Of Monsters and Men To Play Shepherd’s Bush Empire

Icelandic folk-rock sextet Of Monsters and Men will play three shows at London’s iconic Shepherd’s Bush Empire in March. The gigs are part of a busy touring schedule for the group, who have reaped critical accolades and commercial success around the world since releasing their debut album, ‘My Head is and Animal’, in 2011. The shows will run from March 5th -7th.

The dates mark the first major UK gigs for a band whose album has topped the charts both at home and abroad. They scored number six slot on the US Billboard chart, and number three on the British album chart. Compared favourably to massively popular purveyors of folk whimsy Mumford & Sons, Of Monsters and Men have scooped numerous awards in Europe , including the 2013 European Border Breakers Awards.

The Shepherd’s Bush Empire is a constant presence on major bands’ touring schedules. A former BBC radio theatre, it boasts enviable acoustics and a solid reputation as one of the UK ‘s foremost rock venues. The Shepherd’s Bush Empire is located in Hammersmith, a decent, if a little grungy, part of West London . To coincide with the gigs, website LondonTown.com has partnered with a number of London hotels to offer drastically discounted room rates. All London hotels taking part in the offer are within walking distance of the venue.

As the city’s primary events, information and booking site, LondonTown.com has carved out a reputation for enabling British fans of global cultural phenomena – which may only sweep through the capital briefly – to stay in an expensive place at affordable prices.

One of the London hotels taking part in the promotion is the Hilton London Kensington on Holland Park Avenue, less than fifteen minutes walk from the Empire. The Hilton is offering double rooms at a 78% discount, bringing the cost of a night’s stay down to just £60.

The Hilton London Olympia Hotel is also offering reduced rates for the shows. A little further back towards Kensington, the gig can still be reached in less than twenty minutes. Even at the standard rate, the Hilton Olympia is one of the more affordable London hotels in the West End. When booking through LondonTown.com, fans of the band can take advantage of a 72% discount on double rooms, making the cost of a stay just £68 per night.

Visit LondonTown.com for ticketing and information on Of Monsters and Men at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire, and to browse a city-wide selection of discounted London hotels.

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Atmospheric pop kings Sigur Ros come to Brixton Academy

Most easily recognized from their musical appearances on adverts, atmospheric swells of music in any reality TV show, and as the underpinning for half the nature programmes on television, Sigur Ros remind the world they are a band with three gigs in London this March.

The four-piece hailing from Reykjavik, Iceland, will be playing three nights at London’s Brixton Academy as part of a European tour, on March 7th, 8th and 9th.

Led by singer Jonsi Birgisson, recently back from solo project Sine and Moon, and renowned for their wonderfully atmospheric music, the band are being welcomed back with open arms.

Fans can expect sweeping and classically influenced post-rock and atmospheric ambient music from their back catalogue of greatest hits as well as new tracks from their latest album, Valtari.

In support there’s Blanck Mass, the solo project of young British musician Benjamin John Power, whose music featured in the 2012 London Olympics Opening Ceremony.

SigurRos fans travelling up for the dates can find cheap and central London hotels with LondonTown.com, the number one website for London. There’s 33% off the Comfort Inn Vauxhall Hotel, which is a short bus ride or 20 minute walk from Brixton.

Or take advantage of a38% discount at the Church Street Hotel London, a distinctive Hispanic flavoured boutique hotel where guests can be assured of a vibrant, welcoming atmosphere.

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Of Monsters and Men actuará en el Empire de Shepherd’s Bush

El sexteto islandés de música folk-rock Of Monsters and Men tocará durante tres días de marzo en el icónico Empire de Sheperd’s Bush. Las actuaciones forman parte de una exitosa gira del grupo que ha obtenido grandes críticas y éxitos musicales en todo el mundo desde el lanzamiento de su primer álbum, “My Head is and Animal”, en el 2011. El shows irá desde el 5 al 7 de marzo.

Estas fechas marcan las primeras grandes actuaciones en el Reino Unido de una banda cuyo álbum ha colmado las listas nacionales e internacionales. Ocuparon el puesto número seis en la lista Billboard americana, y el número tres en las listas de álbumes británicos. Han sido comparados positivamente con el popular grupo de folk extravagante Mumford & Sons, y Of Monsters and Men han obtenido varios galardones en Europa, incluidos los 2013 European Border Breakers Awards.

