with the times, although the Chesterfield's Georgian décor also respects the past. For fitness fanatics, gym passes are also avilable for the local fitness club.

The ColumbiaColumbia Hotel***(Lancaster Gate)
Situated one mile from Marble Arch on the north side of Hyde Park, there is quick and easy access by two bus routes and two London Underground rail stations to city business centres, theatres, shopping and tourist attractions.

Swissotel London the HowardSwissotel London The Howard****(Tempel)
Inspired by the designs of Robert Adam, creator of the neo-classical style, no attention to design detail has been spared - from the marble pillars imported from Italy to the rich, specially commissioned carpet. The smart formality of the staff uniforms contrasts with the genuine warmth of their welcome.

Lidos HotelLidos Hotel (Budget, Victoria)
Lidos Hotel has 21 simple and modern rooms, perfect for guests looking for central accommodation at an affordable price. Lidos Hotel is just a five minute walk from Victoria Station, which gives you access to the underground and train services.

London Hotel Chart
(8/12/05 - 12/1/06)
1) Swissotel The Howard
2)
The Columbia
3) La Reserve

Featured Worldwide Hotel

The Scotsman Hotel, EdinburghThe Scotsman Hotel*****
Edinburgh, Scotland
Located on Edinburgh's historical North Bridge, The Scotsman has been converted from the Scotsman Newspaper's baronial offices into one of the most stylish hotels in the city. The hotel brings together the efficiency of the 21st century with careful design, attention to the comfort of our guests and the very best in Scottish hospitality.

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Valentines Day Competition

Colebrookes Valentines Day CompieFormerly of the pizza fame (having been Toni Moroni’s Italian eatery for 25 years), Colebrooke's Wine Bar's endearingly small eatery/drinkery is tucked quietly down Colebrooke Row, in Angel. Aside from a few antiques market stragglers accidentally eyeing their pink-velour covered chairs, it has garnered a distinct word-of-mouth presence even only in the first few months of its opening.

With a wide selection of unique wines, a partnership with esteemed deli La Fromagerie, Colebrooke's is sure to continue to build upon their already burgeoning reputation.

LondonNet is giving you the chance to romance your special friend or partner, this Valentines Day, by giving away a romantic dinner + champage, at the wee Parisian corner of Angel. All you have to do? Answer the following question...

Question: Colebrooke's was formerly the eating establishment called:
a) Tony Zamboni's
b) Mony Toroni's
c) Tony Moroni's

How to Enter: Send an email with the correct answer to vdaycompie@londonnet.co.uk, with the Subject "Valentines Day Compie." 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, Wed 25th January, 2006.

Dear LondonNet,
Do you have a list of film premieres?
- Kate

Dear Kate,
While film premiere's aren't generally open to the public, you can often go to watch the stars come down the red carpet. No, we don't have a list, but if you know of any premiere's, you can use our handy forum to list the one's you know about, and help others with the info, too. Oh, the blessings of community...
- LondonNet

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