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Helen Mirren in 'The Queen'. Detail of the movie poster. Copyright PatheThe Queen
Inspired by interviews with expert observers and royal insiders, The Queen is a portrait of a family in crisis, examining the response of Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip and their inner circle to the untimely death of Princess Diana...
 Showing at these cinemas    
 Click here to watch the trailer  

London Wine Show 2006London Wine Show
This year’s Wine Show in London from the 26-29 October will be bigger and better than ever, making it the ideal day out for anyone and everyone who is interested in learning more about wine. To win one of eight pairs of tickets for this year’s show, click here...


Game On at The Science MuseumGame On
Science Museum
Opens: Sat, 21st October 2006

Explore the history, technology and culture of computer games in this new special exhibition. From the PDP-1 of the 1960s to the latest consoles, Game On examines the technologies that have revolutionised the gaming world. See the ten most influential consoles of all time, learn about the design process behind games such as Tomb Raider, investigate the relationship between films and gaming and play over 100 games including classics Space Invaders and Super Mario Brothers... Read More  
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Top Attractions Sellers:
(01/09/06- 14/09/06)

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

Diary

Send us Your Photos of London and, if They're Any Good, We Might Publish Them

Here in the guarded vaults at LondonNet, we have thousands of photos gathering dust, waiting to be digitised.

There is a reason we never bothered with this whole new-fangled digital-photography, thumbnail, press-and-publish thing. That reason's name is George, the old guy who manned the photo desk down in the vaults.

George would have been upset had we let in the modern age. It took real bravery to convince him to let us use a scanner and even then he had to be the one to lay the pic on its bed. Before that, George would secretly visit every LondonNet reader's computer and stick photos individually on the relevant pages while screens went blank, waiting to download.

That's why in the early days of the internet, info took so long to access – every internet company had their very own George.

Sadly, thankfully, our George retired this week, taking his sneaky picture-installing skills with him. As luck would have it, also this week, someone by the name of CameraObscura posted a message on our Forum asking if we accepted readers' pictures of London.

Good plan! The idea is you send us pictures of anything London-ish and we stick them on the site if we like them with full credit going to the photographer.

Send any photos by email with name and any details you want included to londonphotos@londonnet.co.uk

George need not apply.

- David Clee

Entertainment

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

Theatre

CabaretCabaret
Lyric Theatre Shaftesbury Avenue
Opens: Fri, 22nd September 2006

Kander and Ebb's remarkable musical turns the pre-war Berlin of 1931 into a dark and sexually charged haven of decadence, its extraordinary and morally ambiguous inhabitants determined to keep up appearances as the real world - the world outside the comfortable sanctuary of the cabaret - prepares for the nightmarish chaos of war... Read More        
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Top Theatre Sellers:
(01/09/06- 14/09/06)


1. Disney's The Lion King         
2. Les Miserables      
3. The Sound of Music       
4. Spamalot      
5. Chicago    

Music

Ray LamontagneRay Lamontagne
Carling Apollo Hammersmith
Fri, 2nd February 2007

Singer/songwriter Ray Lamontage's debut album, 'Trouble', has been slow-burning it's way through the music collections of fans of laid back, self-confessional tales of love and life for some months, with the title track from that album finally getting a UK release and becoming a huge hit... Read More 
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Top Music Sellers:
(01/09/06- 14/09/06)

1. Snow Patrol     
2. The Feeling      
3. Razorlight     
4. Goo Goo Dolls  
5. Placebo        

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 Swanilda and her friends discover, the aloof young lady is really a mechanical invention, and as the story unfolds there are wonderful opportunities to contrast the playfulness of youth, the stylized mechanical movements of the automata, the mime drama of the eccentric old inventor and the celebration of the concluding festive dances...
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Top Theatre Sellers:
(01/09/06- 14/09/06)

1. Coppelia    
2. Amadeus             
3. La Boheme    
4. Sleeping Beauty   
5. Giselle 

Cinema

Helen Mirren in The Queen. Copyright: Pathe FilmBlockbuster of the Week
The Queen (12A)

Sensing the public mood, newly elected Prime Minister Tony Blair (Michael Sheen) faces the challenge of drawing the Queen (Helen Mirren) out of her family's private grief. ..
 Showing at these cinemas        
 Click here to watch the trailer  

