London Lite Thursday, 22 October 2009 19 Double murder scene was like an abattoir PARENTS are employing specialist lawyers in the fight to get their children enrolled at top London state schools. More than 9,000 families have appealed after being rejected by secondary schools in the past two years. Lawyers report a surge in the number of parents willing to spend up to 2,500 on each action. This year about 10 per cent of appeals were successful. A growing number of families seek legal advice before they even choose a school. Tomorrow is the deadline for applications for state secondary school places for next year. Families find out in March whether they have been successful. by georgina littlejohn Drinktonight ...inahotelbar Palm Court The Langhams centrepiece Palm Court has been brought back to life as part of the refurbishment of this grand old hotel at a cost to the owners of just shy of 100m. marvel at the cash that has been lavished on furnishings in the room where afternoon tea was invented. sip on champagne if youre flush: Billecart salmon Cuve, 48 a glass. 1C Portland Place, W1 (020 7965 0195) Chris BeanlanD read1,ooosofpubandrestaurant reviewsandbookonlineat thisislondon.co.uk/lite BloomsBury street Hotel ITs not completely new, but since its lock, stock and barrel renovation, the Bloomsbury street hotel bar seems like a very different place. gone is the chintz, replaced by muted greys and massive portraits. Its a classy enough spot now to splash out by plumping for a glass of mot & Chandon Brut Imperial nV (11.25). Bloomsbury Street, WC1 (020 7636 5601) Parentshirelawyersinthescrambleforstateschoolplaces DETECTIVES investigating the deaths of two men found stabbed in a flat were questioning a suspect today. Officers arrested a 29-year-old man yesterday at an address in south London. He was today in custody at a local police station. Police found the victims, both 60, at a one-bedroom flat in West Norwood at about 10pm on Tuesday. They said the men, who had suffered multiple-stab wounds, may have been dead for several days. One crime expert said of the scene: It is quite a nasty place to work in. Theres blood everywhere -- it looks like an abattoir. The alarm was raised after the tenant, named locally as Luciano Schiano, could not be contacted by friends. Suspectquizzedastwomenfounddeadinblood-soakedflat Nasty place: forensic officer in flat Grim scene: officers remove one of the bodies from the flat in West Norwood H 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.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html