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Stormbreaker. Photo Credit: Liam Daniel. Film released by: Entertainment Films.Stormbreaker
Alex Rider (Alex Pettyfer) is a normal teenager who lives with his uncle, a nondescript bank manager…..or so it seems, until Uncle Ian Rider (Ewan McGregor) dies in mysterious circumstances.  Alex discovers his uncle was in fact a spy and has been murdered by Yassen Gregorovich (Damian Lewis), one of the most dangerous assassins in the world. 

 Showing at these cinemas         
 Reed the interviews of Alex Pettyfer (Alex Rider), Geoffrey Sax (Director) and Anthony Horowitz (Writer)       
 Click here to win a Stormbreaker hard shell backpack       


Tours: StonehengeTours    
Summer is finally here so why not enjoy it by discovering London, Bath, Stonehenge and many more through several tours in London and its surroundings...
For the more adventurous, we even have a Jack the Ripper Tour... The ultimate murder mystery!


 Tours in London          
 Tours outside London     


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.




 Theme Parks        
 London shows       
 Museums and attractions    
 London Zoo       

Top Attraction Sellers:
(07/07/06 - 19/07/06)

1. London Eye     
2. Summer Opening of the State Rooms & Royal Mews Package        
3. Summer Opening of the State Rooms     
4. Summer Opening of Parliament   
5. Tower of London               

Diary

Hotter than July, Not as Hot as History

You don’t get much hotter than this in July in Britain. The consequences are extreme. Just today the car’s air-conditioning went on strike; the ice-cream van ran out of Magnums and my anti-perspirant conked out six hours before it should have done, according to the advert.

The last time July was this hot was in 1911, when weather experts recorded a temperature of 36c. It has to be admitted they had things worse in those days. For a start, women had to wear about sixteen layers of clothing and men had to sport caps while they put in a 12-hour day of hard manual labour.

Something had to give and in the end it was peace, in the form of World War One, but there was something stirring that summer that perhaps pre-figured the convulsions to come.

For instance, there was a campaign by a group called the Rational Dress League, which encouraged ladies to abandon their corsets and stays.

Meanwhile East End dockers, whose area stank of decaying excrement all summer, were among the vanguard of workers who struck for better conditions.

"All the world is changing at once," said Winston Churchill.

As we speak, social historians are at the ready. These days rational dress might mean bare nakedness, so if you spot a naughty nude in Hyde Park, put a bet on mass slaughter in three years time, probably caused by riots over the last Magnum.

Entertainment

See below for what's currently happening in and around London:
Theatre | Music | Classical | Cinema | Comedy | Clubs

Theatre

The Canterbury TalesThe Canterbury Tales     
Gielgud Theatre
Under the sardonic eye of Chaucer himself, a group of pilgrims each recount a tale to entertain their companions on the road to Canterbury. By turns comic, bawdy and Buy Ticketssublime, these great theatrical tales and their tellers are a vivid testimony to Chaucer's insight and human nature.

 The Knight, the miller and other tales (Part 1)       
 The wife of Bath and other tales (Part 2)         

Top Theatre Sellers:
(07/07/06 - 19/07/06)


1. Disney's The Lion King      
2. Mary Poppins      
3. The Comedy of Errors    
4. We Will Rock You   
5. Billy Elliot  

Music

MadonnaMadonna
The Superstar is back on the London scene as part of her "Confessions Tour" and will be at The Wembley Buy TicketsArena next month for seven concerts.




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Rolling StonesRolling Stones
Formed in London in 1962, The Rolling Stones are one of the most famous Rock bands in history.Buy Tickets
They will be playing at the Wembley and Twickenham Statiums at the end of August.



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Top Music Sellers:
(07/07/06 - 19/07/06)

1. The Kooks    
2. Guns N' Roses        
3. Madonna        
4. Rolling Stones           
5. Flaming Lips

Classical

CoppeliaCoppelia
Royal Opera House
The aged Dr Coppelius seems to keep a beautiful young girl in his house, but she ignores Swanilda's friendly attentions and her fiancee Franz's more amorous ones. As Buy TicketsSwanilda and her friends discover, the aloof young lady is really a mechanical invention...

