Where To Feed Your Roald Dahl Obsession In London

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Where To Feed Your Roald Dahl Obsession In London

2016 marks the centenary of Roald Dahl's birth, and 13 September was the great man's birthday.

There are a whole host of fun ways to celebrate the weird and wonderful works of everyone's favourite children's author in London.

Gloriumptious Film Screenings

By far the broadest, and maybe most accessible event for Roald Dahl 100 is the release of Steven Spielberg's film version of Roald Dahl's book, The BFG.

Cinemas across London will be showing the film, starring Mark Rylance; it's had great reviews since opening earlier this summer.

Interested in getting cheap cinema tickets to see the film? We can help with that.

Whoppsy-Whiffling Art Exhibitions

Don't miss the House of Illustration's BFG exhibition, running until 2 October this year.

Take a trip back to childhood with Quentin Blake.

Curated by Quentin Blake himself, the show features Blake's extraordinarily memorable pictures for the 1982 book, and includes some unpublished illustrations of The BFG which haven't been exhibited in public before.

Splendiferous Theatre Shows

London's theatreland has long had a happy relationship with Roald Dahl.

This year is the perfect occasion to sample one of the long-running musicals based on Dahl's works: Matilda, or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

The former, currently playing at the Cambridge Theatre, is a Royal Shakespeare Company production, featuring songs by Tim Minchin. We heartily recommend Matilda to everyone; it's a stunning musical by anyone's standards.

The latter, which had less glowing reviews when it opened, is still a fun show with a big heart.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory closes in January next year; if you're a fan of seeing Dahl adaptations in London, you'll need to grab a ticket before it transfers across the pond to Broadway in 2017.

And then, for the 16+ crowd, there's the new, intriguing-sounding Dinner At The Twits interactive theatre show.

Created by the team behind the Alice's Adventures Underground and culinary innovators Bompass & Parr, Dinner At The Twits takes place in The Vaults at Waterloo.

Diners can expect 'a banquet of deliciously disgusting dishes, to be enjoyed with homemade cocktails, Mr Twit's special brew and Mrs Twit's potent punch while being entertained by your horrid hosts.

Dinner At The Twits comes to The Vaults this autumn.

Dahlicious Treats

Food plays a central role in many of Roald Dahl's stories, whether it's Wonka's chocolates, Bruce Bogtrotter's cake or the soup that ultimately undoes the witches in The Witches.

The chefs at Aqua Shard have taken Roald Dahl's fascination with food as their inspiration for a special afternoon tea, available this summer. Dahlicious treats include a BFG breakfast sandwich, Mr Twit's bird pie, a Giant Peach meringue, and Grubber Sweetshop Giant Wangdoodles.

If afternoon tea isn't your bag, head over to the Southbank Centre shop for even more Dahl-inspired goodies.

There are T-shirts, tote bags, mugs and more on offer, featuring your favourite Roald Dahl characters.

Or you can shop online at shop.southbankcentre.co.uk/roald-dahls-wondercrump.

Have you spotted any more Roald Dahl 100 events taking place in London? Let us know in the comments below.

Last Updated 19 September 2016