The latest exhibition at the House of Illustration showcases never before seen Quentin Blake illustrations of The BFG. Curated by Blake himself, The BFG in Pictures will contain 40 original artworks, including the unpublished illustrations of Roald Dahl's classic story. The illustrations on display were included in first designs but were not used when the book was published for the first time in 1982. They will provide a rare insight into the character development of one of the most iconic children's literature characters. They will be exhibited alongside the final illustrations for the book, offering an interesting look at the collaboration between author and illustrator.
Roald Dahl and The BFG in London
See 40 original Quentin Blake artworks, including unpublished illustrations.
House of Illustration, 2 Granary Square, London, N1C 4BH
Tube: King's Cross Station
Dates: 24th June - 02nd October 2016
Celebrities fill giant dream jars with their hopes and childhood aspirations.
Dates: 09th July - 31st August 2016
50 celebrities, as high profile as Steven Spielberg and Stephen Hawking, have contributed to Dream Jars - six feet tall glass jars filled with objects representing their childhood dreams - set out in an art trail in London and across the UK. In celebration of upcoming film, The BFG, and the 100th anniversary of Roald Dahl's birth, the trail takes followers to world famous London landmarks like Trafalgar Square, the Tower of London, Leicester Square, Harrods, Emirates Stadium and The Shard. Steven Spielberg, the award winning director of the film which premieres on 17th July, has his jar filled with 'all the sweets in the world' on display in Leicester Square. After the trail ends, on 31st August, the jars will auctioned off to raise money for Save the Children.
Visit Aqua Shard where Mr Twit's bird pie comes with 'birds legs' poking out the top.
Aqua Shard, Level 31, The Shard, 96 Tooley Street, London, SE1 9RL
Tube: London Bridge Station
Dates: 04th July - 31st October 2016
Presented in Charlie's Great Glass Elevator and served on bespoke crockery showing Quentin Blake's famous illustrations, this special Afternoon Tea at Aqua Shard is a fun way to celebrate a century of Roald Dahl. Served on level 31 of The Shard - where you can stay at London's highest hotel if you really want to celebrate - clever interpretations of the beloved books mean Mr Twit's bird pie comes with 'birds legs' poking out the top. Sophie and The BFG's quest to Buckingham Palace is brought to life in a 'breakfast' sandwich with fried eggs and bacon in between colourful tomato bread fingers. All of your favourite Dahl books - The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me, The Witches and James and the Giant Peach - have each inspired a dish on the menu.
Award-winning musical adaptation of Dahl's story of a special girl with a big imagination.
Cambridge Theatre, Earlham Street, Seven Dials, Soho, London, WC2H 9HU
Dates: 18th October - 15th October 2017
The Royal Shakespeare Company's multiple award-winning musical adaptation of Roald Dahl's celebrated children's book Matilda is a big hit at the Cambridge Theatre in London's West End. Directed by Matthew Warchus and adapted by seasoned playwright Dennis Kelly and the award-winning Australian musical comedian Tim Minchin, Matilda puts its child stars at the heart of the show. Described by WhatsOnStage as "a piece which is by turns riotously funny and gut-wrenchingly poignant", the much praised production - which tells the story of a special little girl with an extraordinary imagination - lives up to expectations and thrills and delights both adults and children alike. Book tickets now to see Matilda The Musical at the Cambridge Theatre London. Back when it first opened in London in 2011 Telegraph theatre critic Charles Spencer gave Matilda five stars, claiming it was "the best British musical since Billy Elliot that will surely be the toast of the West End. I predict that this show will be unstoppable."
Kids can dine on Snozzcumber Soup and Phizwizards Ice-cream Sundae for free.
