Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’s probably one of my favourite childhood graphics. Always fascinated by that over-the-moon fantasies and imagination. Can you imagine that Cheshire Cat or those card soldiers? And of course Mr Mad Hatter and the White Rabbit. So when I came across the adverts for the exhibition in London, I knew right away I have to go.
So I have done a little research for Alice. The story was first written by Lewis Caroll. It is about a little girl Alice’s adventures through the rabbit hole into the fantasy world, inspired by a story Lewis told his 3 daughters during their journey in Oxford. Turned out to be a big hit among both children and adults, the story was re-written, re-illustrated and re-interpreted over the years. It is also translated to more than 174languages round the globe. Coming to 2016, it’s the 150years’ celebration of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland!
To celebrate the 150th anniversary, Alice in Wonderland Exhibition is held in the British Library in London to explore how Alice has captured our attention for so many years. A few versions of original manuscripts are showcased, from the first hand-drawn illustrations to the modern Disney version Alice. Unfortunately no photos are allowed in the exhibition. I expected it to be quite big, but it turned out to be a small one. A little disappointed. But if you are a big fan of hand scripts, you may as well want to just drop by and take a look. The graphics are absolutely fascinating. Can’t have more respect for Lewis Caroll and the illustrators. Here’s a few pictures of the outside area of the exhibition.
Alice in Wonderland Exhibition
Venue: The British Library (96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB)
Date: Fri 20 Nov 2015 - Sun 17 Apr 2016
Also, I am totally absorbed by their pop-up store. The souvenirs are adorable (for me, it’s cuter than the exhibition itself). I have struggled to pick up a few editions of Alice. But they are too heavy unfortunately. Here’s some snaps of the pop-up store.
Other than the exhibition, the Mad Hatter Afternoon Tea brings your fantasies to a whole new level, I promise. The utensils are just tooooo cute, especially for their tea pot and plates. Afternoon with a theme is always good. However, as for the taste of the food, I have to be honest, it’s quite average. I went there last summer and I think they have a change of menu now(?!). Go try it out!
Mad Hatter's Afternoon Tea at Sanderson Hotel, London
Address: 50 Berners Street, London, W1T 3NG
Price: £48 per person (without bubbles) / £58 per person (with bubbles)
Btw.. spot my teapot earrings.
And and! Can’t wait for the new movie - Alice Looking Through the Glass - to be out in May 2016! Oh my Tim Burton, can't wait.