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Star Trek Into Darkness (12A)
In the captain's log from the 1960s TV series, James Tiberius Kirk brazenly split an infinitive as the crew of the Enterprise embarked on a five-year mission "to boldly go where no man has gone before"...
3D | IMAX | Review | Showing at these cinemas | Trailer

London Zoo. Information and Tickets.  
London Zoo
In the heart of London, on the north side of Regent's Park, is London Zoo. When the Zoo opened in 1828 it housed a collection of exotic animals that were studied by eminent scientists of the day...
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Top Attractions Sellers (25/04/13 - 08/05/13):
1. The View From The Shard, 2. The London Eye, 3. Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter, 4. Kensington Palace, 5. London Zoo

Diary: Star Trek: the London connection

Few TV or movie series have as loyal and global a following as Star Trek and this week's London release of the new film - Star Trek Into Darkness - is likely to bring thousands of our own Trekkies out into the light.

The new film is set partly in a futuristic London, which faces a terrorist attack on Shard-lookalike buildings at the hands of Star Trek's latest villain, played by Benedict Cumberbatch.

"The biggest challenge was Benedict's hair!" said JJ Abrams, director of Into the Darkness.

Apart from Sherlock's locks, Abrams' main concern was striking a balance between the demands of those legions of fans and the general cinema audience.

"I wanted to do the fans proud," he said.

"There are those fans of Star Trek who are very vocal and like things the way they were - we've all met them and I love and respect them because we wouldn't be doing this if it wasn't for them - but we couldn't make a movie just for those fans."

If the fans think he's gone too far, there are plenty of Trekkie clubs and groups in London to meet up with and have a moan.

There's also the prospect of another Star Trek London convention, following the huge success of last year's event, when 18,000 turned up, many dressed in replica kit. No official confirmation yet, but hints have been dropped that the convention will return this year.

David Clee


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Cinema | Classical | Comedy | Music | Theatre

- Cinema

STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS. (Left to right) Alice Eve is Carol and Chris Pine is Kirk in STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS from Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions. Photo Credit: Zade Rosenthal. © 2012 Paramount Pictures. All Rights Reserved.  
Blockbuster of the Week: Star Trek Into Darkness (12A)
Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana
Starfleet is rocked by a terrorist attack in London masterminded by the mysterious John Harrison...
3D | IMAX | Review | Showing at these cinemas | Trailer
A Hijacking (Kapringen) (15)  
Critics' Choice of the Week: A Hijacking (Kapringen) (15)
Starring: Soren Malling, Dar Salim, Pilou Asbaek, Roland Moller
Somali pirates seize control of a Danish cargo ship and hold the crew hostage...
Showing at These Cinemas
Deadfall © 2013 Warner Bros. All Rights Reserved.  
Thriller of the Week: Deadfall (15)
Starring: Kris Kristofferson, Olivia Wilde, Eric Bana
Addison, his sister Liza and an accomplice pull off a casino heist and speed away along treacherous, snow-laden roads, bound for the Canadian border...
Showing at these Cinemas | Trailer

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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

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

- Classical and Dance

Simon Boccanegra, Royal Opera House - London Theatre Tickets  
Simon Boccanegra - Royal Opera House
What is the personal price of political success? The question lies at the heart of Giuseppe Verdi's Simon Boccanegra. The opera is a sympathetic portrait of a man whose past catches up with him...
Info and Tickets | Opera and Dance Tickets

Top Classical and Dance Sellers (25/04/13 - 08/05/13):
1. La Boheme - English National Opera, 2. La Bayadere - Bolshoi Ballet, 3. Raven Girl / Symphony in C, 4. The Sleeping Beauty, 5. The Flames of Paris

- Comedy

Russell Howard at the Royal Albert Hall, London. Information and tickets.  
Russell Howard - Royal Albert Hall
Russell Howard has been doing the rounds on the UK comedy circuit for some time now. Following a successful stint on Mock the Week, Russell Howard has become one of the most popular names in UK comedy...
Russell Howard: Live Collection | Info and Tickets | More Comedy Tickets

Top Comedy Sellers (25/04/13 - 08/05/13):
1. Micky Flanagan, 2. Eddie Izzard, 3. Omid Djalili, 4. Jimmy Carr, 5. Sarah Millican

- Music

JLS at the O2 Arena, London. Information and Tickets  
JLS - O2 Arena
The One Shot hitmakers - consisting of J.B. Gill, Marvin Humes, Aston Merrygold and Oritse Williams - announced on the 24.04.13 that they will call it a day in December at the end of their five-year record deal with Epic Records and after two nights at the O2...
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Top Music Sellers (25/04/13 - 08/05/13):
1. Rolling Stones, 2. Bruno Mars, 3. Barbra Streisand, 4. Fleetwood Mac, 5. Robbie Williams

- Theatre

London Big Theatre Sale  
Big Theatre Sale
We've just launched our big theatre sale. We've got tickets for leading West End shows from just £7.00. Musicals and Plays featured include The Lion King, A Chorus Line, Thriller Live! and Singin' In The Rain...
Info and Tickets | More Musical Tickets | More Play Tickets

Top Theatre Sellers (25/04/13 - 08/05/13):
1. The Lion King, 2. Top Hat, 3. Mamma Mia!, 4. The Phantom of the Opera, 5. The Book of Mormon

London Accommodation

Baglioni Hotel, Kensington. 5 Star Hotel  
Baglioni Hotel - Kensington (5* Hotel)
Not only is this one of the finest, 5 star hotels in London it also commands one of the greatest locations, being just of Hyde Park and overlooking Kensington Gardens. Major shopping areas and landmarks, such as Oxford Street, Buckingham Palace and Harrods are all within walking distance...
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The Gallery, Kensington, London (4 Star Hotel).  
The Gallery - Kensington (4* Hotel)
Boasting a prime location in the heart of south Kensington, The Gallery, London hotel offers guest 4 star boutique luxury close to many of London's popular visitor attractions...
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Jims Guest House, Shepherds Bush, London (3* Bed and Breakfast)  
Jims Guest House - Shepherds Bush, London (3* Bed and Breakfast)
If you've booked tickets to see a concert at the Shepherds Bush Empire you should stay at Jims Guest House as its only a couple of minutes walk away...
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Anchor House Hotel, Golders Green (2 Star Bed and Breakfast)  
Anchor House Hotel - Golders Green (2* B&B)
Anchor House Hotel is a relaxing family run bed and breakfast, located in the Golders Green area of North London. Golders Green Tube Station is just a two minute walk away, providing you with a direct route into the heart of Central London and famous tourist attractions such as Buckingham Palace, Oxford Street and Madame Tussauds, amongst many others...
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Top Hotel Sellers (25/04/13 - 08/05/13):
1. So London Apartments - Kilburn (3 Star Apartment), 2. Bridge Park Hotel - Wembley (3 Star Hotel), 3. Barkston Rooms - Earls Court (2 Star Accommodation), 4. Montana Hotel - Kings Cross (3 Star B&B), 5. Hammersmith Rooms - Hammersmith (2 Star Accommodation)

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