Hilton London Bankside, Great Suffolk Street, London, SE1 0UG
Tube: Southwark Station
Dates: 01st - 31st August 2016
Take a seat at the Giant's Table, make your own dream jar and get a discount on family rooms at Hilton London Bankside, marking the launch of the new BFG film this summer. At in-house restaurant, OXBO Bankside, the chef's table becomes the Giant's Table with themed decorations, mats to colour in and free meals forchildren under 13. Dine on The BFG's Snozzcumber Soup (kabocha pumpkin soup), Bonecrushers Crunchy Caesar (mini chicken Caesar salad), Mrs. Clonker's Chicken Dinner (herb and garlic chicken) and a Phizwizards Ice-cream Sundae. Only children brave enough will try the BFG's Frobscottle - an icky looking green coloured lemonade with raspberry garnish. Take The Dream Jar Trail around London and make your own dream jar - the hotel will supply everything you need including glow-in-the-dark pens. Dreams are up to you.
Banquet of deliciously disgusting dishes with horrid hosts, Mr and Mrs Twit.
The Vaults, Arch 233, 10 Leake Street, London, SE1 7NN
Dates: 04th September - 30th October 2016
No revolting children allowed at Dinner at the Twits - and it's not for the faint of heart or soft of stomach among the adults either. Celebrating a hundred years of Roald Dahl, Dinner at the Twits will include a banquet of deliciously disgusting dishes - you'll find a glass eye in your cocktail, and a slice of bird pie - and this fabulously foul food is served while you're entertained by your horrid hosts, Mr and Mrs Twit. Les Enfants Terribles and ebp, the team behind the Olivier Award-nominated smash hit Alice's Adventures Underground, have been working with gastronomic wunderkinds Bompas & Parr to create this gloriously gruesome interactive theatrical dining experience.
The Mayfair hotel celebrates with a Roald Dahl inspired afternoon tea.
Chesterfield Mayfair Hotel, 35 Charles Street, London, W1J 5EB
Tube: Green Park Station
Dates: From 09th August 2016
The Chesterfield Mayfair is among the London venues celebrating Roald Dahl's 100th birthday, serving up a special Charlie & The Chesterfield Afternoon Tea. The nostalgic celebration of his whimsical creations invites guests to feast on homemade chocolate Wonka Bars, Oompa Loompa cupcakes, blueberry macaroons, fizzy lifting cake and golden eggs, along with traditional afternoon tea favourites finger sandwiches and chocolate dusted scones served with jam and clotted cream. As well as an extensive selection of loose leaf teas, hot chocolate and coffee, guests can also sip on a specially blended Willy Wonka Chocolate Tea, created exclusively for the hotel. The magic continues even after guests have left with an everlasting gobstopper, candy cane, lollipop and Chesterfield Mayfair Golden Ticket, offering a selection of prizes to be won.
Heart-warming tale of Charlie Bucket and his discovery of a life-changing golden ticket.
Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Catherine Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2B 5JF
Dates: 22nd May - 07th January 2017
This much loved Roald Dahl story was nominated for a staggering seven gongs in the 2014 Olivier Awards including Best New Musical. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory tells the heart-warming tale of Charlie Bucket and his fortunate discovery of a life-changing golden ticket. First we meet his poverty stricken but happy family, his four grandparents huddled together for warmth in one double bed and his parents struggling to feed the family. The tale takes a dramatic turn when Charlie pulls back the wrapper of his favourite chocolate bar to reveal the coveted ticket. A huge West End hit since May 2013 Theatre Royal Drury Lane is filled with "dazzling light displays and projections" (The Telegraph), a surreal mix of giant lollipops and human blueberries. But "by far the greatest fun is to be had from the Oompa Loompas," says The Telegraph. "They alone are worth the price of admission." Tickets for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory are on sale now.
IN THIS ARTICLE
The BFG in Pictures
The BFG Dream Jar Trail
Roald Dahl Afternoon Tea at Aqua Shard
Matilda The Musical
The BFG at Hilton Bankside
Dinner at the Twits
Charlie and The Chesterfield Afternoon Tea
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
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