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
In line with government guidelines, our shops and restaurants remain open only for essential retail, virtual shopping appointments, takeaway food and click and collect services.
But our Christmas lights are sparkling, the Fine Food market will continue to take place on the running track each Saturday (with full safety measures in place) and many of our restaurants will deliver their delicious food to the comfort of your home.