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Shrewsbury Travel Branch Collects Christmas Gifts For Women’s Aid Charity

Generous-spirited people have got behind a gift appeal in Shrewsbury to help women and children spending Christmas in a refuge.

The Midcounties Co-op Travel branch, cooptravel.co.uk, in the town centre has asked colleagues, customers, local businesses and the general public to donate new toiletries, toys and clothing for the appeal.

Around 50 gifts have already been donated at the branch in Pride Hill and the collection continues until 12 December.

Organiser Kate Walmsley, Senior Travel Advisor, said: “The gifts will be wrapped and presented to our charity partner Women’s Aid who will distribute them to refuges in the region. We would like to thank everyone who has given so far; we have been touched by their support.

“I’m sure it will lift the spirit of the families who receive the gifts this Christmas to know that the community at large is thinking of them.”

The Midcounties Co-op Travel, a locally owned and independent business, is part of community retailer The Midcounties Co-operative. Midcounties is supporting charity partner Women’s Aid, the key national charity working to end domestic violence against women and children.

Its businesses have been raising funds and awareness to support the charity’s work nationally and eleven local services that operate within its trading areas, including refuges at Shropshire, Wolverhampton, Walsall, Wyre Forest, Warwickshire, Wycombe, Oxfordshire, The Forest of Dean and Gloucestershire.

Colleagues are also giving their time to volunteering projects and getting involved in campaign work for Women’s Aid.

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Barbican to Host London International Animation Festival

This autumn, the Barbican Theatre presents the London International Animation Festival, which aims to bring together the very best in creative animation from the past 12 months. The LIAF – which runs from October 25th until November 4th – will feature gala premieres, Q & A sessions with top directors, animators and voice artists, and workshops chaired by the very best in the business.

Every animation technique will be covered over the course of the ten-day programme. Among the highlights of the festival will be a special appearance from influential British artist Ralph Steadman, who debuts his new film ‘For No Good Reason’. LIAF centres around the Barbican Screen theatre, one of the city centre’s most iconic venues.

Ticket prices for the huge range of events will be between £11.50 and £12.50, and are available via LondonTown.com. The website has also announced details of special discounts on hotels in London, so festival-goers looking for a cheap room near the Barbican are advised to visit their site.

Among the hotels offered, the Zetter, situated on Clerkenwell Road, is around a ten minute walk from the Barbican Centre. When booking through LondonTown.com, the Zetter is offering a 71% discount on petite doubles, bringing the cost of a night’s stay down to just £108.

The Thistle City Barbican Hotel is offering an 88% on double rooms, bringing the cost of a night’s stay down to just £62. The Thistle is less than a fifteen minute walk from the LIAF.

The Montcalm at Brewery London City is less than a five minute walk from the Barbican, and is offering double rooms at an 83% discount, or from £208 per night. Both deals are available exclusively when booking through LondonTown.com.

Visit the site to find more information on the 2012 London International Animation Festival, other upcoming theatre events in the capital, and to find more discounted hotels in London.

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Spot the next Hirst at the Affordable Art Fair this autumn

For art lovers, bargain hunters, families and the merely curious, the Affordable Art Fair brings the prospect of an excellent weekend’s wandering, gawping and perhaps even buying.

Set to take place in Hampstead Heath from 1st to 4th November 2012, the Affordable Art Fair is the little sister to the larger Battersea art fair, but promises some more accessible prices and stalls, as well as the opportunity for newly graduating artists to exhibit and develop their work in front of new audiences.

What is more, the excellent HotelMap widget is able to find weekend visitors some brilliant deals on hotels near Kings Cross and other central areas within easy distance of both the art fair itself, and the city centre.

The event runs from 11am -6pm, apart from on the 1st when it will have a special late-night extension until 9.30pm. Admission for under-16s is free, meaning it’s a great event to throw in as part of a family trip to London – given that it is set in the middle of the city’s most wild open space (Hampstead Heath), there’s plenty to keep kids distracted.

And for those looking to make it a celebratory weekend without totally breaking the bank, news of HotelMap’s great deal-finding widget will be a blessing. The finder has located deals in some great central, NW1 hotels with over 50% discounts off the full price.

The Thistle Euston Hotel, for example, has 78% off double rooms on the 2nd -4th November, with prices coming in at £128 per night. This is located just 3 miles from the Affordable Art Fair, reached either by tube with a walk, or by a direct bus.

