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Ice Skating

Ice SkatingInstead of trying to escape the cold this winter, try to embrace it at one of the 10 ice rinks scattered all over London: Bluewater, Canary Wharf, Greenwich, Hampstead Heath, Hampton Court, Kew Gardens, Natural History Museum, Royal Windsor, Somerset House and Tower of London
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London Eye

London EyeSee London from all angles - ride the London Eye, and then have romantic dinner on a River Cruise, too! Click here for info...
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Get Back to Christmas Roots

They used to hang Christmas trees upside down from the ceiling. This was back in 7th century Germany where carpets and therefore pine needles stuck in carpets and malfunctioning vacuum cleaners would not have been issues of any great note.

Probably hanging all kinds of things upside down from the ceiling in those days was normal on account of Brent Cross Ikea not being around to supply shelving units. Sometimes you'd look up and get an eye full of salted and smoked wild-boar hams, other times there'd be groaning non-believers with their innards spilling out and in mid-winter it was the turn of the Christmas tree.

Christmas tree fashion seems locked into a circle of Victorian-style, then 'themed', then modern, Victorian, themed, back to modern and so on, but you never get a call to go back to the beginning and the upside down approach. The main reason for this has traditionally been those pesky pine needles and their love affair with greedy carpets.

But in recent years, carpets have been banished from the living room in favour of wooden floors. Now is the time to invest in a hefty ceiling hook and let your tree swing along to the family carol sing-song. Also, I don't see much shag-pile on Trafalgar Square, so next year they should turn the Norwegian tree on its axis and then when it rains, we could all huddle together as one flock and receive shelter under its ample branches… which brings me to the essential last line of any pre-festive piece: that's what Christmas is all about, after all.

- David Clee

Christmas Theatre and Panto

The Nutcracker

The NutcrackerLondon Coliseum
Closing Date: Sun, 24th December 2006

English National Ballet is thrilled to return to the London Coliseum for its traditional Christmas season... Read More      
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A Christmas Carol

A Christmas CarolShaw Theatre
Dicken's original story of Ebenezer Scrooge and the ghosts of Christmas past, present and yet to come. This story has been adapted many many ways but the true magic and the great mix of fright and delight comes only from returning to the original... Read More 
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The Nutcracker

The NutcrackerRoyal Opera House
Closing Date: Sat, 13th January 2007

The magical charms of The Nutcracker have guaranteed its place as a perennial Christmas favourite. For a start, there's a magician with secrets, an enchanted gift, then there's a battle with the Mouse King, a guiding angel... Read More      
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Christmas Movies

Deck The Halls (PG)

Deck The Halls. Fox UK FilmsComedy (2006) 92mins US
Director: John Whitesell
Starring: Kristin Chenoweth, Matthew Broderick, Danny DeVito, Kristin Davis
In a quiet corner of American suburbia, Steve and his wife Kelly pride themselves on being good neighbours. Their charity to fellow residents is tested when new neighbour Danny sets about realising his dream of the biggest Christmas tree light display in history; one that will be visible from space...
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See Also:
Black Christmas - Horror (2006) 84mins Can/US
Grounded - Kids (2006) 89mins US
The Holiday (12A) - Comedy (2006) 135mins US
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (U) - Comedy (2006) 92mins US
The Nativity Story (PG) - Drama (2006) 100mins US

Gift Ideas

CD: Love - The Beatles

Love - The BeatlesIt begins with a twittering of birdsong lifted from "Across The Universe". And once the triple-tracked a capella harmonies of "Because" enter, followed by snatches from "A Hard Day's Night" and "The End", leading into a fired-up "Get Back"...
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DVD: Pirates Of Caribbean - Dead Man's Chest

Pirates Of Caribbean - Dead Man's ChestShiver me timbers, Captain Jack Sparrow returns in this rip-roaring, sea-faring sequel to the colossal hit, Curse Of The Black Pearl. Reunited with Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann, Sparrow must face his greatest adversary yet – the nautically naughty Davey Jones.
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Video Game: FIFA 07

FIFA 07FIFA 2007 has already been released for most consoles and has gained immense popularity. It's become the fastest-selling game of all time on the Playstation 2... Read More 
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Spa Breaks

Spa BreaksTake time out from the stresses and strains of everyday life with a relaxing and reviving spa break in the UK...
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Christmas Parties

A Homecoming Christmas

A Homecoming ChristmasThis year Kent House in Knightsbridge is host to Home Coming Christmas where it will be replicating the glorious 1950's in America. Chic and refined, polished and dignified, graceful and groomed fashion, style and dazzling colour will be influential throughout the chic and homely venue making this the hottest event in town! 
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A Rocking Good Christmas