El Empire de Sheperd’s Bush es parada obligada de las giras de todas las bandas principales. Antiguo teatro de radio de la BBC, cuenta con una acústica envidiable y una gran fama de ser una de las principales salas de rock del Reino Unido. El Empire de Shepherd’s Bush se encuentra en Hammersmith, una zona decente aunque algo cutre del oeste de Londres. Para coincidir con estas actuaciones, la web LondonTown.com se ha unido a varios hoteles en Londres para ofrecer habitaciones con amplios descuentos. Todos los hoteles de Londres que participan en esta oferta se encuentran a tan solo un paseo de esta sala.

Al ser la principal web de eventos, información y reservas de Londres, LondonTown.com tiene una gran reputación de permitir a los fans británicos del fenómeno cultural global –que quizás solo pase brevemente por la capital– alojarse en un hotel caro a precios asequibles.

Uno de los hoteles en Londres que participan en la promoción es el Hilton London Kensington en Holland Park Avenue, a menos de quince minutos andando desde el Empire. Este Hilton ofrece habitaciones dobles con un descuento de 78%, por lo que el coste de la noche se queda en 60 libras.

El Hilton London Olympia Hotel también ofrece tarifa reducida para estas actuaciones. Algo más alejado hacia Kensington, se puede llegar al show en menos de veinte minutos. Incluso al precio de tarifa, el Hilton Olympia es uno de los hoteles de Londres más asequibles del West End. Al reservar con LondonTown.com, los fans de este grupo podrán disfrutar de un descuento del 72% en las habitaciones dobles, con lo que la noche se queda en tan solo 68 libras.

Visite LondonTown.com para reservar las entradas y obtener información de Of Monsters and Men en el Empire de Shepherd’s Bush, y echar un vistazo a la amplia selección de hoteles en Londres con descuento.

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Los atmosféricos sonidos de Sigur Ros llegan a la Brixton Academy

Conocidos por sus composiciones minimalistas y etéreas, reconocibles en numerosos anuncios y programas de televisión, Sigur Ros llegan a Londres para ofrecer tres actuaciones en este mes de marzo.

El cuarteto, procedente de Reykjavik (Islandia), llevará sus sonidos a la BrixtonAcademy de Londres los días 7, 8 y 9 de marzo como parte de su tour europeo.

Liderados por el vocalista JonsiBirgisson, que regresa tras el proyecto en solitario Sine and Moon, el atmosférico y personalísimo sonido del grupo mantiene seguidores en toda Europa.

Los fans podrán disfrutar de los temas más conocidos del grupo, desde los sonidos post-rock de sus primeros trabajos hasta las delicias ambientales de su último álbum, “Valtari”.

Como telonero estará Blanck Mass, el proyecto en solitario del joven músico británico Benjamin John Power, cuyas composiciones formaron parte de la banda sonora de los Juegos Olímpicos de Londres 2012.

Aquellos fans de Sigur Ros que estén en la búsqueda de económicos y céntricos Londres hoteles encontrarán toda la información en LondonTown.com, el portal número uno en Internet sobre Londres. Por ejemplo, hasta un 33% de descuento en elComfortInnVauxhall Hotel, a 20 minutos andando de Brixton.

Hasta un 38% de descuento se ofrece en el Church Street Hotel London, un hotel-boutique de distintivo estilo hispano que promete una bienvenida y una estancia acogedoras.

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The Curious Incident of a Deal at the Right Time

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time was a smash hit book when it arrived on our shelves in 2003, winning a string of high profile awards for the compelling tale of a 15 year-old boy on the autistic spectrum who finds himself turning detective.

Now, the book has been successfully adapted into a fantastic stage show, and after a popular run at the National Theatre has transferred to the Apollo Theatre in London’s West End for a three month run at the end of spring.

Mark Haddon’s book features rising star Luke Treadway who has returned to the stage after lauded roles in “Attack the Block” and “You Instead” and is sure to be a great hit when he takes to the boards on 25 March for the first performance of the run.

The Apollo Theatre itself will become part of the appeal given the exaggerated décor of London’s first Edwardian Theatre. Do bear in mind, however, that the Apollo has one of the highest balconies in London, so if you suffer from vertigo, don’t book a ticket right at the top!

