Yoko Ono takes over London’s Southbank Centre for ten days this June

Cultural icon Yoko Ono takes the reigns of this year’s Meltdown Festival, for which tickets go on sale to the general public on Thursday 2nd May – Southbank Centre members can purchase from Monday 30 th April. The festival takes place across ten days with a number of music and visual arts events. So, for those travelling from outside of London, a number of great London hotel deals can be found on LondonTown.com.

Celebrating its 20 th anniversary, the alternative music festival has become one of London’s cultural highlights of the year. Yoko Ono, who celebrates her own 80 th birthday this year, will bring a lifetime of achievement in music, visual art and peace activism to the occasion.

The two bookmarking weekends of the London festival revolve around different themes. The first of the two (15-16 June) is a subject that’s close to Ono’s heart, an activism weekend. With special guests such as Guerilla Girls and the launch of Let’s Start a Pussy Riot, it will be two days of talks, debates, films and performances. While the closing Future Weekend (22-23 June) provides the chance to evaluate and debate some of the challenges society faces in today and tomorrow’s political decisions.

Having also featured on the Sundance London programme, electro-rock goddess Peaches has been handpicked by Ono to perform twice in Meltdown. Her first appearance will see Peaches perform Ono’s iconic Cut Piece, a ground-breaking piece of performance art in which the protagonist has their clothes cut off by the audience. Having first been performed by Ono in 1964, the piece was considered quite shocking. Since then, Ono has staged the piece in numerous countries and has encountered different audience reactions dependant on the culture. Peaches will then appear later in the festival to perform a number of tracks from her own back catalogue.

Further festival highlights include a performance from Iggy & The Stooges, the return of Siouxsie and her band – her first live outing in five years – and a rare show from Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band, which is led by Ono’s Son, Sean Ono Lennon. There will also be a silent disco and a BFI film programme screening a selection of Yoko Ono’s favourite films, including some by John and Yoko.

Keep up to date with all the best London events in 2013 by downloading a free copy ofLondon 2013: The Annual, which also covers the top openings, anniversaries and experiences.

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London’s leading festival of free outdoor performing arts announces its line-up

The entire area of Greenwich is set to come alive in June with the return of the Greenwich and Docklands International Festival, London’s leading festival of free outdoor performing arts. With ten days of free street performances, art and dancing in the streets, visitors can expect world-class productions. In order to make the most of the entire festival, visitors from outside of London can book a number of London hotels through LondonTown.com.

Having been appointed as Co-Artistic Director of London 2012’s Paralympic Opening Ceremony, Bradley Hemmings will once againreturn as Artistic Director of the Festival. With the Olympics and Paralympics 2012 entrancing the nation and injecting a real sense of British pride, GDIF 2013 is aiming to rekindle this spirit and bring the city together once more.

The east London festival will commence with Wired Aerial Theatre presenting As The World Tipped , an epic outdoor storytelling on a 12-metre screen in the sky. Reflecting the drastic effects of climate change, it will be a real life disaster movie in the sky. Running for two nights, this opening show is intended to set the stage for the rest of the festival.

A further highlight will be One Million , a new show from tangled Feet that will acknowledge all the unemployed under 25 year-olds in London and the rest of the UK. Fusing aerial acts with live music, dance and pyrotechnics, the daring production will tell the story of the ladder these people have to climb in order to reach that elusive job.

Celebrating the 40 th anniversary of Britain joining the European Union, the Greenwich Fair will also return. A packed weekend of outdoor theatre, circus, dance, installations and sideshow, the fair invites companies from all across Europe to participate in a programme of more than 20 productions. This will include an enchanting site-specific theatre piece, a contemporary dance performance in a giant steel cage, and a Bollywood influenced juggling show.

Find out about all the other great events taking place in London this summer by downloading a free copy of London 2013: The Annual, a compilation of all the best events, openings, anniversaries and experiences in the capital this year.

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New Openings in London in May 2013

The Great Northern Hotel, the most high profile new opening in London in May 2013, officially opens on Thursday 9th May 2013 following a £40 million refurbishment but for a sneak preview, the glamorous GNH Bar within it, occupying almost the entire ground floor, opens a week earlier. Later in the month, Plum + Spilt Milk the hotel’s first floor 90-cover restaurant, adds to the many excellent London restaurants in the Kings Cross area to choose from with its emphasis on seasonal British ingredients sourced, where possible, from small independent suppliers on the Great Northern line.

For dining with a view it will be hard to beat the three new restaurants within Renzo Piano’s Shard which are due to open in May. Oblix, the New York-style grill from celebrated chef restaurateur duo Rainer Becker and Arjun Waney, opens on the 32nd floor between Aqua at the Shard on the 31st floor and Hutong on the 33rd floor, both run by the Aqua Restaurant Group founded by David Yeo. London’s Hutong, the first restaurant for the brand outside China, will follow the same winning formula as the well-known restaurant of the same name in Hong Kong, serving the cuisine of Northern China against a spectacular backdrop of far reaching city views.

On a smaller scale but with a talented team behind it, The Five Fields, a small Chelsea restaurant with room for only 40 diners, opens on Tuesday 14th May 2013. Young chef patron Taylor Bonnyman comes from the two Michelin-starred Corton in Tribeca , New York , head chef Marguerite Keogh, was formerly at Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley, and pastry chef Chris Underwood is ex Tom Aikens.

