Excitement about Tim Burton’s new Alice in Wonderland film is still fizzing away, like a tempting “Drink Me” potion…
Happily, there are plenty of places in London you can indulge in your Alice in Wonderland fantasies before the film finally hits our screens.
Alice in the Wonder Room at Selfridges: from 22 Feb
Selfridges’ concept store, the Wonder Room, is being transformed into an Alice-themed wonderland from Monday, in honour of our favourite new heroine. You can see costumes from the film, including Johnny Depp’s Mad Hatter suit and hat. You’ll also find Alice-inspired pieces including Stella McCartney and Tom Binns’ Wonderland jewellery; Alice Temperley’s on-trend scent, Alice; plus trinkets like playing cards and chess boards.
Curiouser and Curiouser at the British Library: 23 Feb from 6pm
Join Michael Sheen (White Rabbit), Matt Lucas (Tweedledum and Tweedledee), and Christopher Lee (The Jabberwock) at the British Library for this exciting celebration of all things Alice. There’ll be readings, discussions and film screenings. You can also see a new BL Alice display featuring the original manuscript handwritten and illustrated by Lewis Carroll in 1862, and another costume from the new film.
The Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea at the Sanderson: 1-31 Mar
Throughout March, the Courtyard Garden of the Sanderson Hotel is offering The Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea, inspired by the new film. You’ll find treats like Queen of Hearts teacakes; a fruit tart topped with the White Rabbit’s pocket watch; pineapple lollipops that turn tongues from cold to hot; and mint chocolate chip ice cream lollipops that explode with a single bite. You’re sure to leave grinning like the Cheshire cat. Prices from £20 per person.
Mad Hatter’s Film School at the BFI from 6-9 Apr
If you’re between 9-13 years old, don’t miss the Mad Hatter’s Film School: fantastic-sounding workshops and screenings at the BFI. You can compose a soundtrack to the 1903 Alice film; design, make and animate puppets; and use a custom-built mini set, complete with green screen to create your own Alice-inspired world! In the afternoons, there’ll be screenings of different Alice films, including Tim Burton’s new version.
And finally, for all the girls out there who wish they were Tim Burton’s new 19-year-old Alice, I thought I’d share this fantastic photo gallery of Alice fashion from Glamour magazine: I just love it all!