As a new Paddington Bear story hits the shelves sixty years after the creation of its endearing main character, Dexters remembers this small bear’s London adventures with nostalgia.
From Paddington station itself to Notting Hill, Maida Vale and the Portobello Road Market, Paddington might bring with him exotic thoughts of far off Peru, but his story is firmly placed in West London.
Ninety-one year old Paddington creator Michael Bond still writes daily at his Little Venice home. He has brought Paddington bang up to date in recent years, with allusions to his forays into reality TV and refugee status. The themes of openness and inclusivity - evident in Paddington’s adventures with his friend Mr Gruber - were also sympathetically upheld in the first of a Paddington film franchise. Another big screen outing is eagerly anticipated later this year.
Sadly, Paddington’s house at 32 Windsor Gardens doesn’t exist. You will, however, find a number of period homes amidst the landscape of Paddington’s London - just like the Browns' beautiful, rambling home. So if you’re looking for a family property for sale in West London’s leafy streets, take a look at Dexters property listings and be inspired.
Paddington is back! This is the first set of new stories about our favourite bear from Peru since 2012. There are seven of them and, as you'd expect, they are delightful. Our little bear doesn't change and he still careers around 32 Windsor Gardens creating merry havoc as his adopted family, the Browns, look on in helpless mirth. In this collection, Paddington goes to post a letter in the rain and ends up the subject of negative attention from the police. He enters a TV cooking show, hosts a birthday party, and has a very interesting encounter with a hypnotist. The familiar cast of characters is still around - the indulgent and kindly Mr and Mrs Brown, the bouncing twins Jonathan and Judy, the maker of marmalade Mrs Bird, Paddington's great friend Mr Gruber.