May brings the opening of two new theatres in London with the £2.2 million Park Theatre in Finsbury Park opening on Wednesday 8th May 2013 with These Shining Lives, a play which tells the story of the women who worked at Radium Dial during the 1930s, and the relocation of the Southwark Playhouse which opens at its new home in a huge warehouse on Newington Causeway in the heart of Southwark, SE1, on Wednesday 15th May 2013.

The purpose built Park Theatre, two minutes’ walk from Finsbury Park tube station, will be a state of the art theatre with two performance spaces – a two-tier 200 seat and a smaller 90 seat theatre – an education floor and a cafe and bar with a late license. Set up by husband and wife team Jez and Melli Bond with support from high profile actors including Ian McKellen and Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch, the theatre is unique in this part of London .

For visitors arriving in London to be among the first to experience the latest openings in London there are many useful resources available on LondonTown.com including a wide choice of London hotels to suit all budgets, information on restaurants, bars and cafes as well as all the major attractions that London is famous for.

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LondonTown.com anuncia la llegada de The Vaccines y su “Wreckin’ Bar (Ra Ra Ra)” al O2 Arena de Londres

La nueva sensación de la escena indie, el grupo británico The Vacciones, dará otro paso más en su ascenso al éxito mundial con un concierto en el O2 Arena de Greenwich, Londres, el jueves 2 de mayo. Con su actuación en la enorme sala londinense, en la que ya ofrecieron recitales leyendas del rock como The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin o Radiohead, el grupo marcará un antes y después en su breve pero meteórica trayectoria. En 18 meses no sólo han publicado dos álbumes sino también han logrado premios como el de Mejor Grupo en Directo en los Brit Awards 2013.

En el O2 Arena sonarán temas de su álbum “Come Of Age”, número uno en ventas, y su predecesor, “What Did You Expect from the Vaccines?”. Además, el grupo promete incorporar a su repertorio nuevo material que formará parte de su tercer trabajo. Tan sólo unas semanas después del show en el O2, el grupo hará de telonero de los mismísimos Rolling Stones en Hyde Park, en otra oportunidad para ver a los londinenses en la cima del éxito.

El O2 Arena se ha convertido, desde su construcción, en una de las salas de conciertos más importante de Londres. Pieza central del denominado Millennium Dome, el recinto tiene capacidad para 20.000 personas y alberga todo tipo de eventos, por lo que la oferta hotelera en la zona es abundante. Fans de los The Vaccines que busquen un hotel en Londres podrán encontrar en el portal LondonTown.com grandes descuentos en establecimientos cercanos al O2 Arena para la noche de la actuación.

Entre las ofertas anunciadas, destaca el 53% de descuento en el hotel de cuatro estrellasRadisson Blu Edwardian New Providence Wharf, a menos de 10 minutos del O2, y el 72% de descuento que se ofrece en el Ibis London Docklands, con habitaciones dobles disponibles desde tan sólo 54 libras.

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La aclamada obra La Bohèmecautivará el Coliseo

El Coliseo de Londres será el escenario de una de las óperas más exitosas desde mayo hasta junio. La Boh è mede Puccini es sin duda alguna una de las óperas más famosas de todos los tiempos y la producción de Jonathan Miller para ENO se ha convertido en clásico desde su debut en 2009. Los amantes de la ópera que visiten la ciudad, o cualquiera atraído por una noche de romance y drama, no podrían estar en mejores manos.

La interpretación de Jonathan Miller reubica la historia de amor de Rodolfo,el poeta, y Mimi, la costurera, en París inspirado por la fotografía del margen izquierdo de Brassai en la década de los 30 y, según Miller, por la película Withnaily Yo. El resultado es un ambiente bohemio descarnadamentemodernizado de desvanes helados, sucias calles y un glamur gastado, todo con gran detalle cinematográfico gracias a la diseñadora del decorado IsabellaBywater.

Con dichas credenciales – incluida la tan cacareada soprano Kate Valentine y el conocido tenor Gwyn Hughes Jones con el papel de los amantes desafortunados – seguro que La Bohèmeserá un éxito de ventas en el Coliseo.

En reconocimiento a la gran popularidad de este show, LondonTown.com, la principal web de reservas hoteleras y eventos, ofrece una selección de Londres hoteles a poca distancia del Coliseo y a precios especiales.

Entre las ofertas está el hotel de cinco estrellas StMartinsLane (A Morgan Original), a unos pasos del Coliseo y considerado como uno de los hoteles con más estilos y opulentos de Londres. Las dobles se pueden reservar a través de LondonTown.com con un descuento del 26%.

Y un descuento todavía más impresionante del 48% se ofrece en el Radisson Blu Edwardian Leicester Square Hotel, con una ubicación igualmente conveniente y fácil acceso a lo mejor del West End.

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London’s South Bank is Set to Offer Londoners an Exuberant Programme of Events and Entertainment for Summer 2013

The minute a ray of sunshine envelopes London, the South Bank is transformed into the capital’s hub of al fresco comedy, theatre and variety performance. At the centre of this is the Udderbelly Festival, which will return in 2013 for its fifth year.Open in spring and running throughout the summer, Udderbelly plants a giant upside-down purple cow outside London’s Southbank Centre and stages a diverse programme of entertainment. Ranging from classic stand-up to intriguing fringe, the iconic fixture hosts a number of award-winning London events and one of the biggest outdoor bars in central London.

