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Many English children, and indeed children from all over the world, grew up loving the Paddington Bear stories written by Michael Bond. The stories start when the Brown family encounter a bear at Paddington Station in London and take him back to their home at 32 Windsor Gardens, naming him after the place where he was found:
“Mr. and Mrs. Brown first met Paddington on a railway platform. In fact, that was how he came to have such an unusual name for a bear, for Paddington was the name of the station.”
Paddington came from “Darkest Peru” and when found was wearing a sign saying “Please look after this bear” which the Browns duly did. And the many books about him have ensured that children who have never been to London know the name of at least one of the city’s stations. Today travellers passing through Paddington Station can visit this bronze statue of the famous bear. If you’d like to see it head inside the shopping and eating complex that opens from the main concourse near the exit from the tube station. And if you’d like a souvenir of your visit, there’s a stall selling all things Paddington, including bears of various sizes, on the main concourse itself.
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