Another option is the Holiday Inn Camden Lock – better for couples and those who want to make the most of Camden night life after – it’s also just a 2 mile walk to the Art Fair, and doubles have a discount of 70%, starting at £152 per night.

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Get animated at London’s International Animation Festival at the Barbican

For individuals who think that animation is simply about kids films or manga comics, then perhaps a visit to the Barbican this October will make a big difference in changing your mind.

The London International Animation Festival, which has been running since 2003, makes its temporary home in the Barbican from 25th October until 4th November, with a huge opening gala, workshops, screenings, live projects and talks throughout the two weeks.

Inspired by the mission to spread the diversity of creative animation to the masses, the LIAF in its own words:

“…aims to dispel the popular misconception that animation is just cartoons for kids by screening the broadest possible range of intelligent, entertaining and provocative current films on offer from all around the world.”

Additionally, there’ll be retrospectives, talks and chances to get interactive. For fans of animation, designers and those curious to learn more, HotelMap’s excellent hotel-finder widget is the perfect way to locate deals and discounts on classy London hotels for the festival period.

Visitors can save up to 80% on a stay at the Crowne Plaza in Shoreditch–doubles are available from £108 per night at this luxury location in London’s trendiest area, full of coffee shops, vintage stores and art galleries. It’s also a convenient 16 minute walk from the Barbican.

Alternatively, customers can stay in a serviced apartment at 196 Bishopsgate from £139 per night – this is a service recommended by 96% of the website’s clients, and is perfect for making a weekend of it.

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Second London Date Added to John Bishop’s Nationwide Tour

Due to overwhelming demand, comedian John Bishop has added another London date to his nationwide tour this autumn. Bishop will now play two dates at the O2 Arena on 24 and 25 October.

The Liverpudlian comedian stormed to success with his previous sell-out stand-up tour performing for more than 400,000 fans and producing the fastest selling stand-up comedy DVD of all time. He has switched from the stage to television with ease, taking on roles in E4’s Skins and Sky One’s A League of Their Own; he’s even had his own programme on BBC One: John Bishop’s Britain . Critics and crowds adore him in equal measure and he always leaves a crowd wanting more, despite painful side-splitting stitches and fits of laughter.

LondonTown.com, the number one internet site for London, advises Bishop fans to grab tickets early while they’re still available. It also suggests booking an overnight stay in a nearby London hotel.

LondonTown.com has reduced rates on hotels in London this year making prices far more accessible. Examples of this include the 88% reduction at the Radisson Blu Edwardian New Providence Wharf and 77% off at the Holiday Inn Express London Greenwich. Both hotels are within walking distance of the O2 Arena.

The Radisson Edwardian New Providence Wharf is a four-star property with a modern design and accompanying contemporary features. Rates at this waterside property are now available from just £62 per room, per night. Aside from a stunning location boasting impressive London views, this stylish hotel also has a spa and swimming pool to make stays extra special.

The Holiday Inn Express London Gatwick is a family-friendly three-star property that lives up to all the standards people now expect of Holiday Inn properties. Room rates now start at just £57 per night.

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All-star Chekhov on the West End this autumn

A revival of one of the twentieth-century’s most famous dramatists – and one of his most influential plays – is set to open in the West End on 24th October 2012. Uncle Vanya, adapted by Christopher Hampton and directed by Lindsay Posner, will star Ken Stott, Samuel West and Anna Friel as Vanya’s new wife, Yelena.

The adaptation, much anticipated, will debut at the Vaudeville Theatre on the Strand in central London, overlooking the River Thames and on the doorstep of the West End. It is the autumn’s second significant Chekhov production, with The Three Sisters, directed by Benedict Andrews, currently running at the Young Vic on London’s Southbank.

Chekhov fans coming up for the show can turn to LondonTown.com for some cheap London hotels and discounts on rooms for their stay. Couples and families who want to come up and have a weekend of it might like to check out accommodation in the City area of London, which can provide a great base for moving west to the theatre, and east or south for walks and markets on Saturdays and Sundays.

LondonTown.com has found some great deals on double rooms at the Crowne Plaza London City for £136 a night on the first weekend on October, based on two adults sharing. This is a discount of over 70%.