Also returning to the South Bank is London Wonderground. Following its inaugural year in 2012, Wonderground will stage five months of cabaret, circus and sideshow within its outdoor playground and giant Spiegeltent. Its headline show will be Limbo, which combines a heady mix of heart-stopping illusions, meticulous manoeuvres and breath taking dance moves.

Further down the Thames, opposite the Tower of London, the Scoop at More London’s outdoor amphitheatre will offer another summer of free theatre, film screenings, live music and community events.The ‘king of al fresco venues’ splits its summer season into four months, with each dedicated to a specific genre. More theatre can be found within The Shed, the Southbank Centre’s temporary performance venue. The Shed’s summer programme features Bullet Catch, a dark and exhilarating one-man show that will test audiences’ nerves; Mission Drift, award-winning New York ensemble The TEAM combine mythic and contemporary stories; and Romeo and Juliet, a contemporary family-friendly celebration of Shakespeare’s much-loved romance drama.

Titling its 2013 season ‘A Season of Plenty’, London’s Globe Theatre promises a bold and vibrant programme throughout the summer and the rest of the year. Among the fifteen shows there will be three world premieres: Gabriel, Blue Stockings and The Lightning Child, while classics such as A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest and The Taming of the Shrew will offer special midnight matinees.

The Southbank Centre’s Meltdown Festival returns to London for 2013 and this year cultural icon Yoko Ono is taking the reins.This will be the 20 th anniversary of the festival and Ono, who celebrates her own 80 th birthday this year, will bring a lifetime of achievement in music, visual art and peace activism to the occasion. Another anniversary is being celebrated at BFI Southbank, with monthly screenings of past Doctor Who episodes to celebrate the Doctor’s 50 th anniversary.

Serving up its annual dose of world class literature, the London Literature Festival brings an exuberant mix of spoken word performances, exciting new collaborations, workshops and talks from international writers and thinkers.

Keep up to date with all of London 2013’s summer events by downloading a free copy of London 2013: The Annual, the best London events, openings, anniversaries & experiences for 2013.

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From Live Music To Al Fresco Dance And Aliens To Sailors, Greenwich Is Set For A Busy Summer Of Activities

This summer the O2 Arena’s programme is undoubtedly diverse, from golden oldies to contemporary pop and soulful swing to gritty rock. Kicking off the season is veteran rocker Rod Stewart. Part of his Live the Life Tour and on the back of his latest studio album Time , Stewart will perform two nights of live music. In contrast, former burlesque performer Paloma Faith will take to the stage the following night to perform tracks from her latest album Fall to Grace, which has just reached Platinum status in the UK . For visitors hoping to stay near the arena, a wide variety of hotels in London can be found on LondonTown.com.

Renowned for his soulful voice that makes women swoon and his charm that makes men weep, Grammy Award-winning and chart-topping Michael Bublé will come to London to perform at the arena for six nights in June, which is the third longest run of dates performed at the venue by a male solo artist – beaten only by Prince and Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters.

The month will also see rock of two different ages from Kings of Leon and The Who, while later in the year iconic band Fleetwood Mac come to the O2 for a much anticipated tour. Marking 35 years since the release of their classic album Rumours , the London performances will see original members Mick Fleetwood and John McVie joined by Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks, who both joined in 1975.

Away from the music, Eddie Izzard will take off his trainers and embark on a marathon of another sort. Part of his Force Majeure (force of nature) tour – the most extensive comedy tour ever with 25 countries throughout Europe, Africa, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, India, Nepal and The Far East on the schedule – Izzard will be dropping by London for two nights.

Returning for their second spellbinding show in London this year – the first being Kooza in January – Cirque Du Soleil present Alegria in July. A classic Cirque Du Soleil production, Alegria is one of the company’s most popular performances and has received international acclaim since its 1994 premiere in Montreal . Later in the summer it will be the public’s turn to test their strength and stamina with Run to the Beat, London ‘s official music half marathon.

London ‘s leading festival of free outdoor performing arts, the Greenwich and Docklands International Festival is back for 2013 with nine days of theatre, dance and street arts. This year’s festival opens on midsummer’s day (21 st June) and is attempting to recapture the spirit of Olympic London.Part of the Royal Greenwich Festivals, the Greenwich Dances festival brings a vibrant celebration of dance to the area with a six week programme of workshops and dance performances. Popping up in streets, parks, libraries and museums, the festival will bring dance to unexpected places and offer an unexpected moment of entertainment.

Questioning whether we are alone in the universe or if aliens really do exist, The Royal Observatory Greenwich will be continuing its Alien Season. Along with talks, exhibitions and interactive entertainment, the season will also include a number of SciFi movie nights, with screenings of classic science fiction movies that feature aliens.

Families will be treated to a summer of fun on the recently restored Cutty Sark. With a number of ‘Summer at Sea’ events to choose from, the ship will also invite its longest serving master, Captain Woodget, to tell tales of his voyages across the high seas. While John Simmons: A Sailor’s Trafalgar Story will be an interactive performance that explores what is was like to be a black sailor in Nelson’s navy.

Stay informed onall of London 2013’s summer seasons by downloading a free copy of London 2013: The Annual, the best London events, openings, anniversaries & experiences for 2013.

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Labtrip 3.0, the iTunes of the social travel guides

Labtrip, the free app of social travel where you can do travel guides, presents a complet app for the iPhone and new functionalities in the web (the spotter).

