The Wonderful Imaginary World of Paddington Bear

Paddington Bear

An anthropomorphised bear and a fictional character in children’s literature, Paddington Bear made his first appearance on 13 October 1958 and since then he has featured in more than twenty books written by Michael Bond. He created the character of Paddington Bear after he noticed a lone teddy bear on a shelf in a London store near Paddington Station on Christmas Eve 1956. He bought it as a gift for his wife but he was so highly impressed by it that he decided to write a story which he completed in 10 days and which was published as a book.

Characteristics of Paddington Bear:

The Paddington Bear is characterised as a polite bear that has come from deepest darkest Peru and is portrayed with an old hat carrying a battered suitcase that has a secret compartment and can hold more items than what appears to be its capacity. He is also wearing a duffle coat and simply loves marmalades. The character became very popular in English children’ s literature with the result that the books featuring Paddington Bear have been translated into 30 languages across 70 titles, which have achieved sales of 30 million copies throughout the world. The personal nature of the bear is portrayed as a polite entity, addressing people politely as “Mr”, “Mrs”, and “Miss” and not by their first names. He is shown to be well-meaning but he appears to be ready to kill with his hard stares if he disapproves of other persons. He is also shown to be getting into trouble easily but he also has the ability to set right things easily.

Paddington Bear Stall:

A stall at Paddington Station has the name “Paddington Bear Paddington Station” and it sells large varieties of the Paddington Bear stuffed toys in different colours, sizes and shapes. The stall also sells the Paddington Bear books written by Michael Brown.

Paddington Bear Stuffed Toy:

The popularity of the Paddington Bear grew by leaps and bounds, ever since the first book by Brown was published, to the extent that the character was cast in the form of a stuffed toy in 1972 by a small business, Gabrielle Designs, run by Shirley and Eddie Clarkson. The first prototype was made as a present for their children Joanne and Jeremy. The stuffed bear was in Wellington boots so that it could stand upright. After the prototype was made, the mass production of the bears started and they wore small children’s boots that were made by Dunlop but demand soon overtook the production capacity and then Gabrielle designs started making their own boots that had paw prints moulded into the soles.

Some Interesting Facts about Paddington Bear:

Paddington bear’s address of 32, Windsor Gardens in Notting Hill, as shown in the Brown books does not exist in real life. Many people have wandered into Windsor Gardens to have a look but they have been disappointed as there is no number 32. If Michael Bond had done his Christmas shopping earlier, he would not have noticed the teddy bear and he would not have been inspired to write the stories and Paddington Bear would not have been born. On his first appearance, Paddington Bear only had his hat and his other garments such as coat and boots were added subsequently. The first Paddington Bear toy was owned by Jeremy Clarkson who was gifted the hand-made toy by his parents who produced the first prototype. Dunlop failed to make enough boots to satisfy the demand. The bear is based on the Spectacled Bear. A Paddington Bear stuffed toy was the first item to pass through the Channel Tunnel, when it was created. In the bear’s original TV series, Paddington’s voice is given by Badger and Watson. There are many other interesting facts regarding the bear.

Paddington Bear stall in Paddington Station sells different varieties of the stuffed toy in its various forms conforming to its various characters in the Michael Brown books. People staying in a Paddington hotel can simply walk down to the station and find the stuffed toy of their choice and even buy a few of the books.

Paddington Station:

Paddington Station offers both a railway station that is the terminus of Heathrow Express linking Heathrow Airport to Paddington in just 20 minutes, and a tube station that has 4 underground lines passing through it. Such connectivity makes it extremely easy for guests at a Paddington hotel to reach any place in London especially the areas in central London with ease. Moreover, you are also close to other tube stations of the area such as Bayswater, Queensway, Notting Hill and Lancaster Gate tube stations. The mainline stations near the hotel are Paddington Railway Station and Marylebone Railway Station.

Attractions near Paddington:

The various attractions near the hotel include Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, Kensington Palace, Serpentine Lake, Serpentine Gallery, Serpentine Solar Shuttle, Alexander Fleming Museum, Bryan’s Boat Trips, Canal Café Theatre, Cascade Gallery, Connaught Square & Gardens, Fleming’s Laboratory, Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Leicester Square Gardens, Little Venice, Norfolk Square Gardens, Paddington Library, Porchester Square Gardens, The Puppet Barge, St John’s Church, Sussex Gardens, Whiteleys Shopping Centre, London Zoo, Royal Albert Hall, Imperial College London and many more.

Restaurants and Bars near Paddington:

There is a restaurant and a bar/lounge in the hotel where guests can dine and have a drink. However, if they wish to have other fine dining options, they can go to nearby restaurants such as Gordon Ramsay, Hakkasan, Yauatcha, Nobu and many others. The other restaurants in Paddington include The Summerhouse, Frontline Restaurant, Satay House, Pearl Liang, Angelus Restaurant, Zizzy Paddington, Desejo do Brazil, Noor Jahan 2, Nipa Thai, Cristini, Clarke’s, Al-Dar 1, Launceston Place, Stick & Bowl, Alounak, Radizio Rico, 35 Restaurant, Aberdeen Steak Houses, Abu Zaad, Akash, Al Arez, Al Balad, Al Deewan, Angus Steakhouse, Antony’s, Arbil Restaurant, Ask and many others.