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Up at the O2
Up at The O2 will combine an exhilarating outdoor challenge with a completely unique perspective on the Capital. Designed by the original architects of the iconic venue, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, the unforgettable 90 minute experience will take visitors on an uplifting guided expedition across the roof of The O2 via a tensile fabric walkway suspended 53m above ground level...
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The View From The Shard
The Shard is the tallest building in the EU, standing at 310 metres (1,016 feet). The observation gallery will be more than twice the highest point achieved by capsules on the London Eye, whose structure stands at a mere 135 metres (443 feet) at its peak....
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Top Attractions Sellers (02/08/12 - 15/08/12):
1. The London Eye, 2. Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter, 3. Circular River Cruise from the London Eye, 4. Buckingham Palace, 5. London Zoo

Diary: Three year-old in bid for next West Coast rail franchise

My son got all excited when he heard the news that the UK government had awarded the running of the West Coast rail franchise for the next fourteen years.

Aged three, he isn't really bothered that Richard Branson's Virgin service will reach the end of the line in December to be replaced by FirstGroup. That's just detail. No, what grabbed his imagination is that the government gives out railways for people to run.

He figures that the next time they dole out the keys to the tracks he'll be of working age and a shoe-in for the contract to be the next Fat Director* in 2026. He won't be fazed by overcrowding either; the answer's simple - build more track. Heck, it only takes a few minutes to build relief lines with his Thomas set.

This spells good news for long suffering passengers between London and the north west because, judging by our living room rug, there'll be at least three high speed routes to Glasgow by 2030.

* Point of Pedantry - In Reverend W. Awdry's Railway Series, Thomas the Tank Engine's boss was known as the Fat Director when the railway operators were privately owned (as they are now). He became the Fat Controller when Britain's railways were nationalised.

Peter Clee


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- Cinema

The Bourne Legacy. Photo: Mary Cybulski. © Universal Pictures  
Blockbuster of the Week: The Bourne Legacy (12A)
Starring: Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton
Jason Bourne is still on the run from the agency that betrayed him but it transpires that he wasn't the only product of Operation Treadstonei...
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BRAVE Merida (voice by Kelly Macdonald) © Disney/Pixar. All Rights Reserved.  
Kids Movie of the Week: Brave (PG)
Starring: Emma Thompson, Kevin McKidd, Kelly Macdonald
King Fergus of Clan DunBroch and his wife Queen Elinor plan to marry off their tomboy daughter Merida to the first-born son of one of the other clans...
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Sylvester Stallone in The Expendables 2. Movie Poster  
Action Movie of the Week: The Expendables 2 (15)
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Chuck Norris
Barney Ross and his team, including Lee Christmas, Yin Yang and Gunnar Jensen, accept a new assignment from Mr Church...
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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

The Snowman, Peacock Theatre. Information and tickets.  
The Snowman - Peacock Theatre
When a young boy's snowman comes to life on Christmas Eve, the two set off on a night-time quest for adventure. On their travels they meet dancing penguins, reindeer and naturally, Father Christmas...
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Top Classical and Dance Sellers (02/08/12 - 15/08/12):
1. LMA Orchestra - Beethoven's 5th Symphony, 2. Swan Lake, 3. LMA Ensemble - Bach and Vivaldi, 4.La Boheme, 5. Sleeping Beauty

- Comedy

Al Murray the Pub Landlord at the Beck and Queen's Theatres, London. Information and tickets.  
Al Murray the Pub Landlord - Beck and Queen's Theatres
Everyone's favourite landlord, Al Murray, is one of the top stand up acts on the UK comedy circuits. ...
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Top Comedy Sellers (02/08/12 - 15/08/12):
1. Michael McIntyre, 2. Eddie Izzard, 3. Kevin Bridges, 4. Paul Merton, 5. Frankie Boyle

- Music

Lostprophets at the Alexandra Palace, London. Information and tickets.  
Lostprophets - Alexandra Palace
An instant fan favorite after only a few live airings, We Bring an Arsenal (the single they released in June) is described by Kerrang as 'a colossal slice of hard rocking braggadocio with a chorus so infectious that this summer's festival crowds are probably already singing it'...
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Top Music Sellers (02/08/12 - 15/08/12):
1. Lady Gaga, 2. Robyn, 3. Muse, 4. Pete Doherty, 5. Joe Brooks

- Theatre

Scrooge, London Palladium. Information and tickets.  
Scrooge - London Palladium
Based on Charles Dickens' famous novel A Christmas Carol, which tells the story of a miserable business man who finds redemption after being visited by three spirits on Christmas Eve...
Info and Tickets | More Musical Tickets | More Play Tickets

Top Theatre Sellers (02/08/12 - 15/08/12):
1. The Lion King, 2. Phantom of the Opera, 3. Rock Of Ages, 4. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, 5. The Tiger Who Came To Tea


Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World Competition  
Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World Competition
Starring Golden Globe Award winner Steve Carell and Academy Award nominee Keira Knightley, Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World is set in a too-near future, the movie explores what people will do when humanity's last days are at hand.
Win a £100 dining experience voucher for Dans Le Noir, London...
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London Accommodation

Jumeirah Carlton Tower, Knightsbridge. 5 Star Hotel  
Jumeirah Carlton Tower - Knightsbridge (5* Hotel)
This fabulous hotel is surrounded by some of the world's best shopping with Knightsbridge, Oxford Street and Bond Street all just a short walk away. There are also many major attractions such as Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park and the Tate Gallery within close proximity...
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Comfort Inn Vauxhall, Vauxhall. 3 Star Hotel  
Comfort Inn Vauxhall - Vauxhall (3* Hotel)
The Comfort Inn Vauxhall hotel is an ideal hotel for those wishing to visit London at an affordable price. Set on the south of the River Thames, a moment's walk from Vauxhall station the modern and convenient hotel is well placed for business and leisure...
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Royal Norfolk Hotel, Paddington, London (3 Star Bed and Breakfast).  
Royal Norfolk Hotel - Paddington (3 Star B&B)
Royal Norfolk Hotel offers you a chance to stay in the heart of Central London and minutes away from Paddington Tube and Train Station, where the Heathrow Express leaves. As you would expect from a three star establishment, this is somewhere comfortable to stay with lots of amenities...
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Blair Victoria and Tudor Inn Hotel, Victoria (2 Star Bed and Breakfast)  
Blair Victoria and Tudor Inn Hotel - Victoria (2* B&B)
Blair Victoria and Tudor Inn Hotel is a family owned establishment. As customers are of paramount importance to the owners, each member of staff is trained to look after you during every second of your stay...
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Top Hotel Sellers (02/08/12 - 15/08/12):
1. Elizabeth House Hotel London - Victoria (2 Star Hotel), 2. Premier West Hotel - Hammersmith (2 Star Hotel), 3. Montana Hotel - Kings Cross (3 Star B&B), 4. European Hotel - Kings Cross (2 Star B&B), 5. 27 Paddington Hotel - Paddington (3 Star Hotel)

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