Next time you’re having a stroll around the Southbank, or visit the shops in Bond Street you’ll not fail to notice Paddington Bear statues have taken over the capital.
You can follow in the furry footsteps of the world’s favourite Peruvian explorer as a total of 50 statues have been placed across London close to museums, parks, shops and key landmarks in an inspiring trail. And everyone will be able to instagram/facebook/tweet about them all until the 30 December. A whole host of celebrities including Nicole Kidman, Julie Walters, David Beckham, Benedict Cumberbatch and Ant and Dec (yes, really) have designed their own bears.
The origins of Paddington Bear date back almost 60 years. His creator, Michael Bond, bought a small bear from department store Selfridges on Christmas Eve 1956, as a present for his wife, and named him after the nearest railway station to which they lived. Michael’s statue remains faithful to his creation with the famous blue duffel coat and battered brown suitcase.
Have fun and look forward to seeing your shots.
Visit visitlondon.com/paddington/the-bears for more information.