Finding cheap hotels in London, let alone the West End, can be a challenge but thankfully LondonTown.com has picked out a selection of conveniently located (and generously discounted) hotels in the area.

For the truly luxury experience try the W London Leicester Square hotel with nearly a third off a double room through LondonTown.com. The hotel is only two minutes’ walk from the Apollo so couldn’t be better located for theatre goers looking to spoil themselves.

Or, for something a little cheaper why not try the Strand Palace Hotel London. Fifteen minutes’ walk away, a double room costs just over £ 100 a night and could be even cheaper if you keep your eyes peeled for a bargain.

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Five-day festival returns celebrate International Women’s Day

Women of the world will be celebrated in full voice this March by a host of exciting artists, academics, writers and performers.

The Southbank Centre’s WOW Festival, originally established by Artistic Director Jude Kelly in response to the negativity she encountered on becoming the first female to run the building, is back from March 6th -10th.

Organised to coincide with International Women’s Day (March 8th), the event will feature debates, networking, mentoring, workshops and free participatory events. There will also be a full programme of live music, performance, dance, theatre, poetry and comedy to choose from.

Previous stars at the event have included Sinead O’Connor, back in London herself for a series of gigs supporting her latest album, EmeliSandé and Annie Lennox.

This year confirmed highlights include National Theatre of Scotland’s Menage a Trois, and author Alice Walker in conversation.

Visitors planning a trip to London can find great price London hotels with LondonTown.com, which sources deals and discounts direct.

The Park Plaza County Hall Hotel London, a short walk from the Southbank Centre, has double rooms in its 4 star property from £97 during the festival.

For those in search of something a bit special the 5 star Royal HorseguardsGuoman Hotel offers rare opulence and a splendid Thames-side location in the heart of Westminster. LondonTown.com is currently offering 55% discounts on double rooms in this French chateau style hotel.

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The Return of the Chiefs

The UK’s favourite indie rockers, the Kaiser Chiefs, have returned for another UK tour that looks like being the most popular ticket in town this spring. After gigs in Glasgow, Manchester and Newcastle the Chiefs will head down to the Brixton Academy on March 1 to bring the run to a close with a must-see final performance.

Not only are the Chiefs one of the best live bands on the circuit, Brixton Academy is one of the best venues in the world, let alone the UK. Famed for its 140ft dome, the Academy has one NME’s ‘Best Live Venue’ award 7 years in a row and consistently attracts the best bands and the best shows.

And the Chiefs look like being no different with a set list drawing on material from across their four hit albums. Fan favourites “Ruby” and ”I Predict A Riot” are sure to feature as the band cut loose on the last leg of a tour which has taken them across the US and the UK in just a couple of months.

For fans who don’t live in the capital, finding a good hotel near the venue is a must, and LondonTown.com have secured a great set of discounts on London hotels near the venue.

A good budget pick is the Central House Hotel Victoria, just a few stops back up the Victoria line and right by the train station. At 73% off a double room costs just £ 45, and as Victoria is one of London’s major bus hubs, if you want the party to continue after the gig, it’ll be easy to get back to the hotel any time of day or night.

Alternatively, try the even more conveniently located Comfort Inn Vauxhall Hotel. This budget hotel offers excellent access to central London and well equipped, contemporary accommodation starting at £83 for a petite double room.

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Gorky’s ‘Children of the Sun’ Coming to National Theatre

London’s south bank will play host to Maxim Gorky’s Children of the Sun this spring, with an initial run of performances set for April 9th – May 19th at the National Theatre. Howard Davies will direct.

Written in 1905 while Gorky was imprisoned for his involvement in the aborted Russian revolution, the play obfuscates its contemporary social criticism with a historical setting, taking place during an 1862 cholera epidemic. So incendiary was the play’s subtext, it was initially banned, before debuting at the Moscow Art Theater in a production that cast Anton Chekhov’s wife, Olga Knipper, as Lisa, the only character who can sense the health crisis – and socio-political turmoil – ahead.

Gorky’s target is clear from the title, which refers to the privileged elite dominating Russia at the time, epitomized by Professor Protassov, whose intellectual idealism doesn’t help him understand the plight of the proletariat. His ignorance of the political reality in his country leaves him open to attack, a tension that drives the drama, and still resonates today.

