Like our vibrant borough, Kensington & Chelsea, Kingston is one of only four royal boroughs in the entire country. The name Kingston comes courtesy of the many English kings who were crowned there in the Middle Ages. Kingston today has become a shoppers haven with over 500 stores, 2 shopping malls, a bustling market place as well as a booming independent scene, and in the festive season, a Christmas market which plays host to live singers and performers – it’s know wonder Kingston is the third biggest shopping destination in London, drawing over a million visitors a month.
Just minutes away from Kingston station and the hustle and bustle of the shopping centres we head to the DoubleTree Hilton to sample the only Alice in Winterland themed afternoon tea in Kingston, in their family friendly restaurant, Hawkers Bar and Brasserie.
To celebrate The Rose Theatre’s winter show and inspired by all the favourite characters you will find an afternoon tea filled with scrumptious Cheshire cat chocolate eclairs, Alice’s baby blue macaroons, mad Hatter chocolate shortbreads as well as queen of hearts red velvet cakes amongst many Alice themed delight served alongside an endless supply of Dammann tea. It was a perfect Alice in Winterland pre- theatre dining experience.
After our fun filled themed tea we made our way to the Rose Theatre which is conveniently located on Kingston High Street, it is the largest producing theatre in South West London and modelled on the original Elizabethan Rose Theatre on London’s bankside.
The new production of Alice in Winterland is a festive spin based on Lewis Carroll’s timeless books, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. We follow Alice to the magical icy world of Winterland, a world of ice, White Rabbit, mad hatters, and queen of heart and inhabited by the mysterious Bandersnatch and the fearsome Jabberwock.
Alice in Winterland is ultimately about bravery, friendship and family – and discovering courage we have within us all. Rose theatre is a family friendly theatre and the show is school age families orientated with the shows cast from the Rose’s Youth Theatre company and professional actors to tell this wintry story.
The shows recommendation is for children aged 5+ which I would agree if not only as the total running time is approximately 2 hours including 20 minute interval.
The Rose Theatre show and Alice themed afternoon tea at DoubleTree Hilton will be on until 7th January.
Kensington mums enjoyed a fun filled day in Kingston with a magical evening with Alice in Winterland. We would definitely recommend Kingston for a family day out.
Check out Alice in Winterland themed bears at Bentall Centre, the largest shopping malls in Kingston.
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