Paddington Bear Day Out For Families

Find locations from the Paddington Bear books and film with our family-friendly itinerary.

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 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.

Follow our one-day itinerary to see top locations from the Paddington film and books.

MORNING: Paddington and Little Venice or Oxford Street and Leicester Square

Paddington: Start your day in London Paddington railway station, where the bumbling bear first arrived from Darkest Peru. Make a beeline for platform one, where you can have your photo taken with the bronze Paddington Bear statue under the clock, near to where the kindly Brown family first found him.

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 actually made a brief cameo in the movie, raising a glass to the duffel coat-clad 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 in which to refuel.

Primrose Hill: Enjoy a canal boat ride from Little Venice to Camden and then walk 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.

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Oxford Street: Visit 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 for its fabulous toy department.

Regent Street: Walk towards Regent Street where you'll find London's most famous toyshop Hamleys, which has been selling Paddington bears for 40 years. Children love exploring the store's five fun-packed floors which are chock-full of computer games, dolls, board games, specialist collector areas and loads more. Prepare to be wowed by demonstrators showing off the latest toys on every floor.  

Leicester Square: Take a stroll to Leicester Square where the star-studded world premiere of the Paddington movie was held, with actors like Nicole Kidman and Hugh Bonneville gracing the red carpet. Look out for Bear Street, which leads off the square.

AFTERNOON: South Kensington and Notting Hill or Bethnal Green

South Kensington: Take the Tube to South Kensington for the Natural History Museum, where the film's dramatic climax sees cruel taxidermist Nicole Kidman attempting to add Paddington to her collection of endangered animals. Kids love looking at the dinosaurs at this popular museum, which homes its famous Diplodocus skeleton and a roaring T-Rex.  

The movie scene featuring the sewers under the museum was filmed in a reservoir underneath Finsbury Park, while the secret room scenario was actually filmed at Leavesden Film Studios, which is next door to Warner Bros. Studio Tour, where you can explore the magic of the Harry Potter movies. 

Notting Hill: Take a Circle line Tube to picture-pretty Notting Hill Gate, Paddingon's stomping ground. At 86 Portobello Road, you'll find Alice's Antiques which was used as the exterior for Gruber's Antiques shop in the movie.

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Bethnal Green: Take the Central line Tube 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.

Also meriting exploration are famous London landmarks St Paul's Cathedral and Buckingham Palace, which both make appearances in the movie.

EVENING: Fortnum & Mason

Head to fine food purveyors Fortnum & Mason, which opens until 8pm Monday to Saturday and until 6pm on Sunday, for a jar of marmalade, Paddington's favourite food. The store's huge collection of marmalade includes flavours that range from lemon to grapefruit, cognac to whiskey.