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Valentine's Day 2009
The thing people don't mention much in the run-up to St. Valentine's Day is what happened to the man himself...
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Top Attractions Sellers (22/01/09 - 04/02/09):
1. The London Eye, 2. Bruegel to Rubens: Masters of Flemish Painting, 3. Tower Of London, 4. Madame Tussauds, 5. Body Worlds & The Mirror of Time

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Diary: Valentine's Day Celebrity Massacre

Valentine's Day didn't do a great job for love last year.

Despite them being in the news everyday, no-one seemed to notice that there was a cull of London's celebrity couples going on.

It was brutal. Guy Ritchie and Madonna lost kids and cash respectively, Heather Mills lost the pure love she once shared in Paul McCartney's multi-million pound mansion and Prince Harry lost Chelsy, possibly after calling her a "P*ki" because of her tan.

Meanwhile, Amy Winehouse saw husband Blake Fielder-Civil banged up and consoled her aching heart with a series of flings in the Caribbean and game Peaches Geldof married young and split up a few minutes older. By these standards, the break up of Kate Moss and Pete Doherty was run-of-the-mill, unless you count the cocaine, heroin and horse tranquilisers.

Even the couples still together seem to want to avoid London. Posh and Becks have now lived almost everywhere in the world (and Manchester) but their home town, Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin are forever over the sea at award ceremonies and Sharon Osbourne has given up the UK X Factor gig, so less of her and Ozzy.

All that might have left the throne of Top London Celebrity Couple embarrassingly empty if it wasn't for Ronnie Wood, 61, and Ekaterina Ivanova, 20. Not that it's all plain-sailing for London's new showbiz royalty.

"There is something really tiring about it," says Ivanova. "I am always exhausted. There are Ronnie's Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, and then when you get home the phone rings, then you have to walk the dog."

Sounds like the perfect Valentine's Day date to me.

- David Clee

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Entertainment

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Cinema | Classical | Clubs | Comedy | Music | Theatre

- Cinema

Brad Pitt as Benjamin Button in Warner Bros. Pictures and Paramount Pictures The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Photo credit: Merrick Morton copyright 2007 Paramount Pictures. All Rights ReservedBlockbuster of the Week: The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button (12A)
Starring: Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Taraji P Henson
In 1918, an expectant father gives up his newborn son...
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Vicky Cristina Barcelona. Optimum ReleasingCritics' Choice of the Week: Vicky Cristina Barcelona (12A)
Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz
Flighty and single Cristina and soon-to-be-married Vicky head to Barcelona for the summer...
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Doubt. Photo Credit: Andrew Schwartz. Photo credited to Andrew Schwartz (C) 2008 Miramax Film Corp All Rights ReservedDrama of the Week: Doubt (15)
Starring: Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, Viola Davis
Sister Aloysius runs her '60s Catholic school with an iron fist...
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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

The Seven Deadly Sins / Carmen / DGV: Danse à grande vitesse - Royal Opera HouseThe Seven Deadly Sins / Carmen / DGV: Danse à grande vitesse - Royal Opera House
Vivacity and variety mark this chance to see two recent works in their first revivals...
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Top Classical and Dance Sellers (22/01/09 - 04/02/09):
1. La Bohème, 2. Star Wars: A Musical Journey, 3. Madam Butterfly, 4. Swan Lake, 5.Torvill and Dean's Dancing On Ice: The Bolero 25th Anniversary Tour

- Clubs

Potty Mouth Disco Valentine's Masked Prom. Bloomsbury Ballroom. 13 FebruaryPotty Mouth Disco Valentine's Masked Prom - Bloomsbury Ballroom - 13 February
It's Valentine's! The one night of the year where you can make inappropriate sexual gestures without fear of repercussion...
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Top Clubs Sellers (22/01/09 - 04/02/09):
1. Gang Gang Dance - at Dingwalls London (26.02), 2. Two AM presents SoundSystemOne - Egg London (28.02), 3. Kinky Malinki - Matter (14.02), 4. Birthday Party Returns - O2 Academy 2 Islington (12.02), 5. Bobby&Steve Presents: Valentine Special - Herbal (14.02)

- Comedy

Russell Peters - The O2Russell Peters - The O2
Peters, an Anglo-Indian, has built his reputation solely based on word of mouth, without the need of mainstream media tickets to outsource his identity...
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Top Comedy Sellers (22/01/09 - 04/02/09):
1. The Comedy Store, 2. Shazia Mirza, 3. Sit Com Trials, 4. Russell Peters, 5. Richard Herring - Leicester Square Theatre

- Music

Lily Allen Announces Third Date at O2 Shepherds Bush Empire. Photo Credit: law_keven. C.C.LicenseLily Allen (O2 Shepherds Bush Empire)
Lily Allen and her band will play a full UK tour in March 2009. The singer, who sold out her London's Koko in less than an hour, last toured the UK two years ago...
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Top Music Sellers (22/01/09 - 04/02/09):
1. Thunder, 2. Britney Spears, 3. White Lies, 4. The Black Crowes, 5. Paul Weller

- Theatre

Dai (Enough) - Shaw TheatreDai (Enough) - Shaw Theatre
Iris Bahr's critically acclaimed solo show that thrusts the audience into a bustling Tel Aviv cafe moments before a suicide bomber enters...
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Top Theatre Sellers (22/01/09 - 04/02/09):
1. Three Days of Rain, 2. Disney's The Lion King, 3. Mamma Mia, 4. Hairspray, 5. Oliver!

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Competition

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London Accommodation

Sofitel London St James - St James's (5*)

Sofitel London St James - St James's (5*)
Located on Pall Mall between Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square in a beautiful, historic Grade II listed building...
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myhotel Chelsea - South Kensington (4*)

myhotel Chelsea - South Kensington (4*)
In the heart of fashionable Brompton Cross in Chelsea, the ultra chic and utterly decadent myhotel Chelsea...
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Boulevard Hotel - Paddington (3 Diamond B&B)

Boulevard Hotel - Paddington (3 Diamond B&B)
Close to Paddington station, Boulevard Hotel is within easy reach of a number of popular tourist destinations...
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146 Suites Gloucester Place - Marylebone (3* Apartment)

146 Suites Gloucester Place - Marylebone (3* Apartment)
If you don't like the fuss and frills of hotels but want to stay in the heart of central London, 146 suites Gloucester Place...
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Top Hotels Sellers (22/01/09 - 04/02/09):
1. Earls Court Studios - Earls Court (3* Studios), 1. Bluebells Hotel - Nottinghill Gate (Budget Hotel), 3. Majestic Hotel - South Kensington (2*), 4. Pimlico Inn - Victoria (Budget Rooms), 4. Piccolino Hotel - Paddington (3 diamond B&B)

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