Kew Gardens. Photo credit: James Morley

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Explore the treetops at Kew Gardens

Kew gardens. Photo Credit: James Morley Kew Gardens has just opened a new walkway allowing you to stroll through the treetops, 18 metres above the ground. Enjoy London and Kew as you have never seen them before, plus kids go free! For more information, visit www.kew.org/trees



Somerset House Summer Series

Somerset House Summer Series. Photo Credit: wonker. C.C.LicenseThe concert series starts tonight with The Fratellis, recently named Best British Band at the O2 Silver Clef Awards, and finishes with a show-stopping performance by soulful crooner Adele on 19 July. In between, acts like We Are Scientists, Lupe Fiasco and Duffy are set to take down the house.
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1. London Eye
2. Summer Opening of the State Rooms
3. Summer opening of Parliament
4. Tutankhamun Exhibitition
5. Madame Tussauds

Diary

Theatre's Future on the Streets of London

All the signs are we're heading into a recession. All the signs except for one and that's West End theatre, which posted it's best ever year for ticket sales in 2007 and looks set to break the record again this year.

Musicals make up most of those tickets and we've had some great ones recently, with Wicked, Jersey Boys and Grease all worth a mention. What that trio have in common is that they're all set in America, unless you really believe in the wonderful world of Oz.

That might be about to change. One interesting trend to keep an eye on is the emergence of London as the setting for upcoming musicals. First and foremost, there's the revival of Oliver!, which returns to the West End early next year. At the cinema, we've already had Sweeney Todd and last week a new version of Sherlock Holmes starring Sacha Baron Cohen was announced. Best of all, some intrepid souls are launching a musical based on the life and times of David and Victoria Beckham.

That turn to real-life, well as real as it is in Poshnbecksland, could turn out to be a watershed. By 2011, there'll be extravaganzas about declining house prices starring the ex-presenters of by-then cancelled TV property programmes and shows with doom-laden songs covering hard drug abuse and street crime. (Why does every article these days always come back to Blake and Amy? - Ed.)

- David Clee

Entertainment

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Theatre | Music | Classical | Cinema

Theatre

Gigi
Open Air Theatre
6 August - 13 September 2008


Gigi - Open Air Theatre'Thank Heaven for Little Girls' like Gigi, whose free spirit captures the heart of a playboy in Paris. A star-studded cast, including Golden Globe winner and Oscar nominee Topol, screen favourite Millicent Martin and BAFTA winner Linda Thorson, hits the stage for the first London performance of this show in more than 20 years...
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Top Theatre Sellers:
(26/06/08 - 09/07/08)

1. High School Musical On Stage
2. The Phantom of the Opera
3. Zorro: The Musical
4. Mamma Mia!
5. West Side Story

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Music

Coldplay
The O2
14, 15 and 16 December 2008


Coldplay - The O2. Chris Martin of Coldplay. Photo Credit: lander2006. Creative Commons License.Viva La Vida, the fourth album from Chris Martin & Co, has spawned what some are calling the British rockers' best tour yet. Music for some of the latest songs was inspired by the supernatural so prepare for haunting melodies laced over the group's trademark driving guitar-and-piano sound...
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Top Music Sellers:
(26/06/08 - 09/07/08)

1. Stevie Wonder
2. R.E.M.
3. The Last Shadow Puppet
4. Elbow
5. The Ting Tings

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Classical and Dance

Flamenco Flamen'ka
Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue
18 September - 15 November 2008


Flamenco Flamen'ka - Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury AvenueWritten and directed by Craig Revel Horwood and featuring flamenco superstar Karen Ruimy, Flamen'ka will include flamenco, tango, modern ballet, a company of 20 dancers and music to make you want to shake it...
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Top Classical and Dance Sellers:
(26/06/08 - 09/07/08)

1. Carmina Burana
2. The Nutcracker
3. The Sleeping Beauty
4. The Barber of Seville
5. Rafi Resurrected

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Cinema

LondonNet Blockbuster of the Week

Meryl Streep stars as Donna in Mamma Mia! Photo Credit: Peter Mountain. Copyright:  2008 Universal Studios. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.Mamma Mia! (PG)
Musical (2008) 108mins UK/US
Director: Phyllida Lloyd
Starring: Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth

Sophie is poised to marry her hunky fiance Sky on an idyllic Greek island but the blushing bride-to-be has no one to give her away because her Donna has never revealed her father's identity...
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Critics' Choice of the Week

