Paddington Bear is a children's icon that originated here in London many decades ago. Learn more about the history of Paddington Bear, the charity trail that was set up in the bear's name to raise money for children, and our favorite Paddington Bear tour on offer!
Who is Paddington Bear?
Created in 1956, Paddington Bear is one of London’s most beloved children’s literature characters. He has featured in more than twenty books – written by his creator, Michael Bond – and has been the star of many of his own films, including one out just this year. He is known to children and adults the world over, his stories have been translated into 30 languages and selling more than 30million copies throughout the globe.
Paddington Bear, we are told, comes from Peru! He travelled here with his old hat, suitcase and duffle coat. He was discovered by a London family, the Browns, sitting on his suitcase inside Paddington Station. A note was attached to his coat which read, “Please look after this bear. Thank you.” So the Browns adopted Paddington, naming him after the station they found him! Padding Bear is able to speak and he very quickly informs his new family that his favourite food is marmalade – a food he has been directly associated with since his original creation, even appearing in British television adverts.
Paddington Bear Trail
Up until the end of December 2014, London played host to the Paddington Trail – a city-wide art project featuring 50 statues of Paddington himself. Each statue was created by designers, celebrities and artists and have been placed in the places throughout London that Paddington has said are his favourite.
When the statues of Paddington were removed from the streets of London, their lives were not over! Christie’s hosted an auction of the statues. All the proceeds were then donated to charity – particularly the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC).
Paddington Bear Tours
If you're a fan of Paddington Bear or just want to learn more about the phenomenon behind the books, then take a Paddington Bear Tour with Brit Movie Tours!
Brit Movie Tours - Paddington Bear Tour
The tour begins at Paddington Station, where you'll learn about Paddington Bear's origin and visit teh Paddington Bear statue. You will also have time to pop into the Paddington Bear shop, which stocks a wide selection of merchandise for those interested in taking home a gift with them! The tour then continues along to Windsor Gardens, Portobello Road, and Mr. Gruber's antiques shop.
- Adult (16 years+): £12; Child (3 – 15 years): £10
- Departs on Saturdays at 10:30am
- Approximately 2 - 2.5 hours
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