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Climb to the treetops at Kew Gardens

Kew GardensEnjoy a spectacular new experience at Kew's new Xstrata Treetop Walkway. Climb 18 metres to enjoy birds-eye views of autumn colour - plus kids go free! Find out more at
You can also enter our competition to win a year's membership of Kew Gardens.
Win a premier membership of Kew Gardens...

NEW! Halloween

Halloween. Photo Credit: madmolecule. C.C.LicenseLive up the spookiest night of the year with our ghoulishly good tips for sightseeing, clubbing and party planning. Care to serve a few guests amputated finger pizza while wearing your new vampire fangs? We'll share the recipes and help you find the perfect fancy dress gear...

Top Attraction Sellers:
(02/10/08 - 15/10/08)

1. London Eye
2. Ice Skating
3. Madame Tussauds
4. Bateaux Sunday Lunch Jazz Cruise
5. Jack the Ripper and the East End


One Big Secret Garden

Some say drama is all about creating suspense. You don't want to let the audience know what's coming up next, or when it's coming, and that's how it is when you go to Kew Gardens.

On the walk from the station, high walls prevent anything more than a tree-top clue to the goodies inside, while from the riverside carpark visitors enter the giant secret garden by the kind of small, hedgebound gate you find in a local park.

Inside, the botanical strip-tease continues. Paths curve sneakily around tree-lined corners to reveal startlingly new vistas; giant greenhouses framed with cold, industrial iron hothouse mini-jungles and in the distance, Kew's pagoda adds an air of fairytale magic. There are yet-to-be revealed secrets everywhere.

In the book The Secret Garden, children grow emotionally when in commune with plant-life and you get a bit of that effect at Kew, too. It's that old nature helping you feel more human thing. People look taller as they walk with their heads held high and I swear some of us leave measurably taller as well, the result of having repeatedly to telescope our necks to spot the next miracle.

- David Clee


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Cinema | Classical | Clubs | Comedy | Music | Theatre


Blockbuster of the Week: Burn After Reading Burn After Reading. Photo Credit: Macall Polay. Copyright: 2008 Universal Studios. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
Starring: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, John Malkovich
Former CIA agent Osbourne Cox pens his memoirs but an electronic copy of the manuscript inadvertently ends up in the possession of gym employee Chad Feldheimer and co-worker Linda Litzke...
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Kids' Movie of the Week: Igor (PG) Igor (voiced by JOHN CUSACK) in IGOR. Momentum Pictures
Starring: John Cusack, Steve Buscemi, Christian Slater, Jennifer Coolidge
Igor harks from a long line of hunchbacked servants, who must do the bidding of crazed inventors in the land of Malaria. Alas, Igor's evil scientist, Dr Glickenstein...
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Critics' Choice of The Week: Young @ Heart (PG) Young @ Heart. Yume Pictures
Starring: Various
Stephen Walker's award-winning documentary spends six weeks in the company of a most unusual choir, comprising senior citizens from Northampton, Massachusetts who perform a repertoire of rock classics...
 Showing at these cinemas...

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Classical and Dance

The Snowman - Peacock Theatre

The Snowman - Peacock TheatreWhen a young boy's snowman comes to life on Christmas Eve, the two set off on a night-time quest for adventure. On their travels, they meet dancing penguins, reindeer and, of course, Father Christmas...
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Top Classical and Dance Sellers:
(02/10/08 - 15/10/08)

1. The Nutcracker
2. Aida
3. Strictly Come Dancing Live 2009
4. Carmina Burana
5. The Barber of Seville

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More Ballet and Dance Tickets, More Classical Music Tickets, More Opera Tickets


Halloween Undead Ball - Space, London (31 October)

Halloween Undead Ball - Space, London. Photo Credit: izarbeltza. C.C.LicenseCome party with the undead at the devil's very own ball on the scariest night of the year....
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Top Clubs Sellers:
(02/10/08 - 15/10/08)

