Hairspray. Photo Credit: David James. Film released by: Entertainment Films.
Hairspray. Photo Credit: David James. Film released by: Entertainment Films.

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Hairspray. Photo Credit: David James. Film released by: Entertainment Films.Tracy Turnblad is an overweight teenager in '60s Baltimore, whose greatest dreams is to appear on The Corny Collins Show. When TV host Collins holds auditions to find a new star, Tracy ignores the advice of her mother Edna and puts her best dancing foot forward, instantly making an enemy of ambitious wannabe Amber Von Tussle. Read More???
?Showing at these cinemas???

Tutankhamun Exhibition

Royal Canopic Bust. PHOTO CREDIT: ? ANDREAS F. VOEGELIN, ANTIKENMUSEUM BASEL AND SAMMLUNG LUDWIGLast time Tut Mania hit London, in 1972, the exhibition was a record breaker, when over 1.7 million queued up for hours to see Tutankhamun's tomb treasures in the British Museum... Read More??
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Ice Skating in London??

Ice Skating in LondonSpin away from from bleary English winters.
With two?ice rinks already selling tickets, be one of the first to book and secure your place for an amazing London expirience.
?Hampton Court ice rink?
?Tower of London ice rink

Top Attraction Sellers:
(05/07/07 - 18/07/07)

1. London Eye???
2. Madame Tussaud's??
3. Summer Opening of the State Rooms??
4. China Terracota Army??
5. Travelcards???


Spice Up the Volume

Curry restaurant fans will have noticed a quiet image revolution taking shape in London's sub-continental eateries.

When I say quiet, I mean loud. The music they played in a revamped restaurant I was in this week gave new meaning to the phrase Curry House, with its insistent bangra-beat rhythms and was a mile away from the gentle sitar tunes that accompanied every Indian or Pakistani meal for decades, albeit there were only two tunes on a hypnotically/annoyingly repetitive tape loop.

Joining the sitar in the dustbin is the legendary flock wallpaper to be replaced by, at least in this restaurant, decor that would have looked good at about four in the morning in a club in Ayia Napa.

Obviously, you can still find plenty of traditionally turned-out curry houses, but the trend is clear and it is, according to one friend in the business, mostly the result of a generational shift. The young 'uns want to make their mark.

The interesting thing is that the new breed embraces a much wider variety of styles than its elders. Some restaurants are loud and brash like the one above, some are cool and laid back, others are bright and breezy.

The tricky bit is that the new variety carries through to the food. For every great fusion triumph, there's likely to be a flavour faux-pas. (One sneaky ploy is to claim innovation simply by renaming classic dishes.) The good news is that the confusion demands greater exploration, equals more spicy treats for me.

- David Clee


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


The Last Confession - Theatre Royal Haymarket

The Last Confession - Theatre Royal HaymarketThe Vatican, 1978: a little-known Cardinal from Venice is elected to succeed Pope Paul VI.? A compromise candidate, he takes the name Pope John Paul I, and quickly shows himself to be the liberal the reactionaries within the Catholic Church most feared. Just thirty-three days later, he is dead... Read More?
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Top?Theatre Sellers:
(05/07/07 - 18/07/07)

1. The Sound of Music??
2. The Phantom of the Opera?
3. Disney's The Lion King??
4. Ricky Gervais: Fame??
5. Mamma Mia??


Get Loaded in the Park - Clapham Common

Get Loaded in the ParkLondon's Award-Winning indie/dance crossover festival - Get Loaded in the Park - can now reveal the names of over 20 new live acts and DJs set to take the stage on Bank Holiday Sunday 26th August: The streets, Carl Barat's Dirty Pretty Things, Dizzee Rascal and Europe's biggest DJ duo 2manydjs... Read More??
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Top?Music Sellers:
(05/07/07 - 18/07/07)

1. Dream Theatre
2. Arcade Fire
3. Mika
4. Xavier Rudd
5. Pete Murray

Classical and Dance

The Magic Flute - The Coliseum

The Magic Flute - The ColiseumThe Magic Flute, has lost none of its appeal, continuing to delight audiences with its sublime music and theatrical spectacle. Nicholas Hytner?s landmark staging, reveals the humanity of the opera, combining colourful characterisation and fantastic knockabout humour... Read More?
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Top?Classical and Dance Sellers:
(05/07/07 - 18/07/07)

1. The Magic Flute??
2. Swan Lake??
3. Carmen?
4. Paco Pena??
5. The Nutcracker?


Blockbuster of the Week - Hairspray (PG)

Hairspray. Photo Credit: David James. Film released by: Entertainment Films.Musical (2007) 116mins US
Starring: Nikki Blonsky, John Travolta, Christopher Walken, Michelle Pfeiffer, Brittany Snow, James Marsden
Tracy Turnblad is an overweight teenager in '60s Baltimore, whose greatest dreams is to appear on The Corny Collins Show...
?Showing at these cinemas??

