Beatles to Bowie at The National Portrait Gallery. The Beatles, 1964 By Robert Whitaker. Robert Whitaker Archive. Copyright: Robert Whitaker

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Beatles to Bowie at The National Portrait Gallery. Jimi Hendrix, 1967 By Fiona Adams. Copyright: Fiona Adams

Beatles to Bowie - The National Portrait Gallery
Bringing together 150 photographs, together with a range of memorabilia, the exhibition evocatively illustrates how image, music and fashion combined to make the leading pop music personalities of the 60s the leading icons of their time.
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The London Bridge Experience & London Tombs

The London Bridge Experience & London Tombs
Hollywood-style special effects have been introduced to make The London Tombs an experience you'll never forget. Scary and exciting, it's not for wimps...
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Flashmob Thriller Dance in Trafalgar Square. Latest Video Laughs

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Two Michael Jackson clips to start with; Flashmob Thriller Dance in Trafalgar Square, and the MJ Is Alive video (now admitted as a fake). From the wonderful world of losers we've Man Set Alight by Birthday Cake and a foolish Post Walk Fail. Top ad virals of the week are Everyday Kindness and The Last KIT KAT Chunky Peanut Butter... | BigHappyVideo on Twitter | RSS

Top Attractions Sellers (20/08/09 - 02/09/09):
1. London Eye, 2. Buckingham Palace, 3. Chessington Park, 4. St Paul's, 5. Thorpe Park

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Diary: New Term, New Tips for Bunking Off School

Put down that sickly pig, kids. Time's run out to catch swine flu; there will be no summer holiday extension.

But the good news is there are a couple of cards you can still play to get out of lessons. One of them actually is a card, to be used when you feel a temper blow-out coming on.

"If a kid knows they are about to 'lose it', they give their teacher a card to leave the room to calm down," explained a teacher involved in introducing the scheme.

Perfect. The trouble is the get-out-of-class-free card can only, so far, be played in Scotland.

Don't despair, though. Down south, we have the start of the free school meals for all primary school kids programme, trialled in Newham, for possible use across London later.

The trick here is for one of the class to make themselves sick after tasting the latest Jamie Oliver-style health food and then the rest are bound to be sent home on the food-poisoning ticket, since you've all eaten the same thing.

With luck, the wasted, tainted food goes to feed pigs in time for a fresh bout of swine flu after the Christmas break and you'll still get the GCSEs, as teacher does those for you anyway.

- David Clee

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

- Cinema

500 Days Of Summer. Fox UK FilmBlockbuster of the Week: (500) Days Of Summer (12A)
Starring: Geoffrey Arend, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Clark Gregg
Tom has always had a passion for architecture...
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District 9. Sony Pictures ReleasingCritics' Choice of the Week: District 9 (15)
Starring: Louis Minnaar, Jason Cope, David James, Mandla Gaduka
In the near future, aliens are granted refugee status on Earth...
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Tricks (Sztuczki). No Image AvailableForeign Movie of the Week: Tricks (Sztuczki) (12A)
Starring: Damian Ul, Ewelina Walendziak
A little boy called Stefek and his teenage sister Elka...
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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

Sleeping Beauty - Royal Opera HouseSleeping Beauty - Royal Opera House
Everyone loves the fairy story of the beautiful princess awoken from a long enchanted sleep by the kiss of a prince...
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Top Classical and Dance Sellers (20/08/09 - 02/09/09):
1. The Nutcracker, 2. Rigoletto, 3. Turandot, 4. Swan Lake, 5. The Snow Queen

- Comedy

Rhod Gilbert - HMV Apollo HammersmithRhod Gilbert - HMV Apollo Hammersmith
First-class comedian with a string of accolades...
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Top Comedy Sellers (20/08/09 - 02/09/09):
1. The Comedy Store, 2. Michael McIntyre , 3. Lee Mack: Going Out, 4. Dylan Moran: What It Is, 5. Sean Hughes

- Music

David Gest...My Life! A Musical Concert Extravaganza. Photo Credit: . C.C.LicenseDavid Gest...My Life! A Musical Concert Extravaganza
Pete Doherty & The Rumble Strips Join Michael Jackson Tribute...
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Top Music Sellers (20/08/09 - 02/09/09):
1. Coldplay, 2. Pet Shop Boys, 3. Dizzee Rascal, 4. Kasabian, 5. Backstreet Boys

- Theatre

The Shawshank Redemption - Wyndham's TheatreThe Shawshank Redemption - Wyndham's Theatre
The story of Andy Dufresne, who is sentenced to life in Shawshank Prison after being convicted of murder...
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Top Theatre Sellers (20/08/09 - 02/09/09):
1. Thriller Live!, 2. High School Musical 2, 3. Annie, 4. The Phantom of the Opera, 5. Rocky Horror Show

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Jet CompetitionJet Competition
Win one of two pairs of tickets to see Jet at London HMV Forum on Thursday 17 September...
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London Accommodation

The May Fair Hotel - Mayfair (5*)

The May Fair Hotel - Mayfair (5*)
Located right in the heart of sophisticated Mayfair, The May Fair Hotel is now one of the finest 5 star hotels in London...
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Best Western John Howard Hotel - Kensington (3*)

Best Western John Howard Hotel - Kensington (3*)
The John Howard Hotel is located in Kensington in the heart of central London...
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Elizabeth Hotel - Victoria (3* Bed & Breakfast)

Elizabeth Hotel - Victoria (3* Bed & Breakfast)
Occupying a 19th century townhouse, Elizabeth Hotel offers affordable accommodation near Victoria station...
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Northumberland House - Westminster (Quality Rooms)

Northumberland House - Westminster (Quality Rooms)
Don't be fooled into thinking that staying in the heart of central London costs lots of money...
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Top Hotels Sellers (20/08/09 - 02/09/09):
1. Elizabeth House Hotel London - Victoria (2* Hotel), 2. Piccolino Hotel - Paddington (3* B&B), 3. Queens Hotel London - Crystal Palace (3* Hotel), 4. Northumberland Hotel - Kings Cross (2* Hotel), 5. Sleeping Beauty Hotel - Leyton (3* Hotel)

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