This is a guest post by Lisa Robinson from visitlondon.com, the official city guide to London, with everything you need to know about visiting Paddington’s Pop-Up London.
Grab a marmalade sandwich and search for the world’s most-loved bear during Paddington’s Pop-Up London. In celebration of the release of the Paddington 2 movie, which is in UK cinemas now, five pop-up book installations featuring Paddington can be found at iconic locations across London until 3 December.
Plan a fun-filled day out in the capital with our itinerary for exploring Paddington’s Pop-Up London.
Buckingham Palace Pop-Up Book at Paddington Station
If you’re arriving into London by train or travelling around the city on the Tube, look out for the Buckingham Palace Pop-Up Book at Paddington station. Located where Paddington first met the loveable Brown family, this installation is inspired by the Queen’s iconic residence featuring marching guards, British flags and the Victoria Memorial.
Piccadilly Circus Pop-Up Book at Peter’s Hill
Then, hop on the Tube from Paddington Underground station over to St Paul’s Underground station to visit the Piccadilly Circus Pop-Up Book, which is located at Peter’s Hill (near St Paul’s Cathedral). Little ones can say hello to Paddington while spotting some of the Piccadilly-inspired sights, including red Routemaster buses, lots of pigeons and the famous Piccadilly billboard.
For more Paddington-themed fun, pop over to the nearby Museum of London for the Behind the Scenes of Paddington 2 exhibition.
Tower Bridge Pop-Up Book at Bankside
Afterwards, take a scenic walk over the Millennium Bridge to the Tower Bridge Pop-Up Book, which is situated outside Tate Modern. Kids can see if they’re taller than Paddington using the height chart and spot the hidden jar of marmalade, before posing for a picture with Paddington in front of the world-famous Tower Bridge-themed installation.
Westminster Pop-Up Book at More London
Next, cruise down the Thames on a riverboat service from Bankside Pier to London Bridge City Pier to visit the Westminster Pop-Up Book in More London. A short walk away from the boat drop-off point, this pop-up book sees Paddington sitting in front of the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. You can also spot the boats sailing down the river Thames!
If you’re feeling peckish, head over to Borough Market to experience Paddington’s favourite Peruvian flavours including citrus fruits, herbs and spices, alongside plenty more foodie treats.
Trafalgar Square Pop-Up Book at Greenwich Peninsula
Finally, stroll over to London Bridge station to catch the Jubilee line to North Greenwich Tube station for the Trafalgar Square Pop-Up Book. You can take a selfie with the Peruvian bear in front of the Trafalgar Square installation’s well-known attractions, such as the stone lions, Nelson’s Column and the National Gallery.
If you’re not ready to end your London adventure here, journey down the Thames on a river bus service or enjoy a ride on the Emirates Air Line cable car while soaking up sky-high views of the capital.
Join the treasure hunt to find the letters hidden on all five pop-up books: work out the secret word and enter the competition for the chance to win an amazing prize for the whole family.
Supporting the Mayor of London’s #LondonIsOpen campaign, Paddington’s Pop-Up London celebrates Paddington’s love for London as a place where a warm welcome awaits all visitors – even a small bear.
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