To the more of 40.000 registered users and more of 30.000 created guides, and thousands of downloads, they add more and new functionalities looking forward to the Social travel era 3.0

With the nes design and the new content aggregator (spotter), Labtrip 3.0 arrives to all the destinations the traveler want to go and share.

Spotter; the content aggregator is the main new tool
The technological start-up from Barcelona has now the option to aggregate content in the user travel guide.
The content aggregator, also known as SPOTTER, is the most significant new of Labtrip 3.0

For the first time, the traveler, using the SPOTTER, can include any information of the travel he/she want to go or be inspired; like photos, videos, text… to his/her travel guide while surfing the internet.

Also, while traveling, with the IPhone app, he can photograph anything he/she like (restaurant, hotel, place, site,…) and keep it and share it.

Demis Torres (founder and COO of Labtrip) says that SPOTTER “is the tool that need a marketplace of travel guides to personalize totally the user guides.”

Users change their behavior when they think about their travel, so LABTRIP has invest to offer popular places voted by the travel community or by their friends.

“Our objective is that the users connect their travel with their friends”, says Demis Torres, that sees the change in the behavior to the “friendsourcing”.

“In the crowdsourcing the comments are from anyone , but in the friendsourcing the comments are from friends and relatives”..

The redesign of the APP in the IPhone gives more visibility to the thematic guides with personal plans that respond to the “London literary”, “Paris of The Da Vinci Code” or also “Football in Buenos Aires”.

LABTRIP with the new tools (like the SPOTTER) wants to go forward in their vision of being the iTunes of the travel guides.

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Helpful Information for your Las Vegas Wedding Guests

You and your Las Vegas wedding guests are looking forward to a wonderful event full of romance, personal touches and celebration. Enhance their experience by providing them with great information to make their stay smooth and fun for everyone!

Where to Stay: One of the kindest things you can do for your wedding guests is to reserve a “block” of rooms at a convenient hotel that you know is good quality, an appropriate value and located well. You may even block rooms at more than one hotel if you have guests of different economic means. Contact several properties for comparison purposes, and understand the terms of their contracts, as policies for blocks vary widely.

Transportation: Las Vegas is a city that can be reached by practically any form of transportation. Include airport details, along with rental car recommendations and even rail stops so your guests know where they need to go and how they can get there most easily and economically.

What to Do: What are your favorite Las Vegas attractions? Do you have a favorite casino, bar or restaurant? Did you and your fiancé first kiss at a scenic local spot that you would recommend visiting? Share your favorite fun things to do, see and eat in Las Vegas with your guests and help them enjoy the city as much as you do!

What to Wear: Whether your wedding is a black tie affair or a barbecue in the grass, your guests need to attend in appropriate attire. Let them know what to expect, including notes about shoe heels that might sink into grassy ceremony sites, or jacket and tie requirements at your reception restaurant.

Babysitting Services: Most major hotels and resorts offer babysitting referrals in house. Research some of these offerings and compile the information for parents who are bringing young people with them. Encourage parents to carefully screen applicants to make sure they choose someone they trust with their children.

Seasonal Information: Not every wedding guest is familiar with Las Vegas, and many may not realize what kind of seasonal variation the region experiences. If you are having a summer wedding, warn guests that sunscreen will be needed, along with several breaks from searing heat. Winter temperatures can be harsh as well, so let guests know if they need to prepare for extreme climate of any kind.

The more great information you provide your traveling guests, the more they will appreciate you and the efforts you have taken to create a perfect destination wedding day. Start communicating early and you’ll reap the benefits of happy, comfortable guests!

Always & Forever Weddings and Receptions is the premier Las Vegas wedding resource for brides interesting in Las Vegas Wedding Packages. Always & Forever Weddings and Receptions is located at 2902 Lake E Dr Las Vegas, NV 89117 and can be reached at 702- 318-5683 and 800- 259-2978.

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Hyatt 48 Lex Nyc Launches “Nat Sherman Terraces” Cut And Cork Package

With eight specialty studios and suites featuring outdoor terraces, Hyatt 48 Lex, a 100% smoke-free property recognizes there are still some passionate cigar lovers out there. As a result, the newly built midtown Manhattan hotel has teamed up with nearby neighbor and local NYC iconic smoke shop Nat Sherman Cigars to create a package for cigar lovers to indulge in a private outdoor setting. Available from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2013 and starting at $499 per night, the Cut & Cork Package offers everything needed for the ultimate cigar smoking getaway in the heart of Manhattan.

Choose your Price-Point: from spacious Terrace Studio to elegant Penthouse Suite with private Landscaped Balcony, perfect for intimate entertaining. Add on 2 Nat Sherman Cigars: the Romeo by Romeo y Julieta and Nat Sherman Timeless Collection No. 2 are both sure to delight your palate. Enjoy your cigars paired with the perfect red wine, selected by the hotel sommelier and delivered to your room upon arrival. Step outside to your private terrace to smoke under the Manhattan skyline.

More about our Terrace Studio Accommodations: Located on the 4th floor, our selection of studios and suites, each one a true Manhattan apartment feature a private 115 square foot landscaped terrace, one queen or king bed, floor to ceiling windows overlooking Lexington Avenue or 48th Street, plus fully stocked pantry with additional wines as well as liquor options.

