Take a step into Paddington’s world this autumn and go on an adventure like never before with your favourite bear…
STUDIOCANAL and VisitLondon.com have collaborated to bring Londoners and tourists alike something truly special this autumn in anticipation of the release of Paddington 2. The pop-ups were unveiled by the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, the Paddington 2 filmmakers, the cast including Hugh Bonneville and some very excited school children.
The pop-ups have taken inspiration from the pop-up book which Paddington finds in the second film in Mr. Gruber’s antique shop. Five pop-ups have been created to be installed at some of London’s most famous landmarks such as Tower Bridge, Westminster, Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace and Piccadilly Circus. The installations can also be seen in some of the most popular tourist spots in London, Peter’s Hill (St Paul’s), Tower Bridge, Peninsula Square (the O2), Bankside (Tate Modern) and of course, Paddington Station.
Not only will everyone be able to appreciate these beautiful installations, but this half-term, families will also be able to immerse themselves in Paddington’s world. They will be able to get involved in a special treasure hunt which will take them across London from pop-up to pop-up, with the chance to win a trip on the Belmond British Pullman train where the whole family will be treated to a Paddington Afternoon Tea – all you have to do is enter the competition, which you can do at visitlondon.com.
Half-term won’t be the only time for people to be transported to the wonderful world of Paddington Bear. For the entire period that the installations are up, there will be a number of events going on to get involved in. There will be readings of the first Paddington Bear book arranged by Harper Collins, Halloween themed face painting, balloon model making and the chance to craft your own ‘Postcard from London’.
These installations will not only be a bright spot in autumn’s otherwise dreary days, but will also play a part in the Mayor’s ‘London is Open’ campaign, showing that London has a bountiful amount to offer and that everyone is always welcome.
Paddington 2 opens 10 November in cinemas nationwide.
The installations and events will run from 23 October – 3 December.