Another option is to stay in newly-branded ‘midtown’ London – the Holborn area. Double rooms at the 4-star Club Quarters Lincoln’s Inn Fields start at £159 for the same early weekend in November – again a discount of 56% off the full price.

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Get On The Floor with J-Lo this October

The O2 Arena in Greenwich continues to cement its reputation as one of the UK’s foremost large-scale music venues with a series of huge concerts this October, ranging from the super-poppy to the intellectual and cutting-edge.

October 8th and 9th sees Oxford-based world-dominators Radiohead playing at the gigantic 23,000-capacity venue. And later on this month, a different proposition: American Idol judge and R’n’B-pop songstress Jennifer Lopez will be filling the O2 Arena with her own brand of mildly-Latin infused dance floor fillers and physical routines.

Tickets are expected to sell out for the show, and fans of J-Lo are full of anticipation for one of her biggest UK shows in the last five years. Her Dance Again world tour stops at the 02 for just one night – Monday 22nd October.

J-Lo fans who also want to live the high life like the lady herself can help themselves to the raft of 4- and 5-star deals on hotels in London with LondonTown.com.

The Hilton Canary Wharf Hotel, perched on the waterfront overlooking some of London’s newest and most flashy buildings, has 4-star double rooms for the 22nd October for £287, for those looking for some all-out luxury.

And J-Lo fans who want to go back to the good old days of Jenny from the block (not Jenny’s plush $20-million uptown penthouse) can take it a little easier at the Ibis London Docklands hotel, which has a room for two adults on 22 nd October for £73.

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En octubre a la pista de baile con J-Lo

El O2 Arena en Greenwich sigue afirmando su fama de uno de los establecimientos musicales más grandes del Reino Unido con una serie de espectaculares conciertos en octubre, desde lo más cutre hasta lo más intelectual y vanguardista.

El 8 y 9 de octubre actuará Radiohead, el mundialmente conocido grupo de Oxford, en el gigantesco local de una capacidad de 23.000 personas. Y posteriormente algo diferente: la famosa cantante de pop R’n’B y juez de American Idol, Jennifer López, llenará el O2 Arena con su propio estilo de música de discoteca de inspiración latina y coreografías de gran esfuerzo físico.

Se espera que las entradas se acaben pronto ya que los fans de J-Lo no pueden esperar más uno de sus shows más importantes de los últimos años en el Reino Unido. Su gira mundial “Dance Again” hace una parada en el 02 solo una noche, la del lunes 22 de octubre.

Los fans de J-Lo que quieran disfrutar del estilo de vida de su ídolo podrán disfrutar de un sinfín de ofertas de hoteles en Londres de 4 y 5 estrellas con LondonTown.com.

El Hilton CanaryWharf Hotel, con su privilegiada vista sobre el río de los edificios más nuevos y llamativos de Londres, ofrece dobles de categoría de 4 estrellas el día 22 de octubre por 287 libras, ideal para los que busquen el lujo total.

Y aquellos fans de J-Lo que quieran aprovechar su presupuesto en otro tipo de diversión (y no en una habitación de súper lujo) pueden también disfrutar más modestamente delIbis London Docklands, que ofrece habitaciones dobles para el 22 de octubre por 73 libras la noche.

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Revel in the glamour of Hollywood Costume at the V&A

Some of the biggest stars of Hollywood are landing at the Victoria & Albert Museum in Kensington this autumn – and there isn’t one bloated ego amongst them.

This October, the Hollywood Costume exhibition opens at the V&A – a museum renowned for its curatorial interest in textile, fashion and sartorial history – and it brings some of the most iconic dresses, suits and outfits of the silver screen to the hallowed halls of SW7.

From Dorothy’s red glitter shoes to John Travolta’s white suit from Saturday Night Fever, to some seriously elaborate Elizabethan ruffs taken from Cate Blanchett’s turn as Queen Elizabeth I, the exhibition combines displays of the clothing with interviews, photos and written information on the history of the films that birthed them.

There will also be interviews from some of the iconic stars who have worn the outfits on display – including Hollywood legend Robert De Niro. The V&A Museum, originally opened in 1852, was created to inspire British designers and manufacturers – and there is high hopes for this exhibition to inspire new generations, as well as summarise the work of the previous century.