This controversial play became a twentieth century classic. It is featured at the National as part of a series of Russian plays, adapted for English audiences by Andrew Upton. Upton and director Davies have previously collaborated on Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchardand an Olivier-award winning adaptation of Mikhail Bulgakov’s novel The White Guard . Tickets cost between £12 and £34, and are available via LondonTown.com.

The capital’s premier events and booking site is also offering cheap London hotel rooms close to the theatre for the duration of the run. The discounts are available exclusively through LondonTown.com.

The London Marriot Hotel County Hall is offering both deluxe double and twin rooms at a 52% discount. A luxury hotel situated on Westminster Bridge Road (less than ten minutes walk from the National Theatre), the discount brings the cost of a night’s stay down to £225.

The ME Hotel on The Strand is just as close to the National. It’s now offering double rooms at a 68% discount, bringing the nightly rate down to £225. A five-star hotel, the discount is available exclusively when booking via LondonTown.com.

Visit LondonTown.com for more information on Children of the Sun at the National Theatre, and to find your own cheap London hotel.

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Tosca regresa a la Royal Opera House de Londres

La producción de Franco Zeffirelli deTosca de 1964 sigue siendo hoy en día una de las producciones más aplaudidas y de gran éxito que jamás haya visto la majestuosa Royal Opera House de Covent Garden.

La versión del director cinematográfica de la ópera de Puccini fue tan popular que se representó durante 40 años, todo un récord para un sector con grandes dificultades para mantenerse.

La nueva producción que se estrenará en la Royal Opera Houseen marzo espera recibir la misma aceptación y popularidad de la producción de Zeffirelli.

En 2013 toma el timón Jonathan Kent y aunque quizás nunca salga de la sombra de su predecesor, su objetivo es crear un espectáculo que recuerde al público el tan querido clásico de Puccini.

Se representará en Covent Garden desde el 2 de marzo hasta el 20 de julio 2013 y es una obra conocida por su trasfondo de romances y pasiones oscuras. Se trata de una historia rica que seguro gustará al público, respaldada por el ambiente “inquietante” (TheGuardian) de la producción de Kent.

La crítica también ha resaltado los diseños de Paul Brown, que entre el trasfondo político de Roma y una imaginería siniestra juegan un papel importante en este “impresionante ambiente” (TheStage) —aunque es el enfoque teatral de Puccini, con la desenfadada primera entrada de Tosca y la contraposición con las oscuras profundidades de la maldad de Scarpia, lo que crea la emocionante tensión.

Los amantes de la ópera que visiten Londres encontrarán una amplia gama de ofertas de hoteles en Londres en LondonTown.com.Entre las muchas ofertas hay muchos hoteles muy cercanos a la Royal Opera House. Kingsway Hall Hotel, a tan solo un paseo de 4 minutos, ofrece descuentos en las dobles desde 99 libras. También se puede disfrutar del descuento del 48% del Waldorf Hilton Hotel London donde el precio de la doble es 271 libras.

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Bonnie Strome Appointed As Genernal Manager Of The Park Hyatt Toronto In Yorkville

Park Hyatt Toronto is pleased to announce the appointment of Bonnie Strome as General Manager of the 336-room luxury hotel in the city’s Yorkville district. Bonnie brings over 17 years of leadership experience in the hotel industry to her new role at Park Hyatt Toronto. Prior to her recent promotion, Bonnie served as general manager at Park Hyatt’s sister property, the Hyatt Regency Toronto. Prior to that, she held the position of Director of Rooms at Park Hyatt Toronto.

From brand conversions and hotel renovation projects, to managing rooms operating budgets and being the ‘architect’ responsible for enhancing the overall guest experience, Bonnie’s experience has equipped her with a thorough understanding of hotel operations and the luxury hotel and spa market. “Bonnie and I have worked together for 8 years,” says former General Manager Paul Verciglio, “I cannot think of a better person to carry on the values that the Park Hyatt hotel has established in Toronto.”

Bonnie has spent much of her Hyatt career working with the Rooms and Spa Division. As the Park Hyatt Toronto’s former Director of Rooms she managed the recent soft renovations throughout the hotel and Stillwater Spa, rated among the top spas in Toronto. While architecture and product enhancements are of the utmost importance, Bonnie has always believed that the hotel – home to a traveler for a night or a week – must have a soul. She functions from the thought that hotel guests should not only feel welcome, but that their next request is anticipated long before it is spoken. Her formula over the years has been quite simple: the perfect pairing of skill and passion yields great results.

