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Emma Stone, left, and Andrew Garfield star in Columbia Pictures THE AMAZING SPIDERMAN. Sony Pictures Releasing  
The Amazing Spider-Man (15)
High school student Peter Parker is haunted by the disappearance of his parents Richard and Mary. He lives with his uncle Ben and aunt May and contends with all the usual growing pains including persistent bullying from jock classmate Flash Thompson...
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Theatre Tickets Summer Sale. Picture: The Sunshine Boys - Savoy Theatre  
Theatre Tickets Summer Sale
Thanks to London hosting the summer Olympics, many tourists have chosen to avoid the capital this summer. This means many theatres are struggling to fill their seats and are now offering incredible summer-only bargains. We've tickets from just £12 and even have near half price bargains on leading shows such as Shrek the Musical, Rock of Ages and Thriller Live. Our family pick are The Wizard of Oz tickets at just £12.99 each (down from £32)...
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Top Attractions Sellers (21/06/12 - 04/07/12):
1. The London Eye, 2. Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter, 3. Tower Of London, 4. Discount Combo - The Original Tour, EDF London Eye and Madame Tussauds, 5. Discount Combo - EDF London Eye, Circular River Cruise and London Aquarium

Diary: The Shard points the way for public access to the heavens

Unfortunately, a neighbour's stubborn chimney stack blocks the view of The Shard from my window, but I've still been able to see the lasers and lights fired from the new tallest building in London, as it practises for tonight's (05.07.12) grand launch.

With a relatively clear evening predicted by weather experts, the light show should be visible for miles around, not least from London's other high spots.

Sometime in the last century, LondonNet ran a feature on these vantage points. The usual suspects were there, such as Primrose Hill, St. Paul's Cathedral and the London Eye, but we lamented the fact that London's tall buildings were mostly "office blocks that allow views only to those whose business lies within".

The Shard, with its huge viewing deck, breaks with this elitist tradition and the good news is that upcoming skyscrapers, such as The Pinnacle and Blackfriars Tower, are to follow suit.

A (very) high five, too, to one building we moaned about in that old feature: Centre Point now has a bar anyone can drink in as long as they book in advance. Hopefully other tall buildings will join the club, though my neighbours still won't let me sit on top of their chimney.

David Clee


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- Cinema

Andrew Garfield stars as Peter Parker/Spider-Man in The Amazing Spider-Man. Copyright: 2011 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Sony Pictures Releasing  
Blockbuster of the Week: The Amazing Spider-Man (12A)
Starring: Emma Stone, Andrew Garfield, Denis Leary, Rhys Ifans
High school student Peter Parker is haunted by the disappearance of his parents Richard and Mary...
3D | IMAX | Review | Showing at these Cinemas | Trailer
Katy Perry: Part Of Me. Copyright: 2012 Paramount Pictures. All Rights Reserved.  
Documentary of the Week: Katy Perry - Part Of Me (PG)
Starring: Katy Perry
In less than four years, Californian singer Katy Perry has become one of the biggest selling artists on the planet...
3D | Review | Showing at These Cinema | Trailer
God Bless America. Studio Canal  
Comedy of the Week: God Bless America (15)
Starring: Tara Lynne Barr, Joel Murray, Mackenzie Brooke Smith
New York insurance salesman Frank Murdoch lives alone next to rude and inconsiderate neighbours...
Showing at these Cinemas | 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, Interviews

Listings Menus:
Movies by Genres, 3 D Movies, Over 18s Screenings, Parents and Baby Screenings, Subtitled Movies

- Classical and Dance

Rambert Dance Company Featuring Labyrinth of Love, Sadlers Wells. Information and tickets.  
Rambert Dance Company Featuring Labyrinth of Love - Sadlers Wells
Unrivalled in their ability to present exciting and new international choreography as well as some of the most memorable masterpieces from the past 100 years, Rambert Dance Company continues to impress audiences and critics alike...
Info and Tickets | More Classical Tickets | Opera and Dance Tickets

