A huge welcome to ‘Paws’ – our Paddington Bear at Duke of York Square. The capital’s best-loved bear, Paddington, has taken up residence in the Square as part of an exciting adventure on The Paddington Trail; a major initiative across London this Christmas in association with the NSPCC, Visit London and Studio Canal.
The famous bear, who is temporarily living right in the heart of Chelsea alongside 49 other bears situated across the capital, has been given a stylish makeover courtesy of renowned British actress and star of the upcoming film PADDINGTON, Sally Hawkins.
Standing at three foot six inches tall, the Duke of York Square bear is named Paws and his design features a variety of multi-coloured children’s handprints.
Paws joins a collection of 49 other beautiful and unique life-size Paddington Bear statues which have been designed by a host of international celebrities, designers and artists. The bears have been placed in famous landmark locations across London ahead of the anticipated release of PADDINGTON in UK cinemas on 28 November 2014. Paws will remain in Duke of York Square for all to see until 30 December 2014.
Following the cinema release of the film, Paddington statues including Paws will be auctioned off in December to raise vital funds for the NSPCC to support its ChildLine services. Two of the statues will be auctioned off seperately to raise money for Action Medical Research – a charity for whom Paddington has been the official mascot for over 35 years.
For more information on the Paddington Trail see here
We are delighted to say Duke of York Square has now re-opened. Our first priority is to provide you with a safe and secure environment so we have reshaped your visitor experience to enable social distancing.
When entering a shop at Duke of York Square, you are required by UK law to wear a face covering from 24 July 2020 until further notice.
Thank you for your cooperation.