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Hampton Court Palace
Hampton Court Palace promises a magical journey back through 500 years of royal history. Discover the magnificent State Apartments of Henry VIII and William III, explore 60 acres of immaculate riverside gardens and lose yourself in the world-famous maze...
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King Henry VIII admires a portrait of himself which features alongside portraits of his wives and daughters in the exhibition Henry's Women at Hampton Court Palace. King Henry VIII's council chamber, never before opened to the public, will host this unique exhibition of portraits of all six of his wives and his two daughters, during the 500th anniversary of his accession to the throne. For more information visit - www.hrp.org.uk. Credit: HRP/newsteam.co.uk

Henry Royal Pass
The 500th anniversary of Henry VIII's accession to the throne will see Historic Royal Palaces celebrating the special events and exhibitions. This special pass gives you access to all the special events at Historic Royal Palaces, including: Henry VIII: Heads and Hearts at Hampton Court Palace and Henry VIII: Dressed to Kill is a spectacular exhibition of his armour and weapons bought together for the first time in modern history, at Henry's own place and fortress the Tower of London...

Top Attractions Sellers (02/04/09 - 15/04/09):
1. London Eye, 2. Madame Tussauds, 3. Summer Opening of the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace, 4. Body Worlds & The Mirror of Time, 5. Picasso: Challenging the Past

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Dirty Tricks Cup Final: Gordon Brown 1 Henry VIIIth 6

GORDON BROWN is in schtuck over the naughty rumours spread by one of his spin doctors and deservedly so, but New Labour dirty tricks are nothing compared to what it was like in the corridors of power 500 years back.

Those Tudor corridors must have had constant traffic jams. At Hampton Court, Henry VIIIth had 1,000 hangers on. Given that England's population in the early 16th century was about 2 million, in today's money that would be like having 30,000 back-biters around your house, most of them spreading dirt about the other guy in order to get ahead.

They might not have had email in those days, but Hampton Court had an even faster method of communication, a huge communal toilet - the Great House of Easement - where dozens of people could go at the same time, to spread all kinds of muck.

In that poisonous atmosphere, it's no surprise Henry became paranoid about what his wives were up to. You almost have to give the man credit for stopping at just the six marriages. If I was Sarah Brown, I'd be getting in the food-tasters pronto.

- David Clee

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

- Cinema

I Love You, Man. ParamountBlockbuster of the Week: I Love You, Man (15)
Starring: Paul Rudd, Jason Segel, Rashida Jones
Los Angeles estate agent, Peter Klaven, is head over heels in love with his long-term girlfriend Zooey...
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Before I Forget (Avant Que J'Oublie) (). No Image AvailableCritics' Choice of the Week: Before I Forget (Avant Que J'Oublie) ()
Starring: Jacques Nolot, Marc Rioufol
Meditation on the rigours of age, focusing on former gigolo Pierre, who has not quite come to terms with his advancing years...
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In The Loop. Optimum ReleasingIn The Loop (15)
Starring: Steve Coogan, James Gandolfini
Tenacious communications chief Malcolm Tucker is hurriedly called into action to minimize the damage...
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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

Nigel Kennedy presents an evening of Bach and Ellington - HRP Tower of LondonNigel Kennedy presents an evening of Bach and Ellington - HRP Tower of London
Violin virtuoso Nigel Kennedy is to play the gala opening on Thursday 10th September...
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Top Classical and Dance Sellers (02/04/09 - 15/04/09):
1. Giselle, 2. Madam Butterfly, 3. Havana Rakatan, 4. Peter Grimes, 5. Cosi Fan Tutte

- Clubs

Outlook Festival London Launch Party - Coronet (18 April)Outlook Festival London Launch Party - Coronet (18 April)
Digital Mystikz - Mala / Loefah (DMZ) / N-Type & Crazy D / Plastician (dubstep) / Shy Fx + Mc Stamina...
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Top Clubs Sellers (02/04/09 - 15/04/09):
1. Gallery - Ministry of Sound (17.04), 2. Miss Kittin & The Hacker Live - matter (02.05) , 3. Neon Noise Project - Coronet (01.05) , 4. Need2Soul - Cargo (25.04), 5. DHF - The Return - Hidden (24.04)

- Comedy

Dave Gorman: Sit Down, Pedal, Pedal, Stop And Stand Up - HMV Apollo HammersmithDave Gorman: Sit Down, Pedal, Pedal, Stop And Stand Up - HMV Apollo Hammersmith
Five years after he last toured the UK he's embarking on a truly unique stand-up comedy tour...
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Top Comedy Sellers (02/04/09 - 15/04/09):
1. Orangaid, 2. The Best In Stand Up , 3. Allah Made Me Funny , 4. Russell Brand, 5. Cedric The Entertainer

- Music

Placebo - O2 Shepherds Bush EmpirePlacebo - O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
In the run up to the release of their highly-anticipated album Battle For The Sun, Placebo have announced a series of warm-up shows...
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Top Music Sellers (02/04/09 - 15/04/09):
1. Coldplay, 2. Enrique Iglesias, 3. Ultravox, 4. Manic Street Preachers, 5. A-ha

- Theatre

Deceptions - Richmond TheatreDeceptions - Richmond Theatre
Acclaimed writer Paul Wheeler’s new play is the ultimate mind game...
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Top Theatre Sellers (02/04/09 - 15/04/09):
1. Three Days of Rain, 2. Disney's The LIon King, 3. Thriller Live, 4. War Horse, 5. Calendar Girls

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Is Anybody There? CompetitionIs Anybody There? Competition
Win a pair of tickets to the premiere of Is Anybody There?...
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London Accommodation

Landmark Hotel London - Marylebone (5*)

Landmark Hotel London - Marylebone (5*)
Walk into the Landmark's soaring atrium with 40 foot palm trees and you enter an oasis of tranquillity...
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West India Quay Marriott Hotel - Canary Wharf (5*)

West India Quay Marriott Hotel - Canary Wharf (5*)
This landmark hotel offers an extraordinary blend of comfort and convenience that makes a great London base for both leisure and business travellers alike...
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Aerodrome Hotel - Croydon (3*)

Aerodrome Hotel - Croydon (3*)
An Art Deco style hotel built in 1928 to serve the world's first international airport and the passengers who flew from Croydon and offers stylish contemporary accommodation...
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Craven Gardens Hotel - Bayswater (2*)

Craven Gardens Hotel - Bayswater (2*)
This small, friendly hotel offers reasonably priced accommodation close to the centre of the capital...
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Top Hotels Sellers (02/04/09 - 15/04/09):
1. Holly House Hotel London - Victoria (Budget Rooms), 2. Pimlico Inn - Victoria (Budget Hotel), 3. City View Hotel - Bethnal Green (Budget Hotel), 4. Earls Court Studios - Earls Court (3* Studios), 5. Elizabeth House Hotel London - Victoria(2* Hotel)

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