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Christmas in London
Whether it's old traditions from Dickensian times like Christmas lights and he's-behind-you pantomimes, or new ones like Christmas costumes and ice-skating at famous London venues and a traffic-free Oxford Street, LondonNet's Christmas pages fill almost all known stockings.

The Nutcracker at The London Coliseum. The Nutcracker, information and tickets. Photo Credit: Richard Haughton.

The Nutcracker at The London Coliseum
Journey back in time with English National Ballet to a frost-covered, gas lit world and join Clara, her Nutcracker doll and the magician Drosselmeyer in this traditional, festive tale for all the family...
Buy Tickets | More Info | More Christmas Theatre and Panto Latest Video Laughs - Lemmy’s Half-cut Ace of Spades

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Society seems to be breaking up all over the place at the moment, from kettled students to our beleaguered Irish cousins. So it's time to turn to nature for a lift up, witness the mighty Cat v Aligator and the magnificent Dolphin Stampede. We human's have some assets too, amply demonstrated by the World's Most Powerful Breasts. Finally, we end with the surprisingly mellow Lemmy's Half-cut Ace of Spades viral. | BigHappyVideo on Twitter | RSS

Top Attractions Sellers (11/11/10 - 24/11/10):
1. The London Eye, 2. Ice Skating, 3. Thames Cruises, 4. Tower of London, 5. London Dungeon

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Diary: Army to sort out revolting school students

Students smashing up police gear grabbed the headlines after the anti-fees demo on Wednesday and fair enough, who doesn't enjoy a story about soap-dodging, lecture-skipping layabouts running around being daft?

The snag is that these protests are a bit different. Most have been attended by lecturers, some have involved parents and many have seen school students join the throng.

The last time the latter got involved was back in the 70s with the National Union of School Students. It didn't hang around for long. I was one of two members at my school and such was the cowardice and secrecy I only found out about the other one last year and he is my brother.

Today's school students are made of sterner stuff. They are on their feet because they're the ones who are going to be lumbered with the universities-for-the-rich system.

In retaliation, Education Minister Michael Gove has decided to treat all of them as inmates at a young offenders' institution. He aims to turn army officers into teachers and then get teachers to search pupils for "any item which they reasonably believe is going to be used to cause harm to others or to break a law". Like a ruler, for example.

In short, Gove's cunning plan is to make schools so grim that anyone would beg to pay £9,000 just to get out.

- David Clee

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

- Cinema

Danny Trejo in Columbia Pictures Machete. Sony Pictures ReleasingBlockbuster of the Week: Machete (18)
Starring: Jessica Alba, Danny Trejo, Robert De Niro, Steven Seagal, Lindsay Lohan, Michelle Rodriguez, Jeff Fahey
Machete is an assassin for hire...
Showing At These Cinemas | Watch Trailer

George Clooney in The American. Universal Pictures UK Critics' Choice of the Week: The American (15)
Starring: Irina Bjorklund, Thekla Reuten, George Clooney
Following a bungled assassination attempt, hit man Jack abandons the city...
Showing At These Cinemas | Watch Trailer

London Boulevard. EntertainmentThriller of the Week: London Boulevard (18)
Starring: Keira Knightley, Colin Farrell, Anna Friel, Ray Winstone
Big screen actress Charlotte wants to get away from the paparazzi...
Showing At These Cinemas | Watch Trailer

See Also:
A-Z of London Cinemas, A-Z of London Films, A-Z of UK Cinemas, A-Z of UK Films, Top 10 Movies, New Films This Week, Forthcoming Releases

- Classical and Dance

The Snowman at the Peacock Theatre. The Snowman, information and ticketsThe Snowman - Peacock Theatre
Now a major fixture in the Christmas calendar, the stage version of Raymond Briggs' much-loved book continues to delight children as it returns to the Peacock Theatre this Christmas...
Buy Tickets | More Info | More Classical, Opera and Dance Tickets

Top Classical and Dance Sellers (11/11/10 - 24/11/10):
1. The Nutcracker, 2. Cinderella, 3. The Snowman, 4. Romeo and Juliet, 5. Sylvia

- Comedy

Yes, Prime Minister - Gielgud Theatre. Yes, Prime Minister ticketsYes, Prime Minister - Gielgud Theatre
Antony Jay & Jonathan Lynn, have reunited for this 30th anniversary production starring Henry Goodman and David Haig...
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Top Comedy Sellers (11/11/10 - 24/11/10):
1. Lee Nelsons, 2. Bill Bayley, 3. Lee Mack, 4. Ross Noble, 5. Peter Kay

- Music

Soulwaxmas - The O2 Academy Brixton, London. Information and Tickets.Soulwaxmas - The O2 Academy Brixton
Belgian brothers Stephen and David Dewaele, aka Soulwax and 2ManyDJs, have added a third Soulwaxmas show at Brixton Academy on Thursday 16th December...
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Top Music Sellers (11/11/10 - 24/11/10):
1. The Pogues, 2. Suede, 3. David Guetta, 4. Vampire Weekend, 5. Seth Lakeman

- Theatre

The Night Before Christmas - The Ambassadors Theatre

The Night Before Christmas - The Ambassadors Theatre
A truly unique Christmas experience. Meet Father Christmas and see a magical story come to life in this brand new show...
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Top Theatre Sellers (11/11/10 - 24/11/10):
1. Oliver!, 2. Billy elliot, 3. Chicago, 4. Priscilla Queen of the Desert, 5. Les Miserables

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Rhod Gilbert and the Cat that Looked Like Nicholas Lyndhurst Competition

Rhod Gilbert and the Cat that Looked Like Nicholas Lyndhurst
Win one of three copies of Rhod Gilbert and the Cat that Looked Like Nicholas Lyndhurst on DVD...
Click here for your chance to win | More competitions

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London Accommodation

Royal Garden Hotel - Kensington (5*)

Royal Garden Hotel - Kensington (5*)
Set in the heart of London, this hotel is close to Kensington Palace and Royal Albert Hall, as well as Kensington Gardens. Other attractions include Buckingham Palace...
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The Regency - South Kensington (4 Star Hotel)

The Regency - South Kensington (4* Hotel)
Dylan Earls Court may be situated in a relatively tranquil and distinguished side street, but it's actually minutes away from Earls Court's tube station and exhibition centre...
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Paddington Court Rooms - Paddington (3 Star Hotel)

Paddington Court Rooms - Paddington (3* Hotel)
Whether you're coming to London on business or pleasure, Paddington Rooms offers a very convenient location so getting around London is easy...
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Passfield Hall - Bloomsbury (Budget Rooms)

Passfield Hall - Bloomsbury (Budget Rooms)
Set in ten Georgian houses arranged around a walled garden, Passfield Hall combines historic charm with modern amenities...
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Top Hotels Sellers (11/11/10 - 24/11/10):
1. European Hotel - Kings Cross (2 Star Bed & Brekfast, 2. Barkston Rooms - Earls Court (Budget Rooms), 3. Holland Court Hotel - Kensington (3 Star Hotel), 4. Stanley House Hotel - Victoria (2 Star Hotel), 5. City Inn Express - Hackney (2 Star Hotel)

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