Josh Hartnett and Hilary Swank in The Black Dahlia. Photo Credit:Rolf Konow, SMPSP. Film released by: Entertainment Films.Critics' Choice of the Week
The Black Dahlia (15)
When B-list actress Betty Ann Short, aka The Black Dahlia, is brutally slain, cops Lee Blanchard and Bucky Bleichert are assigned the task of catching the killer. Their investigation has dramatic consequences for their personal lives...
 Showing at these cinemas 

John C. Reilly (l) Leslie Bibb (c) Will Ferrell (r) in Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. Copyright: © 2006 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All Rights Reserved.Comedy of the Week
Talladega Nights: The Ballad Of Ricky Bobby (12A)

NASCAR driver Ricky Bobby has always abided by his father's mantra: "If you ain't first, you're last." He is the best racer on the NASCAR circuit, until flamboyant Frenchman Jean Girard screeches into town and causes Ricky to take one too many risks, culminating in a terrible crash... 
 Showing at these cinemas    

See Also:
 A-Z of London Films     
 A-Z of London Cinemas      
 Top 10 Movies     
 New Films This Week         
 Forthcoming Releases       
 Interviews     

Raindance Film Festival 2006

News

Tom Cruise"Nutter" Cruise won't come on my show says Sharon Osbourne
- TV host says actor has turned down her invitation

Sharon Osbourne claims Tom Cruise would never appear as a guest on her chat show because she would tell him he was a "nutter".

The star, the plain speaking wife of rocker Ozzy Osbourne, wants to interview the 'Top Gun' actor but he has turned down her invitation... Read More    

Competition

Matt Skinner. London Wine ShowWine Show Competition
The Business Design Centre (BDC)
Islington, London

A record number of wines from around the world will be on show and there are many new interactive attractions to ensure that education about wine is interactive and enjoyable.

Top wine experts like Oz Clarke and Matt Skinner will be taking visitors on intimate wine walks, whilst a tasting theatre and food and wine matching zone will help people discover more about wine in an informal environment.
Visitors will have the opportunity to taste thousands of wines and for those that wish to buy, London's premier wine experience now has an improved home delivery service to make it easier and even more tempting to buy those unique and special wines enjoyed at the show! 

We've got eight pairs of tickets to The Wine Show London to give away. All you have to do? Answer the following question...

Question: which well known Australian wine expert will be at the show?
(hint: See above)
1. Jamie Oliver
2. Matt Skinner
3. Gordon Ramsay

How to Enter: Send an email with the correct answer to competition@londonnet.co.uk, with the Subject "Wine Show 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 winner
- LondonNet is not responsible for prize distribution
- The Editor's decision is final

For more information about the specially designed attractions at the show, packages and ticket prices log onto www.wineshow.co.uk  or call 0870 890 0094.

Hotels

3 Accomodation Deals 
 
St James's Club and HotelSt. James's Club and Hotel, Park Place (4*)
St James's Club takes luxury seriously. A fitness room with sauna and steam, a full concierge service, and an airport service are all on offer. In a quiet cul-de-sac off St James's Street, the club is the perfect getaway for those who love the capital but value protection from its hustle and bustle.

 
The Chesterfield, MayfairThe Chesterfield, Mayfair (4*)
Any hotel that offers internet access from all its rooms knows how to move with the times, although the Chesterfield's Georgian decor also respects the past. For fitness fanatics, gym passes are also avilable for the local fitness club. ourist sites 

 
The Shellbourne Hotel, Earl's CourtShellbourne Hotel, Earl's Court (Budget)
This budget hotel is clean and simply furnished in a traditional style. Shellbourne Hotel is housed in an attractive period building, on a quiet street just off Cromwell Road. Earl’s Court Station is only a few minutes’ walk away from the hotel. 
 


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4 of the Best
 
The Hempel Hotel, Craven Hill GardensThe Hempel, Craven Hill Gardens (5*)
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 Gore Hotel, South KensingtonThe Gore, South Kensington (4*)

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.
 
The Commodore Hotel, Hyde ParkThe Commodore, Hyde Park (4*)
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 Lidos Hotel, VictoriaLidos Hotel, Victoria (Budget)
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.


Top Hotel Sellers:
(01/09/06- 14/09/06)

1. Avni Hotel London, South Kensington (3*)       
2. The Willett Hotel, Sloane Square (3*)   
3. Lidos Hotel, Victoria (Budget)    
4. Normandie Hotel London, Paddington (B and B)   
5. So London Apartments, Kilburn  (3 * Apartment)

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