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The Book of Mormon to Play at Prince of Wales Theatre

One of the most talked-about stage musicals in recent years is coming to the West End in 2013. The Book of Mormon, a sharp satire on Mormonism and religion in general, is set for an initial run at the Prince of Wales Theatre from February 25th to May 5th.

The show is the latest production from Trey Parker and Matt Stone, creators of South Park . Composer Robert Lopez, best known for profanity-laden puppet hit Avenue Q, contributed music to a show that’s been a massive hit with critics and audiences alike. Lampooning the conventions of musical theatre as much as it does organized religion, The Book of Mormon has collected numerous awards since its first Broadway run in 2011. Among the accolades are Nine Tony Awards (including one for Best Musical) and a Grammy for Best Musical Theatre Album.

The plot follows two young Mormon Missionaries, posted to a remote village in northern Uganda , where a warlord is terrorizing the local population. The missionaries naively try to share the titular scripture with the oppressed villagers, but have difficulty conveying the message to a region beset by war, famine, poverty and AIDS.

The Book of Mormon has garnered overwhelmingly positive reviews for treading the right line between satire and offence. The original Broadway cast recording, released in May 2011, was the highest-charting Broadway album in over four decades, reaching No. 3 on Billboard.

Tickets for the show have been on sale for months, and are likely to sell out as opening night approaches. They can be booked via LondonTown.com. The site is also providing discounts on London hotels close to the Prince of Wales Theatre.

A stone’s throw from the theatre, one of the London hotels participating in the offer is theW London Leicester Square. When booking through LondonTown.com, guests can take advantage of a 32% discount on double and twin rooms. The reduced rate brings the cost of a stay down to £316 per night.

The Radisson Blu Edwardian Hampshire is one of the best London hotels in the West End . They are currently offering a 22% discount on double rooms. The discount brings the cost of a night’s stay down to £290.

Both featured London hotels are only available at the discounted rates when booking directly through LondonTown.com. For more information on The Book of Mormon, and to browse more London hotels, visit the website.

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Gatsby Has Never Been So Great

Peter Joucla’s lauded adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic returns to the East End of London for a six week run and looks certain to be one of the hottest tickets in town. An enormous success last May when the show made its debut, this year promises to be even more of an experience in the glorious setting of the newly re-opened Wilton’s Music Hall.

Wilton’s Music Hall was a 19 th century masterpiece of a building, filled with light, crystals and flaming gas jets. After nearly fifty years unused, the Hall has come back to life and will welcome the Gatsby himself to raise the curtain on a new era.

Guests will be encouraged to dress up in their finest 20s regalia for a show that immerses you in the glitz of Fitzgerald’s masterpiece. The wonderful performances, mixed with the unique – and still somewhat rundown – charm of Wilton’s Music Hall will come together to create a truly memorable night, not to mention a new found appreciation for jazz and the styles of the Prohibition era.

LondonTown.com have secured outstanding bargains of up to 77% on hotels in Londonduring the show’s run such as the Chamberlain Hotel London which, like the Great Gatsby will have you longing for bygone eras. A stay at one of London’s finest boutique hotels only costs £88 a night.

Or if you want something that would have met even the opulent standards of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s famous hero, why not enjoy the Grange Tower Bridge Hotel, at less than half price for £129 a night. What better place to rest those weary dancing feet?

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The Book of Mormon (El Musical) viene al Teatro Prince of Wales

Uno de los musicales más controvertidos de los últimos años llega al West End en el 2013. The Book of Mormon (El Musical), ingeniosa sátira sobre los mormones y la religión en general, se presentará en el teatro Prince of Wales desde el 25 de febrero al 5 de mayo.

Este espectáculo es la producción más reciente de Trey Parker y Matt Stone, creadores de South Park. El compositor Robert Lopez, conocido por profanas marionetas de la exitosa Avenue Q, ha contribuido con la música de un show que ha sido un gigantesco éxito de la crítica y el público por igual. Parodia de las convenciones de los musicales y también de la religión organizada, The Book of Mormon ha recibido numerosos galardones desde que se estrenó en Broadway en el 2011. Podemos destacar nueve Galardones Tony (incluido al Mejor Musical) y un Grammy por el Mejor Álbum de Teatro Musical.