Upgrade to a Penthouse Suite
Located on the top floor of the hotel, these two Penthouse Suites are true Manhattan jewels. Each is a generous 750+ square feet, with private landscaped terrace, generous living area, one king bed, floor to ceiling windows with magnificent skyline views, dining table, kitchen with cooktop, and fully stocked minibar. Penthouse Cut & Cork Packages start at $1500 per night.

Customize your visit even more and add on a Suite Spa in-room treatment, enjoy Dinner or Brunch in our lobby level brasserie, Lexington Brass, or call our concierge for theatre tickets, sporting events or dinner reservations around town.

Package includes the following:
•Overnight accommodations
•Two cigars; Romeo by Romeo y Julieta and Nat Sherman Timeless Collection No. 2
• Nat Sherman cutter, Nat Sherman matches, and a Boveda humidification pack that will allow the cigars to maintain their freshness for up to three months.
•Bottle of Red Wine

Book Now at 800-223-1234 or via www.hyatt48lex.com Promo Code: CIGAR

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Haga su propia pose en el Vogue Festival, sugiere LondonTown.com

Prepárese para presenciar los últimos estilos de la pasarela en el segundo Vogue Festival anual que tendrá lugar en el Queen Elizabeth Hall del Southbank Centre. Este evento será los dos días del último fin de semana de abril, el 27 y el 28, y presenta la moda de los principales diseñadores, modelos, fotógrafos y críticos.

Famoso por las noticias diarias sobre moda, videos de la pasarela, fotos de entre bastidores, tendencias de moda, entrevistas con las supermodelos y las fotos de las fiestas de los famosos, este evento captura lo conocido de la famosa revista en un escenario en directo. Los adeptos a la moda podrán sumergirse en este sector al hacerles preguntas a personajes de gran influencia, además de participar en talleres, makeovers y ver películas sobre moda.

Las entradas cuestan 75 libras y con pesos pesados de la moda como Tom Ford, Domenico Dolce, Stefano Gabbana y Diane von Furstenberg que aparecieron en el show del año pasado, ¿quién sabe qué estrella del mundo de la moda se podrá ver en este año?

El Queen Elizabeth Hall del Southbank Centre en uno de los principales auditorios de conciertos de Londres, además de ubicación perfecta del Vogue Festival, con un amplio programa de eventos desde música hasta moda y artes escénicas.

Como dura dos días, ¿por qué no disfrutar de todo el fin de semana y alojarse en el centro de Londres? Los Hoteles Londres de LondonTown.com incluye el Park Plaza County Hall Hotel London, ubicado a tan solo un paseo del Queen Elizabeth Hall, con dobles desde 96 libras con un enorme descuento del 75%. También está el exquisito Corinthia Hotel London, con dobles deluxe con un 63% de descuento y precios desde 300 libras la noche.

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El Festival de Cine de Sundance regresa a Londres

El emblemático festival de cine creado por Robert Redford, que habitualmente tiene lugar en Utah, se celebrará en Londres por segundo año consecutivo.

El Festival de Cine de Sundance, originalmente conocido por Utah / Us Film Festival, fue concebido por Redford en 1978 con la intención de promover el cine independiente realizado en Norteamérica. Hoy en día este festival está considerado como una de las citas más importantes del año en el mundo del cine.

El año pasado el festival se trasladó por primera vez a suelo europeo, en una memorable edición a la que pusieron música artistas de renombre como Rufus y Martha Wainwright. La ciudad de Londres pudo disfrutar, durante cuatro días, de lo mejorcito del cine independiente americano. El éxito fue tal, que Redford y compañía volverán a la capital británica este mes de abril.

En esta ocasión el festival se dirige al este de Londres, donde el O2 Arena acogerá un gran número de eventos que harán las delicias de los aficionados del mejor cine. Y, como en la última edición, los organizadores han puesto la guinda al pastel confirmando actuaciones musicales de gran calibre. Entre los artistas confirmados destaca la notable electro-provocadora Peaches, que interpretará temas de su ópera electro-pop “Peaches Does Herself”.

El festival tendrá lugar entre el 25 y el 28 de abril en el O2 Arena londinense, lo que prometen ser cuatro días cargados de cine y música. Las entradas oscilan entre las 50 y las 250 libras.

Dada la importancia de la cita, LondonTown.com, el portal número uno en reservas de eventos y hoteles en Londres de Internet, ofrece en su página web la oportunidad de reservar en hoteles en Londres cercanos al festival a precios reducidos. Visitando el portal es posible adquirir alojamiento en hoteles convenientemente localizados como por ejemplo el Radisson Edwardian New Providence Wharf, a menos de diez minutos del O2 Arena y con un 53% de descuento en habitaciones dobles durante el festival. Hasta un sorprendente 72% se ofrece en el Ibis London Docklands, con habitaciones dobles disponibles a partir de tan sólo 54 libras.

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Jimmy Carr presentará “Gagging Order” en el Hammersmith Apollo, informa LondonTown.com

El humorista profesional Jimmy Carr, presentador del programa de concurso de comedia de Channel Four “Eight out of Ten Cats”, vuelve al circuito de comedia del Reino Unido con este espectacular número de comedia en el Hammersmith Apollo de Londres el viernes 26 y sábado 27 de abril.

Es de esperar risas a mansalva con su ya tradicional poción de anécdotas breves y nauseabundas. Humor deliciosamente grosero para unos y totalmente inaceptable para otros, ya se pueden reservar las entradas para decidirlo tras ver el espectáculo.

