The bright sunshine and blue skies tempted me out to try out the classic trail around Paddington station as it seemed only right to start here. So I set off on the hunt for 8 decorated statues of Paddington bear with my handy trail map.
I soon bumped into fellow Paddington trail-ers, exchanging tips and locations: ‘have you seen the Mayor bear?’, ‘I’ve lost the brick bear!’, and, ‘where am I?’! Luckily I live just round the corner so managed to find them all easily and help a few other folk on the way.
Each bear has a unique decoration, chosen by film and TV stars, designers, musicians, companies, artists and even our own London Mayor, Boris Johnson.
Join my bear hunt here:
|The Mayor of Paddington|
|Love Paddington – Lulu Guinness|
|Texting Paddington – with matching deckchairs!|
|Futuristic Bear – Jonathan Ross|
|Bearing Up – my favourite as he feels furry!|
|Michael Bond’s original Paddington in the station|
As I reached my final bear for the day in Paddinton station, there was a real treat in store – a photoshoot with Karen Jenkel, Michael Bond’s daughter!
I couldn’t leave Paddington station without popping along to see the permanent statue and there he was, sitting on his case, waiting to be found…
A quick trip up the escalator and there’s a shop, a treasure trove of all things Paddington, so don’t miss out this last stop to complete your trail.
Find out about more about the whole project and the other trails here. Enjoy!
Bye for now,