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Visit the The London Aquarium, one of Europe's largest displays of aquatic life and home to up to 400 species in over 50 displays, from sharks, stingrays and clownfish, to moray eels, lionfish and sideways walking crabs. Relax, unwind and delve into the depths of the exciting and diverse underwater world at the London Aquarium...
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London Parks
Take a wander through our comprehensive guide to the finest parks in central London and the leafy London suburbs. Featuring location information alongside photographic slideshows....
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Top Attractions Sellers (20/12/12 - 02/01/13):
1. The View From The Shard, 2. The London Eye, 3. Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter, 4. Discount Combo - The Original Tour, EDF London Eye & Madame Tussauds, 5. The Original Tour

Diary: Cave men, Tracey Emin and Phil Taylor make 2013 the year of the past

You have to feel for 2013, destined to live in the overbearing shadow of 2012 with its fancy London Olympics and Queen's Jubilee. But 2013 isn't daft. Instead of trying to compete with all that celebration stuff, this year has decided to play it cool, take a step back and have long look at where we are.

You'll be able to see 40 miles around London when The Shard opens its public platform on 1 February and then on 7 February, the British Museum starts its Ice Age art exhibition, which takes us back to the start of the 'modern mind'.

Looking at the View, starting 12 February at Tate Britain, looks at the way artists, from JMW Turner to Tracey Emin, have represented the British landscape over the years and then David Bowie pops up from the undergrowth for a retrospective at the V&A from 23 March.

After Bowie has delved back into the 1970s, Yoko Ono evokes the 1960s as she creates this year's Meltdown festival in June. Also in retro-rock mode, Roger Walters out of Pink Floyd brings The Wall to Wembley stadium on 14 September.

If all that memory dredging proves too much, this year it will be easier to get out of town, thanks to the removal, on 29 April, of those annoying rules on taking bottles of liquid through security at airports and, in December, the launch of a high-speed rail link to Frankfurt.

Head for Germany at that time, though, and you'll miss the world championship darts at Ally Pally, where Phil Taylor has won every year since the dawn of time. They should probably call The Shard the Arrow of Power in his honour.

David Clee


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Cinema | Classical | Comedy | Music | Theatre

- Cinema

The Impossible. EOne Entertainment  
Blockbuster of the Week: The Impossible (12A)
Starring: Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Marta Etura
Henry and Maria arrive in the tropical paradise of Thailand with their three sons, Lucas, Thomas and Simo...
Review | Showing at these Cinemas | Trailer
Quartet (12A)  
Critics' Choice of the Week: Quartet (12A)
Starring: Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Billy Connolly
Beecham House is a retirement home for opera singers and musicians, who are in the twilight of their glorious careers...
Review | Showing at These Cinema | Trailer
Jessica Biel (Stacie) in Playing For Keeps Lionsgate Films  
Comedy of the Week: Playing For Keeps (12A)
Starring: Jessica Biel, Gerard Butler, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Uma Thurman
George used to have the sporting world at his feet as a professional footballer...
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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

Sleeping Beauty - English National Ballet, London Coliseum - London Theatre Tickets  
Sleeping Beauty - London Coliseum
Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, Princess Aurora lived in an enchanted castle where fairies bestowed her with gifts of beauty, temperament, purity, joy, wit and generosity....
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Top Classical and Dance Sellers (20/12/12 - 02/01/13):
1. The Nutcracker, 2. Ballet Revolucion, 3. Onegin, 4. The Minotaur, 5. My First Cinderella

- Comedy

Lee Nelson at IndigO2, London. Information and tickets.  
Lee Nelson - IndigO2
Star of Live at the Apollo (BBC ONE) and two series of the smash-hit comedy Lee Nelson's Well Good Show (BBC THREE). 'The hottest creation since Ali G and Vicky Pollard' (Daily Mirror) is adding final extra dates to his twice extended live tour due to overwhelming popular demand...
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Top Comedy Sellers (20/12/12 - 02/01/13):
1. Jimmy Carr, 2. Richard Herring, 3. Chris Addison, 4. Sean Lock, 5. Micky Flanagan

- Music

Amy Macdonald at the London Palladium, London. Information and tickets.  
Amy Macdonald - London Palladium
Amy Macdonald, one of Europe's biggest selling singer songwriters, returned this summer with a brand new album Life In A Beautiful Light. Amy has spent the past year touring the world and she has now confirmed further live dates for 2013...
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Top Music Sellers (20/12/12 - 02/01/13):
1. Robbie Williams, 2. Kings of Leon, 3. Stone Roses, 4. Muse, 5. Michael Buble

- Theatre

Kiss Me Kate, Old Vic Theatre - London Theatre Tickets  
Kiss Me Kate - Old Vic Theatre
Award-winning director, Trevor Nunn returns to The Old Vic to direct the dazzling, Tony award-winning, Broadway classic, Kiss Me, Kate. Featuring music and lyrics by Cole Porter, including Too Darn Hot, Brush up your Shakespeare and Another Op'nin...
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Top Theatre Sellers (20/12/12 - 02/01/13):
1. The Phantom of the Opera, 2. The Lion King, 3. Singin' In The Rain, 4. Billy Elliot, 5. The Sound Of Music


Lee Evans Complete Live Comedy Collection Competition  
Lee Evans Complete Live Comedy Collection Competition
A must have for any fan, this brand new boxset is available in two very special editions - a shiny collector's edition tin, complete with 14 pages of exclusive, untold backstage stories.
Win Lee Evans Complete Live Comedy Collection 1994-2011 on DVD box set...
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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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Mercure London Paddington Hotel, Paddington. 4 Star Hotel  
Mercure London Paddington Hotel - Paddington (4* Hotel)
The Mercure London Paddington Hotel is superbly placed close to Paddington Station. With its contemporary design and stylish decor it offers an ideal home from home on your London break. Enjoy the calming surroundings of your elegant room...
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Boston Court Hotel, Paddington (2* Bed & Breakfast)  
Boston Court Hotel - Paddington (2* B&B)
There's no need to think that your budget will force you to stay in a dark and dismal hovel as Boston Court Hotel, which occupies a listed Victorian building, offers central London accommodation at very reasonable prices. Located in Marble Arch which is right in the centre of London...
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Susan Lawrence Rooms, Kings Cross (Budget Rooms)  
Susan Lawrence Rooms - Kings Cross (Budget Rooms)
If you're visiting London and need really cheap accommodation in Kings Cross, Susan Lawrence Rooms is the ideal choice for you! This friendly London hostel is ideally located just a short walk from Kings Cross St Pancras Tube Station, as well as a number of tourist attractions...
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Top Hotel Sellers (20/12/12 - 02/01/13):
1. Chester Hotel Victoria - Victoria (3 star Guest House), 2. Golden Star Hotel - Victoria (Hostel), 3. So London Apartments - Kilburn (3 Star Apartment), 4. Holly House Hotel London - Victoria (2 Star B&B), 5. So London Apartments Hammersmith - Hammersmith (4 Star Apartment)

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