London Lite Friday, 7 August 2009 11 Commuterchaosashalfamonthsrainfallsinjustsixhours BY BO WILSON Drinktonight ...andlaugh CANAL CAFE THEATRE THIS intimate theatre in Little Venice has been tickling ribs since 1979. Its cabaret- style theatre brings the acts closer to the audience sat at candlelit tables above the Bridge House pub, where drinks include a bottle of house wine, 12, or a pint of Staropramen, 3.20. Entry from 5, depending on the act. Bridge House, Delamere Terrace, W2, 020 7289 6054 KELLY ARMSTRONG Read1,OOOsofpubandrestaurant reviewsandbookonlineat COMEDY CLUB THE Comedy Club is a colourful and busy venue open from Wednesday to Saturday evenings. Tickets cost from 8 to 15 depending on the night, though value hunters can watch up-and- coming acts on Wednesdays open mic night for free. Drinks are also reasonably priced: a bottle of house wine will set you back 12.75, while a pint of Amstel costs 3.25. 66-68 Rivington St EC2 020 7739 5706 What a washout COMMUTERS were hit by more than 35mm of rain in six hours last night -- about half the average expected for the whole month. Flooded Tube stations were closed and streets were brought to a stand- still as travellers struggled home in the downpours that swept London and the South-East. Regents Park, Mansion House, Golders Green and Chalk Farm sta- tions were closed, with Victoria partly shut as water levels continued to rise. Stations reopened throughout the evening, but soaked and confused commuters said the flooding made journeys home impossible. Emily Rinj, 25, who works at the Swedish embassy, was going home to Kings Cross but found Regents Park Tube station shut. She said: Its absolutely terrible, I wasnt expecting a storm as bad as this. Ill have to walk now. Andy Fisk, 27, from Clapham, works for a head- hunting firm and also uses Regents Park station. He said: I thought we were supposed to be having a beautiful summer. Its going to be impossible getting home. Ilda Vilaca, 40, a switchboard operator from Stockwell, said: It could take me hours to get home now. Where is the sunshine we were promised? London Underground said a small number of stations were closed but staff worked as quickly as possible to reopen them. The London Fire Brigade said there were numerous reports of localised flooding in the capital, but said the downpours caused no serious incidents. The Met Office has had to go back on its previous forecast of a barbecue summer and rainfall likely to be near or below average. But at least it is predicting some sunshine for the region over the next few days. Goings soft: horse racing fans at Brighton Festival Deluge: commuters in Tottenham Court Road last night index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html