Walk The Line - out February 3rd

Arctic Monkeys

Debut Delicious - The Arctic Monkeys are going for the biggest selling debut in music history. Win your own copy, and join the record books...

Forum

Say What You Want - Got opinions about London? The Forum is your place to haggle it out with Londoners, visitors, and other enthusiasts...

London Eye.

London High - Ride the London Eye, and celebrate the city with dinner on a River Cruise, too! Click here for info...


Top Attraction Sellers
(12/1/06 - 26/1/06)

1) London Eye

2) Madame Tussaud's

3) London Flower Shows
4) London Dungeon
5) London Travelcards
Don't Smoke Out the Darts

Recently on your TVs, you might've seen one of the great London figures. Not the millions in bonuses being paid to City workers, but the grinning, besparkled Cockney colossus that is darts maestro Bobby George.

Known to fans as The King of Bling thanks to the ever-multiplying jewellery collection that adorns his wrists and neck, George shot to fame twenty years ago as one of the hottest arrows-men in the game.

Nowadays, he is sweating his rocks off in Celebrity Fit Club, as well as remaining BBC's star darts pundit. And thankfully, he is always ready with a friendly word of advice for his fellow pros, often heard uttering the famous and frustratingly accurate phrase, "Darts is an easy game to play, but a hard game to play well."

One of the reasons it's so hard is that usually you're chucking arrows at a board enveloped in the kind of smoke-induced smog that once made Londoners squeal, "It's a right pea-souper!" in the movies. Okay, you might jibe, that's just my excuse, but I think it is no coincidence that darts scores at the World Championship improved when they stopped players from smoking at the oche.

Translate that improvement in play to pubs when the government bring in the smoking ban and you'll find games finishing quicker - some even before everyone's down to double one - which in turn will mean players staying in the pub for less time and therefore less darts-generated cash through the landlord's till. Before we know it, darts boards will disappear from view, TV will drop the game for lack of interest and, worst of all, poor old Bobby will have to sell off his bling and head for Vegas.

Click here for more on our boy, Bobby...

David Clee

Theatre

Night of the Iguana
Lyric
It's your last chance to catch strangely charming Woody Harrelson, in the story of downtrodden clergyman who relocates to Mexico and becomes a tour guide and entices the affections of three extremely different women. A quirky classic by Tenessee Williams, the play runs until the 25th March.
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Woody Harrelson in Night of the Iguana

Resurrection Blues
Old Vic
Neve Campbell and Matthew Modine star in the Old Vic production of Ressurection Blues. The story of a South American political messiah, his capture and crucifixion, and the ensuing media field-day.
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Resurrection Blues
The Producers

Top Theatre Sellers
(12/1/06 - 19/1/06)

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


Music

Depeche Mode
Wembley Arena
2 & 3 April 2006

On-again off-again synth legends Depeche Mode will perform two shows, April 2-3, at London's Wembley Arena in support of their 2005 release, Playing the Angel. The critically acclaimed album peaked at #7 on the Billboard charts, thanks in large part to the strength of Precious, the disc's first single, which hit #1 on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart.
- Patrick Allegri
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Depeche Mode

Corinne Bailey Rae
Shepherd's Bush Empire
4 April, 2006

One of Corinne Bailey Rae's debut songs, Enchantment, best illustrates her mesmerizing voice and words. Deemed a more soulful Nora Jones, the young singer from Leeds collaborated with The Stix for her first single, Young and Foolish, released last April. Rae has since boasted some slower, soothing ballads in addition to upbeat titles with a funkier, R & B feel. She will release her first album on the sixth of March.
- Lauren Burke
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Corinne Bailey Rae
Nada Surf

Top Rock & Pop Gigs:

1) Corinne Bailey Rae
2) Depeche Mode
3) Juliana Hatfield
4) Texas
5)Violent Femmes


Classical

Mozart's Birthday
Milton Keynes
Celebrate of one of classical's most favourites, as the Milton Keynes City Orchestra performs for Mozart's 250th birthday. While, unfortunately, he won't be able to make it, Hilary Davan Wetton conducts his Haffner symphony, alongside soloist Naomi Williams.
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Image courtesy the Mozart Project.

Sir John In Love. Image:  MICHELE TURRIANI

Top Classical Tickets

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


Cinema

LondonNet Blockbuster of the Week

MunichMunich 15
(2005) 163mins US
Director: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Eric Bana, Daniel Craig, Mathieu Kassovitz, Ciaran Hinds

At the 1972 summer games in Munich, a group of Palestinian militants, calling themselves Black September, kidnap 11 Israeli athletes from the Olympic village. The world watches in horror as local police struggle to gain control of the situation, culminating in the deaths of the abducted athletes during a gun fight at a German military airport. As Israel grieves, one time Mossad agent Avner Kauffman accepts a secret mission from his government to travel across Europe, assassinating the members of Black September responsible for the terrorist outrage. Aided by a crack team of experts in their fields, Avner ventures from Athens, Geneva and London to Paris and Rome exacting his country's revenge....
Showing at these cinemas...

Critics Choice

The New World

Bee SeasonBee Season 12A
Drama (2005) 104mins US
Director: Scott McGehee, David Siegel
Starring: Flora Cross, Max Minghella, Richard Gere, Juliette Binoche

Nine-year-old Eliza Naumann lives with her parents Saul and Miriam and older brother Aaron. Preferring to watch television rather than apply herself, Eliza fares poorly at school and is largely ignored...
Showing at these cinemas...

The New WorldThe New World 12A
Drama (2005) 133mins US
Director: Terrence Malick
Starring: Colin Farrell, Q'Orianka Kilcher, Christian Bale

Drama inspired by the legend of John Smith and Pocahontas for this epic 17th-century historical drama, unravelling the bitter and bloody conflict between Europe and Native Americans during the 1607 founding of the Jamestown Settlement...
Showing at these cinemas...


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 Metro
3) The Ministry of Sound
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
(12/1/06 - 26/1/06)
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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Arctic Monkeys Competition

Arctic Monkeys CompieSo, if you haven't heard: the Arctic Monkeys have been tipped to surpass the Beatles (yes, the Beatles) in the sales of their first album, Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not. This means, dear friends, that there is something going on with this band of which you should take not. LondonNet has had our own listen, and though we're still compiling thoughts, you'll find our views on the album here, very soon.

For now, however, win yourself a copy of the album by answering the following, most difficult question.

Question: the Arctic Monkey's debut album, Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not, is set to outsell which of the following rock'n'roll legends?
a) The BeeGees
b) The Bangles
c) The Beatles

How to Enter: Send an email with the correct answer to [email protected], with the Subject "Arctic Monkeys 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, 8th February, 2006.

Dear LondonNet,

Hello. This is an enquiry about the london eye. There are a few questions I have to ask:

1. Is it possible to hire out an entire 'capsule', for the price of 25 tickets, despite only two people being in the capsule at once?
2. When inside a 'capsule', is eating permitted?

I would like to add that the reasoning behind such strange questions is that I would like to use the 'eye as a romantic gesture for my partner, with a meal inside a capsule, looking out at the beautiful City of London at night. Please reply to this query.


- Daniel

Dear Daniel,
We're sorry, but you can't plan your next romantic picnic on the London Eye. Besides, the trip only lasts around 30 minutes, which would give you little time to eat, let alone, um, "other" things. BUT: you can take her on a Valentines Day Champagne Ride, which includes bubbly, chocolate, and steamy London views. Then take her to dinner somewhere nice. She deserves it.

- LondonNet

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