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Kensington Palace
Kensington Palace has been a royal home for over 300 years and parts of the palace remain a private residence for members of the Royal Family today. The magnificent State Apartments and the Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection, which includes dresses worn by HM Queen Elizabeth II and Diana, Princess of Wales, are open to the public...
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Fortnum and Mason Cream Tea  
Fortnum and Mason Cream Tea
Afternoon tea was invented by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford (1783-1857), one of Queen Victoria's ladies-in-waiting. In her day, the upper crust ate a huge breakfast, little lunch, and a very late dinner. Every afternoon, the duchess experienced a "sinking feeling." One afternoon she instructed her servants to serve tea and little cakes in her boudoir. The experience was so delightful that Anna repeated it every afternoon thereafter.
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Diary: Cursed by the Atheist Temple

Poor old Alain de Botton came in for a lot of stick after he unveiled plans for a grand atheist Temple in The City. One of the problems identified with the idea is that people won't know what to do once inside.

There's no superior being to pray to, unless you count de Botton himself, a super-rich member of a top banking family, and few rituals atheists are known for, apart from pulling their hair out when they come across religious stupidity.

De Botton says that "people would probably behave as they would in a museum", which isn't much of a guide. If they follow the example of my kids, they'd be moaning all the way around until we got to the gift shop. What would that sell? The empty space where God isn't?

You'd think de Botton would be cool with bored children asking when they can go home, as he says his temple is "all about thinking for yourself and not having a central authority".

But here's what he told one critic: "I will hate you till the day I die and wish you nothing but ill will in every career move you make."

As curses go, it's not exactly the fire 'n' floods of Jehovah, but I don't really want my kids to be cursed for the rest of their lives just because they dont like a ropey vanity project.

David Clee


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- Cinema

Chronicle. Fox UK Film  
Blockbuster of the Week: Chronicle (12A)
Starring: Dane DeHaan, Michael B Jordan, Michael Kelly, Anna Wood, Ashley Hinshaw, Alex Russell
School friends Andrew, Steve and Matt discover a strange artefact in a crater...
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Kate Winslet as Nancy Cowan in CARNAGE. Studio Canal  
Comedy of the Week: Carnage (15)
Starring: Kate Winslet, Jodie Foster, Christoph Waltz, John C Reilly
Alan Cowan and his wife Nancy visit the Brooklyn apartment of Michael and Penelope Longstreet...
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Young Adult (15)  
Critic's Choice of the Week: Young Adult (15)
Starring: Charlize Theron, Jill Eikenberry, Elizabeth Reaser, Collette Wolfe
Mavis Gary is a struggling writer who lives in Minneapolis and has seen the popularity of her Waverly prep novels wane...
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- Classical and Dance

Ballet Preljocaj - Snow White, Sadlers Wells. Information and tickets.  
Ballet Preljocaj - Snow White, Sadlers Wells
One of France's most successful choreographers, Angelin Preljocaj returns to Sadler's Wells with his award-winning 2008 adaption of the Brothers Grimm fairytale, Snow White...
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- Comedy

Frankie Boyle at the HMV Apollo, London. Information and tickets.  
Frankie Boyle - HMV Apollo
Scottish comedian Frankie Boyle performs live stand-up comedy throughout 2010. Expect non-stop controversial gags and deadpan wit from the Mock the Week star...
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- Music

Foster The People at O2 Academy Brixton, London. Information and tickets.  
Foster The People - O2 Academy Brixton
Foster The People have announced details of their biggest UK headline show to date. The band, who recently completed a sold out tour of the UK, will headline London's O2 Academy Brixton on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th April 2012..
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- Theatre

Ghost The Musical, Piccadilly Theatre. Information and tickets.  
Ghost The Musical - Piccadilly Theatre
Believe In Love Ghost is a timeless fantasy about the power of love. Sam is trapped as a ghost between this world and the next trying to communicate with his girlfriend Molly through a phoney psychic in the hope of saving her from his murderer...
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We'll Take Manhattan Competition  
We'll Take Manhattan Competition
Relive the Swinging 60s and the birth of British fashion in We'll Take Manhattan, out on DVD on 30 January 2012, from Universal Playback. Take home the compelling true story which defined style for a generation in this one-off drama starring Karen Gillan (Doctor Who)...
Prize: Win one of three copies of We'll Take Manhattan on DVD.
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London Accommodation

The Tower - A Guoman Hotel, Tower Bridge. 4 Star Hotel  
The Tower, A Guoman Hotel - Tower Bridge (4* Hotel)
The Tower - A Guoman Hotel, London overlooks one of the capital's most carefully restored areas - St. Katharine's Dock, with its colourful yachts, boutiques, bridges and scenic walkways...
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Crowne Plaza London The City, St Paul's, London (4 Star Hotel).  
Crowne Plaza London The City - St Paul's (4* Hotel)
Set in the heart of the City, the Crowne Plaza London The City is a fresh and contemporary 4 star deluxe hotel fully equipped for the needs of modern life. Stylishly designed the hotel is a luxurious haven amidst the bustle of London...
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The W14 Hotel London, Kensington, London (3* Hotel)  
The W14 Hotel London - Kensington (3* Hotel)
The W14 Hotel London combines contemporary decor with the original features of its four Victorian town houses. It also couples a fantastic range of amenities with a prime location in popular Kensington...
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Castleton Hotel, Paddington (3 Star B&B)  
Castleton Hotel - Paddington (3 Star B&B)
Hyde Park and Paddington Station are just a short walk from 3 diamond bed and breakfast Castleton Hotel. You will be able to catch the fast Heathrow Express from Paddington to Heathrow Airport, or you could even request an airport transfer...
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