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After 96 years, Cafe de Paris in London closes down



The famous Cafe de Paris closes down forever due to the pandemic. It opened in 1924 and had survived a bombing in 1941 bud sadly now it cannot survive the coronavirus. The bad news was communicated on Twitter, unfortunately its closure also means the loss of 400 jobs.

One of the very first nightclubs in London when it opened in 1924. At that time it had the interior inspired by the Lusitania ship and the ballroom by the ocean liner Titanic.  All the great showbiz talents of the time came to the Café de Paris such as Marlene Dietrich, Josephine Baker and Cole Porter, the latter often presenting his latest preview pieces. The venue was the first in the UK to feature the new Charleston dance.

It was the place where all the European elite to be seen. The Prince of Wales always came there and also the Aga Khan. In March 1941 the Café de Paris was bombed during a show, 34 people died instantly including the Guyana-born musician Ken ‘Snakehips’ Johnson who along with his band was often on stage at the Café de Paris.

The Café de Paris remained closed until 1948 when it reopened in time for Princess Elizabeth to celebrate her 23rd birthday. In the following years there were shows by so many from  Frank Sinatra to Grace Kelly.

With the arrival of rock’n’roll and The Beatles, the Café de Paris lost some of its charm and importance, but continued to exist, partly due to its glorious past. In 1983 an evening inspired by the 1920s was launched, every Wednesday the London that mattered (from Boy George to George Michael among many) met here to celebrate pure hedonism. Some films were also shot here including Absolute Beginners.

However, the revival did not last long, at the end of the 1980s the Café de Paris was practically disused, abandoned. It reopened and relaunched once again in 1996, and in the following years it hosted a bit of everything, from a Vivienne Westwood fashion show to a Spice Girls launch party. Since then the place, returning to the glory and splendor of the beginnings, has experienced a second spring, both for the parties that are often hosted but also for the number of films that are shot inside.

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London Theatre: Back to the Future the Musical



From 21 June 2021 the musical Back to the Future will start in London, which as the title says is the theatrical and musical version of the famous film.

The musical is expected to remain in London until at least February 13, 2022. The show lasts two hours and 40 minutes and is located at the Adelphi Theater Strand, London, WC2R 0NS

The beloved 1985 film Back to the Future was a huge success and eventually produced two more films, a television series, a ride in a theme park and video games. In addition to being the highest-grossing film of the year, Back to the Future was honored with numerous Oscar, BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations as well as a Hugo Award, a Saturn Award and an Academy Award. You may never have thought of wanting to see a musical from this famous film, but now that you know that it exists, you may want to.

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London Theatre: The Tina Turner Musical



The musical Tina returns to London for at least a year, in fact you can book tickets from 21 June 2021 to 26 June 2022. The musical will be at the Aldwych Theater 49 Aldwych, London WC2B 4DF in central London.

Tina Turner was born Anna Mae Bullock and grew up in Nutbush, Tennessee. From humble beginnings Tina has managed to become a star and has sold more concert tickets than any other solo artist. The musical tells about her life and the ups and downs of her long career, you will hear many songs you know.

She began in the 1960s with her then husband Ike Turner, she became known for hits like A Fool in Love, River Deep – Mountain High and Proud Mary. After her abusive marriage ended, Tina rebuilt her career and staged a big solo comeback in the mid-1980s. In 1984, her fifth solo album, Private Dancer, became a worldwide success.

The musical was a huge hit in the UK during its West End premiere. Now it finally returns after the pandemic. The whole musical lasts three hours with an intermission in between.

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The best places in the UK, apparently



The LNER (London North East Railway which was once called Virgin Trains) has commissioned a study to see what are the best views in the UK.

We can see how places were ranked, some surprising, some less so. In first place is Loch Ness in Scotland and no one is surprised, in second place the Lake District in Cumbria is equally predictable.

In third and fourth place two places in London are the London Eye and the Tower of London. This is followed by St Ives Bay in Cornwall, Ingleton in Yorkshire and Snowdonia in Wales in seventh place. Man O’War Beach, Dorset The White Cliffs of Dover Stonehenge, Salisbury Ben Nevis viewed from Lochaber, Scotland followed by

Cheddar Gorge, Somerset

York Minster

Loch Lomond, The Trossachs National Park

Pen y Fan, Brecon Beacons

The Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland

Durdle Door, Dorset

Westminster Bridge, London

Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh

St Michael’s Mount, Cornwall

Peak District viewed from Stanage Edge, Derbyshire

Buttermere, the Lake District

Robin Hoods Bay, Yorkshire

Hadrian’s Wall, Northumberland

Richmond Park, London

The Angel of the North, Gateshead

The Three Sisters, Glencoe Valley

Freshwater Bay, Isle of Wight

Eden Valley, Cumbria

Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland

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