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Destination of the week: Everest, in London

Sir Edmund Hillary, who reached the summit of Mount Everest 50 years ago, will be signing copies of his books at one event only in the UK: next Tuesday, 3 June, at Stanfords in Long Acre, central London.

The climber will sign only between 11am and 12 noon: "Queues will be strictly limited and the times will not be extended," says the bookshop. Later the same day, two more Everest notables will also be signing at the bookshop: George Band, the youngest member of the 1953 expedition, and Stephen Venables, author of the official history of the first ascent, will be signing copies of their books from 4.30 to 5.30pm. For more details call 020-7836 1321 or visit

Bargain of the week: London buses over the next three weekends

Between now and 15 June, the cost of travelling around the capital at weekends has halved. The price of a one-day bus pass is just £1 - the same price as single ride in the central area. This buys you a pass that is valid from 12.01am to 4.28am the next morning, on all buses in Greater London. Buy tickets from Underground stations, national rail stations and some newsagents; call 020-7222 1234 for more information.