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Top Attraction Sellers
(26/1/06 - 8/2/06)

1) London Eye

2) Madame Tussaud's

3) London Dungeon
4) London Zoo
5) London Travelcards
The Quieter Contiuum

While reading the Metro on the way to work today, I read that London saw the highest number of foreign visitors pass through the city last year, despite being thrown into the world's spotlight with terrorist attacks just seven months ago. As a visitor from across the pond - from a country that, everyone knows, has dealt with its own attacks and resulting fears in recent years - I think this is a healthy sign. For those of you who have been desensitized over the years to the quirky personalities of London, you fail to remember that this city is unlike any other.

Londoners have bounced back from the summer's events with the same laid-back and resilient attitudes that I have witnessed in every area of British life. Brits don't overact, like Americans or other fanatics in recent days: they take an issue to a pub at three in the afternoon and have a chat over a drink. And whether they're discussing the previous night's football game, the latest gossip over Big Brother or the state of things in Iraq, everyone is up-to-date and in possession of their own informed opinion that they'll express at a moment's notice.

This tendency spills over into other areas of British life, too; for example, I've been amazed by the level of fashion and eccentricity displayed on the streets of London. Women tread around in the latest hot pair of boots, while they stand unafraid of putting themselves out there in a mismatching revealing number that calls attention to their screaming sense of individuality. This distinctiveness also seeps into more serious arenas, like when a well-publicized MP comes out with his sexuality. Brits are quietly out there, no matter what other people think - and I like that.

In addition to the people, there are so many other things to appreciate about England that many who have been here for a while fail to appreciate. Where else can you find a pub on every corner, filled with individuals prepared to give you their spiel at any time. On a given weekend, you can shove through the crowds in China town and Oxford Circus, peruse the colorful goodness at the Borough Market or take in any number of the city's 200 museums and countless shows.

Walking the somewhat dirty streets and seeing the extraordinary sights, you don't know whom you could run into or what you could encounter. Most likely, you'll run down a fresh tourist holding up a map, wondering why the hell all the streets were placed in random directions and the traffic comes from the right. But hopefully, you'll bump into another Londoner ready to stop in a café with you and have a laugh, or at least a cup of tea.

It's important to remember what this city is, and why people keep coming back.

Lauren Burke

Theatre

Evita
Adelphi
Native Argentinean Elena Roger was selected over a large pool of American and British actresses to play the famous icon Eva Peron, the second wife of Argentine dictator Juan Peron. The show, which was written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice in 1974, will return to London's West End this summer, after a 21 year hiatus. Other cast members will include Philip Quast as Peron and Matt Rawle as Che. - Patrick Allegri
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Evita

Wicked
Apollo Victoria
Two imaginary witches will land on the colourful and imaginative stage of the West End this autumn, as Wicked, the adaptation of Gregory Maguire's hit novel, plays out the real tale of good and evil behind the fantasy world we all know and love. The award-winning American musical, which has been attracting record crowds for the past two years, will open in London at the Apollo Victoria Theatre on the 6th of September. - Lauren Burke
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Wicked
Mary Poppin's.  Image: Alastair Muir

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

1) Phantom of the Opera
2) Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
3) The Producers
4) Mary Poppin
5) We Will Rock You


Music

Download Festival
Donington Park, Donington Castle
11 June 2006

With 2006 being a Glastonbury-less year, you can get your festival-fix with the Download Festival. Prodigy, Trivium & Bullet For My Valentine are already on the docket for the Donington Park gig, with more rock & alt-rock bands to come.
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Download Festival

Ricky Martin
Hammersmith Apollo
22 April, 2006

Pelvic-pushing Latino hearthrob Ricky Martin is back and touring his second English full-length album, Life. After a statewide tour this winter, he's coming to London in spring.
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Ricky Martin
Joan As Police Woman

Top Rock & Pop Gigs:

1) Bon Jovi
2) Download
3) Ricky Martin
4) Joan As Police Woman
5)Staind


Classical

Ballet Flamenco De Andalucia
Sadler's Wells
Spain's leading Flamenco artist Cristina Hoyos performs as part of Sadler's Wells Flamenco Festival. 16 dancers and 6 musician accompany Hoyos, as they bring the tradition elements of happiness, tragedy and passion to stage.
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Cristina Hoyos, Ballet Flamenco De Andalucia

Flamenco Festival

Top Classical Tickets

1) Sir John in Love
2) Orfeo, ENO
3) The Ring, Gotterdammerung
4) Madam Butterfly
5) Giselle, ROH