To celebrate this exciting new arrival on the London museum, LondonTown.com is happy to release numerous exclusive deals on London hotels in and around the Hyde Park area for visitors looking to make a special trip to the V&A.

The Fifty Four Boutique Hotel on Queen’s Gate – just a fewminutes’ walk from the V&A – has double rooms in its deluxe environs from £153 a night on the weekend of the 26th -28th October.

On the same dates, visitors can snap up a great bargain on the Millennium Baileys Hotel London Kensington, just outside Gloucester Road tube, from £152 on the Friday 26 th October.

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Disney Classic Fantasia Coming to Albert Hall

It’s one of the crown jewels of the Disney canon, loved by successive generations in the 70 years since its original release. Now ‘Fantasia’ comes to London’s iconic Royal Albert Hall, for two exclusive showings, on October 21st, complete with accompaniment from the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

On its initial release in 1940, ‘Fantasia’ was a groundbreaking blend of symphonic music and the stunning animation of which Disney was already becoming veteran. Pairing music by classical composers from Tchaikovsky to Gershwin with the corporation’s iconic mouse, Mickey, ‘Fantasia’ spins a surreal tale of sorcery and fantasy, based on Dukas’ ‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice’.

Keith Lockhart conducts the London Philharmonic in this resurrection of an undying classic, which jumps from one dreamlike scene to the next, wowing viewers with trippy red mushrooms, dancing unicorns and ballerina hippos.

As with most Disney films of the era, the childlike sits alongside the deathly dark, juxtaposing themes of magic and morbidity to create a truly disturbing – and wonderful – effect which will delight audiences of all ages.

The air of exclusivity is heightened by the performance of just two shows, a 2.30 matinee followed by an evening’s re-run starting at 6.30. Tickets cost between £15 and £55, and are available directly from the Royal Albert Hall, as well as via the LondonTown.com website. The site, which provides accommodation and ticketing for all major London events, has also announced details of reduced rates at London hotels in the area.

Among the hotels on offer, the Baglioni Hotel London, just 7 minutes’ walk from the Albert Hall, is offering a 67% discount on double rooms. The discount brings the cost of a night’s stay in this exclusive part of the city down to just £221.

Also on offer are rooms at the Fifty Four Boutique Hotel. When booking throughLondonTown.com, a double room is currently available at a 93% discount – or £66 per night. Close to the Royal Albert Hall and London’s West End, it’s a perfect location for a weekend’s museum-hopping. For booking information, and to see more discounted London hotels, visit LondonTown.com.

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Get yourself in prime position for the Skyfall premiere with HotelMap

Tuesday 23rd October sees the arrival of one of the most anticipated movies of the year, as the new James Bond thriller, Skyfall, marks its arrival on the silver screen with a spectacular premiere at the Royal Albert Hall.

Eschewing the usual Leicester Square locations for its world premiere, the event, which will kick off in the early evening with red carpet events and an anticipated appearance from the royals, has chosen one of London’s most historic and upper class venues for its location. Just in keeping with the stiff-upper lip and Martinis of the smart spies.

In celebration of the announcement, HotelMap.com, one of London’s leading interactive hotel finders, has located some excellent deals on hotels within walking distance of the venue for fans and lucky attendees.

The website has sourced several hotels near Hyde Park which provide both a wonderful view and easy access to the Royal Albert Hall, without enduring public transport or taxis (very busy in this area). Whilst tickets to this sought-after event are like gold-dust, there will be thousands of fans at the red carpet event to celebrate.

A couple can stay at the 4 star NH Harrington Hall, just a stone’s throw down the street from the venue, for £153 on the night of the 23rd – a 49% discount on the regular rate for a double room.

Bond fans who wish to enjoy a serious taste of luxury can live it up at the 5-star Egerton House Hotel, a ten minute walk from the Royal Albert Hall, for £350 for a night in this decadent town house venue. Alternatively, The Rembrandt, just down the road, is on offer for £163 for a deluxe double room.

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British Airways Launches Online Deposits

British Airways has launched a new online deposit payments service for customers booking their holiday package on ba.com. Customers who book ‘Flight+Hotel’ or ‘Flight+Car’ holidays are able to pay a deposit from as little as £150 per booking when they book and the remaining balance ten weeks before departure.