A Rocking Good ChristmasThis traditional festive event begins with Christmas carols during reception where a welcome cocktail of Bucks Fizz is served. Christmas ballads are played as you relax and enjoy a festive four course dinner. Tables are decorated with balloons, novelties and Santa hats...
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New Year's Eve 2007

Every New Year's Eve sees millions of Londoners flood the clubs and pubs to watch the timer tick away. It's an important night: the final party and death knell of 2006 combined with the birth/first hangover of 2007. And, of course, only once a year can partygoers seek out that much-talked-about New Year's kiss, whether it's on a balcony overlooking the Thames or in a pantry in Shoreditch. As always, Londonnet has already got it figured out, so all you have to do is decide where to spend your hard-earned quid to round out the year... Read More  

Together NYE presents The Chemical Brothers at Turnmills

Together NYE presents The Chemical Brothers at TurnmillsFor the fourth year in a row, the Chemical Brothers will be ringing in the last moments of 2006 at Turnmills. The Brothers have rightly become legendary for their live sets and Turnmills is lucky enough to be one of the very few UK clubs they'll play. Not that they really need another band on the marquee, Turnmills believes in providing a full night's entertainment and so look for Mulletover to provide ample backup. This group, started in 2004, has been wowing audiences with their unconventional club track. Tickets for this popular event will be selling out fast and start at UKP45.

For your chance to win a pair of VIP tickets for the event, answer the following question:

Which of the following is a song by The Chemical Brothers?

a. Hey Boy Hey Girl
b. Breathe
c. Firestarter

Closing Date: Thursday 21 December, Noon

How to Enter:
- Send an email with the correct answer to [email protected], with the subject "Chemical Brothers Competition"
You must include your name, email address, telephone number and postal address, to be considered for the prize.

*By entering this competition you agree to be contacted from time to time by Turnmills about their up and coming events.

HeatNYE at The Brixton Academy

HeatNYE at The Brixton AcademyOne of London's most established and spectacular New Year's Eve parties brings you the mother of all NYE sessions on Sunday 31st December, as HeatUK and The Gallery join forces to present HeatNYE: The Fifth Anniversary at the Carling Brixton Academy.
As London's premier live music venue, The Academy has a long tradition for showcasing the biggest bands on the planet. Running parallel to that success over the past 5 years has been HeatNYE – the only club promoters in the capital capable of pulling off a sell-out show for 4,500 people at one of the world's most prestigious venues. Split over 4 arenas and featuring up to 30 DJs, HeatNYE offers you everything you could ever wish for from a New Year's Eve party, but without that let down feeling come kick out time...

Main Room DJ's include Above & Beyond, M.I.K.E, Tall Paul, Rob Tissera, Ian Betts (midnight set!) Gavyn Mytchel, Marc French, and introducing Aaron Baskerville!

We have three pairs of tickets to be won so answer the following question:

How many areas are there at The Brixton Academy?
a. 3
b. 4
c. 5

Closing Date: Thursday 21 December, Noon

How to Enter:
- Send an email with the correct answer to [email protected], with the subject "Brixton Academy 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

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Hotels London

3 Accommodation Deals

The Bentley HotelThe Bentley Hotel London (5*)
An opulent five star hotel that offers an oasis of calm in the heart of the capital. With an enviable location in the prestigious Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, it is also within easy walking distance of Gloucester Road Station.

The GainsboroughThe Gainsborough Hotel, South Kensington (3*)
The elegance of a country home in the heart of London, where guests can unwind and relax in a calming atmosphere. The hotel combines the attractive style of bygone days with an easy informality and is named after the celebrated artist whose portrait of the Duchess of Richmond adorns the wall in the spacious lounge and reception area

The GalleryThe Gallery, South Kensington (3*)
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.

4 of the Best

The HempelThe Hempel, Craven Hill Gardens (5*)
A stunning Boutique hotel, created by acclaimed British designer Anouska Hempel. An architectural statement in original design. Simple and minimalist, The Hempel is a new experience in hotel living.

The ChesterfieldThe 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 décor also respects the past. For fitness fanatics, gym passes are also avilable for the local fitness club.

The WillettThe Willett, Sloane Square (3*)
The Willett Hotel is very much a dignified, private Victorian residence and little has been done to alter this. No elevator; no noise, nothing to spoil your leisurely stay.

The Chelsea Lodge HotelThe Chelsea Lodge Hotel, Fulham Road (2*)
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.

Top Hotel Sellers
(30/11/06 - 13/12/06)

1. Citadines Trafalgar     
2. Royal Hotel     
3. Royal Hotel Hyde Park     
4. Le Meridien Piccadilly      
5. So London Apartments   

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