Everyone is catching Paddington fever, as the adventures of the lovable bear hit the big screen.
The classic tales of the much-loved bear have sold more than 35 million books worldwide and captured the imagination of children and adults around the globe. Paddington originally came from Peru, where he was brought up by his Aunt Lucy. He now lives in London, England. When Paddington arrived in London he was wearing nothing but an old bush hat and a label on which Aunt Lucy had written "Please look after this bear. Thank you."
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The Brown family found Paddington in this busy train station, which which is how he acquired his name. Look for a bronze statue of Paddington under the clock on Platform 1, where the Brown family found him in the first book. There is also a dedicated Paddington Bear shop in the station that's great for souvenirs and gifts.
Most visitors arrive in Paddington station on the Heathrow Express from the airport. The station has connections to the London Tube.
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32 Windsor Gardens
The Brown family lives just around the corner from Paddington Station at 32 Windsor Gardens, off Harrow Road between Notting Hill and Maida Vale. Note that there is no number 32 in the real Windsor Gardens.
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In Paddington Bear and the Marmalade Maze, Paddington and Mr Gruber visit Hampton Court and end up inviting a group of tourists back home for tea, but not before losing them in the famous Hampton Court Maze.
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Portobello Road is the location of the antiques shop run by friendly Mr. Gruber, with whom Paddington has his elevenses every day. Mr. Gruber regularly takes Paddington and the Brown children on outings, always addressing Paddington as "Mr Brown."Continue to 5 of 6 below.
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In Paddington at the Palace, Mr. Gruber takes Paddington to Buckingham Palace to watch the Changing of the Guard, but there are so many people in his way that he can't see anything. Then a mysteriously regal person comes to his rescue.
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The Official Paddington Bear Tour of London
If you'd rather have a local show you around, you can follow in Paddington’s pawprints on the official Paddington Bear Tour of London and visit some of London’s famous landmarks as well as sites that have featured in more than 20 books and the movie. Along the way, you'll learn about Paddington’s adventures, discover how the movie was made, and see how good your Paddington Bear knowledge is.