The classic tales of Paddington Bear have captured the imagination of children and adults across the globe, selling more than 35 million books worldwide.
Paddington fever swept the nation at the end of 2014 with the release of the first Paddington movie, which put London on the big screen and saw a Paddington Trail around the capital of more than 50 small statues of the bear decorated by celebrities and artists.
Paddington has returned to our screens in the Paddington 2 movie, which is in UK cinemas now. Celebrating the release of the much-anticipated second film, five pop-up books featuring Michael Bond’s bear can be found across the capital for Paddington’s Pop-Up London until 3 December.
Follow our one day itinerary to see top locations from the Paddington films and books.
Morning: Paddington and Little Venice or Oxford Street, Regent Street and Leicester Square
Paddington: Start your day in Paddington station, where the polite bear first arrived from Darkest Peru. Head over to platform one, where you can pose for a selfie with the bronze Paddington Bear statue under the clock, near to where the loveable Brown family first found him.
Make sure to look out for the Buckingham Palace Pop-Up Book, which features Paddington sitting in front of the Queen’s home, marching guards and British flags. See if you can spot the hidden jar of marmalade!
The station is also home to the Paddington Bear Shop, the only store in the world which is exclusively dedicated to the famous bear. The shop is stacked full of models and stuffed toys, as well as keyrings, mugs, books and more.
Meet Paddington author Michael Bond and his much-loved Paddington Bear creation in the form of a statue in Sheldon Square, near the Paddington Basin. The statue was commissioned in 2013 as part of the Sustrans Portrait Benches series and the subjects were chosen by the public for their contribution to the community. Bond made a brief cameo in the first movie, raising a glass to the duffel coat-wearing bear and toasting his creation.
Little Venice: Take a stroll along the tranquil waterways of Bond's neighbourhood of Little Venice, where there are plenty of cafes, pubs and restaurants to refuel in once you’ve finished off your marmalade sandwiches.
You might also recognise Little Venice’s canal towpath from the Paddington 2 movie. This location is featured in Paddington and his four-legged friend’s high-speed chase after a break-in at Mr Gruber’s antique shop.
Primrose Hill: Enjoy a canal boat ride from Little Venice to Camden and then wander over to the pastel-coloured houses of Chalcot Crescent in Primrose Hill, which stands in for Windsor Gardens in the movie, where the Browns live at number 32.
Oxford Street: Visit the Selfridges department store on Oxford Street where Michael Bond – then a BBC cameraman – bought a small teddy bear for his wife on Christmas Eve in 1956. That little bear – which Bond named Paddington – went on to inspire the book series. Head to the store's fourth floor to check out its fabulous toy department and pick up your own cuddly version of Paddington.
If you’re in the mood for exploring, take a stroll over to Hyde Park and visit the Serpentine Lake. This is a favourite swimming spot of Mrs Brown in the latest Paddington movie.
Regent Street: Walk towards Regent Street where you'll find London's most famous toyshop Hamleys, which has been selling Paddington bears for more than 40 years. Children love exploring the store's seven fun-packed floors which are filled with computer games, dolls, board games, specialist collector areas and more.
Leicester Square: Take a stroll to Leicester Square where the star-studded world premiere of the first Paddington movie was held, with actors like Nicole Kidman and Hugh Bonneville gracing the red carpet. Make sure to look out for Bear Street, which leads off the square.
Afternoon: South Kensington and Notting Hill or Bethnal Green and top London attractions
South Kensington: Take the Tube to South Kensington for the Natural History Museum, where the first film's dramatic climax sees cruel taxidermist Nicole Kidman attempting to add Paddington to her collection of endangered animals. Little ones can spot a wide range of creatures from the animal kingdom at the popular London museum, including a roaring Tyrannosaurus Rex.
The scene from the first movie featuring the sewers under the museum was filmed in a reservoir underneath Finsbury Park, while the secret room scenario was captured at Leavesden Film Studios, which is next door to Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, where you can explore the magic of the Harry Potter movies.
Notting Hill: Hop on a Tube to picture-pretty Notting Hill, Paddington's famous stomping ground. At 86 Portobello Road, you'll find Alice's Antiques which was used as the exterior for Mr Gruber's antiques shop in the movies.
Bethnal Green: Take the Central line to Bethnal Green to visit the V&A Museum of Childhood which has a huge collection of teddy bears, including Paddington. The Paddington toy on display is a British version that dates back to 1980. It's different to the American version because he wears a safety pin in his hat.
City of London: Then make your way over to the iconic St Paul’s Cathedral, which features in both Paddington movies. The second film sees the scheming Phoenix Buchanan, played by Hugh Grant, visit the London cathedral while hunting for Madame Koslova’s clues.
London Bridge: Head over to the area of London Bridge to visit the world-famous Tower Bridge. This London attraction is also visited by Hugh Grant in the Paddington 2 film, and is a short walk from Paddington’s Westminster Pop-Up Book at More London.
Stop by fine food purveyors Fortnum & Mason for a jar of marmalade, Paddington's favourite food! The luxurious store's huge collection of marmalade flavours ranges from lemon and rose petal, to champagne and whiskey.
Finally, finish your marmalade-fuelled day out in London at Waterstones Piccadilly. Here, you can get your hands on some of Michael Bond’s Paddington stories, or treat yourself to your very own Paddington Pop-Up London book.