The classic Paddington Bear tales have captured the imagination of the young and the young at heart all over the world! Be it the incredible popularity of the movie or the millions of books sold, the Paddington Bear has a place in all our hearts. If you’re planning a London holiday, make sure to head in for the perfect family-friendly adventure with this guide!
Start your Paddington Bear exploration around the Paddington Station in London. Head to Platform 1 of the station and snap a cute selfie and family photos to look back at with the iconic Paddington Bear statue. Take some time to admire the life-sized, bronze bear statue as this is where the beloved bear first arrived from Peru and was found by the Brown family! If you are planning a family holiday in London, exploring the Paddington Bear hotspots is sure to be a highlight of your visit! Plan the perfect family getaway with a luxurious stay at the Park Avenue J Hotel Hyde Park and explore at your own pace, without travelling too far to reach your favourite destinations in and around Paddington.
If you are a true fan, grab the opportunity to follow in the charismatic bear’s footsteps around London with the exciting Pawprint Trail! The adventurous trail starts at Paddington Station itself and covers major film locations around the city, a great way for you and the kids to see the city from a fun perspective!
P.S. Don’t forget to spot Paddington Bear statues decorated by artists and celebrities, along the way!
With your stay at a prime location accommodation near Hyde Park London, make the most of your exploration with a visit to the exclusive Paddington Bear Shop. It is the only store in the world, dedicated solely to the famous bear! Find everything from books to plush toys and gifts here.
Little Venice and Primrose Hill
Next on the list and the most beautiful spot indeed, take a stroll along the scenic waterways of the Bond’s family Little Venice neighbourhood!
See if you can recognise the canal towpath in Little Venice, featured in part two of the Paddington movie. Refuel in indie waterfront cafes and treat yourself to sumptuous marmalade sandwiches at the cosy pubs here!
We know that only a few hours in Little Venice doesn’t seem fair! So, enjoy a tranquil canal boat ride from Little Venice to Camden and then enjoy the incredible sunset views at Primrose Hill, referred to as ‘Windsor Gardens’ in the Paddington film.
With your stay at one of the exquisite hotels near Hyde Park, visit the iconic department store, Selfridges on the bustling Oxford Street and you’re sure to return with your hands full of yellow shopping bags! It is one of London’s most popular department stores, known for its designer collection and must-have toys. The store is also where Michael Bond, bought a tiny teddy bear for his wife on Christmas Eve, which further went on to inspire the Paddington book series!
From here, experience the charm of London’s most loved royal park; Hyde Park, boasting the tranquil Serpentine Lake at its centre (Mrs Brown’s favourite swimming spot in the Paddington movie.)
Fuel yourself with a hearty breakfast near Hyde Park and wander towards the buzzing Regent Street to soak in some culture and browse London’s most popular toyshop Hamleys! The legendary shop has been selling Paddington Bears for decades and the kids will love exploring the fun-packed floors filled with games and more!
Here you go! Explore these incredible Paddington Bear film locations and relive the touching story in London with your kids and family.