For many children, Paddington Station is the most famous in London – for this is where the iconic, well-loved, very polite Paddington Bear first appeared. Dressed in his characteristic duffle coat and hat, Paddington has the best of intentions but always seems to get into trouble. The classic tales about this irresistible bear have spread his fame worldwide, as have the recent films Paddington 1 and Paddington 2. You can enjoy visiting all the below-mentioned places while staying at any of the serviced apartments at Marylebone in London.
Not surprisingly, countless children and adults visiting London want to follow in his footsteps. So where to start?
The answer is only a short walk away from the hotel here in Marylebone. Head for the busy platforms and Victorian architecture of Paddington Railway Station. It was just below this massive vaulted ceiling that Paddington first arrived from Darkest Peru. Head over to Platform One to find the wonderful Paddington Bear statue just under the clock, close to where the Brown family first met him and made him part of their family.
Close by is the Paddington Bear Shop, the only shop in the world dedicated to Paddington Bear. It is packed with stuffed toys, books, mugs and countless other items including marmalade, making it the perfect place to find that ideal gift.
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Step outside and walk to Sheldon Square, close to Paddington Basin on the London canal network. When local people were asked to nominate a subject for a statue here, Paddington was the overwhelming choice. As a result, a lovely statue was created showing author Michael Bond with his well-loved Paddington Bear.
While staying at any of the serviced apartments at Covent Garden, you can take time to stroll along the quiet waterways of Little Venice where Michael Bond and Paddington spent a lot of their time. There are lots of cafes and pubs here, making it an ideal spot to relax.
The towpath may be familiar to anyone who has watched the Paddington 2 film. Paddington is shown speeding along the towpath on the back of a friendly dog after the break-in at Mr. Gruber’s antique shop.
When you are ready to move on, a short boat ride will bring you to Primrose Hill where Chalcot Crescent took on the role of Windsor Gardens in the movies. The pretty pastel coloured houses were used as the Brown’s home and many of the scenes such as the Brown family car being given a push start were filmed here.
Head down to Oxford Street to the Selfridges Department store. It was here, on Christmas Eve 1956, that Michael Brown (then working for the BBC as a cameraman) was hunting for a Christmas present for his wife. He found a little bear dressed in a duffle coat and took him home. It was this bear, which provided the inspiration for one of the most famous, well-loved bears in the world.
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