El argumento se basa en dos misionarios mormones enviados a un pueblo lejano en Uganda donde los caudillos aterrorizaban a la población. Los misioneros intentan esparcir la palabra de Dios con los aldeanos oprimidos, aunque se enfrentan a muchos problemas al transmitir un mensaje en una zona azotada por la Guerra, el hambre, la pobreza y el SIDA.

The Book of Mormon ha recibido críticas muy positivas por respetar esa barrera entre la sátira y la ofensa. La grabación original de Broadway que se lanzó en el 2011 fue el álbum mejor clasificado de Broadway en más de cuatro décadas y alcanzó el puesto 3 en la cartelera.

Las entradas llevan meses a la venta y es probable que se agoten al acercarse la noche del estreno. Se pueden reservar en LondonTown.com donde también se pueden encontrarhoteles en Londres cerca del Teatro Prince of Wales.

A tan solo unos pasos del teatro se encuentra uno de los hoteles de Londres que participan en esta oferta, el W London Leicester Square. Al reservar con LondonTown.com se puede disfrutar de un descuento del 32% en las habitaciones dobles con cama de matrimonio o dos camas individuales. Esta tarifa reducida hace que el coste de la estancia sea de 316 libras la noche.

El Radisson Blu Edwardian Hampshire es uno de los mejores hoteles de Londres del West End. Ofrece actualmente un descuento del 22% en las habitaciones dobles con el que el precio de la noche se queda en 290 libras.

Ambos hoteles en Londres solo están disponibles con dicho descuento al reservarlos directamente con LondonTown.com. Para más información sobre The Book of Mormon y para buscar más hoteles en Londres, visite nuestra web.

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Walk with tigers at London’s St Pancras

Travellers, businessmen and holidaymakers should not forget to make Kings Cross St Pancras a destination in itself this spring, as the station continues to make a name for itself as more than just somewhere to pass through.

As well as wonderful new hotels in the area and an increasing profusion of bars, the station itself continues arich cultural program that includes music, live performance and art and activism.

And this March it hosts Tiger Tracks, an initiative supported by Joanna Lumley.

Tiger Tracks invites visitors to St Pancras International to take a walk on the wild side as they wait for their train – with tiger themed activities including music, entertainment and a photographic exhibition.

The event runs for three weeks from 1st March 2013. What is more, many of the bars, restaurants and shops at the station are taking part – so make sure to look out for promotions and events that all the family can take part in.

The event culminates with an exclusive champagne reception and black tie Gala dinner at the 5 star St Pancras Renaissance Hotel on 21st March. A £300 ticket includes champagne reception, dinner and entertainment as well as the support of a good cause – saving the wild tiger.

Those looking to find decent hotels near kings cross can turn to HotelMap, the interactive live guide that sources rooms and deals in London: deals on 1 st March include £176 for a luxurious double room at the aforementioned St Pancras Renaissance Hotel. Or why not try an apartment, for £78 a night, on Cartwright Gardens.

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Izzard and Flanagan set to get London laughing in 2013

Eddie Izzard’s ‘Force Majeure’ and Micky Flanagan’s ‘Back In The Game’ tours top the billing of London’s most unmissable comedy events of 2013, according to stand-up comedian, TV presenter and BBC Radio regular James Mullinger. Writing about the best comedy shows in London for the new 244-page guide to London 2013, produced by the events and bookings website LondonTown.com, Mullinger also urges comedy fans to seek out shows from Richard Herring, Harry Hill, Sarah Millican, Russell Kane and Nick Helm.

Finally hitting the big time after many years plugging away at grassroots level, Flanagan makes his first forays onto the arena stage in 2013 with performances at Hammersmith Apollo (24th & 25th May), Wembley Arena (3rd & 4th October) and the O2 Arena (16th – 19th October). His ‘Back In The Game’ tour promises to be insightful and hilarious – and, according to Mullinger, “if you only go to one comedy show in 2013, make sure this is it”.

Fresh from having run 41 marathons in 53 days, Izzard is embarking on another world record in 2013 as the inimitable cross-dressing comic embarks on the biggest international stand-up tour of all time, taking in 25 countries around the world – including Nepal, New Zealand, Latvia and Slovenia. 20 UK dates of what promises to be a legendary tour include a London leg at Wembley Arena (11th & 12th May). These unmissable London shows by Izzard and Flanagan – as well as a whole host of stand-up events throughout the capital in 2013 – are previewed on LondonTown.com’s London Events in 2013 page.

