Searches for days out and weekend breaks in London are up by 72 per cent year-on-year since the release of the film Paddington. The survey, from expedia.co.uk also found there's been a 2 per cent rise in bookings from the UK to Peru - Paddington's home country!
For fans of the marmalade-loving bear, there are currently 50 statues of Paddington Bear that have been placed throughout London, near museums, shops, parks and landmarks, as part of a fun, new tourist attraction entitled the Paddington Trail. The statues have been designed by various artists and celebrities including Michael Bond, the creator of Paddington Bear, and film cast members such as Ben Whishaw (the voice of Paddington), Nicole Kidman (Millicent), Doctor Who’s Peter Capaldi (Mr Curry), Downton Abbey’s Hugh Bonneville (Mr Brown) and Julie Walters (Mrs Bird - the nanny for The Browns).
The character is of course linked to London - the idea for the books originally came about because author Michael Bond went to Selfridges and bought the ‘real’ Paddington for his wife for Christmas.
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