El público debe dejar en casa cualquier prejuicio moral para disfrutar a tope de una fabulosa noche de “humor de patio de colegio entre la culpabilidad y el placer” y de “latigazos bífidos de precisión láser” según lo describe el Evening Standard. El título de “Gagging Order” se refiere a la agudeza infame de la reacción producida hace unos años cuando Carr mencionó que a los soldados amputados les iría bien en los Juegos Paralímpicos. ¿Quién sabe qué ofensas nos esperan esta vez?

El Hammersmith Apollo es uno de los principales auditorios de Londres y escenario perfecto para este famoso humorista, con alrededor de 3.600 butacas en un teatro recientemente renovado. Las entradas cuestan 25 libras y si se visita la capital especialmente para este show merece la pena pasar la noche en Londres.

Los Londres hoteles de LondonTown.com en esta zona comienzan desde tan solo 71 libras la noche (incluido un fabuloso descuento del 55% en las dobles) en el Best Western Plus Seraphine Hammersmith Hotel a tan solo cinco minutos del teatro. También está elHoliday Inn Express London Hammersmith con habitaciones desde tan solo 86 libras la noche y con una ubicación también excepcional.

Hammersmith cuenta con una amplia gama de restaurantes de gran calidad, bares y vida nocturna así que las risotadas durarán incluso hasta después del espectáculo, antes de retirarse a descansar en uno de estos fabulosos hoteles.

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The Grand Opening Of Harvest Kitchen & Bar At The Hyatt Westlake Plaza In Thousand Oaks

Hyatt Westlake Plaza is pleased to announce the hotel’s $1.7 million renovation is officially complete, and introduces the brand new Harvest Kitchen & Bar, that features a farm to table concept, a newly re-done Atrium bar and upgraded patio with fire pits.

“The community members in Westlake Village are so important to the hotel, and we are so excited to offer Harvest Kitchen & Bar to our loyal and new patrons. Harvest Kitchen & Bar is a brand new dining and food concept for the hotel, and it focuses on farm-to-table cuisine, sourcing from local vendors as much as possible. We are proud to support and give back to the community this way, which supports Hyatt’s overall Thrive, social responsibility philosophy,” said General Manager David Coonan.

The new restaurant, Harvest Kitchen & Bar, replaced Bella Terraza, and is the property’s signature restaurant, serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, and light fare throughout the day. Harvest Kitchen and Bar follows Hyatt’s global food philosophy, “Food. Thoughtfully Sourced. Carefully Served,” which is grounded in three pillars: healthy people, a healthy planet, and a healthy community. Harvest Kitchen and Bar embodies the philosophy every day by offering guests locally sourced and organic items including Natural Chicken Breast served with hidatsa red bean ragout, Wheat Pappardelle Pasta served with artichokes, basil, garlic and sundried tomato sauce, and Peppered Rib-Eye Steak cooked to perfection with an aromatic rosemary sauce and roasted parsnip mashed potatoes. For small groups and events, Harvest offers two newly renovated and designed private dining areas that can seat up 15 and 16 people respectively.

In addition to the renovation of Harvest Kitchen & Bar, hotel guests will now enjoy the newly renovated Atrium that offers coffee and fresh pastries in the morning, and a light fare menu in the afternoon. Local brews and happy hours are featured daily, and popular menu items include home made flatbread pizzas and savory bourbon glazed baby back ribs.

Dining al fresco is made easy with the hotel’s newly updated outdoor patio area, located steps outside of Harvest. Multiple lounge seating areas, fire pits, a garden gazebo and waterfalls make for the perfect setting to enjoy Southern California living.

For more information and reservations, please visit www.westlake.hyatt.com or call 805.557.4710.

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Hyatt Westlake Plaza introduces The New Vista Ballroom, ideal for any and every event

The Hyatt Westlake Village, best known for hosting weddings, social galas, corporate meetings and group functions announces its newly designed Vista Ballroom and Atrium, adding an additional 2,500 square feet to the hotel’s vast selection of flexible meeting space.

“We are very excited to offer a brand new ballroom and Atrium pre-function space to event and meeting planners in our community,” said General Manager David Coonan. “The redesigned space is so functional that it will appeal to a variety of customer interests, from weddings to off-site meetings,” said Coonan.

The redesigned Vista Ballroom accommodates groups of 10 to 120 guests with its floor to ceiling windows. The Vista Ballroom is flooded with natural light, and offers a perfect view of the property’s waterfalls, lawns, garden gazebo and sunsets. Adjacent to the ballroom is the revamped Atrium, designed to complement the hotel’s Mediterranean architecture. The Atrium offers new tile floors in earth tones of rust and orange, along with modern furnishings in tones of yellow and blue, plus new LED lighting.

The Vista Ballroom and Atrium enhances the hotel’s already vast flexible meeting space, complimenting the Grand Plaza Ballroom, Chairman and Presidents Boardroom, and the four Mediterranean Meetings Rooms, totaling 25,000 square feet of meeting space options.

For more information about the Vista Ballroom or Hyatt Westlake Village, visit:www.westlake.hyatt.com or call 805.557.4650.

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Outdoor cinema season starts with Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Shout it from the rooftops – London’s open-air cinema season starts on Monday 29th April with an 8.30pm outdoor screening of Breakfast At Tiffany’s at the famous Kensington Roof Gardens. After an evening with Audrey Hepburn what better way than to follow up with a night with Marilyn Monroe as Some Like It Hot is shown on the same big screen the next day in the second of five films this spring at the plush venue in W8.