The spring sees two contrasting masters of mirth perform in London, with Richard Herring reviving his seminal show, ‘Talking Cock’, at the Bloomsbury Theatre (12th & 13th April) and the big-collared buffoon Harry Hill performing his latest set, ‘Sausage Time’, at Hammersmith Apollo (26th March & 11th April). Herring’s though-provoking, profoundly honest and gloriously hysterical show has been described as man’s answer to ‘The Vagina Monologues’ while the new offering from the zany, bespectacled Hill “is likely to be the funniest thing you’ll see all year,” according to Mullinger, who will perform his own fourth solo show – ‘The Man With No Shame’ – throughout 2013 at the Etcetera Theatre in Camden.

Later in the year, Sarah Millican – charming, filthy and loveable in equal measures – is back with a brand new stand-up tour, ‘Home Bird’, which swings by the Apollo on 8th & 9th November. Other names to look out for in London in 2013 include Russell Kane, whose show ‘Posturing Delivery’ is about masculinity and insecurities infuses with manic streams of consciousness, and Nick Helm, who will bring his boisterous musical comedy to the Udderbelly stage over the summer, as well as perform across the capital’s comedy clubs on a weekly basis.

This press release features extracts from London 2013: Best Comedy Shows, an article in the new 244-page guide book to London in 2013, published by LondonTown.com. To purchase a copy of London 2013 – The Annual go to http://www.londontown.com/2013/

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Alan Davies Proves Himself More than Just Quite Interesting

Alan Davies, one of the UK ‘s most loved comedians, is finally returning to the stage for a stand-up tour after a hiatus of nearly 10 years.

Performing at the Hammersmith Apollo, Davies will play two gigs on Valentine’s weekend, returning to his roots with a stand up performance lauded as one of the best around. Having first truly grabbed the nation’s attention with his performance as magician’s helper turned detective in Jonathan Creek, Davies shows that he still has the charisma, not to mention the comedic instincts, to effortlessly carry a crowd.

Of course, the comedian has never been far from our screens with his permanent installation as Stephen Fry’s fall guy in QI, and with spells presenting the radio under his belt, the Davies that returns to the stand-up scene has a few more strings to his bow – as well as a few more years, as he takes pains to point out with the title of his show is ‘Life is Pain’.

For fans new and old, or simply those looking for something a bit different, check out LondonTown.com for tickets, where you’ll also find some great deals on London hotels.

And for those looking to make a weekend out of it, fans of Davies can book themselves into the affordable comfort of the Kensington West Hotel London for as little as £ 39 a night through LondonTown.com.

Or, if you’re looking for to splash out a little more, try out the Hilton London Olympia Hotel for an unbeatable 72% off at £68 a night, and at only twenty minutes’ walk from the Apollo on Kensington High Street, it’s a perfect pick.

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Brit Awards Return to O2 Arena

The Brit Awards are returning to the O2 Arena for 2013. Live performances will come from Taylor Swift, Robbie Williams, Muse, Emili Sande and Muse. Justin Timberlake is continuing the comeback he started at the Grammy’s, and will air his new track ‘Mirrors’ at the event on February 20th.

Nominees include Calvin Harris and Plan B for Best British Male Solo Artist, and Paloma Faith and the late Amy Winehouse for Best British Female Solo Artist. Mumford & Sons, One Direction and Muse are up for Best British Group, while Coldplay and the Rolling Stones are hotly tipped to scoop the Best Live Act gong.

There are also nods for last year’s winners Ed Sheeran and Adele, who picked up Album of the Year and Best British Female Solo Artist at the 2012 awards. Mercury Prize winners Alt-J are up for Album of the year. The Brit statues themselves will be provided by Damien Hirst. James Corden returns as host.

The event kicks off at 7.15pm. Website LondonTown.com has announced details of discounted hotels in London, all close to the O2 Arena. The reduced rates are available exclusively through LondonTown.com.

One of the participating hotels is the Ibis at London Docklands. A budget chain hotel, the 54% discount brings the already-reasonable room rate down to just £54 per night. The Ibis is less than fifteen minutes walk from the O2 Arena.

