This station is known not only for quite a wide range of connections between various cities but also because of… a bear. Maybe not everyone is into children`s stories but I am pretty sure some of you may’ve heard the story about this very polite and a bit clumsy bear. Obviously I am talking about Paddington Bear.
The first story was written in 1958 by the English writer Michael Bond. His inspiration came from the little bear in the toy shop. The author felt really sorry seeing a poor bear left alone and he decided to buy it for his wife. The story became so popular that Paddington happened to be in more than 20 books.
Little clumsy Bear comes all the way from the Darkest Peru and arrives to Paddington Station. Randomly and luckily family Brown finds him and brings him home. That`s how all the adventures began…
It`s a very pleasant and amusing story not only for children ( I enjoyed it a lot). It was translated into 30 languages and finally in 2014 was turned into the movie. The movie production is not the exact story as it was in the book but definitely an inspiration taken from there. According to the official website second part of the movie `Paddington 2` is coming. It will probably be released in November 2017 which is pretty soon ^^
As you can imagine after releasing the movie Paddington Station became even more popular. Lots and lots of people started coming especially for the Bear. Paddington has stolen people`s hearts and for that reason Paddington heaven was opened. I am talking about Paddington Store which is the only one in the world and obviously entirely dedicated to the Bear (Location: The Lawn at Paddington Station, London W2 1RH ).
It was opened very recently ( Dec 2016) and it`s a great place for Paddington`s fans. You can find there anything you want.
Books, toys, games, postcards, notebooks, pens really plenty to choose. I spent there ages checking things one by one and its a lovely experience. Very pleasant place not only for parents and their children.
You can even watch a Paddington movie there.
These chocolate names could be a great idea for a present. Very special present 🙂
I love the wellies and the little suitcase.
Don`t forget to take a selfie with the Bear whose statue stands near the clock where he was found.
I didn`t want to spend fortune on Paddington gadgets so I decided to get postcards.
Until my last visit in the official store I thought Paddington Bear is only visible in Paddington Station however I was wrong. There are plenty of other places where we can find him around London. Luckily I got the very special map which can help me to find this lovely Bear somewhere else. ^^
Have a lovely Sunday!