Claire Bentley, managing director, British Airways Holidays commented: “Following customer feedback we are delighted to be able to introduce this new function on ba.com which will really assist holidaymakers and allow them to take advantage of all the benefits that deposit payments give. Customers will have the ability to pay a deposit now, secure the price and then save for the remainder of the balance which they will then pay closer to departure. This will benefit both families looking to budget for their 2013 holidays as well as those looking to book a special occasion like a honeymoon or luxury holiday.”

For 2013 Flight+Hotel and Flight+Car holidays valued between £300 and £999 can be secured for £150 deposit per booking or Flight+Hotel and Flight+Car holidays valued above £1,000 from £300 deposit per booking. The full payment is due 10 weeks prior to departure. This service excludes flight only, hotel, car and experience only bookings, and any hotel, car or experiences added to a flight only booking, all of which require full payment at the time of booking.

Looking ahead to 2013, the airline predicts top hot spots will be holidays in Orlando, Barbados and New York as well as some of the new destinations that British Airways has recently announced including Sri Lanka and Alicante from Gatwick which are both set to launch in the spring, 2013.

For further information British Airway’s new low deposit holidays customers can visit ba.com/deposits.

London Dates Announced as David Baddiel Returns to Stand-Up

He found fame in the 90s with The Mary Whitehouse Experience, and hasn’t toured since that decade’s ‘Too Much Information’ tour fifteen years ago. But David Baddiel is back with a brand new hour, entitled Fame: Not the Musical. The show will be travelling around the country throughout 2012, and includes five dates in London. Website LondonTown.com has announced deals on accommodation in the capital, with a number of London hotels offering discount rates for the duration of the show’s run.

Baddiel was one of the leading lights of 90s comedy, who paired with not one but two of the best comics of his generation to form double acts, first with Robert Newman, then with Frank Skinner, with whom he was in the vanguard of lad culture. Off the back of hit show ‘Fantasy Football League’, Baddiel and Skinner scored a number one hit with ‘Three Lions’, which heralded the return of international football to the British Isles during Euro ’96.

He combined television presenting and stand-up with a successful career as a novelist, eventually quitting stand-up altogether to concentrate on writing and raising a family with fellow comic Morwenna Banks. His latest show takes an intelligent and anecdotal look at the phenomenon of fame, deconstructing his own success and the wider cultural obsession with celebrity. His Oxbridge education and long career promises to provide a few insights into the machinations of modern celebrity.

The London dates for Fame: Not the Musical take place from 16th -20th October at the Soho Theatre. London’s premier site for events and hotels, LondonTown.com, has announced a number of discounted London hotel rooms available close to the venue. The discounted rates are only available through LondonTown.com.

One of the London hotel rooms on offer is the Soho Hotel, which is currently offering an 12% discount on double rooms, bringing the cost of a night’s stay down to £296. The Soho Hotel is located in Richmond Mews, literally a stones throw from the Soho Theatre. This beautiful London hotel is one of the West End ‘s most luxurious offerings.

A short walk along Great Russell Street is The Bloomsbury Hotel, which is offering double rooms from £135 per night, an 80% discount on the standard rate.

These hotels are both available to book exclusively through LondonTown.com. For more London hotel rooms, and to purchase tickets for David Baddiel’s ‘Fame: Not The Musical’ visit LondonTown.com. Ticket prices for the show start at £10.

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Dara O’Briain Brings ‘Craic Dealer’ Tour to Hammersmith Apollo

Irish funnyman Dara O’Briain is to bring his unique brand of observational wit and verbosity to London this Autumn. His latest stand-up show, the winningly titled ‘Craic Dealer’, marks Dara’s return to UK theatres after a sell out tour in 2010. Helping traveling comedy fans find accommodation in the city after the show is website LondonTown.com, who have announced a number of discounted hotels in London during October, many of them close to the venue.

Dara is riding high on the success of multiple shows, including The Apprentice: You’re Fired and Three Men in a Boat, as well as his long-running stewardship of comedy panel show Mock the Week, which has just returned for an eleventh series. The Guardian has described his ‘Craic Dealer’ as a “masterclass in intelligent stand-up”. Fans can expect the usual combination of cerebral tangents and verbal dexterity, along with a large helping of Celtic charm.

