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The View From The Shard
Towering above us from over a thousand feet high, London's new glistening icon the Shard opens its doors to the public in February. Take a look at the View From The Shard...
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New Year Theatre Special Offers. Information and tickets  
New Year Theatre Special Offers
If your bank account has just taken a bashing over the holidays we've got the perfect way to cheer you up - our huge January Theatre Ticket sale. With tickets up to 75% off, there's a squeaky-mean deal available for all tastes...
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Top Attractions Sellers (03/01/13 - 16/01/13):
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. London Zoo

Diary: Reach for the Sky?

London is famed for its low-rise city scape, with traditionally just Wren's St Paul's Cathedral sat aloft above the capital.

Piece by piece, post-war London has chipped away at that vista with a series of ever taller buildings, the sixties saw Centrepoint (385 feet, 117metres) and the Post Office Tower (581ft, 177m). They were joined by The Nat West Tower in 1980 (600ft, 183m) and the Canary Wharf Tower (770ft, 235m) in Docklands. Unlike St Paul's, their names have often proved ephemeral (save the unloved and over-maligned Centrepoint). In part that's due to naming them after the building's first occupants or alternatively after little known postal addresses. Canary Wharf Tower was always called One Canada Square by postal pedants everywhere and The Gherkin, 30 St Mary Axe.

Last week, we caught a glimpse of the latest big-boy to break through the skyline. Towering above the rest at 1,016 feet (310m), The Shard has the advantage of bearing a non-commercial name from the start and a stature so dominant that its postcode will never be its name. I'd like to think that that's thanks in part to architect Renzo Piano's intent to make this a people's building from the start. Aside from boasting levels of restaurants and hotels it is the first tower in many years to feature a public viewing gallery at its peak. Londoners will put this faith to the test when The View From The Shard opens in February, with the first days already sold out.

And yet just when it seemed Londoners might be finally about to embrace a high-rise future, yesterday we saw the limitations of this vision. When a helicopter crashed into St George's Wharf Tower in Vauxhall killing both its pilot and a passer-by down below we collectively choked a little and will no doubt now have a rethink about how our city can live with buildings that reach ever higher up into the clouds.

See Also: The View From The Shard - Our review of London's towering new attraction

Peter Clee


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- Cinema

Django Unchained. Sony Pictures Releasing  
Blockbuster of the Week: Django Unchained (18)
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, James Russo, Jamie Foxx
German bounty hunter Dr King Schultz releases a slave called Django from his shackles...
Review | Showing at these Cinemas | Trailer
The Sessions. Fox UK Film  
Drama of the Week: The Sessions (15)
Starring: Helen Hunt, John Hawkes, William H Macy
Poet and journalist Mark O'Brien was paralysed from the neck down by childhood polio...
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MONSTERS, INC. 3D (L-R) MIKE. ©2012 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.  
Family of the Week: Monsters, Inc. (U)
Starring: John Goodman, Billy Crystal
James P Sullivan, aka Sulley, and Mike Wazowski are the top monsters in the child-scaring business...
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- Classical and Dance

La Boheme - English National Opera, London Coliseum - London Theatre Tickets  
La Boheme, English National Opera - London Coliseum
One of the world's most recognised and widely performed operas, it focuses on two central relationships: that of the poet Rodolfo, who falls in love with the pretty but consumptive seamstress Mimì; and the painter Marcello, who has a glamorous and popular on-off mistress, Musetta...
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Top Classical and Dance Sellers (03/01/13 - 16/01/13):
1. La Boheme, 2. My First Cinderella, 3. Zoonation: Some Like It Hip Hop, 4. Tango Fire: Flames of Desire, 5. Ballet Revolucion

- Comedy

Russell Brand at the Royal Albert Hall, London. Information and tickets. Photo Credit: Eva Rinaldi Celebrity and Live Music Photographer. C.C.License  
Russell Brand - Royal Albert Hall
Russell Brand brings his 'unique' world outlook to London's Royal Albert Hall for a Teenage Cancer Trust gig...
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Top Comedy Sellers (03/01/13 - 16/01/13):
1. Jimmy Carr, 2. Richard Herring, 3. Chris Addison, 4. Sean Lock, 5. Micky Flanagan

- Music

Little Mix at the HMV Apollo, London. Information and tickets.  
Little Mix - HMV Apollo
The hottest new girl band in the country Little Mix have announced their debut UK tour for 2013. Taking in 18 venues across the UK, the tour includes a performance at London's Hammersmith Apollo...
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Top Music Sellers (03/01/13 - 16/01/13):
1. Robbie Williams, 2. Kings of Leon, 3. Stone Roses, 4. Muse, 5. Eric Clapton

- Theatre

West Side Story, Sadler's Wells - London Theatre Tickets  
West Side Story - Sadler's Wells
One of the greatest musicals of all time, West Side Story returns to Sadler's Wells this summer after a sell-out season in 2008 during its 50th anniversary year...
Info and Tickets | More Musical Tickets | More Play Tickets

Top Theatre Sellers (03/01/13 - 16/01/13):
1. Les Miserables, 2. The Lion King, 3. Mamma Mia!, 4. Wicked, 5. Thriller - Live


Jack Dee Live Stand Up Collection 2012 Competition  
Jack Dee Live Stand Up Collection 2012 Competition
The deadpan king himself, Jack Dee, brings together 2 decades of his best shows with Jack Dee Live Stand Up Collection 2012...
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London Accommodation

Langham Hotel London, Bloomsbury. 5 Star Hotel  
Langham Hotel London - Bloomsbury (5* Hotel)
Located within easy waking distance of many of London's attractions, including Oxford Street, Bond Street and the theatre district of the West End, Langham Hotel London is the perfect base from which to explore all that the capital has to offer...
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Enterprise Hotel, Kensington. 3 Star Hotel  
Enterprise Hotel - Kensington (3* Hotel)
The Enterprise Hotel, London is superbly situated for both business and leisure guests alike, in the heart of the vibrant district of Kensington. This is ideal for business travellers visiting Earls Court and the Olympia Exhibition Centre, both of which are a short walk away...
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Heatherbank Guesthouse, Finchley (3* Bed & Breakfast)  
Heatherbank Guesthouse - Finchley (3* B&B)
As well as having a number of local bars, cafes and restaurants nearby, you can also enjoy a day of retail therapy at Brent Cross Shopping Centre. Getting into Central London could not be easier as you will find Woodside Park Tube Station just five minutes walk away...
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Osborne Cottage, East London (Quality Rooms)  
Osborne Cottage - East London (Quality Rooms)
You can stroll to the station and be whisked into the city centre in around 15 minutes, so you can visit famous attractions like St Paul's Cathedral and the Tower of London...
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Top Hotel Sellers (03/01/13 - 16/01/13):
1. Euro Lodge Clapham - Clapham (2 Star Hotel), 2. Chester Hotel Victoria - Victoria (3 star Guest House), 3. Queens Hotel London - Crystal Palace (2 Star Hotel), 4. Romanos Hotel - Victoria (2 Star Hotel), 5. Dover Hotel London - Victoria (3 Star B&B)

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