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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.
Things to do
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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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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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