Things To Do In London: Thursday 8 October 2015

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The curious London of Alice in Wonderland

Lewis Carroll's novel, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, celebrates its 150th anniversary this year. London is a rabbit warren of Alice-themed stuff and we don't just mean City workers tapping their watches and muttering about being late. Take a tour of Alice's London, where underground takes on a whole other meaning.

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HANDMADE AT KEW:
Housed in an elegant pavilion next to Kew Palace, your ticket will not only give you access to the show but also to the whole of Kew Gardens. Here you can enjoy the delights of the world’s most famous botanic garden with its fine glasshouses and rare blooms, while browsing, buying or commissioning work directly from artists and makers. Advance one day entry £16 (including entry to Kew Gardens), one day entry £18 (including entry to Kew Gardens) available on the door, prebook, 10am-6pm

SIR TERRY WOGAN BOOK LAUNCH:
An exclusive Q&A with national treasure Terry Wogan, for the launch of his debut fiction book, Those Were The Days, followed by a book signing. Included in each ticket is a special collector's edition of the book. £25, 2.30pm

TEA AND CHEESE TASTING:
You've tried cheese and wine nights — maybe even beer and cheese nights — so why not try a tea and cheese tasting? The tea cleanses and refreshes the palate while intensifying the flavours and sensation of the cheese in the mouth. Kyle and Robbyn at Tea Studio will share their expertise over a slate laden with six delicious cheeses, each paired with a carefully selected tea, £20, 7pm
SCARY SPOOKY MAGIC:
Benedict Barber isn’t afraid of the dark... in fact he embraces it. Follow the magician as he leads you on a terrifying journey that that will send shivers down your spine. Consummate showmanship and dazzling theatrics make Master of the Macabre a thrilling experience from the first trick to the last. Suitable for over 15s. £10, 7.30pm
BRITISH BASKETBALL LEAGUE:
It's London vs Bristol, Lions vs Flyers, yellow vs red. In what promises to be a thrilling 40 minutes (plus stoppages), London Lions host Bristol Flyers at Copper Box Arena. If the squeak of sneakers floats your boat, you won't want to miss a second of this British Basketball League match. £10, 7.30pm
PAINT LIKE BANKSY:
Learn to paint like Banksy at this fun, informal art class,  and enjoy some food and drink while doing so. £25, 7.30pm

COMEDY:
Beth Vyse and mates are trying out new material at the Camden Head. Anything could and possibly will happen. Free, just turn up, 8pm

A TAROT TOUR OF LONDON TALK:
Geraldine Beskin of The Atlantis Bookshop is a Londoner and occultist and is delighted to combine the two as she presents the capital from a fresh, new angle. Our city has several obvious choices for sites that correspond with the major arcana of the tarot cards. The upstairs room of the Old King's Head, entrance is £3/£1.50 concessions, email nigelofbermondsey@gmail.com to book in advance, 8pm

SHADOW OVER SHOREDITCH:
The ladies and gentlemen of the Lumos Society race to seal the portal as sinister shapes slither from the shadows. In small teams, you’ll dash around Shoreditch and crack cryptic clues to locate and close hidden gates into the underworld. Start and finish in the secret headquarters of the Lumos Society. £15 earlybird, £20 advance, £25 on the door, prebook, 8pm

EXPERIMENTAL MUSIC NIGHT: The legendary EAVI gigs return with a night of beats, bass and new music at the Amersham Arms, New Cross, bringing new research in sound and image (from Goldsmiths and beyond) to the stage and dance floor. These bi-monthly gigs showcase a glorious blend of music — from electroacoustic pioneers to free improvisers, instrument builders and techno masters. £5, prebook, 8pm till late

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Good cause of the day

Lend your fingerprints for World Homeless Day art project

Members of the public are invited to help one of east London’s most notorious artists, John Dolan, create an original piece of art using only their fingerprints, ahead of World Homeless Day. Boxpark, 2-10 Bethnal Green Road, free, open to all, 7am-3pm


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