Their sister hotel at the ExCel Centre is a few minutes further down the river. When booking through LondonTown.com, double and twin rooms are available at a 64% discount. The reduced rate makes the cost of a night’s stay only £69.

The Holiday Inn Express London Greenwich, also around fifteen minutes from the O2, is offering double rooms at a 42% discount, bringing the cost of a night’s stay down to just £121.

All the featured hotels in London are available at the discounted rates when booking exclusively through LondonTown.com. Visit their site for more information on the 2013 Brit Awards, and to find more discounted hotels in London.

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Bloc Party back to their best and on stage at Earl’s Court

For a while it seemed as if Bloc Party were never going to resurface. After three albums together and some huge rafts of touring, the band went on a prolonged hiatus, which finally came to an end in late 2011.

After the 2012 release of their fourth studio album, Four (aptly marking the length of time between this and their previous album, the number of Bloc Party members, and the album count of the band), Bloc Party seem to be back in the limelight.

And the public are happy to have them. With the latest album garnering favourable reviews from fans and critics alike, with the BBC stating that “Bloc Party sounds full of potential where just four years ago they sounded depleted. Indeed, Four may be 2012’s most exciting guitar album”.

High praise indeed for a band that many thought were done and dusted. And to prove their resilience, the four piece are on stage again, with a huge gig at London’s Earl’s Court on Friday 22nd February.

Fans making the trip to the city to see them can find cheap London hotels with the help of LondonTown.com, the number one internet site for London. The budget-friendly Garden View Hotel London – just five minutes from Earl’s Court – is now even better value courtesy of a 73% discount. Alternatively, the K&K Hotel George offers grand Victorian architecture and comfortable contemporary design within easy walking distance of the venue. Double rooms are available from £188 thanks to LondonTown.com’s 20% discount.

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One Direction take over the 02 Arena

There’s no doubt that One Direction have made a name for themselves in the last two years and after conquering America and seemingly having captured young girls’ hearts all over the world, the band are back in London.

Launching a UK tour, the band have two dates at the gargantuan O2 Arena this February, on 23rd and 24th, playing twice a day, followed by a closing run at the same arena in the first week of April, from 1st -5th.

The capital’s leading events website LondonTown.com is offering discounts on hotels in London to coincide with what is sure to be a massively popular series of concerts.

Huge as they are, tickets areinevitably quick-selling, but there is the chance of more being released by the venue closer to the time. So One Direction fans, keep your eyes peeled!

Whatever your musical tastes, One Direction are undoubtedly one of the most successful acts to have graduated from the TV talent mire. With the X Factor now a distant memory, the five heartthrobs have exploded on the music scene since their 2011 debut single ‘What Makes You Beautiful.’

Indeed, they’ve also won several awards and released two studio albums the first of which was the UK’s fastest selling debut album of 2011. Whether it’s for their musical talents or simply their boyish good looks, that’s another question.

But families and fans making the trip to the O2 can rely on LondonTown.com to source some excellent hotel deals. Amongst the discount deals currently available in the vicinity of the 02, the Ibis London Docklands is offering doubles from just£54 – a 72% discount – and the Holiday inn ExpressLondon Greenwich from £121.

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BFI Future Film Festival celebrates the talent of tomorrow

London’s Southbank Centre is the home of national film, with its established reputation for premiers, festivals, topical programmes and archiving at the British Film Institute and IMAX buildings.

And this year is no different, as the BFI continues its work supporting emerging and established film-makers alike. The 6th BFI Future Film Festival returns to the BFI Southbank this February with a long-weekend of workshops, masterclasses, networking opportunities, screenings and Q&As designed to inspire and develop your film knowledge and skills.

It’s an ideal event for film-makers who are just starting out, or those who are looking for tips and ideas for making a big leap forward with their work. With panels and workshops and the chance to talk to industry professionals, it is a great chance to get a leg up in the world of cinema.

The festival is very aptly being held at London’s BFI Southbank, formerly the National Film Theatre, and home to some of the city’s most wide-reaching festivals and celebrations of cinema. It runs across the weekend of 16th – 18th February.

Also celebrating the event is LondonTown.com, whose website can source discounts and special offers on hotels in London for the Future Film Festival period.

The five star London Marriot County Hall has doubles from £225 during the festival, a discount of 52%. Or take advantage of 68% off at the equally luxurious ME London on The Strand where doubles are also available from £225.

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