He’s furry, incredibly polite and comes from deepest darkest Peru… it’s Paddington Bear! This charming stowaway first appeared in author Michael Bond’s book in 1958 and we still love him over 60 years later. The clumsy bear has become a star through various movies, one which tells the story of Paddington’s arrival in London and how Mr and Mrs Brown of Notting Hill came to adopt him. This year, he was also very fortunate enough to have tea with Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace!
Want to know a bit more about ‘the world’s most polite bear’?
Here are 7 things you need to know about Paddington Bear:
- He loves marmalade sandwiches and even carries a jar of marmalade in his suitcase.
- Paddington’s Peruvian name is Pastuso.
- He sailed from Peru to London on a cargo ship.
- The name ‘Paddington’ was taken from the bustling London train station where he was found by the Brown family.
- Mr Gruber, a Portobello Road antique shop owner, is one of Paddington’s best friends.
- Paddington (like the Queen) has two birthdays. One is the 25th June and the other is 25th December.
- He doesn’t get on well with a neighbour named Mr Curry, who is always trying to take advantage of him.
Follow that bear!
Not only is Paddington the star on the big screen, but you will find him all over London thanks to the Paddington Trail! Follow the bear across London with the Visit London Paddington Bear Trail. There are 50 beautiful Paddington statues to find across London, each one unique.
Share your photographs with Paddington on social media @goldentoursuk!
Watch this video to find out about the Paddington Trail and the inspiration behind it.
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