Were you as captivated by the world of Paddington Bear as the rest of the world was? It’s hard not to be, with a sequel out last year which was as well acclaimed as the original movie, the Ben Wishaw voiced bear is making waves not only in the city where he lives, but across the world too. Many people of older generations would have recognised the character from the original books written in the mid-20th century, the charm and wit of Michael Bond’s writing having led many to look upon the Paddington area with fondness. Now with the recent films bringing the bear to a new generation, it has become easier than ever for guests staying at charming hotels like the Park Grand Paddington Court to come together and explore London through the eyes of this character. Both old and young can see London through the same eyes and the Paddington trail may be the perfect opportunity to do so.
What is the Paddington Trail?
The Paddington Trail can either be undertaken through a walking tour or through following the pawprint trail. This trail is designed for families to see London through the eyes of Paddington Bear and will take you to many landmarks both seen and not seen in the films and stories. It gives you the opportunity to see the city anew, through the fresh eyes of an excited visitor. Unless you want to start in “deepest darkest Peru”, the Paddington trail begins in Paddington Station, where you can find a bronze statue of the bear himself as he is first seen in both film and book series. From this spot you can then start your journey.
One of the first areas you will find on the Paddington Trail is Little Venice. This area isn’t called Little Venice for nothing; it’s idyllic canals which begin at the Paddington Basin are some of the most idyllic canals in the city and have a system which runs all the way to Birmingham. Whilst walking or sailing up the peaceful streets, you’ll find an abundance of pubs and cafes, perfect for a little taste of London.
Another area on the Paddington Trail is Oxford Street, which is handily one of the best shopping streets in Europe, let alone the city. As one of the busiest high streets in the world, it’s easy to see why what with the sheer range of high quality choice you have. Whether it’s glistening department stores like John Lewis, or the flagship Topman store, there’s plenty to keep you occupied.
Based near to Camden, Primrose Hill is part of Regent’s Park and gives a stunning view over the city. With beautiful houses dotted around you’ll really get a taste of the twee London seen in the Paddington movies.
With scenes in the Paddington films taking place in the Natural History Museum, it makes a perfect family stop off on the trail. South Kensington in general has a lot to offer, whether that be the Science Museum, the V and A or the Natural History Museum itself.