A magical nanny who drifts down from the sky using an umbrella then proceeds to transform unhappy households is bringing London alive to countless children and adults alike. Why not follow in the footsteps of Mary Poppins around London?
Mary Poppins and London are inextricably linked together. The author of Mary Poppins, PL Travers, lived in London all her life, and if you go to 50 Smith Street in Chelsea there is a blue plaque on the house in which she lived. Many of the iconic scenes in both Mary Poppins films used real-life locations in London.
Remember the song ‘Feed the Birds’ sung by Julie Andrews? It was filmed on the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral. Stop for a while in the adjacent gardens and admire the beauty of the building, or go inside and climb the massive dome – and of course, feed the birds on the steps of St Paul’s!
Search for a luxurious stay at any of the luxury serviced apartments near Marylebone and stroll a little further into the city of London and find the Bank of England where Mr. Banks worked. It even has its own museum of money that you can visit.
Chimney sweep Bert and Lamplighter Jack were both cockneys – which means they were born within the sound of Bow Bells. Visit the church of St Mary-le-Bow on Cheapside. Built by Sir Christopher Wren after the Great Fire of London in 1666, this church is part of a very special London tradition – only people who are born within the sound of Bow Bells can be described as a true Cockney.
You can choose to stay at any of the self catering apartments near Regents Park in London and pay a visit to Mary Poppins who took the children on an enchanted Jolly Holiday. This is also where they later went flying a kite. Listen out for the roars and growls in the distance – London Zoo only a short distance away. Or head for the lake and feed the beautiful snow-white swans. Further north in Hampstead in Admiral’s Walk is a very unusual house – but one instantly recognizable to Mary Poppins fans. An eccentric white painted building has a main deck & quarter deck to the roof resembling the stern of a ship.
Other filming locations used in the latest movie include scenes along the Mall and Constitution Hill where Mary Poppins and the children rode a very unusual bike and Threadneedle Street in the city of London.
Fancy a Mary Poppins experience to complete your day? Then head for the Aqua Shard restaurant which has launched a Mary Poppins Afternoon Tea complete with crumpets, finger sandwiches, and irresistible little cakes, it is served on a special tea stand with an umbrella on top, and silver booted feet below!
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