Kids' Movie of the Week - Firehouse Dog (PG)

Firehouse Dog TM and ? 2007 Twentieth Century Fox. All rights reserved. Family (2007) 111mins US
Starring: Josh Hutcherson, Bruce Greenwood, Bill Nunn
Rexxx is the hottest animal actor on the planet, star of Jurassic Bark and The Fast And The Furriest. When a stunt on his latest film goes awry...
?Showing at these cinemas??
?Watch Trailer

Critics' Choice of the Week - Ghosts Of Cite Soleil (15)

Ghosts of Cite Soleil. Revolver GroupDocumentary (2006) 88mins Den/US
In the months leading up to President Jean-Bertrand Aristide's departure as premier of violence ravaged Haiti, this documentary meets some of the gangsters who hold sway in the slum of Port au Prince, described as "the most dangerous place on Earth"...
?Showing at these cinemas??

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


The Last Testament Competition

The Last Testament CompetitionThe new, brilliantly high-concept religious conspiracy-theory thriller from the author of 'The Righteous Men', set against the backdrop of the world's bitterest conflict. April 2003: as the Baghdad Museum of Antiquities is looted, a teenage Iraqi boy finds an ancient clay tablet in a long-forgotten vault. He takes it and runs off into the night!

For your chance to win one of four copies of The Last Testament, click here to find the answer to the following question:
Lola Hepburn's top features the flag of which country?
a. USA
b. UK
c. France

Buy The Last Testament at Amazon >>

Closing Date: Thursday 26 July 2007, Noon

How to Enter:
- Send an email with the correct answer to [email protected], with the subject "The Last Testament 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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London Hotels

4 Of The Best

Jumeirah Carlton Tower - KnightsbridgeJumeirah Carlton Tower - Knightsbridage (5*)

The hotel lies within easy reach of Harrods, Harvey Nichols and the Sloane Street boutiques. Overlooking the gardens of Cadogan Place, the hotel features 220 bedrooms and suites. Other features include two restaurants, a bar and health club which overlooks the rooftops of Knightsbridge.
?Check availability and book online

Chesterfield Mayfair - MayfairChesterfield Mayfair - Mayfair (4*)
The Chesterfield enjoys a secluded Mayfair location, yet only minutes from London's exclusive shopping areas and for all the West End's nightlife. Guest rooms feature bathrobes, complimentary bottled mineral water and movies 'on demand'. Afternoon Tea is served daily in the Conservatory.
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Avni Hotel London - South KensingtonAvni Hotel London - South Kensington (3*)
If you?re looking for a stylish, affordable hotel in fashionable South Kensington, Avni Hotel London is ideal. As this hotel was completely renovated in 2006, you will have all the amenities you need at your fingertips.
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Central House Hotel - VictoriaCentral House Hotel - Victoria (2*)
With 50 bedrooms, all with television, telephone, tea and coffee making facilities and hairdryer. Offering a stunning central location, the hotel is within easy distance of Knightsbridge, Harrods, Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square and the Houses of Parliament.
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3 Accommodation Deals

Somerset Queen's Gate Gardens - South KensingtonSomerset Queen's Gate Gardens - South Kensington (4* Apartment)
Situated in London's prestigious South Kensington borough, close to Gloucester Road Underground Station. This popular four star hotel offers luxury accommodation in private studios and one and two bedroom apartments.
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Carlton Hotel - VictoriaCarlton Hotel - Victoria (Bed and Breakfast)
A basic bed and breakfast hotel, which is centrally located in London?s Victoria district. Ideal for backpackers and those on a tight budget, Carlton Hotel offers simple, low-cost rooms, many with private shower cubicles.
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Grosvenor House Hotel - MayfairGrosvenor House Hotel - Mayfair (5*)
A magnificent 5-star hotel situated directly opposite Hyde Park in the fashionable Mayfair area of London. Within walking distance of the hotel are some of London's most famous attractions, including the exclusive boutiques of Bond Street and the vibrant theatres of the West End.
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Top Hotels Sellers
(22/03/07 - 12/04/07)

1. Finsbury Residence (Budget Rooms)??
2. Copthorne Hotel at Chelsea Football Club (4* Hotel)???
3. Thistle Victoria (4* Hotel)??
4. Chelsea House Hotel (2* Hotel)??
5. Shaftesbury Hotel (4* Hotel)??

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