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Footloose - Win a pair of tickets for one of the West End’s most eagerly awaited musicals, the film version of which captured the hearts of a generation. Click Here, below...

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Top Attraction Sellers
(5/4/06 - 27/4/06)

1) London Eye

2) Summer Opening of the State Rooms – Buckingham Palace

3) Michelangelo: Closer to the Master
4) Medieval Banquet – Ivory House
5) Madame Tussaud’s
Elephant March Hits Trunk Roads

Traffic-flow fans beware: you’ve managed to cope with Bendy-Buses blocking the street and you’ve even made it through big Jade Goody’s brave attempt at the marathon, but I think it’s fair to say you have never had to confront a 12 metre high elephant marching down the road.

“Maybe a few taxi drivers will be annoyed,” says Helen Marriage, of Royal de Luxe, the art group behind the scheme, in passing acknowledgement of the traffic, which, at least, is more than you get from a Bendy Bus. “All we're doing is closing a few roads so that an elephant can trundle around.”

This trundling elephant forms part of a story about a troubled Sultan and a time-travelling girl, a story to be told on London’s streets early next month. Kids will love it. We’ll all raise a smile or two. But what is it all about? Marriage says the very act of closing the streets for art is statement enough.

Fair enough, but it’s a statement that loses its punch with each re-telling and we had those funny fake cows a few years back. It’s time now for Marriage and her fellow mega-public-space artists to move on and say something else, maybe something that annoys people for more than just the disturbed traffic.

David Clee

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TheatreTwo new shows to highlight this week, both with the same special LondonNet offer of a top price ticket – usually UKP45 – for just UKP27.50. Valid for all performances except Friday and Saturday evenings.

Footloose – The hit musical of the hit 80s film comes to London; the story of a big city teen-rocker plunged into a backwater town where dancing is banned.

Please quote special promotional code: Ren

Donkey’s Years – Michael Frayn’s playful and painful take on a group of friends times-shifting 20 years back to their university days.

Please quote special promotional code: Frayn

Top Theatre Sellers


Donkeys Years

1 Lion King

2 Phantom of the Opera

3 Mary Poppins

4 Movin Out

5 Hay Fever

MusicBlack Eyed Peas
Wembley Arena
16 June, 2006
Take it to the phunk with the group who broke a few moulds in the world of hip-hop and grabbed no little chart success along the way, with tracks like Let’s Get it Started and My Humps.

The Beautiful South
Shepherds Bush Empire
31 May and 1 June, 2006
Masters of some of the most poignant and pretty songs of the last, gulp, 17 years, stuff like You Keep it All In, Don’t Marry Her and Rotterdam, the boys and girls from Hull bring their song-craft and sweet voices to town.

Top Rock and Pop Gigs

1. Red Hot Chili Peppers

2. The Kooks

3. Goo Goo Dolls

4. Fall Out Boys

5. Arctic Monkeys

ClassicalKing Arthur - London Coliseum
26 June, 2006 - 8 July 2006
ENO’s first-ever production of Henry Purcell’s King Arthur celebrates early English music and welcomes dance as a centrepiece on the operatic stage.

Top Classical Tickets

King Arthur - London Coliseum

1. Madame Butterfly ENO

2. Tosca

3. La Belle Helene

4. Sleeping Beauty

5. Madame Butterfly Sadlers Wells


CompetitionWith the summer sun peaking through the clouds more often, what could be more appropriate than a genuine, up and at 'em, feel-good musical with stunning dance routines and breezy, catchy, heart-warming tunes? Answer: seeing said musical for free! That’s what’s on offer in this week’s competition.

All you have to do is answer this question about one of the Footloose cast:

Cheryl Baker was a Eurovision Song Contest winning member of which 80s pop group?

1. Banarama
2. Bucks Fizz
3. The Slits

How to Enter: Send an email with the correct answer to [email protected], with the Subject "Footloose Competition." 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, Friday 5th May, 2006.

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Chelsea Lodge HotelChelsea Lodge Hotel**(Fulham Road)
A great little hotel over one of west London's restaurants, the Chelsea Lodge scores highly for value for money, location and efficiency of service. Rooms from UKP49 (including continental breakfast).

The GalleryThe Gallery***(South Kensington)
The Gallery Hotel offers a haven of quiet elegance in luxurious Victorian surroundings, within reach of all the best that modern London has to offer. Friendly staff and a lobby adorned with mahogany panelling offer a warm and welcoming greeting to guests on arrival.

Free updates of available rooms/tenants in your area.

Four of the Best

The Hempel The Hempel *****(Craven Hill Gardens)
The Hempel, West London's stunning Boutique hotel, created by acclaimed British designer Anouska Hempel, is an architectural statement in original design. Simple and minimalist, The Hempel is a new experience in hotel living.

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.

Gainsborough HotelThe Gainsborough ***(South Kensington)
Imagine an English country home magically whisked away to the most exclusive London borough, and you have The Gainsborough Hotel. Named after the celebrated artist, whose portrait of the Duchess of Richmond graces the light, spacious lounge and reception, The Gainsborough combines the attractive style of bygone days with an easy informality.

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.

London Hotel Chart
(23/3/06 - 4/3/06)
1) Lord Jim Hotel
2) Holly House
3) The Willett
4) Boulevard Hotel
5) The Commodore

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The 4 star Caleta Hotel is majestically situated on a rocky promontory overlooking the Mediterranean. With stunning views to both Southern Spain and North Africa and providing the very best of Italian and international cuisine and summer al fresco dining.

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Don't believe it is correct that the Cineworld Feltham and Odeon Richmond are showing no films week beginning 21/4.!

Hi Adam,

Each bank holiday break our listings people struggle to cope with late submissions from cinemas and sometimes miss a few by the time they send them over to us on Tuesday afternoon.

The good news is that to cope with late entries and changes (which can happen in normal weeks too) we do a re-run on a Thursday morning with updates. So my best advice is to check back tomorrow morning.

Finally, congratulations on being the first to notice! Believe me by the end of today I'll have a mailbag full of similar queries.

Peter D. Clee, LondonNet

Dear Peter
Many thanks, and quite understand. Maybe something like "information for week commencing April 21 not yet available" would be better wording than no films showing!

Adam K-L

Hi Adam,

That’s a great idea. We’ll do something like that soon. Watch out this Bank Holiday, though!

Peter D. Clee, LondonNet

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