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Your magical Paddington guide to London!


Amazingly, it's been two years since the smash-hit Paddington movie was released in 2014, and it swiftly ascended to the realm of a family classic as Michael Bond's marmalade-loving creation made his big-screen debut.

And good news: our favourite marmalade-loving bear is back next year in Paddington 2, which hopefully means he's settled right in to his second home, London. So if you're planning to pay a festive visit to the nation's capital this December, or just can't wait to see the bear back in action, here's our guide to his favourite places.

Paddington Station, Paddington

Paddington of course takes his moniker from London's ever-busy railway station. He hopes that what he has been told by his auntie Lucy and uncle Pastuzo is true, that the people of London are kind and selfless, so he waits patiently at the station for some help.

He finds more than help through the Brown family, although they only initially take him in on a temporary basis. Paddington Station is a great place to see if you go on a Paddington tour, because there is a statue of the cuddly bear at the station to honour him. Just make sure you have a final destination in mind, unlike Paddington who was quite happy to sit and wait for whatever came next.

Buckingham Palace, Westminster

Despite not meeting the Queen, Paddington finds company at Buckingham Palace with the beefeaters while he is drenched by rain and feeling lost. To save his marmalade sandwich from the pigeons that surround him, the guard very kindly offers Paddington a sandwich and a hot drink from his bearskin hat. So that’s what the guards have under there!

Like Paddington, unless you have an invite we doubt the Queen will let random people pop by for a sneaky visit, but you can see the palace quite closely and see the guards on duty. We suggest visiting in much nicer weather conditions than those endured by poor Paddington.

Windsor Gardens (actually, Chalcot Crescent, Primrose)

It's a fictional location within the movie, but was shot at a real place that you can visit. The gorgeous city house that the Brown family live in is at Windsor Gardens, and you don't get more British-sounding than that.

It’s where Paddington inadvertently finds a family unit, and where the Browns find the new addition they didn’t even know they were missing. We've yet to experience snow as deep as that seen in Paddington's magical ending, but the street still looks beautiful come rain or shine with its pastel-coloured houses.

Gruber's Antique Shop (in reality, Alice's Portebello, Notting Hill)

Full of odd items and antiques, Gruber's shop features when Paddington visits with Mrs Brown to discover more about his past. Located in one of London's most vibrant districts, Alice’s Portobello may just contain that quirky trinket or antique you're looking for this Christmas.

The Geographer's Guild (in fact The Reform Club, Pall Mall)

In the movie, the Guild is where Paddington and Mr Brown finally begin to understand each other, causing a hilarious mess as they uncover more answers about his background. In reality? Unfortunately it's private bar, so entry may be difficult.

However, our final location in our guide may fill that insatiable need for geography and knowledge that you share with our favourite bear...

The Natural History Museum, Kensington and Chelsea

One of London's most famous landmarks takes centre stage during the showdown between Paddington, the Browns and baddie Millicent Clyde (Nicole Kidman). Some of the locations featured in the movie, such as the underground tunnel and the roof, are not open to the public, but who needs those when you have great artefacts from history like dinosaurs and animals from other countries.

By visiting here, you not only get to walk in Paddington’s footsteps but learn more about the planet, exhibits ranging from animals and wildlife to the human body (plus, there's free entry!).

Are you inspired to undertake a magical Paddington walking tour this winter? Tweet us @Cineworld if you are, and also how excited you are about the sequel. Paddington 2 is released on 10th November 2017.

And last but not least: happy Christmas, everyone!

Nadine Shambrook is a writer who blogs for Cineworld as part of our news team.