There have been a lot of wild animals popping up in London recently. Wild, but also very cute, and dressed in hats and duffle coats. They all share the same name but they look completely different.
Yes, that’s right, there’s Paddington Bears all over London; roughly 50 of them. In anticipation of Paddington Bear’s first silver screen performance you can follow in the Peruvian explorer’s footsteps as you track him down all over London.
Last week, I followed Paddington from where he first arrived in England (Paddington Station) and also explored a part of London that is new to me.
Who is Paddington Bear?
Paddington Bear originally comes from Darkest Peru where he was brought up by his Aunt Lucy. He now lives in London, England. When Paddington first arrived in London he was found on Paddington Station by the Brown family which is how he acquired his name. He was wearing nothing but an old bush hat and a label on which Aunt Lucy had written the words “Please Look After This Bear. Thank You”. Paddington now lives with the Brown family at 32 Windsor Gardens, not far from the Portobello Road. Paddington’s favourite food is marmalade and he usually wears a blue duffle coat and carries his important belongings in a brown leather suitcase.
Paddington in Paddington Trail
This aptly named trail includes eight bears in and around the area where Paddington got his name. It’s the shortest of the suggested routes and takes you from Paddington station down Regent’s Canal and through Little Venice. There were families, adults and teenagers walking about looking for the spectacularly decorated bears. You’re never too old it seems!
The first Paddington is the original, found on platform 8 inside Paddington Station. This bear was designed by Michael Bond, the creator of Paddington. Michael Bond was inspired to write Paddington after picking up a little toy bear from Selfridges on Christmas Eve in 1956.
The second is the Mayor of Paddington, a cheery bear who welcomes passengers to London.
From here you’ll find Texting Paddington.
Love Paddington X, designed by Lulu Guiness.
My favourite bear was by far the velvety softness of Bearing Up.