The London dates for ‘Craic Dealer’ comprise of four shows at the legendary Hammersmith Apollo, split into a couple of two-night stands at the back end of October. Tickets are available for all four shows – October 19 th & 20 th , and the 26 th & 27 th – via the Apollo website, and through LondonTown.com. The capital’s premier site for events booking and information has also revealed a number of hotels in London close to the venue, all at discount rates for the duration of the show’s run. The discounts are only available when booking through LondonTown.com.

Among the deals on offer, the W14 Hotel London is currently offering a 50% discount on double rooms, bringing the cost of a night’s stay down to just £63. The W14 is less than fifteen minutes walk from the Hammersmith Apollo.

Twenty minutes walk down Kensington High Street is the Hilton London Olympia hotel, which is offering double rooms from just £78 per night – a staggering 76% discount on the usual rate.

Both featured hotels are available to book through LondonTown.com. For more discounted hotels in London , and to purchase tickets for ‘Dara O’Briain: Craic Dealer’ visitLondonTown.com.

Anuncio de fechas para la vuelta del humorista David Baddiel a Londres

Se hizo famoso en la década de los 90 con The Mary Whitehouse Experience, y no ha hecho ninguna gira desde esa década con “Too Much Information” hace quince años. Pero David Baddiel vuelve con una nueva gira titulada “Fame: Not the Musical”. Con esta gira viajará por todo el país durante el 2012, e incluye cinco espectáculos en Londres. La web LondonTown.com ha anunciado ofertas de alojamiento en la capital, y hay varios descuentos de Londres hoteles durante toda la duración de estos shows.

Baddiel fue uno de los principales representantes de la comedia de la década de los 90 que colaboró con dos fabulosos humoristas de su generación: primero con Robert Newman, luego con Frank Skinner, con quien se puso a la vanguardia de la cultura masculina “lad”. A la vez que con el show “Fantasy Football League”, Baddiel y Skinner también obtuvieron un gran éxito con “Three Lions”, que representó la vuelta del fútbol internacional a las Islas Británicas durante la Euro ’96.

También fue presentador de televisión además de humorista y también tuvo gran éxito como novelista, y finalmente dejó la comedia para concentrarse en escribir y en su familia con la también humorista Morwenna Banks. Sú último show trata de forma inteligente y anecdótica del fenómeno de la fama, analizando su propio éxito y la obsesión cultural por los famosos. Su educación en Oxbridge y amplia trayectoria garantizan un interesante análisis del funcionamiento de los famosos actuales.

Las fechas de Londres para “Fame: Not the Musical” serán desde el 16 al 20 de octubre en el Soho Theatre. La principal web de Londres de eventos y hoteles, LondonTown.com, ha anunciado varios hoteles con descuento en Londres que estarán disponibles cerca de las actuaciones. Estos descuentos solo están disponibles con LondonTown.com.

Uno de los hoteles de Londres con ofertas es el Soho Hotel, que ofrece un descuento del 12% en las habitaciones dobles por lo cual el precio por noche es 296 libras. The Soho Hotel está situado en Richmond Mews, a tan solo unos pasos del Soho Theatre. Este elegante hotel es uno de los más lujosos del West End.

A tan solo un paseo por Great Russell Street está el The Bloomsbury Hotel, que ofrece habitaciones dobles desde 135 libras la noche, un descuento del 80% de la tarifa estándar.

Las ofertas de ambos hoteles se pueden reservar exclusivamente con LondonTown.com. Para más información sobre habitaciones de hotel en Londres, y para adquirir las entradas para “Fame: Not The Musical” de David Baddiel, visite LondonTown.com. El precio de las entradas del show comienza a 10 libras.

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British Airways Set to Change the Future of Airline Check-In

As part of its £5 billion investment programme to make travel more comfortable and convenient for customers, British Airways is trialling a new service which will allow its customers to use an automatic check-in service. The service would change the future of airline check-in, as it is known today.

Frank van der Post, British Airways’ Managing Director of Brands and Customer Experience, said: “Customers have so much to think about prior to a trip, be that finishing up in the office or getting the kids’ suitcases packed. We’re aiming to give them one less thing to think about by giving them the choice to be checked in automatically and sent their boarding pass electronically. Then they just need to drop off any bags and make their way to the plane.”

British Airways will start a trial with selected travellers flying out of airports in France. Invited customers will have the option to be checked in automatically. Twenty-four hours before their flight, customers will be automatically checked in, assigned a seat and they will receive their boarding pass electronically, saving them the time and effort of going through traditional check-in.

