As a child of the 80’s I grew up with the cartoon of Paddington Bear who wore an old black hat, a blue duffel coat and had an unhealthy relationship with marmalade. I have never been a fan of the sweet citrus nectar but certainly could relate to the well mannered bear as I too had a duffle coat and very often found myself in surprising situations.
The star studded Paddington film hits the UK 29 November. To assist it’s launch 50 statues of Paddington Bear have graced the streets of London. Each of the statues will be created by artists, designers and celebrities with the trail following the travelling bear’s favourite places in London. Even some of the cast have got involved. My favourite’s include Paddington by Michael Bond at Paddington Station (where else!), Good morning London by film maker Michael Howells at the Guildhall and Sherlock Bear by Benedict Cumberbatch at the Museum of London.
The Paddington Statues will be available to see until 30th Dec. If you would like to take a Paddington Bear statue home with you then there will be an online auction managed by Christie’s of London 10 December 2014-7 January 2015 with all proceeds going to charity.
For more information on the film and on Paddington, visit www.paddington.com.
Hazel Baker is a qualified CIGA Tour Guide who delivers guided walks and private tours in London. View all of Hazel’s walking tours.