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London International Boat Show 2010
Kicking off on Friday 8 January, the Tullett Prebon London International Boat Show at London's ExCeL is set to be 10 of the busiest days in the capital's boating calendar. The Show is London's leading and most established annual event showcasing boating, marine products and lifestyle...
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Burns Night in London
A little winter cheer is heading our way in the form of the annual celebration of Scottish poet Robert Burns on 25 January. So sip a wee dram of Scotch and read our guide to Burns Night in London....
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Top Attractions Sellers (24/12/09 - 06/01/10):
1. Ice skating, 2. London Eye, 3. Madame Tussauds, 4. Beatles To Bowie, 5. London International Boat Show 2010

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Diary: Six of the Best London Boat Bits in Books

Few things stand in greater contrast to getting stuck in the snow than the freedom of sailing away on a boat, which is why the London International Boat Show is especially well timed this year.

It's the fifty-SIXth LIBS and to celebrate, I've compiled a list of SIX London-literary-boat-type references:

Three Men in a Boat - Jerome K. Jerome.
Two's company and three's a boat crowded with laughs in one of the all-time classic comic novels, set on the Thames.

A Man for All Seasons - Robert Bolt.
Watery imagery all the way as Thomas Moore and Henry VIII work out who'll pay the ferryman. To get to the other side, geddit?

Our Mutual Friend - Charles Dickens.
Kicks off with a dead body floating in the Thames. Not Nancy's, though the love interest out of Oliver Twist also gets her comeuppance down by the river.

The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame.
Rat, Mole, Toad and other animals find out what it means to be human while messing about on the river.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - JK Rowling.
Who can forget the opening scene of the film with the destruction of the Millennium Bridge? OK, it's not in the book, but apparently it took a team of 20 people several months to build, texture and rig the bridge in a 3D animation programme and those efforts must not be ignored.

The World is Not Enough - by way of Ian Fleming.
Yes, an even more tenuous connection to literature, but I like cheating, even against my own rules. The film's pre-credit sequence has a great boat chase that takes in loads of Thames landmarks, including Docklands, which is where we find the ExCell and hence we're back at the boat show.

- David Clee

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See below for what's currently happening in and around London:
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- Cinema

It's Complicated. Nancy Meyers Proj. Melinda Sue Gordon. Copyright: © 2009 Universal Studios.Blockbuster of the Week: It's Complicated (15)
Starring: Steve Martin, Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin
During a trip to New York to celebrate her son Luke's college graduation, bakery owner Jane Adler gets drunk at the bar...
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Daybreakers. No Image AvailableCritics' Choice of the Week: Daybreakers (15)
Starring: Claudia Karvan, Isabel Lucas, Ethan Hawke
In 2019, the vast majority of the population is vampires and the few surviving humans have been hunted to the brink of extinction...
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Viggo Mortensen star in John Hillcoat's The Road, based on Cormac McCarthy's Pulizter Prize winning novel. Icon FilmDrama of the Week: The Road (15)
Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Guy Pearce, Charlize Theron
A man and his young son make their way through a decimated American landscape...
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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

Carmen - The O2Carmen - The O2
Carmen, the world's most popular opera, will take over The O2 in May 2010 for just three performances...
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Top Classical and Dance Sellers (24/12/09 - 06/01/10):
1. The Snow Queen, 2. Swan Lake, 3. Giselle, 4. Sleeping Beauty, 5. Magia de la Danza

- Comedy

Morecambe - Duchess TheatreMorecambe - Duchess Theatre
A fabulous celebration of the extraordinary life of Britain's best loved comic Eric Morecambe ...
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Top Comedy Sellers (24/12/09 - 06/01/10):
1. Frankie Boyle, 2. Dara O'Briain, 3. The Comedy Store, 4. Lee Mack, 5. The Cutting Edge

- Music

Groove Armada. Photo Credit: gonzalovalenzuela. C.C.LicenseGroove Armada
Andy Cato and Tom Findlay announce 3 hotly awaited UK launch shows to celebrate the release of their new album Black Light ...
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Top Music Sellers (24/12/09 - 06/01/10):
1. Nme Awards Tour 2010, 2. John Butler Trio, 3. 30 Seconds To Mars, 4. Massive Attack, 5. Rihanna

- Theatre

As You Like It - Old Vic TheatreAs You Like It - Old Vic Theatre
Rosalind and Celia have been banished from Court. In fear of their lives, they disguise themselves and seek sanctuary in the Forest of Arden...
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Top Theatre Sellers (24/12/09 - 06/01/10):
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The Stitch & Creative Crafts Show CompetitionThe Stitch & Creative Crafts Show
Win one of ten pairs of tickets for the Stitch & Creative Crafts Show at London Excel, 11th - 13th February 2010...
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Andaz Hotel - The City (5*)

Andaz Hotel - The City (5*)
Andaz Liverpool Street London is the first of Hyatt Hotels & Resorts new 'Andaz' brand located in the heart of London...
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Best Western Delmere Hotel - Hyde Park (3*)

Best Western Delmere Hotel - Hyde Park (3*)
An attractively furnished Victorian townhouse hotel, centrally located close to Hyde Park & Oxford Street...
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Dover Hotel London - Victoria (3* B & B)

Dover Hotel London - Victoria (3* B & B)
A budget hotel with plenty to offer its guests. It is ideal for those who want to see the city sights in an inexpensive way...
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Granada Hotel London - Bayswater (Hostel)

Granada Hotel London - Bayswater (Hostel)
Book a room at the budget Granada Hotel London London and you'll be saving money to spend exploring this great city...
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Top Hotels Sellers (24/12/09 - 06/01/10):
1. Pemberton Gardens Guest House - Upper Holloway (Budget Hotel) 2. Piccolino Hotel - Paddington (3* B&B) 3. Sleeping Beauty Hotel - Leyton (3* Hotel) 4. Barkston Budget Rooms - Earls Court (Budget Rooms) 5. Generator Hostel Hostel - Bloomsbury (Hostel)

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