We’ve all read Lewis Carroll’s bewildering tales of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, or if you haven’t, you’ll have at least seen one of the multiple adaptations. For over 155 years, Carroll’s imagination has lived on, inspiring everyone from Walt Disney through to Dali, and this year is no different. 

This summer sees an influx of Alice in Wonderland inspired events happening, from the V&A huge exhibition through to multiple afternoon teas inspired by the checkerboards, red roses and adventures in the underworld. 

Here are the best Alice inspired events to book into…

Alice at The Franklin Afternoon Tea

See the story of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland come to life this summer at The Franklin London and their new themed tea, nodding to Lewis Carroll’s curious tale. 

Drawing inspiration from the Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser exhibition at the Victoria & Albert museum, the afternoon tea will take its visitors on a culinary journey through the tastes, sounds and colours associated with the tale.

Join the White Rabbit and Mad Hatter’s tea party and delight in dishes inspired by the fictional themes and characters. The menu begins with a savoury sandwich course, including a crab bun filled with crab salad, soy mayo, avocado, cucumber and lime, and a beetroot pita stuffed with burrata cheese and bresaola – a nod to The Franklin’s Italian hospitality heritage. 

Sweet treats continue with a brownie hat, a chocolate top hat filled with pecan sablé, kataifi pastry, brownie sponge and soft pecan cream; a Heart Cake red velvet sponge with vanilla buttercream and raspberry compote; and a Carrot Caramel Cupcake filled with orange sablé, caramel mousse and meringue, decorated with a white rabbit and a caterpillar. Scones will complete the tea, with a blueberry scone topped with berry meringue resembling a mushroom. How quaint. 

Don’t forget, it’s always tea time in Wonderland… 

Available until 31 December 2021

Where: 24 Egerton Gardens, Knightsbridge, SW3 2DB
Website: www.starhotelscollezione.com

Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser

The event that inspired them all.. The Victoria & Albert’s exhibition, Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser, has finally opened its doors to welcome fans of Lewis Carroll’s adventures from across the globe to enter a whole new world inspired by Alice. 

Over the story’s 157-year history, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland has gone on to inspire everyone from Walt Disney to Dali, The Beatles to Little Simz, and we now have the chance to explore the origins, adaptations and reinventions in one place. 

Available to catch until 31st December, explore original drawings of the White Rabbit for the series Alice in Wonderland, Ralph Steadman through to illustrations from the first published edition, illustrated by John Tenniel, dating back to 1866.

In the words of the White Rabbit himself, it’s set to be a ‘very important date’ indeed.

For the fashionistas, ponder the photographic work of Tim Walker surrounding the Alice in Wonderland theme and Vivienne Westwood’s Spring/Summer 2015 collection, which draws inspiration from Alice’s adventures. 

In the words of the White Rabbit himself, it’s set to be a ‘very important date’ indeed.

© Victoria and Albert Museum, London
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Available until 31st December 2021

Where: V&A, Cromwell Road, SW7 2RL
Website: www.vam.ac.uk

Looking Glass Cocktail Club

The theme of food and drink plays such an important role throughout Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and its subsequent adaptations. We’re constantly thrusted with descriptions, illustrations and clips of tea parties and, of course, the sequence in which Alice eats the ‘Eat Me’ cakes and grows stupendously tall and drinks the ‘Drink Me’ liquid that makes her grow increasingly small. And this theme has gone on to inspire dinner parties, afternoon teas and even a cocktail bar in London. 

Looking Glass Cocktail Club, located on Hackney Road, specialises in theatrical cocktails inspired by Lewis Carroll’s novels.  Expect potent potions and cocktail masterpieces, from the ‘No Dice’, made up of Everleaf, orange, turmeric and ginger ale, to the ‘Red Tail’, a mix of black pepper, watermelon, risomato, almond, maple and lemon.

Where: 49 Hackney Road, E2 7NX
Website: www.lookingglasslondon.co.uk

Alice’s Queen of Hearts Afternoon Tea

Would you like an adventure now, or shall we have our tea first? You’ll want your tea first if it’s in the form of checkerboards, chocolate hats and rose covered cupcakes, just like it is at Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites & Residences. 

Inspired by the foul-tempered monarch, the Queen of Hearts, from Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the experience will see you tempted down the rabbit hole too as you’re greeted with a giant chess board filled with sweet treats and savouries. 

Expect treats such as ‘Running Late’, a strawberry pocket watch macaron; ‘Offer with their Heads’, a banana moelleux with a raspberry crémeux dress’ and ‘Tea Party at 6’, a dark chocolate hat.

Available Thursday – Sunday

Where: 51 Buckingham Gate, SW1E 6BS
Website:  www.taj51buckinghamgate.co.uk

The Hatter’s Tea Party

In celebration of the V&A’s Alice: Curiouser & Curiouser exhibition, The Egerton House Hotel has transformed their afternoon tea offering into a tea party fit for the Mad Hatter himself. 

Venture to Wonderland and expect to be delighting in treats inspired by Carroll’s famous story. You’ll be tucking into a “Queen of Hearts” raspberry jam tart with almond crumble; a “Pearl of Oysters” white chocolate Lanson Champagne truffle based upon the Oysters in “The Walrus and the Carpenter”, a poem recited by Tweedledum and Tweedledee to Alice; and “Eat Me” chocolate cake with a rich buttercream icing inspired by the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.

There’s also an adorable children’s version, abrim with freshly baked white rabbit scones, sandwiches and little ‘drink me’ mocktails.

WherE: 17-19 Egerton Terrace, SW3 2BX
WebsitE: www.egertonhousehotel.com


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