14 Monday, 17 August 2009 London Lite BY KATORI HALL THE WORLD PREMIERE OF THEATRE503S MOUNTAINTOP THE WONDROUS, HILARIOUS AND HEARTBREAKING THE INDEPENDENT LORRAINE BURROUGHS is outstanding THE GUARDIAN DAVID HAREWOODS Martin Luther King... A SUPERBLY REALISED PERFORMANCE THE TIMES MAGNIFICENT THELONDONPAPER A TRIUMPH DAILY TELEGRAPH BOX OFFICE 0844 871 7632 www.themountaintop.co.uk WHITEHALL, LONDON SW1 LAST 3 WEEKS Fast talkAninstant interview with... christian oconnell THE 36-year-old radio presenter hosts the breakfast show on Absolute Radio. He lives in Dorking with his wife and two children. Full English or muesli? Neither. I have porridge with honey and perhaps some blueberries at 4.10am every day. Its kind of rushed. David Cameron or Gordon Brown? I voted for Gordon Brown last time and will probably vote for him again. Davids been on my show a couple of times, but Id love to get Gordon on. Chris Moyles or Jonathan Ross? Jonathan Ross has served this country well. Hes the best TV and radio presenter we have. North or south London? South, although I have nothing against north London. When I first moved to the city I lived in and around Clapham and I still have an affinity with the place. Black cab or Tube? I prefer the Tube because I like to chill out and read a newspaper. The London Lite is always a good read. Dannii Minogue or Cheryl Cole? I think Dannii (right) because I feel she would be more grateful of my attention. Michael McIntyre or Frankie Boyle? It has to be Frankie. His jokes make you feel both guilty and sick for laughing. Girls Aloud or Pussycat Dolls? Girls Aloud are one of the best pop bands to come out of this country in 10 years. Twitter or Facebook? I love Twitter. I post updates during and after the show. Christian is broadcasting live from the Virgin Media V Festival, 22-23 Aug on Absolute Radio 105.8FM julie cross Jokebox......... Its a social networking site first chance to checK out celebs parK lane favourites signalman fired after near miss on the tube Opendoors weekend... hotelsreveal theirsecrets by MARK bLUNDEN soMe of the treasures You can visit TWO Park Lane hotels are unlocking their secrets to the public. The Dorchester and Grosvenor House, favourites with celebrities, are taking part in this years Open House London weekend for the first time. Visitors to Grosvenor House will be able to explore the hotels Great Room, where the Bafta awards are presented, as well as the ballroom and its finest suite, which costs 1,500 a night. The Dorchester tour will offer a behind-the-scenes look at the Art Deco hotel. It will be a tour of the places the public doesnt get to see, said a hotel spokeswoman. People will be able to go through the kitchens, see where the guests clothes are dry-cleaned and mended and go through the safe room. A record number of buildings will be opened to the public on 19 and 20 September. More than 100 venues, from health centres to private homes, have been added to the programme and a limited number of people -- 4,000 -- will have the opportunity to tour the emerging Olympic Park. John Armitt, chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority, said: Visitors will be able to see the progress for themselves. A TUBE signalman has been sacked after two rush- hour trains came within seconds of collision. The driver of a District line service had just left Ealing Broadway station and mistakenly passed a red signal. The train stopped auto- matically and the District line driver reported to control what he had done. The incident left him shaken and he checked everything before starting off again. He was given permission to move by the signalman who should have stopped the other trains nearby -- but failed to do so. The driver took a few minutes to compose him- self before moving off -- a delay that possibly saved his own life and injury to passengers. As he moved off, a Piccadilly line train crossed the track junction in front of him. It should have been halted at a red signal because of the earlier problems. No blame was attached to the Piccadilly line train driver. An inquiry into the near miss in March heard how the signalman, realising he had failed to stop the 25mph Piccadilly line train at a signal, swore and mut- tered: What have I done? But he failed to take action to rectify the mistake. Experts said a collision would probably have taken both trains off the tracks with a likely loss of life. A senior Tube source said: This was so nearly a very bad crash. After the Baftas: the Great Room at the Grosvenor House hotel will be open to public Sadlers Wells, Islington A chance to visit backstage, tour rehearsal rooms and go on stage. Little Green Street, Kentish Town One of Londons last-surviving cobbled Georgian streets. Several residents are allowing tours in their homes. New Academic Building, London School of Economics, Lincolns Inn Fields Soaring atrium with art installation built within an original Beaux Arts building. Oxo Tower, South Bank Go behind the scenes in this 1928 landmark building, as well as climb to the top for unique views across London. The Bridge Academy, Hackney Modern waterside school building described as architectural origami. Arts Council England national office, Westminster This recent restoration won an award from the Royal Institute of British Architects. The Royal Society, Westminster A Grade I-listed Nash-designed townhouse with magnificent original interiors. Tower 42, City of London The tallest skyscraper in the Square Mile at 610 feet. Rarely scene: Sadlers Wells 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.html