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Romancing The Capital...

Romancing The CapitalLondonNet knows how to do Valentine's Day: romantic dates at an intimate restaurant, and perhaps a night at a mood-setting hotel - it's yours to choose, and we're here to help...
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Dating In London

Dating In LondonDating is tricky business, let alone if you're new in the massive, sometimes overwhelming city of London. How are you supposed to find your special someone? Here are our tips on dating in London...
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Renoir Landscapes 1865 - 1883 - National gallery

Renoir Landscapes 1865 - 1883Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) painted landscapes throughout his life.
However, during the first two decades of his long career they constituted an especially important area of experimentation for the artist where he explored composition, paint handling and pictorial structure in innovative new ways... 
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Top Romantic Dates

1. London Eye     
2. Bateaux Dinner Cruise      
3. Bateaux Sunday Lunch Jazz Cruise         
4. Canaletto in England: A Venetian Artist Abroad 1746-1755       
5. The Past from Above: Through the lens of Georg Gerster        

Diary

The thing people don't mention much in the run-up to St. Valentine's Day is what happened to the man himself. Maybe that's because he was beaten to death and had his head lopped off, or had his head lopped off and was then beaten to death. The history books are unclear as to the order of events.

Either way, he suffered and he suffered for love. Valentine was one of a number of Christian priests in Rome who disobeyed an imperial order banning marriage - Emperor Claudius wanted men to concentrate on war instead – by performing secret wedding ceremonies.

In our day, there's been a bit of a reversal in that you'd get strung up by your loved one for not doing something romantic on the big day.

The traditional gesture is to go out for an intimate meal for two. For this angle, we've teamed up with toptable to offer access to loads of well-regarded restaurants.

For those who want to go the extra mile, there's a selection of some of London's best hotels, in all sorts of price brackets. Or how about a special trip, such as a turn on the London Eye, a ride on a river boat, or a night at the theatre? We've got them all covered.

It has to be said that not all of us are loved-up, but we've still got a few days to sort that out and these days there are plenty of fun ways of copping off such as internet dating, speed dating and adventure dating. Our handy guide gives plenty of advice on all that. Another bit of advice is to avoid at all costs war-mongering Roman emperors, but you can still say Veni Vidi Vici if you bag a prize love-partner.

- David Clee

Entertainment

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

Theatre

Ramayana - Lyric Theatre Hammersmith

Ramayana - Lyric Theatre HammersmithJourney to India as the Lyric brings one of the greatest love stories of all time to the stage, in this highly physical and visually stunning retelling of the great Indian epic, Ramayana. Exiled from the serene palaces of their homeland and plunged into the deep forests of Southern India, the passionate love of Rama and Sita is put to the test... Read More   
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Top Romantic Shows


1. The Phantom Of The Opera         
2. Love Song       
3. Antony And Cleopatra      
4. Dirty Dancing      
5. Porgy And Bess     

Music

Westlife

WestlifeWestlife have announced details for The Love Tour 2007.  In March and April of next year Westlife will play 11 UK Arena shows.  The band will be performing tracks from their forthcoming brand new studio album The Love Album, due for release this November, as well as all the hits and favourites from over the years... Read More  
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Top Romantic Gigs

1. James Morrisson         
2. Corinne Bailey Rae        
3. James Taylor         
4. Beyonce     
5. Sugababes  

Classical

Pelleas et Melisande - Royal Opera House

Pelleas et Melisandre - Royal Opera HouseThe beautiful and sorrowful Melisande, veiled in mystery, marries Golaud, but falls deeply in love with his half-brother Pelleas. The blind King Arkel senses the tragedy of destiny that surrounds his grandson's new wife, but is unable to prevent its fulfillment... Read More
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Top Romantic Classical Shows

1. The Marriage Of Figaro     
2. Madama Butterfly   
3. Il Trovatore     
4. Sleeping Beauty      
5. Stiffelio    

Cinema

Music And Lyrics (PG)

HUGH GRANT and DREW BARRYMORE star in Music & Lyrics, distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. ©2006 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.- U.S., Canada, Bahamas & Bermuda. ©2006 Village Roadshow Films (BVI) LimitedComedy (2007) 104mins US
Starring:
Hugh Grant, Drew Barrymore, Kristen Johnston, Campbell ScottEighties pop star Alex Fletcher has almost turned his back on the music business when he is offered a chance at a glorious comeback - by writing and recording a duet with current chart sensation Cora Corman...
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Top Romantic Movies

1. Casablanca    
2. Dirty Dancing      
3. The Fountain      
4. The Holiday      
5. Because I Said So        

Restaurants

Spice your evening

RestaurantsA romantic Valentine's dinner is either the fast-track to your loved one's heart, or the chance to impress someone you've been admiring from afar. Get booking now to make sure you're not left out in the cold this Valentine's Day...
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Competition

Hampton Court Flower Show Competition

Hampton Court Flower Show Competition. The Tickled Pink on the Fryers Nurseries exhibition stand which has been awarded with Gold and Best Exhibit in the Festival of Roses Awards category at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. The Tickled Pink Rose has also been named as Rose of the Year 2007. Photo by Michael Crabtree/TroikaThe Royal Hoticultural Society is delighted to invite members and non-members to the world's largest annual flower show in the grounds of Hampton Court Palace.

The world's largest and most vibrant annual flower show welcomes you with an explosion of colour and fragrance. The idyllic setting in the parkland of Henry VIII's favourite palace is transformed for six sumptuous summer days. The spacious grounds showcase an exciting range of flowers, plants and gardening accessories, giving you the opportunity to both browse and buy. Show and Water Gardens, Floral Marquees and demonstrations guarantee a lively summer's day out for everyone.

For your chance to win one of five pairs of all day tickets for the Hampton Court Flower Show on the 7th July 2007, answer the following question:

Hampton Court was the favorite Palace of Which King ?

a. Jade Goody I
b. Henry VIII
c. Prince Charles

Closing Date: Thursday 3 May 2007, Noon

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

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Accommodations

The Savoy Hotel, The Strand

The Savoy Hotel, The StrandThe Savoy is one of the world's most famous hotels. Since opening in 1889 it has become a byword for exceptional quality and impeccable service. Oscar Wilde took up residence here at the height of his career. Indeed, the list of dignitaries and stars who have checked in over the years reads like a who's who of the 20th Century...
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Talkback

Dear LondonNet,
We saw the film sixty six at the Odeon Bournemouth this morning and every one enjoyed it so much that the audience clapped. Hope this reaches the right people. Let's have some more as good as this film, please.
Thanks,
- Wendy Wollington

Dear Wendy,
It's good to know that you enjoyed that movie.
It was actually our Critic's Choice of the week on the week of its release and the main feature of one of our newsletters:
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ahoy/general/214/
I have to say that I enjoyed it very much myself and it is probably one of my favourite movies of 2006. Hopefully 2007 will give us more great movies like this one.
- LondonNet

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