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X-Men: The Last Strand Copyright Twentieth Century FoxX Men: The Last Stand.
The battle between Professor Xavier and Magneto reaches a crescendo when scientists supposedly discover a cure for mutancy. Click to see the trailer here 
Take part in our competition and win X Men Prizes: click here

 

Buy Formula 1 TicketsBritish Grand Prix at Silverstone
Friday 9th to Sunday 11th June 2006
The Formula One Circus descends upon Northamptonshire in two weeks time. Can Jenson Button grab his elusive first win in front of a passionate home crowd. Or will World Champion Fernando Alonso further his claim for a back to back title by taking the chequered flag?
Click here for Silverstone 2006 F1 tickets


London for KidsLondon for Kids
"I'm really bored. What are we going to do today?" Yes, it's half-term coming up and with it that dreaded question. See our London for Kids section for some holiday-filling ideas.

 

Comedy: Lily SavageComedy
Need a laugh? Don't we all and we could all do a lot worse than sample some funnies from two of the country's top comedians, Jack Dee and Lily Savage, who have recorded sketch-length clips from their new audio releases here.


Top Attraction Sellers
(12/05/06 -25/05/06)

1. The London Eye
2. Summer Opening of the State Room – Buckingham Palace
3. RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show
4. Tower of London
5. Michelangelo Drawings: closer to the master

London Diary


Young’s Old Brewery to Close

Look carefully and you can still see shire horses pulling carts delivering barrels of beer to pubs in parts of south London, but this little piece of real-life time-travel is under threat when Young’s close the famous ram brewery in Wandsworth and shift production to Bedford. 

Real ale experts say the move, announced this week, won’t affect the drink itself as modern breweries are ace at using their know-how to provide the exact likeness of any taste.  

Those worried about the brewery building, a fine slice of the genre of higgledy-piggledy pipe and shed architecture, will be partly placated by the promise that some of the brewery’s Victorian equipment will be incorporated into the design of the block of executive flats planned to occupy the site post-demolition. All that’s not too bad, if it happens as they say, but as usual it’s the living muscle that will be chucked away. Ninety jobs are to be lost and that’s not including the horses.

For a last glimpse at how the people at Young’s work, there is always the tour of the brewery. More info here.

Entertainment

See below for whats currently happening in and around London :

Theatre

The ProducersThe Producers: The new Mel Brooks musical is the story of two theatrical producers, played by Broadway's Fred Applegate, who reprises his starring role as Max Bialystock and John Gordon Sinclair as his hapless accountant Leo Bloom.


Special Offer: Save £20 off the top three priced tickets – Valid for all performances except for Friday and Saturday evening.
Valid until the end of June


Sinatra at The London PalladiumSinatra at the London Palladium: This extraordinary event marries ultra-rare and never-before seen footage of Frank with a 24-piece live orchestra and a dazzling large company of dancers, plus special guests.


Special Offer: Save £20 off the top priced tickets – (Monday to Thursday only)
Valid until the end of June


Top Theatre Sellers:
(12/05/06 -25/05/06)

1. Les Miserables
2. The Lion King
3. Billy Elliot
4. The Producers
5. Chicago

Music

Get Loaded in the Park: Pete Doherty Get Loaded in the Park
Get Loaded in the Park rock 'n' rolls its way to a field near you this summer as the award-winning festival touches down on the grassy plains of Clapham Common for a third consecutive year. Acts include Babyshambles, De La Soul, Buzzocks, The Slits. Get loaded with tickets here.

Tracy Chapman at Hampton CourtTracy Chapman
Tracy Chapman is a performer of striking originality, grace and charm. An eloquent teller of stories that are at once intimate and universal, multi-Grammy winner Tracy Chapman has created a body of work that is as consistently compelling as it is honest and uncompromising. Tickets here.

Top Music Sellers:
(12/05/06 -25/05/06)


1. The Kooks
2. Red Hot Chili Peppers
3. Black Eyed Peas
4. Fall Out Boy

5. Take That

Classical

The Makropulous CaseThe Makropulous Case
London Coliseum
Sat, 20th May 2006 - Fri, 9th June 2006
ENO reaffirms its strong historical association with the music of Janácek by mounting a poignant new presentation of The Makropulos Case, fittingly conducted by Sir Charles Mackerras, a world-leading specialist in the Czech repertory.

Top Classical Seller:
(12/05/06 -25/05/06)

1. The Nutcracker
2. Kenwood House
3. Die Fledermaus, Glyndebourne Festival Opera
4. Turandot, Kirov Opera
5. Mozart: Cosi Fan Tutte

Competition

X-Men: The Last Stand promises to be one of the biggest, shinest blockbusters of the year. Partake of the mutant fun by having a go at our competition fit for superheroes.

The first prize is an X-Men branded digital camera and for a runner up 1 x X-Men: The Last Stand Goodie Bag (includes 1 x girls t shirt, 1 x boys t shirt, 1 x psp case, 1 x notepad, 1 x mousemat, 1 x cd case, 1 x cap, 1 x mini radio, 1 x flashing phone sticker, 1 x silicone watches, 1 x dog tag).

To get your name in the big bucket out of which we draw the winner, answer this question: What's the name of the leader of the Brotherhood, the band of baddie mutants?

1. Magnet Man
2. Maggie O'Net
3. Magneto

How to Enter: Send an email with the correct answer to [email protected], with the Subject "X-Men 3 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, Wednesday 31 May 2006.

DJ Wink Competition Winners:
Chris Coss - London SW11
Kelly Garrett - Surrey CR0 8BZ
Anthea O'Sullivan - London N8 9LJ
Alistair Sinclair - London N7 0NE
Chris Kilburn - Herts. WD23 3EE.

Accommodation



3 Accommodation Deals



The MilestoneThe Milestone*****
All this oh-so-trendy hotel décor minimalism getting you down? Then make straight for the Milestone, a triumphantly, sumptuously, extravagantly luxurious establishment of the most maximilist order.


The GalleryThe Gallery*** 
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.



The Westminster HotelThe Westminster Hotel***
Westminster Hotel is centrally located, providing budget accommodation in lively Bayswater.



Four of the best

The Swissotel The HowardThe Swissotel The Howard****
Swissotel The Howard, London features 189 rooms and suites offering stunning views over the Thames from the Houses of Parliament to Tower Bridge. The hotel completed its extensive refurbishment by late 2002, which also included the addition of two new floors of luxurious suites, which feature stylish soft furnishings and private balconies.

The RubensThe Rubens****
The Rubens prides itself on luxury. Sumptuously nestled close to St James's Park, the hotel offers all the peace you could wish for.



The Commodore HotelThe Commodore***
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.


The Hyde HotelThe Hyde Hotel***
As Hyde Hotel London is located minutes from Paddington tube station, you will be able to explore London and its surrounds with ease.


 

London Hotel Chart:
(12/05/06 -25/05/06)


1. Boulevard Hotel
2. Queen Mary University Accommodation
3. Somerset Queen's Gate Gardens
4. Citadines Trafalgar
5. Colliers Hotel

Talkback

Dear LondonNet
Can you name any shops where I can find Doctor Who merchandise? My fiance
is going to be in London over the summer and I wanted him to bring me back
some stuff. Any suggestions would be great.
- Janel Cobianchi

Dear Jane
Your man's best bet is to head for one of the three BBC shops in London. You'll find their location by clicking here.
Alternatively, there's always the Forbidden Planet, which has merchandise for loads of sci-fi and fantasy stuff. It's on Shaftesbury Avenue in the West End.
- LondonNet

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