Van der Post continued: “We’re known for our innovation at British Airways and I’m excited that we are continuing that tradition by trialling a revolutionary service that will make check-in even quicker and easier for our customers.”

The automated check-in trial will be extended to a larger group of travellers in the spring. If the trials are a success, the aim is to make the service an option for all customers across the British Airways network by the end of 2013.

This autumn further trials will be undertaken to enhance the customer experience, including at the airline’s home at Heathrow Terminal 5, where it will trial a British Airways complimentary porter service for departing First and Gold Executive Club customers. Departing premium customers will be greeted at their vehicle as it pulls up alongside Terminal 5 by a host and offered the service of a porter, who will escort them and transport their luggage to the First class check-in area.

For those taking holidays in New York recently and travelling through New York’s JFK airport, may have experienced trials taking place to help customers navigate quickly through the buildings. This is thanks to British Airways customer service staff positioned in the baggage and arrivals halls. The trials are also taking place at Hong Kong International Airport where staff have even been positioned at the train station.

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Jackson Made Immortal in World Tour

Three years after his untimely death, the music and magic of Michael Jackson is returning to the stage thanks to world-renowned avant-garde performance troupe Cirque du Soleil. Entitled ‘Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour’, the show will come to London this month, running at the O2 Arena from October 12th -16th.

Jackson was purportedly fascinated by the French-Canadian group of visual artists, whose shows – including the Beatles-inspired Vegas mainstay ‘Love’ – are eagerly anticipated by a global fanbase. Jackson was an early devotee, seeing them perform in LA during the late 80s, and regularly took his children to see the troupe in their native Montreal.

The new show, written and directed by Emmy-winner Jamie King, will tour North America and Europe during 2012 and 2013. Tickets for the London shows range from forty to one hundred pounds, with shows kicking off at 8pm. Helping traveling fans of Jackson and Cirque du Soleil stay in London at reduced room rates is website LondonTown.com, who have partnered with a number of London hotels near the O2 Arena to offer discounts.

Among the discounted hotels on offer, the Radisson Blu Edwardian New Providence Wharf– just fifteen minutes walk from the O2 Arena – has announced double rooms from £62, an 88% discount on the usual rate. The Radisson is close to London City Airport, as well as transport links into the city centre.

The Ibis London Docklands is offering double rooms from £ 87 per night, a 44% discount on the usual nightly rate. The Ibis is less than 15 minutes walk from the O2 Arena, and overlooks the world famous Canary Wharf.

Also on offer are discounts on double and twin rooms at the Holiday Inn Express in Greenwich. The Holiday Inn Express is offering a 77% discount, bringing the cost of a night’s stay down to just £ 57. Visit LondonTown.com for more discounted London hotels, and for further information on ‘Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour’ at the O2 Arena this October.

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UK Rock Paper Scissors Championships Returns for 6th Year

The UK Rock Paper Scissors Championship will again be held in the Knights Templar pub in Chancery Lane. The event, on 13th October, will mark the 6 th successive year for the competition, which aims to bring lovers of the game together from all corners of the country.

Few parlour games can match Rock, Paper, Scissors for sheer simplicity and tension, and contestants will require nerves of steel to make it to the final stages. Once in the final, contestants stand to win a grand prize of £100. Over 250 competitors will take part in the event, which includes a team stage. Registration takes place from 5.30, costing £12, or £9.99 with a ‘Like’ on Facebook. The tournament is run by Wacky Nation, who specialize in off-the-wall events.

The Knights Templar is a Crosse Keys pub in the heart of the city. Set in an old converted bank featuring Rococo ceilings and a mosaic floor, the pub is well-located for post-tournament fun in nearby Soho. Website LondonTown.com have announced a number ofcheap London hotel deals nearby, each offering discounts on the night of the competition.

One of the hotels on offer, the Andaz Liverpool Steet Hotel, situated around ten minutes walk from the Knights Templar pub. The Andaz is offering petite doubles at a 70% discount on the night of the UK Rock Paper Scissors Championships, bringing the cost of a night’s stay down to £115.

Just as close is the Grange City Hotel London on Cooper’s Row, which has announced a 73% discount on double rooms, bringing the cost of a stay down to £90 per night.