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Top Classical Sellers:
(07/07/06 - 19/07/06)

1. Sleeping Beauty  
2. Swan Lake       
3. Stravinsky Mixed Bill       
4. The Nutcracker     
5. Alice in Wonderland

Cinema

STORMBREAKER. Photo Credit: Liam Daniel. Film released by: Entertainment Films.Blockbuster of the Week
Stormbreaker
(PG)
Action (2006) 93mins UK
Director: Geoffrey Sax
Starring: Alex Pettyfer, Ewan McGregor, Mickey Rourke, Bill Nighy
Linguist, scuba diver, mountaineer, crack shot and martial arts expert Alex Rider works for the Special Operations Division of MI6, under the control of spymaster Mr Blunt and his colleague Mrs Jones. However, Alex isn't like most secret agents...
Showing at These Cinemas 


GARFIELD 2. Copyright: Fox UK FilmKids Movie of the Week
Garfield 2
(U)
Family (2006) 80mins US
Director: Tim Hill
Starring: Bill Murray, Breckin Meyer, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Billy Connolly
When his owner Jon Arbuckle travels to London to propose to his pretty veterinarian girlfriend, Liz, wily feline Garfield tags along with his long-suffering sidekick Odie. En route, Garfield is mistaken for his doppelganger, a cat called Prince, who has just inherited Castle Carlyle from the recently deceased Lady Eleanor...
Showing at These Cinemas        


Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn star in Universal Pictures film THE BREAK-UP. Copyright: © 2005 Universal Studios. ALL RIGHTS RESERVEDTurkey of the Week
The Break-Up (12A)
Comedy (2006) 106mins US
Director: Peyton Reed
Starring: Vince Vaughn, Jennifer Aniston, Jon Favreau, Joey Lauren Adams
Art dealer Brooke has been dating her long-term boyfriend Gary, a Chicago bus tour guide, for what seems like forever and after months of niggling rows, she finally terminates the relationship...
Showing at These Cinemas 

Comedy

The Comedy Store, LondonThe Comedy Store London's most popular comedy club has been splitting sides for twenty seven years now. The likes of Paul Merton, Jack Dee and Jo Brand have all taken to the stage here. Click here for more info...

Clubs

London ClubsLondon 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

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Top Clubs: (Based on Page Visits on LondonNet)
(07/07/06 - 19/07/06)

1. Fabric  
2. The Ministry of Sound    
3. Bar Rumba        
4. Madame Jo Jo's    
5. Club Aquarium      

Competition

Stormbreaker CompetitionStormbreaker Competition
14-year-old Alex Rider has become a hero to countless young people who identify with him around the world.  The reluctant teenage spy was introduced in ‘Stormbreaker’, the first book in the best-selling series of his adventures created by novelist Anthony Horowitz.  More than 10 million copies have been sold worldwide and now Alex is making his spectacular debut on the big screen. 

This week, we have a Stormbreaker hard shell backpack to give away. To have a chance to win, you only need to answer this question:

Who is playing Alex Rider in the movie?

1. Damian Lewis
2. Alex Pettyfer
3. Ewan McGregor

How to Enter: Send your answer to [email protected], with the Subject "Stormbreaker 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 26 July 2006

Chicago competition winner:
Dawn Bosch, London, SW13 9JS

Hotels

3 Accommodation Deals:

The Hempel, Craven Hill GardensThe Hempel, Craven Hill Gardens
This 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 Chesterfield Hotel, MayfairThe Chesterfield Hotel, 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 Commodore Hotel, Lancaster GateThe Commodore Hotel, Lancaster Gate
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.




 4 of the best:

The Milestone Hotel, KensingtonThe Milestone Hotel, Kensington
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 St James's Club and HotelThe St James's Club and Hotel
The St James’s Club & Hotel takes luxury seriously. In a quiet cul-de-sac off St James’s Street, the Club & Hotel is the perfect getaway for those who love the capital but value protection from its hustle and bustle.



The Gallery Hotel, South KensingtonThe Gallery Hotel, 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.




The Lincoln House Hotel, Gloucester ParkThe Lincoln House Hotel,  Gloucester Park
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:
(07/07/06 - 19/07/06)

1. Shellbourne Hotel   
2. The Normandie Hotel, London      
3. Dinwiddy House Apartments           
4. Royal Hotel Hyde Park                
5.  Kenton House Hotel       

Talkback

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Please amend your outdated information
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