1. Together Halloween Horror Show - Scala (25/10)
2. Hellfire Festival - Clapham Grand (31/10 - 01/11)
3. White Heat - Madame Jo Jo's (25/11)
4. Pukka Up Ibiza Reunion - Dixie Queen Paddle Boat (18/10)
5. Desperately Seeking Someone - Space (25/10)

Bill Bailey: Tinselworm - Gielgud Theatre

Bill Bailey: Tinselworm - Gielgud TheatreFollowing a sell-out arena tour of the UK in 2007 and a sell-out tour of New Zealand and Australia in 2008, Tinselworm returns to the UK for a run at The Gielgud Theatre...
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More Comedy Tickets

Top Comedy Sellers:
(02/10/08 - 15/10/08)

1. French & Saunders: Still Alive 2008
2. Steve Coogan
3. The Comedy Store
4. The Comedy Tree
5. Fat Pig

Goldfrapp - Carling Academy Brixton

Goldfrapp - Carling Academy BrixtonThe disco duo entered a decidedly folky period with this year's Seventh Tree album release. But that doesn't mean the punchiness and overt sexuality is gone for good with Alison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory...
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By Artist, By Date, By Venue

Top Music Sellers:
(02/10/08 - 15/10/08)

1. Razorlight
2. Bloc Party
3. James Blunt
4. X Factor Live
5. Boyzone

Oedipus - National Theatre, Olivier

Oedipus - National Theatre, OlivierThe people of Thebes look to Oedipus to lift a terrible curse from them and their city. He consults the oracle and learns that he must root out the late king's murderer...
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Top Theatre Sellers:
(02/10/08 - 15/10/08)

1. The Phantom of the Opera
2. Disney's The Lion King
3. Cinderella
4. Six Characters in Search of an Author
5. Twelfth Night

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More Comedy Tickets, More Musicals Tickets, More Plays Tickets


Kew Gardens Competition

Kew Gardens CompetitionTo celebrate the opening of the Xstrata Treetop Walkway, we are giving away a year's membership of Kew Gardens. With this fantastic prize you can enjoy unlimited entry to Kew Gardens for a year, six free day passes for family members, as well as subscription to the quarterly Kew Magazine...
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London Accommodation

4 of the Best

Langham Hotel London - Oxford Circus(5* Hotel)Langham Hotel London - Oxford Circus(5* Hotel)
The Langham Hotel is located in the heart of London's West End, within five minutes' walk from Oxford Street and Theatreland. Originally opened in 1865, it is the epitome of the grand city hotel.
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Europa Hotel - Gatwick (3* Airport Hotel)Europa Hotel - Gatwick (3* Airport Hotel)
The Europa Hotel is a budget hacienda style hotel with a 24 hour complimentary transfer service. Built round a central garden and offering 211 spacious rooms and a large leisure centre with pool, this is an ideal family hotel.
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Classic Hotel - Paddington (2 Diamond B&B)Classic Hotel - Paddington (2 Diamond B&B)
There are loads of tourist attractions within walking distance of Classic Hotel, including Hyde Park, Marble Arch and Oxford Street. After your wake up call grab some continental breakfast in Classic Hotelís dining room and then you can enjoy a boat ride.
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Express by Holiday Inn London - Greenwich  (3* Hotel)Express by Holiday Inn London - Greenwich (3* Hotel)
Situated on the Greenwich Peninsula, the Express by Holiday Inn London Greenwich, has easy access via the Jubilee Line (North Greenwich-Millennium Dome) to Canary Wharf, City Airport, West End and ExCel. Historical Greenwich is just a short bus journey away.
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Top Hotel Sellers
(02/10/08 - 15/10/08)

1. President Hotel London - Bloomsbury (3* Hotel)
2. European Hotel - Kings Cross (2 Diamond B&B)
3. Accommodation London Studios - Willesden (Budget Apartment)
4. Romanos Hotel - Pimlico (Budget Hotel)
5. County Hotel London - Bloomsbury (2* Hotel)

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