Across London in edgier Shoreditch, the same Rooftop Film Club returns with it second – and original – outdoor screening event of the early summer. Running throughout May on the roof of the popular Queen of Hoxton pub, the season starts on Wednesday 1st May with the Will Ferrell classic, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. For £12 guests can sit back under the glow of the City’s skyline as they enjoy a variety of classic and cult films with a drink in hand. Wireless headphones, a massive screen, comfy chairs, blankets, drinks and bar food made the Rooftop Film Club one of the big successes of last year’s outdoor season.

The programme at the Queen of Hoxton is varied, with 9pm screenings most nights of the month including films such as Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, The Big Lebowski, The Usual Suspects, Seven Psychopaths, Jaws, Leon, Willow, Snatch, Taxi Driver and much more. The popular ‘Chick Flick Tuesdays’ return with Amelie, The Notebook and Mean Girls all on the cards. So far, the only third date at the Kensington Roof Gardens to be confirmed is Tuesday 7th May where guests will be able to enjoy Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind for a pricier £22 which nevertheless includes a burger, hot dog or vegetarian option prepared on the outdoor coal fire BBQ.

Last year, all Rooftop Film Club screenings sold out so guests are advised to book in advance as soon as possible. The Rooftop Film Club is one of many organisations committed to taking the movies out of the dark, dank indoors and into the open. Numerous outdoor screenings take place all over London in innovative locations throughout the summer – and the events website LondonTown.com has its finger on the pulse with a comprehensive London Outdoor Film Screening feature to help movie lovers plan for the months ahead.

Returning once again this summer is the highlight of many people’s calender: the Film 4 Summer Screen at the historic Somerset House, which runs from 15th to 26th August (full programme yet to be announced). One month later, the More London Free Film Festival lights up the area of the South Bank near City Hall with a series of free evening screenings at The Scoop, a 1,000-seat amphitheatre located between HMS Belfast and Tower Bridge (11th to 27th September). Also running in the same month after a successful debut last summer is Kew The Movies, which takes place over three days in the beautiful gardens of the iconic Kew Palace (12th, 13th & 14th September).

In August two outdoor events have been confirmed: Trinity Summer Cinema Series in the award-winning gardens of Trinity Hospice in Clapham returns with Dirty Dancing (Wednesday 21st August), Breakfast At Tiffany’s (Thursday 22nd August) and Top Gun (Friday 23rd August), while the Open Air Cinema at beautiful Chiswick House is showing West Side Story (Thursday 29th August) and The Commitments (Friday 30th August).

All these outdoor cinematic dates for the diary are previewed on the website LondonTown.com, which boasts a huge selection of London Events. Other outdoor cinema events yet to confirm their 2013 programme are Hot Tub Cinema at Netil House, Nomad Cinema (dubbed “London’s best outdoor cinema” by the Evening Standard), Luna Cinema, Midsummer Night Screen, Pop-Up Screens and Films on the Flytower of the National Theatre.

Opera lovers can attend a huge free outdoor event this summer with the return of the Royal Opera House BP Big Screens, which will be showing the Royal Ballet’s Mayerling (Thursday 13th June), Puccini’s La rondine (Thursday 11th July) and another Puccini classic, Tosca, on Thursday 18th July. All of London’s major film festivals are also covered in LondonTown.com’s 244-page book to London 2013.

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Chris de Burgh actuará en el Royal Albert Hall, informa LondonTown.com

El famoso cantante y rompecorazones Chris de Burgh actuará en el Royal Albert Hall de Londres en la noche del miércoles 24 de abril. Los fans de la estrella de “Lady in Red” disfrutarán de su último álbum “Home” que incluye una colección de sus canciones favoritas de álbums anteriores recreadas de forma acústica.

Este baladista, nacido en Argentina, ha vendido la friolera de 45 millones de álbums a lo largo de su dilatada trayectoria de 40 años, y sus fans podrán disfrutar de sus grandes éxitos y de canciones de su último álbum y de “Footsteps 2” del 2011, incluidas sus versiones de los clásicos de ABBA, Mike & The Mechanics y Roy Orbison.

El Royal Albert Hall es el auditorio estrella de Londres, lugar perfecto para esta leyenda de la canción, donde se presentan los mejores eventos musicales y deportivos, galas, banquetes, bailes y las famosa serie mundial de conciertos de música clásica “Proms”.

Las entradas a este espectáculo van desde 35 hasta 50 libras, y si se acompaña de una estancia en la capital se puede encontrar alojamiento con LondonTown.com que ayuda con su amplia oferta de fabulosos Londres hoteles.

Por ejemplo el Fifty Four Boutique Hotel en Queen’s Gate. A tan solo unos minutos a pie de esta sala de conciertos, este exclusivo hotel se ubica en una mansión eduardina entre las estaciones de metro de Gloucester Road y South Kensington, con fácil acceso al resto de Londres. Y lo mejor es que las dobles tienen actualmente un impresionante descuento del 65% con precios desde tan solo 105 libras.

También está el Milestone Hotel London con sus lujosos apartamentos que dan al Palacio y los Jardines de Kensington en uno de los rincones más codiciados de Londres.

Reserve uno de estos exclusivos hoteles con LondonTown.com y disfrutará de una especial noche de descanso cerca del auditorio donde actuará Chris de Burgh.