One of the most exclusive hotels in this part of London, the Hotel Indigo in Tower Hill is offering a 69% discount on double and twin rooms, bringing the nightly rate down to£115. The Indigo is located in the heart of London, just ten minutes walk from the Knights Templar pub. The offer is only available when booking through LondonTown.com.

To see more cheap London hotels available on the night of the tournament, and for more information on the 2012 UK Rock Paper Scissors Championships, visit LondonTown.com.

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Rivers brings no-holds-barred comedy to London’s swankiest stage

On the 22nd October 2012, one of the United States’ most revered and often dumb-founding stand-up performers and female acts is returning to the UK with her unique brand of tell-it-like-it-is comedy and anecdotes.

Joan Rivers, who turns 80 next year, is renowned in the west for her hardworking attitude and energy – which has seen her work in recent years as an Emmy-award winning talk show host, comedienne, jewellery designer, playwright, author and Tony-award nominated actress – as well as for her raspy NY accent and candidness about her own – and other celebrity foibles.

The Royal Albert Hall seems delighted to be welcoming her in mid-October, after a sell-out success in the UK in 2005, which was her last time visiting the country on tour. The show begins at 8pm on 22nd October this year, with tickets priced between £28.50 and £37.50.

The Royal Albert Hall is one of the capital’s most famous and high profile venues, located in SW7 Kensington Gore, a few minutes walk from the major Victorian museums with which its shares its heritage and architectural traits.

LondonTown.com, the internet’s number one site for London, is encouraging Rivers fans to make a night of it with some very reasonable deals on London hotels both in the Kensington area and further afield.

The Kensington Close Hotel and Spa has a double room in its luxurious 4* property for £62 on the night of the 22 nd October – perfect for walking home after the Rivers show and relaxing in style.

Customers can also save 48% on the Grange Strathmore Hotel London, an elegantly restored townhouse situated in the heart of Kensington, which has double rooms from £145.

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El estreno mundial de Skyfall tendrá lugar en el Royal Albert Hall

Se espera que asista la creme de la creme de Hollywood y el mismísimo Príncipe de Inglaterra por lo que el estreno mundial de Skyfall, la última entrega de James Bond, seguro será un espectacular estreno. La nueva película, cuyo protagonista es Daniel Craig con el papel de James Bond por tercera vez, se estrenará por primera vez en todo el mundo en el Royal Albert Hall el 23 de octubre.

Además de Daniel Craig asistirá el Príncipe Carlos y la Duquesa de Cornwall junto con el director de la película Sam Mendes y los actores protagonistas como Judi Dench, quien hace otra vez de M, Javier Bardem que hace de jefe de los malos y Ralph Fiennes, Albert Finney y Ben Whishaw que es el nuevo Q.

Se trata de una de las películas más esperadas de la serie James Bond. La grabación se interrumpió en el 2010 por los problemas económicos de MGM, la productora de todas las películas de James Bond. No obstante, la grabación se reanudó en el 2011 y los video-clips, fotos y tráilers han contribuido a una gran expectación para el estreno general de la película que tendrá lugar el 26 de octubre.

Será difícil conseguir entradas para este estreno, aunque los fans podrán ir al Royal Albert Hall para ver a los protagonistas de la película en la alfombra roja.

LondonTown.com aconseja a los fans de James Bond fans que hagan coincidir su estancia en la capital con el estreno de Skyfall, ya que ha conseguido exclusivos descuentos en una amplia gama de Londres hoteles en el 2012, muchos de los cuales se encuentra a escasos minutos del Royal Albert Hall.

Para las parejas que se sientan en el papel de agentes secretos, LondonTown.com sugiere el Baglioni Hotel London. Ese refinado y elegante hotel de cinco estrellas que da a Hyde Park es perfecto para cualquier aprendiz de agente 007 y su chica Bond. Su fachada clásica alberga un interior contemporáneo de estilo italiano y la oferta es 221 libras por habitación, un fabuloso descuento del 67% sobre la tarifa estándar, inmejorable oferta para un hotel de tal categoría y grandeza.

Si el Baglioni es demasiado, el Fifty Four Boutique Hotel, un hotel de cuatro estrellas en South Kensington, puede ser la elección perfecta. Este encantador hotel boutique de época eduardiana ofrece habitaciones por 66 libras la noche, un enorme descuento del 93%.

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