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Celebrating 150 Years of Alice in Wonderland: London’s Best Events
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Celebrating 150 Years of Alice in Wonderland: London’s Best Events

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Updated: 6 January 2017
What’s the use of a book without pictures or conversations? Do cats eat bats, and sometimes do bats eat cats? 150 years flew by and we still don’t know the answers, and ever since little Alice showed us her Wonderland we have no intention of leaving. This year, London is being taken over by pop-ups, screenings, and venues dedicated to the beloved fairytale. Get involved and embrace your weirdness; after all, ‘We’re all mad here’.
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Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea

Within a notable Sanderson Hotel setting, there is a cafe where the Queen of Hearts tastes like Oreo and Mad Hatters are having their moment of Perrier-Jouët brut. Since 2010, Sanderson Hotel has been inspired by an Alice in Wonderland afternoon tea in their café, and throughout the heritage garden as well. Discover the regularly changing and intriguing menu, and make sure to book an exclusive afternoon tea experience.

Sanderson London, 50 Berners Street, London, UK, +44 20 7300 1400

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Alice in Wonderland Pop-up Shop

The first ever Alice-inspired Pop-up Shop has a wide selection to please every kind of British Library visitor. Parents, help the small ones choose their favourite classical edition, but only after you enjoy a ‘Drink Me’ bottle of a delicious sparkling wine. The talented freelancer Arantxa Garcia is the woman behind this stunningly designed shop in the British Library Entrance Hall. Pop in before 31 January 2016 to avoid missing out.

Pop-up Shop, British Library Entrance Hall, 96 Euston Rd., London, UK, +44 330 333 1144

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National Theatre, South Bank, London, UK, +44 20 7452 3000

Disney’s Alice in Wonderland 2

Since the original Tim Burton film hit box offices around the world in 2010, we have all anticipated and waited for Alice to go for her Wonderland voyage again. Today we know the date (May 27, 2016), and also the fact that not only is Alice rumoured to return in an eponymous Disney sequel, but the maddest hatter himself, Johnny Depp, is also set to return. We’re getting curiouser and curiouser…

Looking Glass Cocktail Club

What is the difference between the ‘Red Queen’ and the ‘White Queen’? Here, inside the Looking Glass Cocktail Club in Shoreditch, one is bitter (dark rum) and the other one is sweet (white rum). True to Carroll’s heritage, the club provides you with DJ nights, but accompanies them well with a wondrous ‘drink me’ feel. Not to mention, the ‘pool of tears’ has never tasted better.

Looking Glass Cocktail Club, 49 Hackney Road, Shoreditch, London, UK, +44 20 7613 3936

St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel

We bet the Spice Girls were quite amazed as well when a Cheshire grinned at them in the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel during the filming of ‘Wannabe’. An eccentric gothic staircase is nowadays a national treasure designed by the great architect Sir George Gilbert Scott. Just around the corner is the hotel’s grand afternoon tea hall, where you might hear accidental ‘purring’ while adding some milk to your tea.

St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel, Euston Road, London, UK, +44 20 7841 3540

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Kilburn Literary Festival

Celebrate the 150th anniversary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland with readings of Alice and Losing It by Helen Lederer, ‘the funniest woman in England’ as stated by Dawn French. The Kilburn Literary Festival has shed light on Lewis Carroll’s literary successors across the Kilburn Library’s six venues. Plus, at the Festival of Books there’s a fancy dress prize for kids dressed as Wonderland characters.

The Tricycle Creative Space, 269 Kilburn High Rd., London UK, +44 20 7328 1000

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The Roof Gardens

Enjoy a delicious cup of tea whilst acquainting yourself with flamingos Bill, Ben, Splosh and Pecks – the standout feature of The Roof Gardens, situated 100 feet above Kensington. The busy city of London boasts the quiet getaway, where you can regain a sense of equilibrium, even in rainy weather. We bet modern Alice and friends would ice up their tea later in the evening. Better head on down now.

The Roof Gardens, 99 Kensington High Street Kensington, London, UK, +44 20 7937 7994