Cinema

LondonNet Blockbuster of the Week

ProofProof 12A
Drama (2005) 100mins US
Director: John Madden
Starring: Gwyneth Paltrow, Jake Gyllenhaal, Anthony Hopkins, Hope Davis

For much of her life, Catherine has taken care of her father Robert, a brilliant yet emotionally unstable mathematician whose genius is chronicled in more than 100 notebooks. When Robert passes away, Catherine's officious sister Claire flies in to take charge, while one of her father's old students, Hal, begins taking considerable interest in the contents of the notebooks. Consumed with grief and concerned about how much of her father's madness she will inherit, Catherine makes a shocking announcement that begs tantalising questions about the nature and mystery of mathematics and love....
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Half-Term Film of the Week

Lady VengeanceLady Vengeance 18
Drama (2005) 115mins S Korea
Director: Park Chan-wook
Starring: Lee Yeong-ae, Choi Min-sik, Kim Shi-hu

Concluding his Revenge Trilogy, which began with Sympathy For Mr Vengeance and Oldboy, South Korean director Park Chan-wook marries gore with breathtaking visuals as the beautiful yet deadly Lee geum-ja is finally released from prison...
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Chicken LittleChicken Little U
Drama (2005) 81mins US
Director: Mark Dindal
Starring: Zach Braff, Joan Cusack, Garry Marshall

Chicken Little is notorious in his hometown of Oakey Oaks for his wild imagination. After causing uproar by decreeing that the sky is falling down, Chicken tries to abide by the wishes of his father and "lay low". Unfortunately, the fledgling hero un...
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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
(4 Feb 2006)
1) Metro Club
2) Fabric
3) Ministry of Sound
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3 Accomodation Deals

4141 *****(Buckingham Palace Road)
Even the marble and panelled entrance to 41 won't prepare you for the sheer luxury of the hotel. From the executive club lounge to the cellar of fine wine, 41 strives to pamper its guests.

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.

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 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

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

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.

lincoln houseLincoln House *** (Marble Arch)
Built at the end of the 18th Century, in the time of King George III, the Lincoln House Hotel offers Georgian charm with modern comforts.

London Hotel Chart
(26/1/06 - 8/2/06)
1) Swissotel The Howard
2)
The Columbia
3) La Reserve

Featured Worldwide Hotel

Lausanne Palace & SpaLausanne Palace & Spa *****
Lausanne, Switzerland
The Lausanne Palace & Spa offers a great view of beautiful Lake Geneva and the Alps. Inside, luxury is the watchword, with all the top-class facilities and levels of service to be expected from a well-run five-star establishment.

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A Place In The Sun Competition

A Place In The Sun CompieIf you've ever dreamt of owning your very own place in the sun, don't miss Channel 4's A Place in the Sun Live - in association with Barclays - the world's largest overseas property, travel and lifestyle exhibition, based on the hit TV series.

Showcasing 1000s of the world's best homes for sale from over 35 countries, there's no better place to find your dream property abroad. And with homes starting from just £20,000 there is something for everyone - whether you are an experienced property investor or first-time buyer.

300 exhibitors will offer assistance on everything from finding your dream property, to securing finance, arranging removals and deciding on interior design. If it's information you're after, 36 free-to-attend seminars offer expert advice on every aspect of buying abroad, plus country-specific sessions feature both popular and new emerging property markets.

For a truly great day out don't miss the specially commissioned fully-furnished Spanish show villa, a great selection of international cuisine, a bustling food market, live music, dance and entertainment, plus celebrity appearances including A Place in the Sun TV presenter Amanda Lamb.

LondonNet is giving away 10 pairs of tickets to the show, at the Excel Center in London from 7-9 April 2006, and you can nab yours by answering the following question:

Question: A Place In The Sun Live will feature which TV presenter:
a) Alanda Ham
b) Apanda Sham
c) Amanda Lamb

How to Enter: Send an email with the correct answer to [email protected], with the Subject "A Place In The Sun 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, Thursday 9th March, 2006.

Dear LondonNet,
Hello, After reading your review on Carnaby Street, I thought I might give you my review as it seems to be the more popular opinion. The Carnaby area is not filled with souvenior shops, but more unique shopping opportunities.
- Jenna

Dear Jenna,
True. Carnaby Street has been taking on more cult and independent stores, brands and outlets. You can find American Apparel, Campers, and even a cute little parfumerie called Scented Systems to which I think we all owe a little love. It's refreshing if you're coming straight off Oxford Street, but still too main-line if you're visiting after Brick Lane.
- LondonNet

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