For children and adults alike, Paddington Bear is a character that conjures up fond memories. Characterised by his blue coat and red hat and boots, the fluffy bear has been featured in over 150 books since his inception by author Michael Bond.
For Paddington Bear fans spending a night at the Park Grand Paddington Hotel, there is plenty to do near where you are staying where you can experience and celebrate this childhood character in all his glory.
Read on to find out about some of the best spots to visit for a Paddington Bear themed visit to London.
Visit Paddington Station
Praed Street, London, W2 1HQ
To start your fun-filled day exploring the story of Paddington Bear, head to Paddington Station, which is where the bear first arrived from Darkest Peru. Be sure to head over to platform one where you will be able to take photos next to the bronze Paddington Bear statue. Situated under the clock, this is where the Brown family first found Paddington Bear. You can then follow the pawprint trail to discover other Paddington statues in and around the station during you journey whilst staying at one of our hotels in Westbourne Terrace.
Browse in the Paddington Bear Shop
You won’t need to travel far to find this shop as it is situated in the train station and is home to all the Paddington Bear memorabilia you could ever wish for. Shop for models and stuffed toys as well as key rings, mugs, t-shirts and books. If you’re shopping for school supplies for the little ones, you’ll also find a range of stationary which you can purchase while staying at the Park Grand Paddington Hotel.
See the Michael Bond and Paddington Bear Statue
Church of St Mary, Paddington Green, London, W2 1SU
Head to this spot near Paddington Basin to meet Michael Gove OBE and his much-loved creation, Paddington Bear. The bronze statue was commissioned in 2013 as part of the Sustrans Portrait Benches. The statues were chosen based on their contributions to the life of the community. After taking in the statue, enjoy a leisurely stroll around the park, which is conveniently located near to your room at the Park Grand Paddington Hotel.
Watch Paddington Bear 2 at The Electric Cinema
Aubin and Wills Store, 64-66 Redchurch St, London E2 7DP
For a true Paddington Bear experience, what could be better than seeing the character in action in his latest feature length film? The Electric Cinema, situated in Shoreditch, is the perfect place to enjoy an afternoon film with the family. Get comfy on large sofas with cashmere blankets and prepare to be enchanted by the latest story in the Paddington Bear instalment. This time your favourite fluffy friend is attempting to track down a thief who has stolen a book that Paddington is desperate to give to his Aunt for her birthday. Will he retrieve the stolen goods in time for the big celebration?