Action Movie of the Week

Jason Tripitikas (Michael A. Angarano). Lionsgate FilmsThe Forbidden Kingdom (12A)
Action (2008) 104mins US
Director: Rob Minkoff
Starring: Michael Angarano, Jet Li, Jackie Chan, Yifei Liu, Collin Chou

Outcast schoolboy Jason often hangs around Chinatown, sorting through the DVDs at a pawn shop run by the decrepit Old Hop. Unfortunately, the lad becomes the target for a gang of bullies and they use Jason to force their way into the old man's shop, shooting the owner in the process...
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Journey To The Center Of The Earth. Photo by Sebastien Raymond/newline.wireimage.comJourney To The Centre Of The Earth (PG)
Action (2008) 92mins US
Director: Eric Brevig
Starring: Brendan Fraser, Josh Hutcherson, Anita Briem

Scientist Trevor Anderson is regarded as an eccentric by his contemporaries, forced to work on the fringes of the academic community because of his unconventional approach to research. During an expedition to Iceland with his teenage nephew Sean and local guide Hannah...
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Competition

The Other Boleyn Girl Competition

The Other Boleyn Girl CompetitionBased on the best selling novel by Philippa Gregory, The Other Boleyn Girl is an engrossing and sensual tale of two beautiful sisters, Anne and Mary Boleyn, driven by their family's blind ambition to compete for the love of the handsome and passionate King Henry VIII.

Anne (Natalie Portman - My Blueberry Nights, Star Wars Eps I, II & III) and Mary (Scarlett Johansson - Girl With A Pearl Earring, Lost In Translation) Boleyn, are driven by their ambitious father and uncle to advance the family's power and status by courting the attentions of the King of England (Eric Bana - Troy, Munich, Hulk). Leaving behind the simplicity of court life, the girls are thrust into the dangerous and thrilling world of life at court - and what begins as a bid to help their family develops into a rivalry between Anne and Mary for the love of the King.

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Radisson Edwardian Hampshire - Leicester Sq (5* Hotel)Radisson Edwardian Hampshire - Leicester Sq (5* Hotel)
The Hampshire is blessed with a superb location, right on Leicester Square in the heart of the West End. Within easy walking distance are the vast majority of London's top theatres, the cafe society and night life delights of Soho, The City financial district and the bustling shops of Oxford Street.
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Caesar Hotel London - Bayswater (4* Hotel)Caesar Hotel London - Bayswater (4* Hotel)
Caesar Hotel London offers an extremely stylish retreat in the heart of London. Caesar Hotel London is a contemporary, designer hotel offering all the services and standards you would expect from luxury four star accommodation.
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Jurys Inn Chelsea - Imperial Wharf (3* Hotel)Jurys Inn Chelsea - Imperial Wharf (3* Hotel)
Jurys Inn Chelsea is situated within easy walking distance of famous Kings Road and close to well connected Fulham Broadway Tube Station. Stay here and you can relax in comfort and enjoy the facilities that this hotel has to offer.
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Swinton Hotel - King's Cross (2* Hotel)Swinton Hotel - King's Cross (2* Hotel)
Swinton Hotel is a small budget hotel, located right in the heart of the capital in King's Cross. Popular with students, backpackers and families travelling on a budget, this friendly hotel offers bed and breakfast accommodation in a range of basic but comfortably furnished rooms.
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Crowne Plaza Gatwick Crawley - Gatwick (4* Airport Hotel)Crowne Plaza Gatwick Crawley - Gatwick (4* Airport Hotel)
Vancouver Studios are modern, comfortable apartment studios, situated in London's Bayswater area. These fully equipped studio apartments are ideal for both families and those on business.
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Holiday Inn Camden Lock - Camden (4* Hotel)Holiday Inn Camden Lock - Camden (4* Hotel)
Holiday Inn Camden Lock enjoys an enviable location, in one of London's most famous and exciting areas. Known for its vast number of music venues, Camden Town seen many famous bands pass through its streets on the road to success, including Oasis, Blur, U2 and Moby.
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Hanover Hotel London - Victoria (Budget Hotel)Hanover Hotel London - Victoria (Budget Hotel)
Hanover Hotel London is a comfortable budget hotel located between the Pimlico and Belgravia districts. Some of London's most popular tourist attractions, such as Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament, are within walking distance.
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Top Hotel Sellers
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1. President Hotel London - Bloomsbury (3* Hotel)
2. Acton Town Apartments - Acton (Budget Apartment)
3. The Central - Upton (Budget Rooms)
4. European Hotel - King's Cross (2 Diamond B&B)
5. Hanover Hotel London - Victoria (2 Diamond B&B)

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