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A truly excellent tea can be as layered and complex as a fine wine, and with a bit of practice you can learn to discern the exact origin...
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Some people count sheep to get to sleep. With 100 different teas to choose from, we’ve found a much better solution. True, our collection is huge. But you can choose to track down your tea by taste, by origin and even by number.
In 1886 our founder Walter Whittard set up his very first shop, filled floor-to-ceiling with the world’s finest tea, coffee and cocoa. Those brave new brews are now time-honoured classics and we’re still following our nose for the new…
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Let us introduce you to our world of coffees by tasting from our wide selection. Our Friendly Fanatics will help you discover something new. No booking necessary - just pop in anytime!All Stores Daily
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How are you at storytelling on demand? 150 years ago, three young girls demanded a story from the Oxford maths don who had accompanied them on a picnic by the banks of the River Thames. The don’s name was Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, aka Lewis Carroll, and the story he told about 10 year old Alice became one of the most famous tales of all time. It all started when Alice spotted a white rabbit with pink eyes who appeared to be running late…
As we celebrate 150 years of Alice with our lovely limited edition tea set by Alison Appleton, here’s our round-up of our favourite Alice events happening around the country this summer. Whether it’s a game of flamingo croquet or something strange you saw at Glastonbury, we don’t want to miss a trick – send us a selfie if you’re attending any Alice events, or send us a link to add your suggestions to the list!
City-wide spectacular, Oxford, 4 July
Right. Hop on a train, a punt, a penny farthing – whatever means of transport you can find, because on 4 July the whole of Wonderland will be heading to Oxford. The original Alice was the daughter of the Dean at Christ Church College, and Alice’s Day is city-wide celebration of the day she fell down the rabbit hole. Mad Hatters will be leaping through the streets, and our shop on the High Street will be celebrating in style…
Sporting Event, Nottingham Croquet Club, 14 June
Forget Wimbledon, ignore the Rugby World Cup – this is the sporting event of the year. In support of Cancer Research UK, Nottingham Croquet Club are holding a Pink Flamingo Croquet Day inspired by the game played with a pack of cards, hedgehogs and bendy pink birds. What’s the trick when it comes to croquet? Be ruthless. Off with their heads!
Immersive theatre, The Vaults, until 30 August
Ever seen any performances by Les Enfants Terribles? They’re incredible. Imagine if Tim Burton teamed up with Rumpelstiltskin and a bunch of puppets to form a touring theatre company – you get the picture. Alice’s Adventures Underground takes place in The Vaults underneath Waterloo Station – it’s immersive, illusory and endlessly imaginative…
Images by Jane Hobson and Jason Joyce
Exhibition, The Museum of Childhood, until 1 November
Alice was a fashionista. This exhibition at the V&A’s Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green explores Alice’s influence on artists, designers and stylists across the world, presenting everything from frocks and photographs to paper dolls and fashion illustration. Think Karl Largerfeld, Viktor and Rolf and Annie Leibovitz…
Operatic Extravaganza, Opera Holland Park, 16 July – 1 August
Children + opera. Not a match made in heaven. Never fear, this imaginative family opera will have under 10s humming along to tunes sung by the raucous Red Queen and dashing White Rabbit, and requesting music lessons after hearing the wonderful orchestra. Try and advise against starting the violin.
Title image of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland at Opera Holland Park 2014. Photo Alex Brenner.
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