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Hats: An Anthology by Stephen Jones
On display will be hats ranging from an Egyptian Anubis mask dating from 600BC to a 1950s Balenciaga hat and couture creations by Jones and his contemporaries...
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London Theatre January Sale. Photo: Zorro.

Theatre January Sale
Enjoy up to 70% off top London Shows including Avenue Q, Billy Elliot, Zorro and many more. Valid until 12 February 2009.
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London Events Diary
An easy-to-follow, regularly-updated list of good stuff to do in London throughout 2009.
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Top Attractions Sellers (08/01/09 - 21/01/09):
1. The London Eye, 2. Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer's Life 1990-2005, 3. Body Worlds & The Mirror of Time, 4. Buckingham Palace, 5. London Dungeon

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Diary: Hats Off to Hats

One of my friends has taken to wearing a hat, a Trilby no less. We laughed, but he liked his new headgear so much he went out and bought another one.

We laugh because we're part of the generations that grew up not wearing any kind of hat at all. Then the young 'uns brought us baseball caps, followed by beanies (men) and cute berets and gavroches (women).

Years ago, there were hats for aristos called toppers, hats for city types - bowlers - caps for working men and Trilby type hats for the ones in between. Unless it was a special occasion, most women didn't bother with hats because they didn't want their lacquered hair styles spoiled.

Unfortunately, my knowledge of hat history stops about there, but luckily there's a great new millinery exhibition starting at the V&A next month and tickets are on sale now.

If you see my friend there, what he really likes is for people to flick the back brim of his hat so that the front brim falls over his eyes. Even after the 1000th time, he thinks that's really funny.

Hats: An Anthology by Stephen Jones kicks off at the Victoria and Albert Museum on 24 February and closes on 31 May.

- David Clee

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

- Cinema

Valkyrie. TM and © 2005 FoxBlockbuster of the Week: Valkyrie (12A)
Starring: Tom Cruise, Kenneth Branagh, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson
Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg loses an eye and his hand in the name of the Third Reich...
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Harvey Milk (SEAN PENN) in MILK. Momentum PicturesCritics' Choice of the Week: Milk (15)
Starring: Sean Penn, James Franco, Josh Brolin, Emile Hirsch
Haunting biopic of the first openly gay man elected to American public office...
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Frost/Nixon. Copyright 2007 Universal Studios. ALL RIGHTS RESERVEDDrama of the Week: Frost/Nixon (15)
Starring: Frank Langella, Michael Sheen, Kevin Bacon
On August 8, 1974, in the wake of the Watergate scandal, Richard Nixon..
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A-Z of London Films, A-Z of London Cinemas, A-Z of UK Cinemas, Cinema News, Top 10 Movies, New Films This Week, Forthcoming Releases, Interviews

- Classical and Dance

Madam Butterfly - The ColiseumMadam Butterfly - The Coliseum
Puccini's exquisite music underscores the emotional tale of a young Japanese geisha girl's love for a callous American naval lieutenant...
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Top Classical and Dance Sellers (08/01/09 - 21/01/09):
1. Star Wars: A Musical Journey, 2. Swan Lake, 3. Madam Butterfly, 4. La Bayadère, 5. La Boheme,

- Clubs

Plush Dafunk Cupids Ball. Pacha London. 7 FebruaryPlush Dafunk Cupids Ball - Pacha London - 7 February
As Cupid draws back his bow, aims and shoots his arrow, Pacha will be transformed into a blistering paradise of passion...
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Top Clubs Sellers (08/01/09 - 21/01/09):
1. Gang Gang Dance - at Dingwalls London (26.02), 2. Broad Casting - Cargo (29.01), 3. Nothing Special - Fabric (31.01), 4. Kinky Malinki - Matter (14.02), 5. Bhangra Beats! - 93 Feet East (12.02)

- Comedy

Comedy Tree - The Watershed, WimbledonComedy Tree - The Watershed, Wimbledon
The Comedy Tree is one of London's most popular comedy clubs, renowned for its brilliant comedy line-ups and a fun, intimate atmosphere...
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Top Comedy Sellers (08/01/09 - 21/01/09):
1. The Comedy Store, 2. Russell Brand, 3. Sit Com Trials, 4. Well - Apollo Theatre, 5. Kristen Schaal & Kurt Braunohler

- Music

Simply-RedSimply Red (The O2 - 2 April 2009)
Simply Red's main man, Mick Hucknall takes you on a within-song journey that is carried along by a cruisy 12-man backing outfit filled bursting with sax, bass and brass...
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Top Music Sellers (08/01/09 - 21/01/09):
1. Katy Perry, 2. Blur, 3. Pussycat Dolls, 4.James Morrison, 5. Nickelback

- Theatre

Plague Over England - Duchess TheatrePlague Over England - Duchess Theatre
21 October 1953. The recently knighted Sir John Gielgud is arrested in a public lavatory on charges of importuning for immoral purposes...
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Top Theatre Sellers (08/01/09 - 21/01/09):
1. Oliver!, 2. The Phantom of the Opera, 3. Wicked, 4. Three Days of Rain, 5. Disney's The Lion King

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Sakuran CompetitionSakuran Competition
Win a copy of Sakuran on DVD and £50 worth of Yo! Sushi vouchers...
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London Accommodation

St Martins Lane - Covent Garden (5*)

St Martins Lane - Covent Garden (5*)
St Martins Lane has re-invented the hotel experience and reflects the "hotels as theatre" approach that Ian Schrager first created in New York more than 16 years ago...
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Holiday Inn Camden Lock - Camden (4*)

Holiday Inn Camden Lock - Camden (4*)
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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Thistle City Barbican - The City (3*)

Thistle City Barbican - The City (3*)
Thistle City Barbican is placed on the edge of London's historical Square Mile, perfectly located for the City, the world-renowned Barbican Centre, and within easy reach of the Tate Modern...
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Central House Hotel - Victoria (2*)

Central House Hotel - Victoria (2*)
Central House Hotel may be located on a relatively quiet street, but it's so close to many of London's top attractions including the Tate Britain, the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye that you can walk to them with ease...
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Top Hotels Sellers (08/01/09 - 21/01/09):
1. Linden House Hotel - Hyde Park (2*) 2. Holly House Hotel London - Victoria (Budget Rooms) 3. Majestic Hotel - South Kensington (2*) 4. Piccolino Hotel - Paddington (3 diamond B&B), 5. President Hotel London - Bloomsbury (3*)

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