JUDE LAW as Watson and ROBERT DOWNEY JR as Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock Holmes distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. Photo by Alex Bailey

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ROBERT DOWNEY JR. as Sherlock Holmes and JUDE LAW as Watson Sherlock Holmes distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. Photo by Alex Bailey. © 2008 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

Sherlock Holmes (12A)
Guy Ritchie's reinvention of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's legendary sleuth should have been a dream new beginning for the director...
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New Year's Eve Parties 2009. Info and Tickets. Photo Credit: Velo Steve. C.C.License

New Year's Eve Parties 2009
Every New Year's Eve sees millions of partygoers flood the clubs and pubs to watch the timer tick away. It's an important night: the final party and death knell of 2009 combined with the birth/first hangover of 2010...
London Parties | Parties Outside London

Top Attractions Sellers (10/12/09 - 23/12/09):
1. Ice skating, 2. London Eye, 3. The Sacred Made Real: Spanish Painting and Sculpture 1600-1700, 4. Moctezuma: Aztec Ruler, 5. Beatles To Bowie

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Diary: Modernity Runs Out of Steam

Much of Britain has been brought to a shivering halt this week thanks to the Arctic frost.

We're not alone in facing the cold snap - northern Europe and North America are covered in snow too - but in the UK, much to the amusement of our foreign friends, a few inches of snow and sub-zero temperatures equals national catastrophe.

Take Eurostar. Their state-of-the-art trains were stranded in the Channel Tunnel this week thanks to the 'freak', well okay, wintry conditions. Confused passengers huddled together in St Pancras station waiting to see if they could depart this side of Christmas.

On the other side of town, commuters at Victoria fared far better thanks to the timely intervention of another meteorological wonder - a Tornado.

Not the Dorothy engulfing twister you understand, but the country's newest steam locomotive which entered service earlier this year. The A1 Pacific, financed and built by railway enthusiasts, was preparing to set-off on a Christmas special when they learnt of cancellations on the electric powered Kent lines. 'Hop on' was the plucky message and a hundred or so thankful passengers duly climbed aboard.

"If any of the train operators want to modernise their services by using steam trains, I'd be happy to give them a quote" said Mark Allatt, chairman of the charity that built Tornado.

- Peter Clee (David Clee is stuck in snow)

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- Cinema

ROBERT DOWNEY JR. as Sherlock Holmes in Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures Sherlock Holmes, distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. Photo Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures. © 2009 Warner Bros. Entertainment IncBlockbuster of the Week: Sherlock Holmes (12A)
Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Jude Law, Rachel McAdams
Private detective Sherlock Holmes faces a dangerous new adversary, Blackwood, who appears to cheat death...
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John Lennon ( Aaron Johnson). Icon Film distributionCritics' Choice of the Week: Nowhere Boy (15)
Starring: David Morrissey, Kristin Scott Thomas, Anne-Marie Duff
The young John Lennon is at odds with his Aunt Mimi after the sudden death of his uncle, George...
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llan Griff as Menahem Eidelmann in My Father, My Lord. Artificial Eye Film Co Ltd UKDrama of the Week: My Father, My Lord (PG)
Starring: Ilan Griff, Assi Dayan, Nitsam Bar, Michal Rubin
Respected rabbi Abraham Edelman guides his young students towards enlightenment...
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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

Como No! presents Carlos Acosta - London ColiseumComo No! presents Carlos Acosta - London Coliseum
Following his sold-out run at the London Coliseum last summer, Carlos Acosta returns with a much-anticipated new show...
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Top Classical and Dance Sellers (10/12/09 - 23/12/09):
1. The Nutcracker, 2. Giselle, 3. Romeo and Juliet, 4. Swan Lake, 5. The Snow Queen

- Comedy

Porridge - New Wimbledon TheatrePorridge - New Wimbledon Theatre
A new stage adaptation by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais...
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Top Comedy Sellers (10/12/09 - 23/12/09):
1. Frankie Boyle, 2. Dara O'Briain, 3. Comedy Carnival New Year's Eve, 4. The Comedy Store, 5. Ricky Tomlinson's Laughter Show

- Music

Tinchy Stryder. Photo Credit: AFlickion. C.C.LicenseTinchy Stryder
Dubbed the Prince of Grime, Stryder has only just completed an autumn tour of the country, on the back of his hugely successful Catch 22 album...
More Info | More Music Tickets | Music News

Top Music Sellers (10/12/09 - 23/12/09):
1. Massive Attack, 2. Diversity, 3. The Pogues, 4. X Factor Live, 5. Westlife

- Theatre

A Daughter's A Daughter - Trafalgar StudiosA Daughter's A Daughter - Trafalgar Studios
Written by Agatha Christie under the pen-name Mary Westmacott...
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Top Theatre Sellers (10/12/09 - 23/12/09):
1. Aladdin, 2. The Gruffalo, 3. Mamma Mia!, 4. Thriller Live, 5. Grease

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London Accommodation

The Metropolitan - Park Lane (5*)

The Metropolitan - Park Lane (5*)
The Metropolitan, London, is among the capital's most enduring design phenomena, a hotel that combines cool looks and cosseting service with a contemporary mindset...
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Golden Strand Hotel - Hammersmith (3*)

Golden Strand Hotel - Hammersmith (3*)
Just a short walk from Hammersmith Tube Station and a number of first class entertainment venues such as the Hammersmith Apollo and Shepherds Bush Empire...
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Notting Hill Gate Hotel - Notting Hill Gate (3* B & B)

Notting Hill Gate Hotel - Notting Hill Gate (3* B & B)
When you stay at Notting Hill Gate Hotel you'll be getting a great deal, so you can save some of your money to spend exploring the surrounding area...
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Susan Lawrence Hostel - Kings Cross (Hostel)

Susan Lawrence Hostel - Kings Cross (Hostel)
If you're visiting London and need really cheap accommodation in Kings Cross, Susan Lawrence Hostel is the ideal choice for you...
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Top Hotels Sellers (10/12/09 - 23/12/09):
1. Pemberton Gardens Guest House - Upper Holloway (Budget Hotel), 2. Montana Hotel - Kings Cross (2* Hotel), 3. Generator Hostel Hostel - Bloomsbury (Hostel), 4. Warwick Rooms London - Paddington (Budget Hotel), 5. Pay and Sleep Heathrow - Heathrow Hotel (Budget Hotel)

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