It's a good week for books and music, as Alice's Adventures in Wonderland begins to celebrate its 150th birthday and Record Store Day continues its epic rise as one of the best days in the music calendar. Two events this week celebrate these two occasions, and HELLO!'s pick of this week's events and new releases also includes the world's first ever edible garden and a brand new champagne bar, with a distinct Parasian twist...
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Carole Matthews, The Cake Shop in the Garden
To celebrate the launch of Carole Matthews' new novel The Cake Shop in the Garden on 23 April, Carole will be holding a meet and greet with fans in London's Russell Square - which will also see the creation of the world's first cake garden. The fruit loaf wall will be grouted with Nutella, sugar ivy, cake flowers, bourbon biscuit borders, Battenberg stepping stones - and a chocolate bird bath!
Available from 23 April
Record Store Day
As vinyl sees its return hit higher and higher heights, Record Store Day brings together music fans of all genres to celebrate the popularity of music. Soho's Berwick Street became the destination for vinyl record collectors in the 1980s when it became known as The Golden Mile of Vinyl, and on Saturday 18 April, music fans can watch live music from acts including Young Knives and John Cooper Clarke, in an event compered by BBC 6 Music Shaun Keaveny.
Visit recordstoreday.co.uk for more information
Beauty by Design at Scottish National Portrait Gallery
An innovative collaboration between UK-based fashion designers and renaissance art specialists, the Beauty by Design exhibition brings together the ideas of beauty and body image in renaissance paintings, and how designers can respond and be inspired by centuries-old art. Together, the two will attempt to challenge current perceptions of what we perceive as physical beauty.
Visit nationalgalleries.org for more information
Tom Hardy and Gary Oldman star in this Soviet-set drama, an era ruled by fear and suspicion. Tom stars as Leo, a disgraced member of the military who believes he has uncovered a serial killer. But the Soviet government deny that crime exists in their land, and so Leo and his wife (Noomi Rapace) are exiled. Joining forces with Gary's General Nesterov to find the murderer, Leo will soon also uncover a darker truth along the way.
GilgaMesh Restaurant launches Bella Époque bar
Beloved by the likes of Khloe Kardashian, Mark Wright, and Fearne Cotton, GilgaMesh restaurant, the critically acclaimed glass citadel which boasts a magnificent ceiling with retractable roof, launches its brand new Belle Époque bar this week. A champagne bar with a Parisian twist, it reflects the early 20th century period when the prestigious Epernay-based Champagne House Perrier Jouet produced its first bottle of Belle Époque - 'a champagne of elegance and finesse'.
Visit gilgameshbar.com for more information
Alice's Adventures Underground
Take a unique interactive experience down the rabbit hole at the Vaults underneath London's Waterloo Station. Until 31 August, guests are presented with two options: eat me or drink me. Your choice will be determine how your experience unfolds. It's grand scale story-telling, mixing in live music, circus, and spectacle, along with a classic crazy Cheshire cat, a terrifying Queen of Hearts, and a mysteriously absent Alice...
Visit alice-underground.com for more information