Top Classical and Dance Sellers (21/06/12 - 04/07/12):
1. Birmingham Royal Ballet - Opposites Attract!, 2. Otello, 3. LMA Ensemble - Bach Brandenburg Concertos, 4. LMA Orchestra - Beethoven's Eroica Symphony, 5. Panorama

- Comedy

Paul Merton at the Vaudeville Theatre, London. Information and tickets.  
Paul Merton - Vaudeville Theatre
Join Have I Got News For You's resident misery guts for his new stand-up show Out Of My Head...
Paul Merton DVDs | Info and Tickets | More Comedy Tickets

Top Comedy Sellers (21/06/12 - 04/07/12):
1. Michael McIntyre, 2. Stewart Lee, 3. Rhod Gilbert, 4. Richard Herring, 5. John Bishop

- Music

Seal at HMV Apollo, London. Information and tickets.  
Seal - HMV Apollo
Award-winning vocalist and songwriter Seal has announced a brand new UK tour for November and December this year, his first in three years. The tour will support the release of Seal's new album, Soul 2...
Info and Tickets | More Music Tickets

Top Music Sellers (21/06/12 - 04/07/12):
1. Hard Rock Calling, 2. Latitude Festival, 3. Lady Gaga, 4. Muse, 5. Justin Bieber

- Theatre

Constellations, Duke of York's. Information and tickets.  
Constellations - Duke of York's
Starring two of the most exciting stars in current British theatre, Sally Hawkins (Golden Globe winner for Best Actress in Mike Leigh's Happy-Go-Lucky) and Rafe Spall (Ridley Scott's Prometheus) in an explosive new play about free will and friendship...
Info and Tickets | More Musical Tickets | More Play Tickets

Top Theatre Sellers (21/06/12 - 04/07/12):
1. The Wizard Of Oz, 2. Phantom of the Opera, 3. Les Misérables, 4. Billy Elliot, 5. Wicked


Katie Melua Competition  
Katie Melua Competition
Win one of two pairs of tickets to see Katie Melua at HMV Hammersmith Apollo on 10 October...
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London Accommodation

Corinthia Hotel London, Westminster. 5 Star Hotel  
Corinthia Hotel London - Westminster (5* Hotel)
Superbly positioned on the prestigious Whitehall Place, overlooking the Thames, the luxurious Corinthia Hotel London is just minutes from world-class cultural institutions such as the National Gallery, the Royal Opera House, as well as 10 Downing Street...
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Kingsway Hall, Covent Garden. 4 Star Hotel  
Kingsway Hall - Covent Garden (4* Hotel)
Guests of the Kingsway Hall Hotel can enjoy a superior four star stay in a fabulous location. Situated in London's Covent Garden, close to the British Museum, Oxford Street and Theatreland, the Kingsway Hall is at the heart of some of London's most popular attractions...
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Tudor Court Hotel, Paddington, London (3 Star Hotel).  
Tudor Court Hotel - Paddington (3* Hotel)
Tudor Court Hotel is set in the heart of London, overlooking a peaceful square in Paddington. During your stay here you are ideally place for a number of famous tourist attractions such as Hyde Park and Oxford Street, as well as being close to Paddington Station, which has a direct link to Heathrow Airport...
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St Georges Hotel BnB, Victoria (3 Star Bed and Breakfast)  
St Georges Hotel BnB - Victoria (3* B&B)
Housed in historic nineteenth-century Georgian buildings, St George's Hotel B&B is just a short walk from the River Thames and Tate Britain. After your English breakfast you can explore the local area or take a tube from nearby Pimlico Station and visit some of the other major tourist attractions of the capital...
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Top Hotel Sellers (21/06/12 - 04/07/12):
1. Premier West Hotel - Hammersmith (2 Star Hotel), 2. Lord Jim Hotel - Earls Court (3 Star Hotel), 3. Holly House Hotel London - Victoria (2 Star B&B), 4. Barkston Rooms - Earls Court (2 Star Accommodation), 5. Northumberland House - Strand (3 Star Accommodation)

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