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Pink pondrá el broche final a su gira Europea con cuatro noches en el O2 Arena

Pink, una de las estrellas del pop más exitosas de la última década, pondrá punto y final a su prometedora gira europea con cuatro noches de conciertos en el 02 Arena de Londres.

Tras dos años sin visitar Europa, los fans de la artista americana podrán descubrir con la gira “The Truth About Love” por qué sus conciertos provocan tanta expectación. Giras anteriores como “Funhouse” y “Summer Carnival” demostraron la energía y el entusiasmo de la cantante sobre un escenario y “The Truth About Love” promete no ser menos.

La llegada de Pink a Europa coincide con la publicación de “Just Give Me a Reason”, el tercer sencillo del álbum “The Truth About Love”, recientemente nominado a un premio Grammy y éxito de ventas internacional. “Just Give Me a Reason”, que cuenta con la colaboración de la cantante de Fun Nate Ruess, ha supuesto otro éxito para Pink: con ésta, catorce de sus canciones han entrado ya en el top 10 de las listas de Billboard, además de suponer su tercer número uno en Billboard Digital y otro ‘himno’ para el repertorio del O2 Arena.

Las entradas para los cuatro shows están ya a la venta a precios que oscilan entre las 49.75 y las 63.25 libras y, con motivo de la gira, el portal LondonTown.com ofrece descuentos en Hoteles Londres próximos al O2 para los fans de Pink que quieran pasar una noche inolvidable en la capital británica.

Entre los hoteles ofertados destaca el Radisson Blu Edwardian New Providence Wharf, de cuatro estrellas, con un 53% de descuento en sus tarifas y a tan sólo 10 minutos del O2 Arena. A misma distancia se sitúa el Ibis London Docklands, con descuentos de hasta un 72% y habitaciones dobles disponibles desde solamente 54 libras.

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Frank Skinner vuelve a actuar en Londres en la intimidad del Soho

Frank Skinner, uno de los humoristas más populares de Gran Bretaña, ha anunciado una serie de shows en el SohoTheatre de Londres. Esta serie de actuaciones, titulada “Work in Progress” y que va desde el 23 de abril hasta el 4 de mayo, representa una oportunidad única de uno de los mejores humoristas británicosen un ambiente diferente e interesante.

Skinnerlleva tiempo actuando en la televisión británica. Tras saltar a la fama por ganar el Galardón Perrieren el 1991 Edinburgh Fringe, su tipo de humor popular le sirvió para llegar a los corazones de los televidentes con una sucesión de programas televisivos incluidos FantasyFootball League, Baddiely SkinnerUnplanned, además de su show de entrevistas en hora punta.

Además Skinnerapareció en la portada del famoso single “ThreeLions”, la omnipresente banda sonora de la campaña Euro 96 de la selección de Inglaterra e himno de los fans del fútbol de todo el país.

“Work in Progress” devuelve a Skinnera un escenario relativamente modesto y ofrece una oportunidad sin igual de presenciar una verdadera comedia cercana y personal. Las entradas estarán muy solicitadas por lo que conviene reservar con antelación.

Los asistentes que deseen pasar la noche en la capital se alegrarán de saber que la web líder de eventos y reservas de la capital, LondonTown.com, ofrece una amplia gama dehoteles en Londres a tan solo un paseo del SohoTheatre.

Los visitantes de LondonTown.com disfrutarán de descuentos en los mejores hoteles de la ciudad incluido el Hazlitt’s Hotel London que es toda una institución del Soho. Este original hotel retiene el encanto de un periodo único y sirve de antídoto frente a las cadenas hoteleras sin personalidad. También se encuentra a tan solo un paseo de un minute del SohoTheatre.

El Soho Hotel de cinco estrellas también está cerca y ofrece un refugio de lujo lejos del bullicio más vibrante de la diversión londinense.

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London’s wide choice of large Conference Centres makes the city a natural choice for Event Organisers

For event organisers, London is a natural place to host an event with its huge choice of large conference centres. Some are housed within historically important buildings, others are purpose-built, all are fitted with state-of-the-art technology including the latest audio and visual equipment and there are manyLondon hotels to choose from catering for all the business needs of delegates and often located just a short walk from the conference.

On Friday 14th June 2013 the TEDxHousesofParliament event is taking place at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, one of London ‘s premier conference centres capable of taking up to 2,500 people. The day conference, devoted to ‘Ideas Worth Spreading’, will be followed by an evening reception on the House of Commons Terrace at the Palace of Westminster.

Other notable events this summer include the Science Communication Conference where Professor Brian Cox is one of the key note speakers. The event, chaired by science writer, broadcaster and comedian Timandra Harkness, will be held at Kings Place, a stunning canal-side venue in Kings Cross, on Thursday 16th and Friday 17th May 2013.

Also at Kings Place, the MDG Conference which was scheduled to take place at the NEC in Birmingham has now been moved to a more central location. Taking place on Wednesday 29th May 2013, the MDG Conference aims to bring together participants from the private sector, government departments, academia, civil society and NGOs to come up with a draft proposal that will be presented to UN General Assembly on the MDGs later this year.

To find out the best large conference centres in central London, capable of hosting events for up to 2,500 people, go to LondonTown.com where a host of useful information is supplied, giving those planning to visit the city all the information they need in one online location. With over 18 years of experience, the website is the place to go to for informative and unbiased reviews on everything you need to know about the UK’s capital city.

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