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West London takeaway named best in UK

Owner Sami Khoueiry outside The Cedar in Maida Vale Credit:

A Lebanese restaurant in Maida Vale has been named the UK's best takeaway. According to an online food ordering website, The Cedar took the top spot of 9000 competitors across the UK.

Owner Sami Khoueiry said, “I only accept the very highest quality. Whether it be from my ingredients or the staff I employ, I expect the food The Cedar serves to be good enough to feed myself and my own family. And I would only give my family the very best.”

Apollo Theatre set to re-open

The Apollo Theatre will officially re-open tomorrow night after a ceiling collapse shut it down for 3 months.

The Apollo Theatre in London's West End before the collapse Credit: Apollo Theatre

Heavy ornate plasterwork fell onto audience members during a performance of The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time in December injuring nearly 80 people.

Rehearsals at the Apollo Theatre of "Let the Right One In" opening on Monday Credit: ITN

Opening night will launch with a production of "Let the Right One In" adapted from

the Swedish novel and cult film by John Ajvide Lindqvist.

Hi-Tech Blue Plaque for 'Tin Pan Alley'

Sixties folk star Donovan is set to perform at the unveiling today of a hi-tech blue plaque in Denmark Street, known as the British Tin Pan Alley because of all the famous artists who recorded there.

Denmark Street is known as the British 'Tin Pan Alley' Credit: ITN

The plaque, which will have audio and video, will be presented at the Giaconda Dining Rooms, an old haunt of stars Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie and Marc Bolan.

Donovan is to mark the occasion by performing 'Tin Pan Alley' - a song he wrote especially for the occasion.

The singer-songwriter made his first recording there. Jimi Hendrix also recorded there and The Rolling Stones made their eponymous debut album at Regent Sound Studios in 1964.



TV cook Nigella Lawson 'stopped from flying to US'

Television cook Nigella Lawson has been stopped from flying to the United States after admitting she took cocaine, the Daily Mail reports.

Television cook Nigella Lawson. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Ms Lawson was apparently barred from boarding a flight from Heathrow to Los Angeles at the weekend.

During the trial of her and ex-husband Charles Saatchi's personal assistants, the 54-year-old admitted to taking the class A drug.

An eyewitness told the newspaper Ms Lawson attempted to board a British Airways flight but was turned away.

The onlooker said: "She didn't seem to say much but she did not look happy. She could not get on the flight so she had to turn around and leave."

A spokesman for the television cook refused to comment on the report.


Sneak preview of new musical ahead of opening night

A sneak preview of Robert Lindsay performing in new musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels has been released ahead of tonight's opening performance at the Savoy Theatre.

Lindsay, who starred in hit sitcom My Family, appears alongside Rufus Hound in the stage adaptation of the hit film.

Read: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels set for West End debut

Stars of Noah dazzle in Leicester Square

Emma Watson and Russell Crowe were among the stars to walk a stormy red carpet in Leicester Square on Monday night as they attended the premiere of Biblical drama Noah.

Fans flooded to see the cast of the film which included Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, Logan Lerman, Douglas Booth and director Darren Aronofsky.

Former Harry Potter star Watson, who plays Noah's adopted daughter Elah in the film, revealed that her character's childbirth scenes were "really nerve-wracking".

Emma Watson arriving for the premiere of the film Noah. Credit: PA Wire
Emma Watson and Russell Crowe star in the Biblical drama. Credit: PA Wire
Emma Watson was wearing a white Ralph Lauren gown. Credit: PA Wire
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